Orange is the New Black Season 4 Review
*** Warning, this article will include "spoilers"***
This past weekend, I was finally able to sit down and watch the entire 4th season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and I must say that this was my favorite season since the premiere season.
I was very bored and disappointed with the the show last season and struggled to finish it. It just wasn't exciting and it felt like the season was filled with filler. But this season had me hooked from the very start and every episode built enough that it had me anticipating the next episode right away. I watched the entire season in just over two days, and found myself thinking about watching the show, while I was watching other shows over the weekend. That's always a great sign.
Let's get right to the biggest shock of the season and that was the tragic death that shocked every viewer of the show.
Poussey? Really man. Smh. I was astonished, floored, furious, and sad. I get it, if you want to make a splash, you kill a man character. But damn. Couldn't they have killed Janae, the track star? I know, I know. But Poussey was one of my favorites. She was intelligent and cool. Sad man.
But my response only speaks to how well the season was built and delivered. Tension and issues between ethnic groups has been a consistent story-line on the show since the beginning, as it would be in any jail in America, but this seaosn really mirrored the tension in our society as well. The way the Black Lives Matter movement was touched and was very well done in my opinion, and the symbolism of Poussey's death and the aftermath really hit home for me.
Taystee's reaction was relatable and understandable, as her best friend was just murdered right before her and NOTHING was being done about it and Poussey was being treated as though her life was irrelevant. A feeling black people in America have far too often. This shit was gut wrenching man. This issue brought all the inmates togtehr, regardless of racial or ethnic background, as they all clearly could identify with the treatment of inmates as nothing more than property of the State.
Overall, while the season was filled with entertaining story-lines and great performances, the closing issue really has captured my attention and I can't pull myself to really dive into the rest of the minor story-lines right now. I will address them in the coming weeks though, because this season was fantastic.