Flick Fix: 'Orange' is the New 'Misfits'
July 31, 2013 at 2:31 a.m.
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If you've already seen "Orange is the New Black," then check out some of these other shows and movies with similar themes and undertones. Know of anything that would be a good addition to this list? Shoot me an email at email@example.com or tweet me @carolinastrain. I'd love to check it out.
• "Convicted Woman," 1940
• "Chicago," 2002
• "Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion," 1972
• "Turning to Stone," 1985
• "Women's Prison," 2002
• "The Bridge of Sighs," 1936
From beginning to end, your mind is full of questions with this show.
And it's perhaps the slow-peel of "Orange is the New Black" (2013) that keeps you glued to the first episode.
The Netflix original series begins with a montage of Piper Chapman's past intimate experiences in the shower.
From being with a woman to lathering up with a man, the montage ends with her being hustled out of a women's prison shower.
Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is a woman seemingly in her late-20s who has decided to turn herself in after being indicted for money laundering.
In her present life, she is engaged to be married to an adoring, slacker-esque male played by American Pie's Jason Biggs.
But in her younger years, Piper was completely devoted to loving Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler.
Chapman's past has her shackled into a women's penitentiary for money laundering she committed for the woman she loved so dearly.
The first episode is about Chapman's first few days in the pen.
Watching the show brought back memories of "Chicago" (2002) but with obviously less musical numbers and the absence of feathers.
Within every prison movie, there is the standard hierarchy of the main inmate in charge and the corrupt warden.
But in "Orange is the New Black," the character arrangement is much more rich and complex.
Not only does this series provide a refreshing take on lesbian and transgender roles in television, it's actually from a real-life account by memoirist Piper Kerman, who served 13 months of a 15-month sentence for the same crime.
The author later married the man she left behind after completing her sentence, but one has to wonder if her fictional-self will inherit a similar fate.
At the end of the first episode, after running out of disgust from a prank pulled by the prison's head chef, Chapman comes face-to-face with the root of all her problems - Alex.
After it ended, my brother and I just sort of stared at each other in disbelief over what we had experienced.
We both knew it was different than what we usually troll upon Netflix.
And oddly enough, the show felt like something similar to some of the Hulu-produced shows we've seen in the past.
Warning: Do not watch this show if you are easily offended by nudity.
Because there is a lot of it.