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4 Dumb TV Cliches I Hope Orange Is the New Black Avoids

After hints that Netflix's new show could turn out to be a sitcom dud, I ponder potential pitfalls.

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Becky Graebner

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July 31, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Please, let them NOT be a future couple…

1. Following Stereotypes

I am really hoping that Piper doesn’t go back to being a lesbian in prison. She can get out and do whatever she wants — even break off the engagement with Larry, marry her ex-girlfriend, I don’t care — but please, please don’t let her become part of the “prison-is-full-of-lesbians” stereotype.  This is so cliché — and it’s predictable. House of Cards is great because it is unpredictable — you were never sure where the story was going.  If Orange starts to follow the stereotypical twists and turns of other sitcoms and becomes one of those shows whose entire storyline can be guessed by episode four, I will be disappointed.  My life will have been wasted.

2. One-storyline Plot

Following point number one, I hope Piper’s actions in prison don’t somehow mess up her relationship with her fiancé, Larry. We need Larry to be part of the storyline on the outside of Piper’s prison world; otherwise there isn’t much variety going on episode-to-episode to stay interesting.  Losing Larry would be a bummer — his own struggles outside of the prison walls could be an interesting story all their own.  If we lose Jason Biggs’ character, we might be doomed to “storyline exhaustion,” thanks to Piper’s stupid actions that guarantee her the sole spotlight.

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Becky,

You actually WATCH this crap?
34 weeks ago
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There is an episode where Piper states, "I like hot girls, I like hot guys, I like hot people". You are "really hoping that she doesn't go back to being a lesbian"? Sorry, thats not how it works.The fluidity of Piper's sexuality defies label which is a highlight in her character. She has never stated herself as bisexual OR lesbian OR straight. When approached with the question if she is a lesbian (by Larry/her parents) she says she is not. Because she isn't! When the other inmates tease her for being a lesbian ("stone cold lesbian"), she doesn't correct them. Whatever, let people say what they want, she really doesn't care. She fell in love with Alex before and Larry later, so its a toss up for whoever else comes along (or back)! If the writers play with her openness, THAT is true reality and unpredictable. Even though I can't see this happening yet- so what if she starts kissing other women? I'm sorry you'll have "wasted your life" then. You could understand that sex-as-a-form-of-touch-and-need is a thing too. Hello, Morello? Sexuality is explored so well in this show and for you to have a vanilla critique like that really shows your basic level of understanding of Piper and sexuality in general.
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