Monday, July 20, 2015
My OITNB Season 3 Episodes 8-13 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC
Episodes 8 & 9 were so boring. Suzanne is writing porn and the prison is interested in it. No kidding. Nothing is going on in their lives and like all things in life, a little spark will go a long way. There was momentary interest in Alex and Lolly, but of course, that fizzles into nothing, like all OITNB storylines.
Episode 10 was by far the best episode between 8-13. Its highlighted character was Pennsatucky. This was by far the most heartfelt episode. You really ached for her. Her upbringing, the expectations of her, what she thought were the regular rules of life -- just from what she was told, observed, and dealt -- was just gut-wrenching. You could see her exploitation, her resolve, and her despair. The best line was "I'm just sad". That's what you felt for her in the final rape scene in the van. It was just so sad what was happening, had happened, and what was expected of her. Of course you are angry, but when she stops fighting and just resolves herself to the situation, who didn't want to scoop her up and hug and hold her. Big Boo did that without the physical contact. Big Boo just wanted to make it better for Pennsatucky. The big bad butch trying to save the tiny little girl -- exploited for her frailty, her hope, her upbringing, and her naivety. Bog Boo was written excellently in this episode. The tough woman who ultimately didn't know what to do. That episode stayed with me the rest of the night.
Episodes 11 & 12 were only good because of the relationship with Boo and Pennsatucky. I loved again, that line about "I'm just sad". Really, that is what it comes down to. She is sad for it all. Everything. Her upbringing, her gender, her hope -- yes. She can be sad about her hope. She just hoped this one guy would be good to her, and when it is squashed, you watch the horribleness of it all wash over her and drain her.
I also liked Sophia and Gloria. Sophia holding her head high, knowing ultimately she was being punished for a crime against her. The message being stated that if she was not transexual, there wouldn't be a problem. It was a good scene. The pain that Gloria felt over the situation getting out of hand was good, but the dilemma of still not saying anything to remedy the situation.
Overall, I just feel like a 13 episode season was completely unnecessary. I feel like Netflix is trying to get money out of their viewers. That entire season could have been consolidated into 6 episodes. I felt like nothing really happened. I don't know more or care more about any of the characters besides Big Boo and Pennsatucky. The interesting thing is, they even made Piper completely uninteresting. A kingpin? Who gives a shit. Alex? Meh. Killed? Don't care. Flaca? Don't care. I sort of care about Caputo and Sophia, but like .... 60%.
They need to do a better job at character development if they want to continue. Honestly? If this was not on Netflix, and a person had to continue to commit week to week, this show would fail. The only reason people will watch the entire season is a shrug and a click.
What do you think?
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