There aren’t enough SQUEEEEEEEEEEEs in the world.
Rather than rehash something we’ve already said, we’re just gonna quote ourselves from our original post recommending OItNB to y’all (which, incidentally, became our most widely shared post on Tumblr. Fun T Lo Fact):
But, in some ways, more importantly, this show isn’t just about general, universal truths. These are clearly and specifically women’s stories; about the choices women have to make in this world and about the millions of different ways the world conspires to rob women of their agency or hold them back from their potential. This is not to say that every character is an innocent flower and merely a victim. No, these are difficult, hard women; and their choices are not always easy to watch, but they are almost always understandable and heartbreaking.
But digging down even further, it’s clear to us that the strength of the tale isn’t that it’s universal and isn’t even that it’s women-specific, but that it tells the stories of the types of women who don’t get their stories told in our culture: black women, Hispanic women, fat women, butch women, bi women, old women, immigrant women, uneducated women – and even a trans woman’s story. When the season is done, you will be astonished at the vast range of women you’ve been exposed to and if you reflect on it, will probably be a little depressed that such stories are so rare in our culture.
Remember the other day when we gave both Call the Midwife and The Bletchley Circle high praise for presenting a range of normally unseen woman in their casts? Take that sentiment and quadruple it. Show creator Jenji Kohan does not have the best track record when it comes to following up brilliant seasons of television (See: her latter tenure on Weeds), but we remain hopeful that season 2 will be just as magic and engaging as season one. In fact, we’re going to do recaps. We just have to figure out the format, since the entire season drops at once. We’re thinking it would make more sense to recap say, three episodes at a time, once a week.
In short, we don’t care if we sound like gay dolphins:
[Photo Credit: Ali Goldstein/David Giesbrecht/K.C. Bailey/Jessica Miglio/JoJo Whilden for Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix via YouTube]
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