There aren’t a lot of shows out there that get me hooked. And, I’ve never been one to watch too much TV in the first place. But, after hearing all the craze about this show from friends and various social media posts about its seemingly female-empowering undertones, I decided to finally catch myself back up to speed in the world of TV this summer. And something about OITNB really stuck. Whether it’s the female-driven cast, interesting prison premise, brilliant character writing, portrayal of real women aside from age/race/sex/image, or even Taylor Schilling… I don’t know what got me hooked. Oh wait, I think it’s all of it. This show deserves all its glory. Not only does it do justice to the prison life, but it does justice to women—in prison, in Hollywood, in the entertainment industry, in real life. I vote for Piper Chapman. All the way. And you should too. (And when you can find yourself identifying with a character, then you know it’s good writing.)
Piper Chapman: You put me in danger.
Alex Vause: You loved it! You were just this boring little girl from Connecticut who wanted to feel special and bad.
Piper Chapman: Don’t turn this around on me.
Alex Vause: I didn’t name you. And yeah, maybe I never forgave you for leaving, because you broke my fucking heart. I may have done a lot of fucked up things in my life, but I have never lied to you. Ever.
– OITNB, Season 1 Episode 3
Piper Chapman: I’m like you … I’m weak too. I can’t get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain or is it because I’m some evil fuck monster? I don’t know. But I do know that I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself and now, now it’s just about getting through the day without crying. And I’m scared. I’m still scared. I’m scared that I’m not myself in here and I’m scared that I am. Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison … It’s coming face-to-face with who you really are. … The truth catches up with you in here … and it’s the truth that’s going to make you her bitch.
– OITNB, Season 1 Episode 10
OITNB fans, I’m curious. Who/what makes you love this show?