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Orange is the New Black, The Fosters, and Pacific Rim - World of May

Jul. 24th, 2013

11:16 am - Orange is the New Black, The Fosters, and Pacific Rim

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You guys, somehow in the dead time that is summer TV (mostly it's time from mid-June to mid-July) I have found two shows that are fantastic.

Orange is the New Black is... I can't tell you all how good it is. I was skeptical at first, because it didn't really sound like something I'd want to watch. A privileged white girl goes to prison for something she did 10 years ago and this is her story? BORING. And also depressing, because prison. But it's not. First of all, the show never denies Piper's privilege, secondly the show tells the stories about ALL of those women. And they're individuals, even the ones you might think at first are stereotypes turn out to have depth and are much more than the stereotypes. As for the depressing angle, it's not. I mean there are story lines where I just bawled, because the tragedy is so real and so sad, but there are also moments that are hilarious. It's also not a hopeless show, because the show is mostly about how we as humans affect each other, good and bad. So I love it and totally recommend it.

The Fosters is just a really sweet show on ABC Family about a couple raising their kids. Their kids are one biological kid, a set of twins they've adopted and a brother sister pair they're fostering. Oh and the parents are two women. It's complete brain candy and hits the same sweet spot that Bunheads did last summer. (Is that coming back? I miss it.)

As for Pacific Rim. What can I say about it that hasn't already been said. I really loved it. LOVED IT. I grinned the whole movie and it just made me feel like I was a kid again. I fully bought the premise and I adored it. My one minor quibble is covered much better by Carrie Vaughn in her review of the movie here.