Reaction Time: Orange is the New Black Season 3

By Sara Da Silva

It took me longer than anticipated to watch season 3 of Orange Is the New Black. Personally, I feel as though this season wasn’t the strongest but it was still an enjoyable watch. There will be spoilers ahead, you have been warned.

A fairly large portion of the show focused on the relationship between Piper and Alex, which I don’t think is interesting anymore. Piper, despite getting used to the prison environment and actually growing a pair, is still unbearably whiney. She has also turned into quite the stone cold bitch, if you pardon my French, as we saw in the finale episode. One thing the writers did right, however, was introduce Stella Carlin played by the gorgeous Ruby Rose. Now this woman has women everywhere questioning their sexuality.

There are two things that this show does really well: backstories and tackling difficult issues. We grow to appreciate the characters so much more as we understand their lives before prison. For example, Tiffany’s history of sexual abuse offered great insight into her character and really aided with her character development in terms of her time at Litchfield and her interaction with the new guard: Coates. Modern television often fails to represent all types of people and issues due to the fear of controversy, however OITNB tackles a wide variety of topics this season: sexuality, rape, depression and transphobia. It gives a voice to those who have never before been represented on television.

Intertwined with the serious issues, OITNB is no stranger to comedy. Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren continues to be my favourite character as she begins to write her science fiction erotica that becomes extremely popular at Litchfield. In addition to that hilarity, it looks like there’s a new Dandelion in the prison. Crazy Eyes and Maureen Kukudio’s budding romance is all kinds of adorable.

Speaking of adorable romances, Red and Healy’s relationship makes for very happy watching. But, as always, the heartbreak is not far away as Dayanara has just had her baby and Bennett is nowhere to be found. We were all rooting for you. I’m hoping that he will somehow redeem himself in season 4.

The season ended on a pretty lighthearted note with the inmates temporarily free, but for how long will that last? The season has left us with so many questions: Is Alex actually dead? Will Bennett come back? Will Healy leave his wife for an unconventional romance with Red? I suppose we’ll have to wait for the next season to find out.


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