TV Club: A new season of OITNB begins with “delusions of gangsta”

Welcome to TV Club’s coverage of season four of Orange Is The New Black. Reviews will be posting daily at 2:oo pm EST, leading to the review of the season finale on June 29. These reviews are written from the perspective of having only seen the episode in question, and so we ask that you respect the pace of other viewers and avoid spoiling details from future episodes in your comments.

“Why?”

“Because we’re prisoners.”

“But why?”

Throughout its first three seasons, Orange Is The New Black foregrounded the question of why these women were in prison. Through its flashback structure, it welcomed the audience’s speculation over how each of these women came to be a prisoner, pushing against the dehumanizing qualities of incarceration. Its richness as a character study came through its desire to understand the past of these women, subsequently giving us a better …

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