Ensemble shows "Orphan Black" and "Orange is the New Black" enter their second seasons this summer, just in time for those lazy days when you think, “Wow, all this time but nothing to do! Where is the next gripping, female-centered thriller to sustain me for the next eight hours of perfect sunshine and soothing breezes?”
"OITNB," set in Danbury Prison, chronicles the struggles of female prisoners, switching between their lives in prison and flashbacks that tell their background stories. Even though it occasionally veers into soap opera territory (but you have to have some escapism, right?), it’s grimly realistic about inequalities in the U.S. prison system. It also reflects the race and class privilege that allowed the real-life protagonist of "Orange is the New Black" to write a best-selling memoir about female bonding and solidarity behind bars.
Though "Orphan Black," a sci-fi thriller about the survivors of a human cloning experiment, seems converse in genre and tone, its characters’ struggles center likewise on autonomy, identity and freedom... Read more