Our cycles sync up no problem, but trying to get the rest of my lesbian commune on the same Orange is the New Black cycle proved futile. That being said, having now been out for nearly a week, I can only assume that you’ve managed to make it through the entirety of Season 2, one way or alone. (If not, SPOILERS AHEAD.)
Not since Girls premiered has a female-led ensemble TV show dropped with such fervor as Orange is the New Black, the Netflix original dramedy that reimagines the true story of Piper Kerman, “a nice blonde lady,” her diabolical ex-girlfriend, Alex, and the lives of the women at Litchfield Correctional Facility. There was a lot of anticipation going into June 6, as well as apprehension, hoping Netflix would be able to sustain the show’s unprecedented popularity that has made it a mainstream sensation.
The first season of OITNB was an instant hit and is the most successful Netflix series to date, winning a GLAAD Media Award, a People’s Choice Award, and a Webby. The show’s cast is the most diverse group of characters seen this side of ever, including a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities and sexual identities. If you thought last season’s character development was dynamic, this season’s will make the last seem two-dimensional. Season 2 is bolder, braver and, dare I say, gayer?
Watching it through our gay-tinted lens, we may not even realize just how groundbreaking the show really is. Not only does OITNB pass the Bechdel Test, it serves as an observable look into the lives of lesbians, extending our conversations beyond the spheres in which they usual happen. The show helps to facilitate an honest portrayal of lesbian interactions (sorry, The L Word) in a male-centric TV world. OITNB is a show that has taken the furthest steps outside of the male gaze and, possibly without meaning to, has gone on to impart wickedly poignant lesbian quips, far beyond “lesbian request denied.” Consider it a household compendium of quotable lesbian humor.
What was your favorite (and gayest) quote from Season 2?