Orange Is The New Black: OPS Season One Binge-Watching Guide (Netflix)
Orange, Black, or Bleak: Season One Binge-Watching Guide
So, as a formerly incarcerated person, I decided to try to use the television show Orange is the New Black as a window I could use to communicate the realities of prison to anyone who decided to read my blog.
So, here is season 1, I hope that you enjoy the journey.
Orange, Black, or Bleak - Series Intro
A discussion about why I chose to cover Orange is the New Black and a discussion of "prison porn" as a form of television.
Episode One: "I Wasn't Ready"
My coverage of Orange is the New Black S1 E 1 "I Wasn't Ready" including investigation of prison versus jail, visits in prison, prison food, Pre-sentencing Investigations, and Controlled Movement.
Episode Two: "Tit Punch"
My investigation of Orange is the New Black S1 E2 "Tit Punch" including discussion of prison to prison moves, orientation for new inmates, sagging pants, in-prison currencies, and hot peppers.
Episode Three: "Lesbian Request Denied"
My deep-dive into Orange is the New Black S1 E3 "Lesbian Request Denied" including ruminations on racial segregation in prison, prison budget-cutting, strip-searches (and other humiliations), medical care, and prison counselors.
Episode Four: "Imaginary Enemies"
My explanation of some of the issues raised in Orange is the New Black S1 E4 "Imaginary Enemies" including cell cleanliness, prison jobs, solitary confinement, prison lawyers, and post-prison traumatic stress disorder.
Episode Five: "The Chickening"
My investigation of what happened during Orange is the New Black S1 E5 "The Chickening" including chickens in the yard, church services, bartering in the unit, being constantly at risk of being shot, and the importance of basketball.
Episode Six: "WAC Pack"
My coverage of Orange is the New Black S1 E6 "WAC Pack" including plea-bargains, in-prison representation, cook-ups, addiction, and the importance of being heard (having a voice) in prison.
Episode Seven: "Blood Donut"
My deep-dive into Orange is the New Black S1 E7 "Blood Donut" including the importance of the Shawshank Rebellion, pillows, short-term budgeting, manners as a survival tool, and practicing for parole.
Episode Eight: "Moscow Mule"
My investigation of Orange is the New Black S1 E8 "Moscow Mule" including more about prison medicine, meds on the commissary sheet, more on addiction, music, and the cleanliness imperative.
Episode Nine: "Fucksgiving"
My discussion of Orange is the New Black S1 E9 "Fucksgiving" including holiday meals, the importance of standing up for yourself, more on the brutality of solitary confinement, re-entry, and the rules CO's have to follow.
Episode Ten: "Bora Bora Bora"
My deep-dive into Orange is the New Black S1 E10 "Bora Bora Bora" including privilege, crying in prison, more on prison violence, mental illness in prison, and the importance of treating prisoners as human beings.
Episode Eleven: "Tall Men With Feelings"
My exploration of Orange is the New Black S1 E11 "Tall Men With Feelings" including Piper breaking bad, mental health care, CO prisoner relationships, and some choice comments about Larry.
Episode Twelve: "Fool Me Once"
My investigation of Orange is the New Black S1 E12 "Fool Me Once" including breaking points, Doggett's crazy backstory, recidivism and technical violations, calling out the embezzlement storyline, and the importance of Yoga Jones.
Episode Thirteen "Can't Fix Crazy"
My discussion of Orange is the New Black S1 E13 "Can't Fix Crazy" including more on controlled movement, more on the embezzlement storyline, shivs and other prison weapons, the kitchen, and the importance of programming to inmate mental health.
Okay, that was Season One. Season Two coming soon.