I think most people here mainlined it in a week or two, but I started OITNB in August some time and finished it yesterday. I have some thoughts (that are under the cut because spoilers).

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To be honest, I had a hard time getting through the show for two reasons. The first reason is no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't turn off the my inner critical commentary. I have a lot of feelings about the prison-industrial complex in this country, and that kept getting in the way of my enjoyment of the show. Also, for the first few episodes, I was kind of perturbed by the lesbians in prison theme because that is a very old trope that I thought we were done with, but I eventually let that go. The other reason I had trouble getting through it is because of Piper herself. She is a terrible fucking person, and not in a satisfying way like a Walter White. She is just consistently terrible. I wanted to smack her upside the head on so many occasions. Also, I thought having the season end with Piper beating the shit out of Pennsatucky was rather strange, although I still can't quite articulate why it's so strange to me.

Speaking of the season's end, I really couldn't handle how fucking awful the assistant warden lady was and how she kept sweeping EVERYTHING under the rug. I'm sure shady shit goes down at real-life prisons, but covering up a suicide, an assault and smuggled drugs? Okay, maybe that sounds a little too naive, but with all the power struggling at the end with the warden lady and Caputo, Red and Mendez, Red and Gloria, Piper and Healy, and Piper and Pennsatucky, it got to be a bit much.

I did like the show for the racial and age diversity, and as such, most of my favorite characters were the secondary and tertiary characters. I desperately need to know the origin stories of Poussey, Black Cindy and Crazy Eyes.

By the way, has anyone read the memoir the show is based on? I'm interested to see if the real-life Piper is as fucking terrible, and my podunk local library has a copy of the book, surprisingly.

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