11th of June, 2017
I’m freshly after binge-watching the newest, 5th season of Netflix Original Series “Orange Is The New Black”. I don’t want to spoil anything. I can say that this season was intense, shocking and very touching.
“Orange Is The New Black” is a story about inmates in Litchfield Prison with the least strict security. But is it the least strict security in real life? Throught the seasons the viewers got to know main characters – Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Lorna Morello (Yael Stone), Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) and many many others. Each of inmates has their own tragic story that people can get in every episode in retrospection – one episode, someone’s story.
In season fifth everything escalates. The new guards think that they can do everything to women in prison and their chief let them. The events are getting even more intense when one of the guards accidentally kills Poussey – one of the prisoners, and another of them brings a gun to prison.
The anger, grief after a lose of their friend and exhaustion causes a huge riot where women take hostages (all guards) and threaten not to let them go if MCC and governor don’t do what they want – better education, better treating, nicer guards and most importantly – a trial for the one who killed their friend. In the same time all of them fight for their own smaller things like trying to see their children, love and simply – peace of mind. Some of them try to bring justice on their own. Like Red who can’t stand patriarchy of guards led by Piscatella.
The last episode knocked me out. I cried for the last five minutes. Jenji Kohan ended it like the previous seasons – with one, huge unknown. The finale left me with million questions and made me think about the world, about prisons, about those women. About overusing power. I saw how those women are beaten up without reason, molested, humiliated and then killed. No one takes responsibility for their actions because why? Those are inmates. They are lying. Everybody makes mistakes – some people bigger, some of them smaller. I got to know each character and I can see how most of them try to fix their problems, their broken families, all mistakes. But how can they do it when they don’t even have a chance? It is only a TV show yet based on true events. But it all happens on bigger or smaller level in almost every area of the globe.
Litchfield prisoners saw the chance in riot and they took it. They decided to stand up and listen up. They decided to fight for their own lives, so often tainted. I don’t know who wins or who loses. I realized that the action is more important than the aftermath.
I think “OITNB” quite thoroughly shows mentioned overpower. On the example of the prison people can see the breakdown of the world, bad system, abuse from almost every side. It also shows what happens when you are in somebody else’s shoes. If people could change their places for only ONE day, they would understand each other way better. That’s my opinion.
I heard many times that without power, people would kill each other. But what if that power focused on understanding and better communication? Wouldn’t it be so much better? Yes, I am aware how idealistic that sounds. And maybe it’s stupid but I believe in this. Little steps are the most important. People say that they can’t change the world. But they really can.