Okay, so I realize that doing a recap of a show that is meant for binge watching is a little tricky. Some people may have watched all the episodes by now (even though the second season barely premiered yesterday), while others may wish to savor the show a few episodes at a time. I’m with the latter group, since it’s really hard for me to wait so long in between seasons for new episodes. I made that mistake with Orange is the New Black’s first season, and I vowed not to do it again this time around. But now I am wondering if I made the right choice.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead! Don’t read if you haven’t watched the first couple of episodes of the new season.
The first episode of the new season, Thirsty Bird, takes place some time after Piper (the wonderful Taylor Schilling) gave Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) a much needed beat down. Piper is being processed out and moved somewhere else. Where? Well, that remains a mystery to Piper and the audience. First, she’s taken in a van, then a plane, where she run’s into an eccentric new inmate (Tank Girl’s Lori Petty) and some horny male prisoners, before finally landing in Chicago.
Piper believes that she is being punished for killing Pennsatucky (who isn’t dead btw). But after a run-in with ex-girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon in her best role to date), Piper learns that she was brought in to testify her former drug supplier’s trial. Alex warns Piper to not say anything, since this guy doesn’t exactly know the meaning of the word forgiveness. But Piper decides to she has to tell the truth, which is something that she has done since she was a child.
I won’t spoil everything, but that was the basic gist of the plot. It doesn’t end well for Piper, but not in the way you would think. Thirsty Bird was a very slow moving episode, however the suspense of Piper’s fate somehow kept me interested. I also liked how the flashbacks revealed more about Piper’s childhood, especially in regards to the relationship she had with her father. He always told Piper to have integrity and character, but as you will learn if you watch, he wasn’t exactly a practice what you preach kind of guy.
The only real complaint I have is that we didn’t get to see any of our other favorite characters (and the new inmates were a bit much), but luckily the second episode solves that issue. That review will be up really soon.
Was it as good as the first season? Not yet, but there is promise of some really good stuff to come. I just hope that they don’t keep Piper in Chicago for too long. That is why I am now wondering if I should binge watch instead, since I don’t want to see that particular plot point stretched out too long. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
What did you think? Did you like Thirsty Bird?