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Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Blu-ray Review

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“Orange Is The New Black” falters in season 5.

In the 13 episode fifth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black,” the story takes place over the course of 3 days amidst a Litchfield prison riot that occurred after Poussey’s tragic death. Among the key storylines you can expect to see are: Linda forced to go undercover as an inmate in order to survive, death, attempted jailbreaks, the usual character flashbacks, COs held hostage, Frieda’s hideout, prisoner demands, Judy King getting stuck in the riot, a gun, drugs, white supremacists, Aleida’s life outside of jail, Piscatella going rogue, a pregnancy, Gloria’s son, CERT officers, and more.

“Orange Is The New Black” has been a series of ups and downs. When it’s good it’s REALLY good (season 1 and 4 in particular). When it’s less than stellar, it’s a bit of a slog to get through at times. Unfortunately, the fifth season is arguably the weakest to date. While I appreciate the writers doing something different with the central storyline taking place over 3 days, it was clearly a mistake. The season FEELS like it’s being drug out to an unnecessarily long period of time. It’s one thing if the season was filled with drama, high stakes, danger, and major consequences, but it didn’t turn out that way. Not only is there so much time wasting here, but the prisoners barely do anything with the power they have. The whole season simply feels like filler until season 6. Had the prison riot only been one third of even half of the season, it may have worked as it could have cut down on stuff like groan worthy Flaming Hot Cheetos product placements, idiotic character actions, awkward tonal shifts and the cartoony homage to “Home Alone. Alas, it didn’t happen that way.

Now, I’m not saying this season isn’t without humor, some intense drama and heartfelt character moments. There are still plenty of scenes that will grab your attention (the creepy Piscatella sequences, character reappearances, satisfying moments of justice, and the cliffhanger endings are highlights). However, as a whole, the season simply never felt well thought out. If anything, it felt rushed. Hopefully, season 6 can bounce back as there’s a lot of potential in exploring the after effects of the events in the fifth season.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? All of the episodes have sharp hi-def transfers here.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Not as impactful as it could be, but it’s still a quality 5.1 track.

Extras: * Digital copy * Lionsgate trailers * “72 Hours In 6 Months: Stories Of The Season”- An overview of the season’s storylines. * A 5 ½ minute gag reel * Commentaries on “Tattoo You” by Tara Herrmann and Mark A. Burley and “Storm-y Weather” by Tara Herrmann and Lauren Morelli. The first track is a little bland but the second one is more laidback and enjoyable.

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June 11, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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