- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 4
- Genre: Comedy
- Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Michael Harney, Uzo Aduba
- Studio: LIONSGATE
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Six seasons in and you can’t accuse Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black of resting on its laurels, confident in the knowledge that its fans will watch no matter what.
Last season took place over the course of only three days during the riot that followed the tragic death of fan-favourite Poussey in season four. It didn’t completely work ¨C even creator Jenji Kohan admitted some of the plots were “fan fiction” ¨C but it did provide a season unlike any that came before.
And season six is arguably an even bolder reinvention of the show, following the game-changing season-five finale that saw the majority of Litchfield’s finest loaded into buses heading to various prisons.
Not only that, but the fate of ten inmates ¨C including Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) ¨C was also left up in the air as CERT officers broke into the bunker where they had been waiting out the riot, with the events also inadvertently leading to Piscatella’s death after he was shot by a CERT officer.
The result is a season that feels fresher and more surprising than the ones that came before, even if it hasn’t quite gotten rid of a few familiar issues.
Unlike previous seasons, the details of season six have largely been kept locked up by Netflix and the show’s cast and crew, so we won’t go into too much detail here. Now that the trailer has been released though, we feel it’s safely spoiler-free to say that it kicks off with the characters having to get used to a new life ¨C and new rules ¨C in maximum security, leading to their loyalties being tested like they never have before.
If that weren’t bad enough, the authorities and Litchfield management company MCC are looking to lay the blame for season five’s riot squarely with the inmates, leading to some potentially devastating consequences for anyone who took part… and even some who didn’t.
It’s here where season six excels as it leads to unexpected decisions from characters we thought we knew well, only to discover that as inmates, they’re largely looking out for themselves. By the end of the season, long-lasting friendships are likely irreparably damaged and new bonds have been built between characters you never thought would be close. It’s a strong change from previous seasons where, generally, you knew where things were going or how characters would react.