Review: Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Episode 5 “Sing it, White Effie”

The transition of power across cultures in relation to historical ties, privilege and the media’s focus is excellently emphasised throughout this episode. While many of the sequences felt specifically included within the episode for the point of such thematic resonance, as an entire package, the establishment’s unfair treatment of people from differing backgrounds was heard. Such a concept was well engrained into the wider episode as well, with the power of the gun, the imprisonment of the hostages and other sequences that showcased a change in power. Yet, the show continues to be unable to highlight the magnitude of the overall situation, meaning less dramatic or potent moments become overshadowed and simply meaningless. It also doesn’t help that this episode is not particularly funny, one of the show’s typically key assets. 8.1/10

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