A whole new series of Orange Is the New Black has been released a few days ago. Since I act like I had no work to do and since I like a challenge, I challenged myself to watch all the thirteen episodes in a single sitting. I failed, but it was a borderline fail:
- day one: was warming up and saw three episodes
- day two: saw eight episodes and consequently went to bed at seven am
- day three: finished off the two remaining episodes
I arrived at several conclusions:
- Binge watching is harder than it looks. Even sitting is harder than it looks.
- People are getting increasingly weird. As I was searching on YouTube for some clips of my favourite scenes, I found plenty of videos recording individual viewers’ immediate reactions when watching an episode. That’s even less interesting than watching someone unpacking an iPhone. It made me feel extremely embarrassed for them. It was mostly millennial kids, who are notorious for doing awkward things online. This is currently my number one on the list of lame things to do online (says a lame blogger who posts pictures of her shoes).
- All TV shows, even those that are supposed to entertain rather than educate, have an annoying moral. The moral of the last series of Orange Is the New Black, pressed hard in heart-to-heart talks and would-be-teary scenes repeatedly throughout each episode, is that people are persons. I like neither moral lessons, nor statements of the obvious, nor pointless talk. An idealist man will spend time vainly asserting that he is entitled to something on the grounds of his being a person; a practical man, seeing that being a human doesn’t entail that one lives under humane conditions, will zip it up and deal with it.
I enjoyed the series more than it probably looks. I would even go so far as to say I hate it the least (at least for today). Despite the inevitable presence of ideology, the series has redeeming features, such as my absolute favourite character of the Russian-born Red, whose quote from the previous series that I saw a year ago is so to the point that I still remember it and recycle it in conversation: “Nice is for weak people and democrats.” You can’t argue with her.