12 Things We Need To See In Season 2 Of 'Orange Is The New Black'
I just recently finished watching Jenji Kohan's new show, Orange Is The New Black, and I absolutely loved it. The original Netflix series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, and takes a look at life inside of a women's federal prison in New York. While Season One is finished (though still available for free streaming via Netflix), I'm already looking ahead to Season Two, wondering what plot lines they'll focus on and which questions Kohan (whom was also the creator of Weeds) and her crew will answer. Here's a list of 12 things we need to see in Season Two:
This article will contain spoilers for Season One- do not read unless you have finished watching all thirteen episodes.
12. What Happens To Piper And Doggett?
Obviously, the show ends on a big cliffhanger with main character, Piper Chapman, beating the crap out of murder/self-proclaimed prophet, Tiffany Doggett (much deserved, in my opinion). But what happens next? Does Doggett end up seriously hurt? Will she finally back down? Or is this just adding more fuel to the fire for her hatred of Piper?
In addition to that, what does the fight mean for Piper? We've already heard that any sort of violence can add on to someone's sentence- could this possibly mean that Piper's going to do more than just one year of time? Or will she get away with self-defense (Doggett did attack her first)?
And what was up with Healy just leaving Piper to die?!
Did You Know?
Actress Kate Mulgrew is most well-known for playing Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek.
11. The Return Of Red
Okay, so I'll admit that I liked the Hispanic crew taking over in the kitchen; let's be honest, we already know from the first episode that Red's cooking isn't the best, and if I was in prison, I'd surely enjoy the tamales the girls were making over whatever slop Red seems to serve up. Not to mention that Red has some serious penance to pay for putting that oil in the oven- even if she didn't mean to burn Murphy, that was a dangerous and crazy thing to do.
Still, though, Red is an incredibly likable character, and she belongs in the kitchen. It's her place in the prison, and she was wrongfully booted from there. Hopefully Mendez will end up being found out as the true drug mule (couldn't a few looks at a security camera reveal him taking the drugs out of the kitchen?), and Red can return to her job as the head chef. But she's gotta start making tastier meals...
10. The End Of Mendez
Speaking of Mendez, Mr. Pornstache has got to go. While I'm definitely a fan of Pablo Schreiber's acting (especially after watching him back-to-back in Weeds and OINTB; two wholly different characters, and he shows some serious versatility between the two- great actor!) I am beyond sick of the character of Mendez. He's a disgusting, low-life, misogynistic guard, and I'm hoping his sexual transgressions will get him fired, not just suspended.
If not that, then I hope the girls (and Red, particularly, to even out the score of the wicked chess game she and Mendez have going) will cook up a scheme to get him caught selling the drugs for once and for all. It'd really be a nice way to avenge Trisha's death, as well.
9. Crazy Eyes' Backstory
I think most fans of the show are unanimous about their love for the character, Crazy Eyes, so it's definitely important that we see some more of her backstory. We've had a few little glimpses of it so far; despite the insane vibe she gives off, Suzanne is incredibly intelligent and well read (remember when she quoted Shakespeare?!). She was adopted (by an older white couple, interestingly enough), and seems to come from a good background.
So how does she end up in prison? Where are her real parents? What, if anything, made her crazy? She seems quite sane and normal in some scenes (like the one where she and Piper have a chat, and she heartbreakingly asks why people call her crazy eyes), and then incredibly insane in others (well, like that time she peed on the floor...). We need to know more of her story in general- what kind of person is Suzanne, deep down inside?
Crazy Eyes' Best Moments
Did You Know?
Sophia is played by transgender actress, Laverne Cox. In the flashbacks, her twin brother, M Lamar, plays Sophia pre-transition.
8. More Sophia!
Sophia is another of my favourite characters. Though we had a whole episode devoted to her backstory (and male-to-female transformation), I definitely would love to see more of her character in Season 2. Maybe it's just the RuPaul's Drag Race lover in me, but Sophia really is an interesting character, and a hilarious one at that.
I'm interested to see what happens with Sophia's son, Michael (maybe we can get an episode where he comes to visit), and her wife (does she end up with the preacher? Why are they still married? Are they still in love?), as well. Or, at the very least, I'd just love to see Sophia and Sister Ingalls on screen together some more.
7. More Backstories, In General
Though Season One did a great job of showing other inmates besides Piper, there are honestly so many more characters that we need to get stories from.
How did Taystee end up in the slammer originally? We're told she was living in foster care, but what happened to her family? What did Daya do, or did she go down the same way we can presume her mother did (from Cesar's drug operation in their kitchen)? I have no idea what to think of Lorna and how someone as naive and sweet-seeming as her got into jail, but she must've done something (and is she actually engaged to someone, or is it all in her head)? What was Poussey like on the outside and what is her offense? And how does a sweet nun like Sister Ingalls end up in prison?!
6. Daya and Bennett's Baby
This show isn't really about couples or relationships, but if I had to "ship" anyone, I guess it'd be Daya and Bennett (well, I do have one other ship, but I'll get to them next). I'm really intrigued to see what will happen with Daya's pregnancy. Will she (somehow) be able to pin the pregnancy on Mendez? Will Bennett be okay pretending his child belongs to another man? Worse yet, what if the very seemingly love-sick Mendez believes it's his baby and wants custody while Daya is in prison? Then what?
And even if everything works out okay, and Bennett keeps his job and Daya's baby doesn't go to Mendez, how are Daya and Bennett going to make a family work with Daya being an inmate and Bennett being a guard? Do they even want a relationship to work? We saw that there are still some genuine feelings between the two of them during the finale, but what's next?
Did You Know?
Actress, Natasha Lyonne, had her big break in American Pie- which also starred her current co-star, Jason Biggs.
5. Nicky and Vause Getting Together
Okay, I've been hoping these two would get together since the first hints of a flirtation between them early on in Season One. Though Nicky is rough around the edges, she's really sensitive and sweet deep down, which is a perfect compliment to Vause, whom has the same sort of persona. And now that Vause is officially done with Piper, she's free to date Nicky. They would be really good together, and I like that the finale hinted at something happening between them in the future.
Besides that, their sexual chemistry is on FIRE. This two need to be together in the next season.
4. A Piper/Larry Plot
We last left off with Larry breaking up with Piper, but are they really over? The show never specifies how long they've been together pre-prison, but they were together for a long enough time for them to have at least one more talk before calling things quit for good. I'm sure we can all agree that Piper is selfish and horrible for cheating on Larry, but Larry hasn't been a perfect angel either- using Piper's prison time to further his career.
They've both done wrong and they both have some apologizing to do, but can they make amends and get back together? Or are things over and done for good?
3. A Piper/Vause Showdown
Much like Piper and Larry, Piper and Vause have way more to hash out than what we were last left with in Season One. These girls have a lot of history together, and though Vause is (justifiably) hurt, they definitely need to sit down and talk things through one more time.
I don't think they're well-suited for one another at all (both women bring toxicity to the other's life), but at the very least, I'd love to see them have a resolute conversation and remain friends. Besides, they need each other in there.
Did You Know?
The actor who plays “Pornstache"- Pablo Schrieber- is Liev Schrieber’s half-brother in real life.
2. More About The Staff
I'm not saying we need whole episodes revolving around the staff, but it would be good to get more insight to these characters.
It was great seeing those little glimpses into Healy's home life- I'd love to see more of that and find out why he hates Piper so much (is it really because he had a little school yard crush on her and got letdown? If so, he's almost as crazy as Crazy Eyes). Caputo and Fischer's sidestory was TOTALLY adorable, but will they ever find love beyond collaborating on animal names that sound perverted? And just WHO is the mysterious warden that is oft-mentioned but never seen?
1. Piper Growing Up
One of the common themes throughout Season One is Piper's immature naivety, but after several months in the slammer and some hard lessons, she really needs to grow up. We get that Piper is a fish-out-of-water and that her life is drastically different now, but she's had the time to adapt. Now she needs the insight to realize how immature and selfish she's been, and I'm hoping we start to see a change in this character. The way the season ended shows that there's another tougher side to Piper, and I'm hoping we see more of that.
It was okay for Piper to be the way she was in the first episode, but if she's still walking around like an entitled princess by Season Two, I'll be done with her as a character.