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Orange Is The New Black: Abuse Of Power

11th of June, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does. -“The Fosters” review

Oh, hello!

Today I finally got myself together and I decided to write review about amazing Freeform tv show, called “The Fosters”. I am freshly after S4E1 and I’m thrilled! But for now, no spoilers!

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From the left: Cierra Ramirez, Noah Centineo, Sherri Saum, Teri Polo, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert (top) and Hayden Byerly.

“The Fosters” is being created by Bredeweg and Peter Paige. Also, Jennifer Lopes (!!!) is producing the tv show. Production tells us a story of multiethnic, multicultural family. The family contains two moms – Stef (Terri Polo) and her wife Lena Adams Foster (Sherri Saum), one biological son, Brandon (David Lambert) and four adopted kids – siblings, Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) as well as  twins, Marianna (Cierra Ramires) together with Jesus (Noah Centineo).

I don’t want to focus on plot’s details, because I don’t want to spoil watching. TV show starts when Callie is taken from juvie by Lena. The girl had horrible childhood and after her mom’s death, she’s around foster families all the time, but she doesn’t stay in anyone for a long time. Lena is taking her to her own house. Being there, Callie meets Stef – Lena’s wife and other kids. – So you’re dykes? – she’s asking, after she figures there is no dad in Adams Foster family. – We prefer word human. – Marianna replies braverly.

Being in the family, Callie finds her place. After some time, Jude – her little brother, joins her. The boy was stucked in his foster family, where he was being hurt by his step father. Stefanie, who is a cop, rescues the boy. Jacobs siblings can finally have loving and caring family. – DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does. – Lena says to Callie after fight, when the girls thinks couple is gonna take her back.

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Interesting fact: At the first place, Jesus’ role was played by Jake T. Austin, but he left the show.

Callie and Jude starts being friends with other kids at home and soon, they are big family. All kids are attending to Anchor Beach school, where Lena is a vice principal. After being in amazing family, all they need is adoption paper, which is not gonna be so easy… But when someone loves the other, they can handle everything.

As in every family, there are some fights, bigger and smaller, little affairs and serious dramas. But don’t be affraid! It’s definitely not gonna be boring. In my opinion, “The Fosters” is the first tv show telling LGBT story, which is realistic. Family we see on the screen may really exist. There are no hyperboles, weird, fake characters and artificial situations. That’s why I think this tv show deserves to be watched.

While we’re watching family’s tradicions and smiles as they are together, we smile with them. We actually can feel the love, which proves amazing, stunning actors’ acting. All of them – Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, David Lamber along with Noah Centineo, Cierra Ramirez and Maia Mitchell do excellent work on the set. There is no falsity. Actors go into the role and we can actually see each character’s personality.

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I also have to mention others, second role’s actors – Danny Nucci (who plays cop, ex-husband of Stef and Brandon’s father), Alex Saxon (he plays kids’ friend), stunning Rosie O’Donell (as Callie’s curator and the owner of place Girls United) and Alexandra Barreto (Jesus and Marianna’s biological mother).

I’m glad that after “The L Word”, “Queer As Folk”, “Orange Is The New Black” etc. (and don’t get me wrong, mentioned tv shows are amazing!), they finally created something family-ish. “The Fosters” really can help younger people, families, kids to understand that love is just love. Same sex’ partners can raise children and they can do excellent work, while kids’ biological parents are not always so great.

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I’m hoping that one day, “The Fosters” will air in my national channels in my country, Poland. It would help so much, but well… Maybe one day. From me, “The Foster”s gets 9/10 points. And I’m waiting for more, because I’m wondering what’s gonna happen next. New episode called “Safe” (S4E2) is gonna air on Monday, on Freeform.

Zoshu

Day 2 – it’s raining all the time

Oh, yes, that’s Cris. And … Lord, it’s raining. And the weather is cold. And I just woke up. My cat, Mishka woke me up. Then coffee, and my favourite morning TV. They were talking about Polish people’s habits.

Oh yeah! Because I’m Polish. Apparently we are very opened (hahahaha! I’ve never heard better joke), happier and we work very hard (well, here I would agree). Poland is a very beautiful country, with amazing buildings and history. But the reality for me here isn’t good. Poland is super homophobic, because we have super conservative goverment. That’s why I don’t feel perfect here, in my country. It’s just sad. I was shocked, especially after shooting in Orlando. So many people died, I was crying and do you know what people here said? – Oh, they killed themselves, who lives in a sin, will die. They deserved it.

And many “Catholic” people said also many more horrible things. I really couldn’t believe in that. Like how broken and evil person you have to be to talk like that about fucking life?! And this is people from Poland, unfortunetaly… I cannot belive they think they are so religious and so good. Well then, assholes, congratulations, you’re going straight to hell!

I’m sorry, I’m just so pissed off at this. And another subject… 11 more days and I’m with Cris again! Long distance relationship is hard but we can do it!

I better go, because my sister is making breakfast, I should help her. Then she’s gonna complain how many things she did 🙂

Take care, dudes!

Zoshu