November 19 2017

Orange Is the New Black recap: 'Litchfield's Got Talent'

November 19 2017, 06:56 | Frederick Owens

TV Review: Netflix's Orange is the New Black is a combination of salvation and suffering in its fifth season

Laura Prepon Taylor Schilling Orange Is the New Black

In the adorable short, a young Piper Snackman shows up to Litchfield prison with an orange as a snack. Flaca (Jackie Cruz) and Maritza (Diane Guerrero), who insist on being called "Flaritza", spend their time becoming YouTube stars. All you need is WiFi or a data plan and a little bit of peace and quiet.

Flashbacks have been the main vehicle for character development over the course of the show, and season five is no different.

"I think it's a lovely risk that Jenji's taking", says Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman, a privileged young woman who is locked up for a decade-old drug offense.

"Orange is the New Black" has always been more about characters than story, but the structure of Season 5 - after the fourth's emotional cliffhanger - puts that formula to the test, as the prison-uprising plot line drags on until it's easy to start feeling a little stir insane. Whether or not the Litchfield inmates will see their demands for better prison conditions remains to be seen - but it's not looking great for our girls.

Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling has said the new series of the show will reflect the fact there was an "eruption" in the United States this year.

Sent to the SHU as protection from the transphobic bullying she was experiencing by the other inmates, Sophia (Laverne Cox) was released back in to the rest of the prison near the end of season 5.

Gloria seems to be the only person that understands that once the riot is over, there will be further charges added to everyone who is participating, so she is trying to save the life of the guard Daya shot in order to avoid a murder charge added to all the crimes being committed.

The season is set to be particularly intense, as the 13 episodes it features are all set over just three days in Litchfield - presumably meaning events are going to be much more fast-paced than viewers are used to.

The inmate was accidentally crushed to death during a fight between prisoners and guards, which sparked even more heightened emotions. We know the riot has to end eventually, and history tells us it won't end well. But Taystee's decision to talk to the media instead of Judy King runs parallel to one of this season's more meaningful backstories. Sometimes, Red (Kate Mulgrew) commands most of the power, and sometimes, someone else controls her and she struggles to keep her place under the new head CO Piscatella (Brad William Henke). Although both Piper and Alex vowed to stay out of trouble in the Season 4 finale, it looks like they'll be in the middle of all the commotion in Season 5.

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