“Orange is the New Black,” the hit Netflix series is back in its fifth edition on Friday and takes off where it left in the fourth season with the demise of a major character. The series is a commentary on the social and political scene. The series has taken up taboo subjects like race relations, poverty, and mental illness in its previous episodes. It seems the ham-fisted metaphor is continuing in season five. The fifth season consists of 13 episodes and will be available on Friday.
It has been a year since the close of the fourth season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. The events in Litchfield prison have been frozen and Season 5 picks up exactly where we left with the accidental death of Poussey (Samira Wiley) at the hands of a guard which precipitates a riot by the inmates of the prison. The control of the jail is in their hands now.
The guard suffocated Pooussey in the process of restraining her. Worse Warden Caputo (Nick Sandow) calls a press conference in which instead of expressing remorse for Poussey’s death he tried to defend the guard, Correction Officer Bayley(Alan Aisebberg) who accidentally killed her. Inmates led by Taystee (Danielle Brooks), start the unrest and in the melee snatch the gun of the sadistic guard Humps (Michael Torpey) and holds him at gunpoint with jeers and cry of revenge from the jail inmates.
Most of the characters in the series are seen in the riot except Sophia (Laverne Cox) who spent most of her time in solitary confinement and then released in the last but one episode when she reclaims her saloon with the help of Gloria (Selenis Leyva).Crazy Eyes or Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), is in the infirmary while Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) have joined but still jittery after Alex killed the man her old boss sent to kill her. Chef Judy King who was to be released gets stuck in the prison as the riot breaks out. The saga will continue in season five.