Is Orange Is the New Black the New Sex and the City?
When we miss our moms, we call them. When we miss camp, we chew on twigs. In the case that we miss one of our favorite TV shows after over-indulging in a one-sitting viewing party? First we cry, then we ruminate.
Orange Is the New Black and old standby Sex and the City, consider yourselves missed. In an attempt to satiate the television void in my heart, I will now compare two shows that couldn’t be more opposite. One takes place in a jail, one does not. But a case could be made for the two main leads:
Piper and Carrie are aren’t so different, save for circumstance and location. Both women are equal parts good and bad, brave and cowardly. Both navigate incredibly tricky lands with nuanced paths through the endless verbal discussion of their need to find purpose. Where Carrie’s is a world of imploring West 4th Street-smarts to get past bitchy hostesses and ex-wives, Piper must develop her own mechanisms to avoid getting beat up or all the other weird stuff that comes with living in jail.
A strange comparison when actually considering both shows separately? Perhaps. But that’s what we here at Club Cogitate are all about: gettin’ weird.
And now, for some cogitations in the form of non-round bullet points:
- -Is lunch at the felons’ cafeteria tables a direct reflection of Carrie & Co as they unpack current events and romantic endeavors over poached eggs and mimosas?
- -Is Piper’s dopey husband-to-be Larry Bloom the equivalent of Aidan?
- -And if he is, does that make the inimitable Alex Vause Piper’s Mr. Big? Two viable partner peas, one fucked up jail pod. Right? Or just me? Moving on.
- -Do you detest the asshole prison guard Mendez with the same fervor we have towards Post-It Note-Berger?
- -That look of love Aleksandr Petrovsky gave Carrie — those were some Crazy Eyes, am I right? High five me.
- – Yoga Jones was the voice of Patti Mayonnaise on Doug…nothing to do with SATC just a really fun fact.
- -Who is Charlotte?
Come on guys, it’s Friday, and thinking about this weird shit is SO much more fun than work.
— Carlye Wisel, edited by Amelia Diamond