Orange is the New Black season two debuted this morning and kicked off the Friday screenings at the Austin Television Experience festival.
Check out the first episode of the second season with your favorite cast members from Orange is the New Black, the funny, powerful and thought-provoking series about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison, from Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan. Nearly a year after introducing audiences to Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary.
By the time this posts you may very well be close to finished with the second season of OITNB, so I don’t need to get into episode details. However, I will say watching a Netflix show in a theater filled with people is a much different experience than binge-watching on my couch. The laughs were haughtier and the more-upsetting moments (read: panties) elicited louder groans than one person could provide.
The panelists were Uzo Aduba (Suzanne / “Crazy Eyes”), Lea DeLaria (“Big Boo”), and Danielle Brooks (“Taystee”), moderated by Todd VanDerWerff of AV Club, an interesting selection given that none of the women were featured in the first episode of season two. That being said, SO MUCH FABULOUSNESS. The women discussed how supportive the acting environment is, particularly with the story’s spotlight shifting from character to character. “We’re not telling stories about crimes,” Aduba replied when asked about how the book influenced her work. “We’re telling stories about people who happened to have committed crimes.” The best takeaway, in terms of non-spoilery content: play the Yoga Jones drinking game. If you spot YJ in a group scene, take a shot. DeLeria says it’s a blast.
If you loved the characters Crazy Eyes, Big Boo, and Taystee, you will love the actresses even more. It’s early in the weekend, but this panel will be tough to top.