After waiting many nail-biting months, I was naturally ecstatic and binge watched the entire season for 2 days. I refrained from writing about this season long enough!
With the Season 4 trailer starting off my visual journey of this series, I was so pumped! I called and messaged all my best friends from Canada to the US that the season was out. We were all excited and I even put every gadget I had on mute and tweeted that I was busy watching the series.. *note to self: don’t do that, because everyone will bother the hell out of me anyways..
The first episode started off with great energy and events that twisted the plots to everyone’s story. The brilliance of this series is that it gives each character depth with each intricate story. The personalities are fierce and there is a realism in each of their stories.
Dayanara Diaz (Dascha Polanco) finds herself in uncharted territories with the realization that her mother, Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is released early. She desperately tries to find her place among the other inmates. Dayanara captured my heart from day one with her innocent-not-so-innocent demeanour. The progression of her character is organic and realistic from innocent to naive to fierce!
Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), as an actor I’ve enjoyed Laura since her early beginnings in That 70’s Show, now many moons later it’s like a breath of fresh air to see her acting abilities and the range of emotion she captures in her character. With her tough, no-nonsense personality this fourth season brought out a vulnerable side in her that draws you, as a viewer, in. Alex certainly keeps the proverbial pot stirring.
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) has changed so much with every season, it seems that as her counterparts get more vulnerable Piper gets smarter and dare I say tougher. She managed to manipulate her way to the “top” of the inmate food chain doing what she does best, using her entrepreneurial skills. I find her both tragic and endearing.
Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Aduba), this is my favourite character, she translates her thoughts in a juvenile way, yet gives me the impression that she is really a genius. Her childlike character makes you instantly empathize with her current and past experiences. In this new season, you slowly get to see her naivety disappear, it is intriguing, sad, but believable.
Galina “Red” Reznikov (Katherine Kiernan Maria “Kate” Mulgrew) the self-proclaimed “Mother” of the prison continues to show her strengths as a leader but in this season reality sets in for this inmate of many years. Red continues to keep her eyes on Piper and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) and treats them like her children among the other choice few. She runs her position and her heart with an iron fist, however we witness a deterioration of her will. She begins to break down emotionally.
I can go on and on all night about all the stories and plot twists! Just like Season 3, this new Season 4 leaves me wanting more! It seemed to end just as fast as it started with even more cliffhanging stories.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you fire up your Netflix and prepare for a Orange is the New Black Season 4 marathon. It delivers the promise of drama, action and the best plot twists you could only expect from a novel.