- 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: 2019
What’s it about
For a while now, it¡¯s felt as though Orange Is the New Black had come off the rails a bit; its performances continued to be great, but pieces of it began to feel unnecessary. At its best it was as compelling as ever, but at its worst in the last several seasons, it was too slow, focused on characters with no particular draw, and telling stories that often went nowhere. But in season seven of Orange Is the New Black, the show¡¯s last season and also one of its most ambitious, the train is firmly and unerringly back on the track.
In 2016, when Orange Is the New Black was given a huge, three-season renewal order, I wrote about what I felt the show needed to do in order to keep itself fresh. The best mechanism for the show, I felt then, would be if it could give up most of its main characters and welcome in an entirely new slate of protagonists. Characters like Piper, Alex, Red, and Taystee were already exhibiting diminishing returns, and the series was turning to increasingly heightened, sometimes goofy stories in order to keep the energy up.