I know I only post these days to talk about TV but hey, nothing notable is happening in my real life so w/e. (Except maybe how two nights ago my waterbed exploded and I woke up soaking wet. That was fun.)
Now that I'm sure you've all rushed off to watch Orphan Black on my recommendation, I have a new one for you: Orange is the New Black!
Netflix's latest venture into original programming follows Piper Chapman as she's uprooted from her pleasant suburban life to begin her year-and-a-half prison sentence for drug trafficking back in her 20s with her then-girlfriend. As Piper reluctantly settles in, the show expands to feature more of her fellow inmates, their backstories and relationships. It ranges from quite funny to occasionally very sad, and I think I was hooked by the second episode. (I would recommend that, if you find yourself put off by Piper in the first episode or so, you keep going, though, because the show does get much better once it starts placing more emphasis on the other characters.)
I am legitimately unsure if I've ever seen a show so
dominated by female characters, and by such DIVERSE female characters. It's sad that it takes a show set in a women's prison to accomplish this, and perhaps sadder that a show about a women's prison can only get greenlit if it focuses on a "sweet" suburban white girl, but I don't think either of those things should detract from the fact that OITNB has a wide array of old women, young women, women of colour, gay women, bisexual women, poor women, trans women (well, trans woman). And obviously because the show's landscape is populated by 95% women you get all manner of relationships between them -- friends, best friends, enemies, mother/daughter, girlfriends, bitter exes.( Here's where I talk in spoilery detail.Collapse )
I can't think of anything else specifically at the moment. But basically, great show, possibly fails at a couple things (why do they describe bisexuality in every way without ever daring USE the word?) but succeeds at many more. Would definitely recommend if you like dramedy and especially if you're interested in stories centered around women.