'Orange Is The New Black - Season Six'
(Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, et al / 3-Disc Blu-ray + Digital / NR / 2019 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Picking up one week after the emergency response team stormed Litchfield Penitentiary, the ladies of Litch have been torn apart, literally and figuratively, as they enter a new facility in the sixth season of 'Orange Is The New Black'.
Blu-ray Verdict: 'Orange is the New Black is continuing to make bold moves going into its sixth season and although there have been a couple of sleeper seasons to get through before this one, we are in for some serious prison malarkey here, my friends!
Now newbies they must navigate new rules and power dynamics, starting at the bottom, and getting hazed by inmates and tortured by guards, of course.
Friendships will be tested and new allegiances formed - some by choice and others by circumstance - as the women face a slew of charges from the riot.
Will they take plea deals and turn on each other or band together and keep their bonds intact?
Well, what I can tell you without spoiling everything is I'm both thrilled and heartbroken after the watching the finale episode of this sixth season!
It was sudden, full of suspense, and very captivating. Certain things left me really downbeat and downcast though, but I won't reveal them, as aforementioned. Uzo Aduba is fantastic. Taystee has been so underrated! I like how every character is flawed, it makes them look so damn real!
As we all know now, this sixth season begins immediately after the riot where they are they shipped off to maximum security. However, we have yet to see what the original prison is like now and we are missing quite a few characters from season six (head's up).
It is presumed they went to other prisons, but we would still like to see how they are doing, wouldn't we? It would have also been nice to see Ouija slapped in the her face at least once to get what she deserves!
Anyhoo, and moving on, at maximum security we meet some new faces. Of course, they go there to be punished more, but the problem is it is almost too real!
They are confined most of the day and not allowed to do much. They then have to deal with some horrible guards and inmates and you really begin to feel for them.
Indeed, you can feel their boredom and pain which, in all truth, makes this sixth season both frustratingly annoying and as joyous to behold as ever before!
For those not in the know, 'Orange Is The New Black' addresses several social issues in the most hilarious ways. It shows you how prison can break a person and turn them even worse that they were before getting it.
It also shows you how capitalism has affected what should be government owned properties, and turned prisoners into rather slaves.
It shows you how racism is still very much alive and how it affects the discriminated against and how it favors the rich and white over others.
It also shows how prisoners are being treated and sexually harassed just because they cannot speak of it.
It even addressed homosexuality and how it is stigmatized even by law enforcers. It shows how religion has made tribalism stronger than ever and so, so much more.
I love how it shows prisoners as people by making you relate to them in a funny way. Normally in life, one wouldn't sympathize with prisoners nor want their tax money going to better their lives, but this show shows you that they are people after all and how they were brought up contributed to who they are now.
In short, 'Orange Is The New Black' is very strong in its characterizations and you really get to know all the characters inside and out.
Furthermore, you understand their struggles and why they act the way they act. You really feel empathy and love for so many of these characters.
Indeed, the wonderful thing about this show is that there is no real main character. We jump back and forth between many complex characters and learn so much about their background and so on.
In short, this wondrous series has excellent direction, writing, cinematography, setting, soundtrack and acting and every single actress in this show delivers superlative performances. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
"Litchfield to the Max" Featurette
Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
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