Prisoners Review

When I first saw this films trailer I was immediately intrigued; Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall together in a film on paper says its going to be good. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Despite that, I still enjoyed it.

Two little girls from different families go missing and police launch a frantic search for the two children. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhall) is brought in as the lead whilst both families (Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello & Terrence Howard and Viola Davis) take different approaches to help finding their children.

After a suspect is arrested but then let go because of not enough evidence, Keller Dover (Jackman) takes the law into his own hands, kidnapping the suspect Alex, and turning to torture to try and get the vital information he believes he holds. During these scenes you’re not sure who to feel sorry for more you are constantly left guessing as to whether Alex is in fact the kidnapper.

Even though the initial abduction is gotten to quickly in the film, the story is quite slow on the upkeep, giving the audience a lot of extra layers that eventually all lead up the reveal of the ending. Despite the movie being long, it’s extremely gripping and intense with plenty of twists and turns and conflicting emotions

The differing reactions from the parents and their coping capabilities vary as well, giving the actors more scope; Hugh Jackman takes a very pragmatic approach and gives a great performance -Keller is a man who is prepared to do just about anything to get his daughter back, quickly becoming desperate and angry. In contrast to this, his on-screen wife played by Maria Bello completely crumbles with inconsolable grief: she has to be medicated in order to keep her sedated and calm. The other family played by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis remain calm, and it’s intriguing to see both individual’s battles with their conscience once they discover the truth of Dover’s brutality. Gyllenhall was also great as Loki, compete with his own mannerism in the form of a double blink which added a nice touch to his character. He was calm and collected despite several run ins with Jackman’s character and the red tape that he faced at work.

The ending when it comes is both satisfying but also left open-ended, but as a viewer I was glad that it had finally arrived; it was an incredibly tense movie but even so it felt a little too long for me and I found myself being quite fidgety in the cinema. Despite this I thought it was a solid, gripping movie and one worth seeing if you’re a fan of either Gyllenhall or Jackman.

“Someone has to make him talk or they’re gonna die!” (Keller Dover, Prisoners)

Pilots: The Blacklist

This new crime drama pilot for NBC is my favourite pilot so far, albeit I have only watched two, but when I spotted this online, I thought it could be a winner and I’m glad to say it was with heaps of potential.

James Spader stars as Raymond Reddington, one of the most wanted criminals who walks into a government building and gives himself up, demanding to work with one agent -Elizabeth Keen. It’s her first day on the job and she’s been thrown in at the deep end.

What follows is an episode that is pretty much laid out fully in the 4 minute trailer that is released, however it’s a lot more fleshed out and introduces us to the cast of characters and an intriguing storyline -just why does Reddington know so much about Elizabeth and what is their connection?

Keen and her husband looks relatively normal -their looking to adopt, they look in love and they even have a dog. That’s until she finds a bunch if fake passports and money in their house. What is his secret and why does Reddington know about him. My guess is that he was planted there by Reddington to use and feed him info about him.

As well as Spader we have Harry Lennix in a power position in the FBI and fans of Homeland will recognise Diego Klattenhoff as Mike. The show kicks off with a case of a terrorist planning the kidnap of a US General’s daughter which is played with several twists and turns, which come as unexpected if you hadn’t watched the trailer (for me I had which pretty much summed up most of the plot). Reddington announces at the end if the episode that this was just the first in his list, which he calls “the Blacklist”.

The opening episode certainly brings a lot of an intriguing questions, not particularly why Reddington is so obsessed with Keen and what exactly her husband Tom is hiding. The show has a lot of promise and is led brilliant by James Spader who has an abundance of charisma and charm as the bad guy. He has a composure and swarve intelligence that he carries so well in the character: it seems that nothing fazes him. Megan Boone who plays Keen is likeable and she has great chemistry with Spader.

I’m hoping this show lives up to its great opening episode, I have high hopes for it and it’s one I’m gonna continue watching.

“It’s called the blacklist, that sounds exciting. That’s why we’re all here, of course, my wish list. It’s a list that I’ve been cultivating for 20 years. Politicians, mobsters, hackers, spies.” (The Blacklist)

Homeland 3.1 Review “Tin Man is Down”

Homeland enters its 3rd season this year, hoping for a smoother run than the bumps it hit during its second season.

Set a time after the attack on the CIA, Brody is still missing with the whole country still thinking that he was responsible for the attack that killed 219 people. The CIA is trying to recover from the attack with Saul acting in charge. The organisation however is facing pressure regarding a senate hearing into the attack and the handling of the Brody situation. Particularly having a hard time is Carrie, as the committee is quite hostile towards her; Carrie is still championing Brody, despite her lawyer’s best efforts to sway her from that path. She seems to be back to obsessing over him and what’s more she’s off her drugs which is never good.

I always forget how wonderful Clare Danes plays Carrie, hence why she’s won so many awards for her portrayal. She plays Carrie’s skittish personality and her daily battle with her mental health brilliantly, but she is also strong-willed and determined. The senate hearing blindsides her with statements and facts regarding Brody causing her to unravel during the hearing. It also seems that being off her meds is causing her to slip back into old patterns, sleeping with a random man after meeting him at a convenience store (and it’s sad that this guy also looks quite like Brody).

The episode also focuses on the CIA and how it’s coping in the aftermath. Saul is in his new role as acting director and he’s struggling particularly with his love life and his relationship with the long-suffering wife Mira. He’s also facing pressure from all areas to find Brody quickly, and bring them to justice.

Brody’s family are taking it hard – it’s an interesting decision but a good one to have Dana try and kill herself and enter rehab during the interlude between season’s 2 and 3. They’re being hounded by the press, receiving death threats and have lost their main source of income in Brody. The family have been broken apart yet again by the loss and disappearance of Brody and it’ll be hard for them to come through it united.

It’s a good solid first episode, choosing to focus on the CIA and Brody family rather than answer the Brody question. Where is he? What has he been doing? And was he responsible for the CIA attack? Those questions I’m sure will be touched upon whilst more rise up – welcome back to Homeland!

“I don’t buy it. I don’t buy half of what you and your colleagues are selling. You’re hiding something Miss Matheson and when we find out what it is we’re gonna put the whole lot of you in jail” (Committee Chairman, Homeland 3.1)

About Time

About Time is a romantic-comedy on the outside, but on the inside is much more about love, family and living through those defining life moments. Starring Domnhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy and written and directed by British filmmaker Richard Curtis, it’s a classic heart-warming movie with some great comedy moments thrown in.

The premise is relatively simple; at the age of 21, Tim (Gleeson) discovers from his father (Nighy) that he can in fact travel in time –all he has to do is go into a dark place, clench his fists and think of where he wants to go. Tim goes on a quest to find his first love and when he meets Mary (McAdams) in a restaurant, he falls head over heels. He uses his new found ability to overcome several problems for the couple including taking 3 attempts to make sure the first time they have sex is amazing.

Like I said though, the film is much more than just the love story between Tim and Mary; it takes in their life together – their first house and their first child and also focuses on Tim’s family – the troubled sister and the loss of a loved one. With the help of his time travel, Tim gets to realise that every moment counts and that sometimes just living those ordinary moments, day in and day out is life’s pleasure.

The film’s three main leads really shine in this romantic comedy, and it’s filled with some really funny moments, but also some sadness. Bill Nighy and Domnhall Gleeson have a great chemistry together, particularly in scenes with just the two of them. McAdam’s still manages to look goregeous in this movie, despite her character being a lot dowdier than others she has played in the past. She and Gleeson also make a cute pairing, and I particularly liked the montage they put together of them travelling on the tube showing the passing of time.

The movie certainly leaves you smiling and at its heart asks the audience to seize the day and live each moment to the full. The movie is certainly on a par with Curtis’ other successful movies, particularly Love Actually which is always a favourite of mine over Christmas time. It’s a light-hearted romantic film, that becomes much more than a romance, but a film about life.

Tim: Lesson number 1: All the time travelling in the world can’t make someone love you. (About Time)

Dannii Minogue: My Story – Autobiography

I borrowed this from a friend as I’ve wanted to read the Aussie’s life story for some time. From her time on The X Factor she struck me as a fun, poised, and good-natured woman. What I’ve found from reading her story is that she is all those things and more.

Finding fame from an early age on the Aussie television show Young Talent Time, Dannii found her star rising when she landed a role on the popular soap Home and Away recording her debut album around the same time. Even though her music career did not take off as much as her older sister Kylie, Dannii still has many accolades to her name, with her music over the years becoming much more successful on the club scene. Her music hit highs as well as lows as she suffered the disappointment of bad reviews, bad sales and also getting dropped from record labels. She talks a lot about her music, about what it means to her and as someone that doesn’t know much about her music career it left me inspired to go and find some of her hits.

As well as her music career, Dannii touches on some other career highlights, including her passion for fashion design and her time in front of television cameras as a presenter and as a talent judge on Austraila’s Got Talent and The X Factor, including speaking about her infamous feud with Sharon Osbourne which is insightful and always a good read, espeically if you’re like me and love a good gossip.

As well as her professional career, she touches upon personal stories from her childhood as well as her heartache with relationships including her marriage breakdown to Julian McMahon, and several other relationships that have suffered from long distance. I never knew how many serious relationships she had had and how much her work schedules had affected them over the years. She also discusses several other passions of hers, including her charity work supporting HIV and cancer sufferers. I was surprised to find how much cancer has touched Dannii’s life; it’s not just the much-publicised battle that her sister Kylie had, but also her good friend Terry Ronald. It was very touching reading about the loss of her good friend Laura through cancer; it seems that she still struggles with that huge loss.

As well as all this, Minogue shares many anecdotes of fun times in her life, and it seems that she does enjoy a good tipple in her downtime. She seems like a very down to earth person, even with the fame that she’s found across both sides of the pond. If you’re a fan of hers, or just simply want an easy read then I would recommend this.

 

“I did know one thing for sure; whatever was going on with Sharon, this certainly wasn’t the end of it. In fact, I had a feeling it was just the beginning.” (Dannii Minogue: My Story)

Grey’s Anatomy 10×1 &10×2 –Season Opener

The show’s 10th 2 hour season opener is set right after the 9th season finale, dealing with the aftermath of the storm. There are more victims this time from a landslide that is caused from the storm which the team have to deal with. As well as this though, the doctors face some victims that are a little close to home.

Richard Webber is finally found in the generator room after being electrocuted at the end of the last season, but not before another victim is claimed in the form of Brooks the intern. When they are both found, the doctors take immediate action in order to save them, and whilst Webber makes it through both episodes alive, sadly Brooks dies which is a shame because she was one of my favourite interns -she had a kooky sense of character about her, and had a deadpan comedic flair.

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was mostly in a bed for the entirety of the opener after her labour and abdominal surgery. But she still managed to make some tough decisions regarding Webber’s health as she is named in his medical records as the person to make the calls on his health.

Meanwhile, April went back and forth over her feelings for both Matthew and Jackson. In both episodes she went from getting engaged to Matthew, to then breaking up, professing her feelings to Jackson and then going back and getting re-engaged to Matthew. To be frank, I’m getting a little tired over this storyline. The end game is hopefully to have April and Jackson get back together but at the moment, they are making April look extremely desperate, jumping back and forth between two men. All I can say is more fool Matthew for agreeing to marry her.

Two of the most interesting strands from the episodes were the fall outs from the breakdown of two relationships from last season -Owen and Christina and Callie and Arizona.  Owen & Christina continued to have sex through the opening before coming to the realisation that they would soon have to cut ties with each other, and even not friends. It’s really sad to see Christina mourning her relationship with Owen. Callie & Arizona continue to fight after Arizona’s infidelity; Callie announces to everyone that Arizona cheated on her and spends the rest of the episode blocking Arizona’s apologies. Seeing the pair fighting was a little heartbreaking, especially when it came to thinking about where Sophia, their child fit into their break-up.

The show is entering its 10th season, a mean feat for the medical drama. This season will most probably be a crucial one for the series; with the news that Sandra Oh is leaving after this year, it will be interesting to see what the other original main cast do when their contracts are up for renewal. For now though, the season looks like it’s going to be filled with more classic Grey’s heartache.

 

Meredith: If I say, “Bailey peed on me,” I think it’s safe to assume it’s my son (Grey’s Anatomy 10.1)

Criminal Minds 9.1 & 9.2 Review

The show’s entering its 9th season and will celebrate its 200th episode, but the show continues to develop the show, its characters and push the bar with the cases they investigate.

The first episode in a 2-parter opens with J.J. and Morgan racing after the unsub, eventually catching up to him but leaving us on a cliff-hanger as a car plummets towards them and we flashback to two days before when the team first get the case. It’s not fully clear how long it’s been since the 8th season finale, but Hotch is doing double duty with as head of the team, as well as picking up Strauss’s paperwork. He reveals to Rossi that he’s been asked to take over the job full time, a role that would take him away from field jobs. The underlying concern of Hotch potentially leaving the team is present at different moments through the episode as the team struggle to comprehend Hotch taking a desk job.

The case for the week is an intriguing one as well; the unsub is killing females and placing them in a submissive, praying position. The team later find that the unsub is obsessed with the praying mantis insect, except that he subjects his victims to eating human body parts before killing them. His rage stems from a girl who he used to date, but who dumped him and Wallace (our unsub) never got over it. The episode draws to where it started and JJ and Morgan escape the oncoming vehicle unscathed. The team head back home, with Hotch’s decision still looming over them. There’s an unsettling feeling as something isn’t sitting right with the team – then Hotch gets a call. It’s the wrong guy.

Turns out Wallace has a twin, Jesse, who was put up for adoption just before he and his brother Wallace turned 3. He’s quite successful, basically everything that Wallace isn’t and after some swish words from his lawyer, the police can’t follow him. The team focus on finding out everything they can about both boys and the family they came from. After much digging and with no help from the boys’ mother Carla, the team find their father living alone and suffering from a psychotic breakdown. He turns out to be quite harmless and probably the nicest out of their broken family unit.

After kidnapping Wallace Jesse tries his hand a becoming a killer, telling his twin that he hopes they can kill Jesse’s friendly dog walker friend together. It’s unnerving to see that their genes really had an effect on both men even though they lived and grew up separately. The boys connect after so many years; a flaw in their mother’s plan who seems to struggle with her own demons. Carla is quite narcissistic, craving validation and love as a mother – she picked Jesse to be put up for adoption simply because Wallace as a child in one moment told her that he loved her. Ever since then he has been a disappointment, causing her trouble and never quite living up to her expectations. After Jesse unsealed his adoption records he contacted her, and they hatched a plan to kill Wallace.

A tense stand-off in the church ensues as mother and sons are united; however Carla’s original plan backfires as Jesse turns of her and Wallace in turn aims his gun at Jesse. There’s a struggle and one of the twins is killed as the team enter. It seems Jesse has come out unscathed, but the team aren’t convinced and rather than wait for finger prints they try and tell by his behaviour. They soon ascertain it is in fact Wallace and you visually see the disappointment in Carla’s eyes as she is driven off in a police car over Wallace being alive.

Another case closed for the team and as it turns out Hotch no longer needs to make a decision regarding Strauss’ old job. His offer is revoked as it is believed he is better working with the team in the field, a happy occasion for all, although it would be interesting to hear what he would have said if the offer was still in play but I guess it may be something we never know.

Overall, a really interesting double episode season opener, the idea of twin psychopath killers is something I don’t think has ever been covered and it’s a great way to start the season.

“If you arrest my client again – lawsuit; if you harass him –lawsuit; if you follow him – lawsuit; if you sneeze in his general direction – lawsuit.” (Jesse’s lawyer, Criminal Minds, 9.2)

Glee 5.1 & 5.2

After the tragic death of Cory Monteith over the summer, producers and cast members made the decision to carry on with the two opening episodes they had planned, and to follow that up with a tribute episode to Monteith. These two opening episodes involved Glee’s biggest tribute to a music artist to date – the iconic band The Beatles were given the Glee tribute and they pulled it off well.

For huge fans of the Beatles music, the Glee cast singing the band’s hits probably won’t be their cup of tea, but as covers the songs work surprisingly well, particularly in the first episode. The two episodes crammed in an awful lot of storyline as well, with the 5th season picking up soon after the end of last season. Rachel is still chasing her dream of being in Funny Girl, the Glee club is busy preparing for Nationals (although when is it not busy preparing for a competition) and Blaine is still determined to propose to Kurt.

Over at McKinley, Sue is back and on form as she’s framed Figgins and gotten herself named as acting Principal, with Figgins demoted to janitor which brings some great comedy lines. The Glee club focuses on the Beatles assignment for the week, with Blaine explaining his plans of proposing to Kurt, but getting other Glee club’s involved such as Vocal Adrenaline and The Warblers. It’s great to see some familiar faces back, particularly Grant Gustin (Sebastian). Kitty and Artie draw focus in this episode as they start to become an item, after they connected last season.  For me though this angle is one I don’t particularly see going anywhere; Kitty has developed as a character, and her walls of bitchiness have been broken down. However this latest progression is one that I’m just not buying and it seems that the writers are trying to pan off Artie with just about every Glee club member (Tina, Brittany and now Kitty).  Over in New York, Rachel is still auditioning for Fanny and to earn that extra dollar she takes a job in a restaurant alongside Santana (and as we find out in episode 2 Kurt also takes up a job there). Whilst working Rachel runs into the two men she auditioned for at the start of the episode (guest starring Ioan Gruffudd and Peter Facinelli  – two of the most gorgeous men…particularly the latter). After leaving a lasting impression, we find out in episode 2 that she indeed got the role of Fanny, in a lovely scene at the diner. Even though it is typical that she landed the first major role she went for, I do wonder if they’ll pick this up again or how it will progress.

The culmination of the first episode’s major plot point – the proposal – is a beautiful one. First, we get Mike O’Malley in a lovely moment with Kurt on the way to the ‘surprise’ proposal. Him and Chris Colfer have always had great chemistry together, and this scene is no different. After this we get the Beatles’ classic ‘All you need is love’ with Blaine in a very colourful yellow suit (which I strangely love), in a beautifully shot performance and choreography with help from New Directions and some of the other Glee clubs they’ve come across over the years. Blaine’s speech after the song as well is just gorgeous to listen to and I couldn’t help but have a tear in my eye the first time I watched it.

The first episode was quite light-hearted and good fun overall, which made me empathise with the cast and crew; having to shoot such heart-warming, light-hearted scenes in the aftermath of such a sad occasion.  The second episode certainly had a sense of unity surrounding it particularly as another prom night was almost ruined for a Glee club member.

Through last season, we saw more of a selfish quality, a need to be the star from Tina, and in this episode as she’s named as one of the contenders to be prom queen, it becomes more evident and it’s certainly not an attractive quality in the character. We are also introduced to the cheerleader Bree, the new arch-nemesis of the Glee club who sabotages Tina on her big night. As a character, she’s written fantastically and the actress who plays her Erinn Westbrook is great at bringing her to life.  Bree’s sabotage is having Tina win prom queen but having her moment ruined as, what I’m assuming is red slushy, is dropped on her. The aftermath is very reminiscent of Carrie, which is amusing but you do feel for Tina, and it’s certainly on a level with when Kurt was named queen in season 2. Having the entire Glee club unite around her to patch her up is lovely moment, and shows the heart that this show has.

Other strands from the second episode include the introduction of Demi Lovato’s character Dani, a new love interest for Santana is adorable to see her freak out about Lovato, as she’s usually so calm. It’ll be nice to see what Lovato can bring to the show and the inclusion of Adam Levine will bring another layer to that. One thing I did pick up on is a lot of the other character’s got pushed back this week – apart from one small mention early in the first episode, the rift and fallout from the Catfish incident between Unique and Ryder is not mentioned, despite the fact Ryder vowed to leave Glee club. It’s another example of the Glee writers perhaps juggling too many plates.

The season 5 openers are solid and feel good, a nice ease into the show’s 5th season before the emotional Finn/Cory Monteith tribute episode entitled “The Quarterback”. This will probably be one of the hardest episodes of television I have likely watched, and it’s bound to be for many fans. Get your tissues ready, I sure will have mine!

“I think my soul knew something that my body and my mind didn’t know yet. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other, fearlessly and forever which is why it’s never really felt like I was getting to know each other it’s like I’ve nene remembering you from something. (Blaine. Glee 5.1)

Pilots: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 1.1

Earlier this year it was announced that Marvel was branching into real-life TV as it announced a S.H.I.E.L.D focused program, headed up by none other than fan favourite Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson). Of course for fans of Marvel, they’ll know that Coulson dies during Avengers Assemble, eventually inspiring the Avengers to defeat Loki and unite as a team. It’s probably been one of the most anticipated pilots from this year, and its arrival signals the return of a Joss Whedon show back on our screen. So, did it live up to the hype and just how does Coulson live?

The answer to both is both yes and no. The show is solid enough and shows great promise, introducing us to the world of S.H.I.E.L.D on a day-to-day running. Coulson himself appears around 10 minutes in, emerging from a dark corner in a quite humorous moment. It’s revealed that he died for around 8 seconds, and that Fury lied to the Avengers to inspire them, and that he’s been sunning himself in Tahiti, waiting to get back to work. Is that all true however – no. With one short exchange between Dr. Streiten (guest starring Whedon alumni Ron Glass) and Agent Hill (Colbie Smoulders guest starred in the pilot episode before her filming commitments on How I Met Your Mother) the speculation starts as to exactly what happened; my money at the minute is on robot or clone.

This episode also introduces us to the rest of the team that Coulson puts together through the episode. We have Agent Grant Ward, newly promoted to level 7 just for Coulson’s team; he’s intelligent, great in combat and he seems to have chemistry with Coulson’s newest recruit Skye, a renegade he picks up off the street, who has been trying to track down heroes. She’s a computer hacker, and actress Chloe Bennet carries Whedon’s comedy wit well. Duo Fitz and Simmons are the scientific geeks and even though we didn’t see much of them, they seem to bounce of each other like battling siblings. Melinda May, is the most interesting character for me; she gets recruited as she’s behind a desk doing paperwork, but Ward acts as if he’s met a celebrity when he’s introduced to her. She certainly can kick butt, but just why is she so reluctant to get back into the field? With this being the pilot, none of the characters are particularly fleshed out, but everyone seems plucky and interesting, so hopefully their personalities will grow as the episodes carry on.

The ‘hero’ of the week in this opening episode was another Whedon alumnus – J. August Richards who played Gunn in Angel. In order to be more than just ordinary in order to provide more for his son, his character Mike enters into an experiment that sees him develop superhero powers. His speech towards the end of the episode about how they are not super-men in the world totally works as motivation for his character who just wants to provide for his son. It was lovely to see J. August on my TV screens again as well.

Even though the pilot is written by Joss Whedon, the show will run by his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen who were the previous executive producers of Dollhouse. It has the ability to be standalone from the film series, but also give us some good cameos from some of the stars of the film. Hopefully the show in itself will continue to go from strength to strength and this move to the small screen will prove fruitful.

Grant: Okay there are two ways we can do this

Skye: Oh is one of them the easy way?

Grant: No.

Skye: Oh.

Orange is the New Black Season 1

This year has seen the emergence of online streaming drama to the mass market in the form of Netflix streaming website producing some original dramas exclusively for the website. One of those shows was Orange is the New Black starring Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One), Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs (American Pie series) and Kate Mulgrew (that’s right Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager). The series is based on the real life story of Piper Chapman, an educated woman in her thirties who is sentenced to 15 months for a crime she committed 10 years previously. After just graduating from college, she embarked on a lesbian affair and her partner was a drug smuggler: as she transported money for her a couple of times, Piper is named as a conspirator and so is sentenced to jail.

After watching the first few episodes courtesy of my friend’s Netflix account, I was hooked and needed to watch the rest of the series. It’s all available exclusively on Netflix and its 13 episode season is a fantastic black comedy that will make you laugh but also sympathise with the characters in the show. Piper faces a rather tough road in the prison as it made clear to her that she is the most educated inmate there; she discovers that her ex lesbian lover is also in prison with her, makes enemies by slating the food of the Russian woman who runs the kitchen and becomes the prison wife of another inmate. Not to mention she has left her fiancée Larry on the outside world  The series tackles over-arching storylines such as the supply of drugs that are being brought into the prison, the bad management of its warden and the guards and casual racism that some of the inmates face from both other prisoners and staff.

As well as the show focusing on Piper’s journey, there are also some great characters that episodes focus on, each with their own distinct personality. Several episodes focus on a different character, using flashbacks to tell how they came to be in prison and what their life was like before. It demonstrates the struggles these women face, but also the connections they make within the prison, which is often quite nicely played by the actresses in the show.

A second season has already been commissioned by Netflix, with season 2 being available probably around summer 2014. At the moment, UK Netflix is offering a free monthly trial, and the subscription to the website is only £4.99. It does offer various TV shows and films to stream so it is good value for money. Even if you get the free one month subscription, it’s enough time for you to watch this show. It’s not to be missed!

 

“No, No, no I didn’t. I mean she told me how she travelled after college but she failed to tell me about the lesbian lover who ran an international drug smuggling ring. Imagine my surprise.” (Larry, Orange is the New Black 1.1)