Just over a month ago, Netflix was kind enough to offer members of their Stream Team the opportunity to screen the first six episodes of Orange is the New Black’s fourth season. I wanted to write about the show immediately after my wife and I watched those episodes, but we were asked to wait. Time sped by and then POOF~!! The new season was available on Netflix.
Needless to say, it didn’t take very long for the two of us to blow threw the remaining seven episodes and can I just say…OH EM GEE!!
Listen, I’m not going to give away any spoilers in this post but let me just say a few things about Season Four:
- You will be absolutely shocked at a death during the course of the season.
- This season is NOT a comedy-based season. I know it’s been known to be primarily comedy in years past; this season is emotional and depressing and, at times, stomach churning.
- The acting performances are spectacular. It really is amazing how some of the actors get completely immersed in their characters. I fully expect award nominations and award wins for members of the cast during “award season”.
- The writing is, as usual, fantastic. I don’t know if you’ll find a more interesting program with interesting long-term storylines that really play out in an incredibly well thought-out way than with OITNB. Top to bottom, this is just a fantastic program.
One of the things I’ve learned over the past month is that viewers who watch and enjoy OITNB are what Netflix considers to be “repeat offenders”. The original series is one of the most re-watched globally among subscribers. After researching over 190 countries, Netflix found that more than half (53%) of Orange viewers have re-watched at least one full season. That’s an impressive number and just goes to prove how great the show is.
Some Canadian-specific highlights about OITNB fans are as follows:
- Almost one quarter of Canadian respondents (23%) planned to watch the previous season while 42% planned on re-watching all seasons before the season 4 launch back on June 17th.
- Close to half of respondents (43%) said they started preparing for the new season the week before June 17th, and Canadian fans were actually willing to give up house chores to do so (for example, 41% were willing to give up cleaning the house 38% were willing to give up making your bed just to focus on Orange).
- Outside of refreshing their memory, one third said that they liked to re-watch Orange just so they could relive moments with their favourite characters.
- 30% of Canadians said that they looked for possible foreshadowing.
- Over one quarter (28%) said they re-watched because it’s their favourite show and they can’t get enough.
- It can be lonely in Litchfield, apparently. Over one third of Canadian respondents (32%) said they planned to re-watch by themselves. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that.
In more overall highlights…
What I did, though, was sit with my wife and blow through the final episodes over the course of a weekend. We simply couldn’t help ourselves…the show is that damn good. As entertaining as it is to “binge-watch” a series like Orange, the only down side is that we now have to wait another year for the next season to begin.
I suppose we’ll have to find another series on Netflix to watch. Any suggestions?