Monday, July 20, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episodes 8-13 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

I'm not gonna lie, I sped through the last episodes of OITNB. Here are my thoughts on the rest of season 3.

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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Monday, July 13, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episodes 5, 6, & 7 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Now for my OITNB thoughts on episodes 5, 6, & 7.

If it is any inclination how this season is going, it's the fact that I didn't feel like recapping until I had watched 3 episodes.

They are just so blah.

I would stop watching if I were you. I am going to keep watching b/c I'm writing this blog and I want to see it through.

Episode 5 was mostly about Flaca's back story. She apparently finds herself in jail, tried as an adult in high school, for selling fake LSD to kids. She gets charged mostly because one of the kids she sells to, again, it's fake LSD, think's he is high and jumps off the school.

Perhaps his parents should have been more worried about why their kid felt so much pressure than the fake drugs. I am assuming it is a commentary on race relations as well, seeing as Flaca is Latino and perhaps that plays more of a role in her sentencing because the boy who jumps is white. I could see the show going there, but I wasn't impressed.

Oh, and Alex thinks her old crime boss is trying to kill her in prison. I kind of care about this, but so not really.

Episode 6 was centered around Chang. I actually liked this episode. I liked hearing the backstory about Chang. I am certain she did far worse things than what happened to her would be lover. I thought that was kind of cool. It was the only one that had a little bit of nuance to it. I like how she is quite, but she did bad things when she was younger. Much like the Russian chemotherapy patient. That was a cool backstory that carried over into the present time in jail. Other than that Piper decides that she is going to try and sell dirty underwear on the internet with her brother, Alex, and a guard's help. I read on line that Piper is flirting with an Australian inmate. Um, if that's what flirting is, that is a gross exaggeration.

Episode 7 is mostly about nothing. Suzanne is writing science fiction porn to some people's interest and other's disgust. Red gets back in the kitchen only to find out that from now on, meals will be in large heat up bags. Oh, well. Norma, the mute, has her backstory revealed in a boring and pathetic way. She was a hippie and finally after many years of following the loser, kills him because he won't stop making fun of her when he is venting his frustrations about his miserable existence.

Overall, I'm not so thrilled with this season. I feel like why I, and others, are still watching is only out of some weird respect to what the show once was and could be. I thought things would be better now that Jason Biggs was gone -- which I'm still grateful for, but the show is still lacking.

Who knows? Maybe my next blog post will just sum up the season. I can't see myself being overjoyed to dissect each episode like I was with say a Breaking Bad, TWD, or Mad Men.

Take care all!

Monday, July 6, 2015

My OITNB Season 3 Episode 3 & 4 Thoughts blog thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

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Episode 3 was titled Empathy is a Boner Killer and episode 4 was titled Finger in the Dyke.

Episode 3 centered around Nikky's heroin and her addiction. We learned a little bit more about her backstory and how she found herself in prison. It looks like she got a ten year sentence for trying to break into someone's house to steal an expensive book to sell for heroin. It also, on a side note, brings up a good point of ten years for stealing? That seems a little steep. It might have ended up saving her life though, although, I think that overdose scene from the previous season may have come after the fact.

The other major point of the story is that Alex and Piper are having hate sex .. who cares.

A continuing theme was the closing of the prison. Caputo blackmails that lady from the previous seasons, Natalie, into giving him information on how to keep the prison open. She tells him a private company was and could still be interested. It was alright. Seems like an unnecessary side story. Almost like we should care, but we don't. Or, at least I don't.

I liked Nikky's storyline. She has screwed up her life and she knows it, but she just can't stop herself. She is a junkie, and no matter why she got herself to the point she is at now, she can't seem to quit. She doesn't seem to have remorse for her friends, in fact, she uses them to get money out of her mom. The backstory though wasn't as cathartic as it could have been. It's like the show is almost there, but not quite. It is no where near as good as the flashbacks from Lost. They could really hit the nail on the head, in particular, Sun and Jin.

As for episode 4, the main story point focused on Big Boo. I've always liked her character. She is unapologetically lesbian. She does have a chip on her shoulder though, and it comes out in anger and aggression toward anyone she can point it at. While we understand her character more, I still felt like the sad tidbit to her,  not being able to say goodbye to her mom, was also just as lacking as the sad tidbit about Nikky not sticking up for her friends and bailing them out. I don't know, it just doesn't strike the right note on the emotional spectrum. Is it the writing? What is it?

Also, the loss of Nikky to the other inmates feels pressed. I don't see them really caring. I don't know why.

I think it's because all the show does is tell, not show -- a basic writing element. You tell us Red cares about Nikky, no less as a mother, but what have they done for each other. Where is the story? Where is the drama? Show us! Show Red caring for Nikky, petting her head ...something! I don't think they have had a scene together in forever!

Also, the love affair with Red and Mr. Healy seems outlandish.

The only thing I truly enjoyed was the relationship between Boo and Pennsatucky. That seemed sweet. I liked the growth form Pennsatucky. I liked the simple caring nature of Boo toward Pennsatucky.

I'm sure I'll watch a new episode pretty soon!

Be well everyone! Until next time!