Orange Is The New Black season 4: Here’s what the critics are saying
The ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary have returned to Netflix for fourth season from today. However, if you’re still at work or unable to find a spare moment this weekend for a satisfactory binge-watch, whet your appetites with what the critics are saying.
1. It’s a marked improvement from season three.
“It’s a huge relief to announce that Season Four of OITNB is a complete return to form.” – Den of Geek
“OITNB has regained its focus, one on well-drawn female characters – a luxury in the vast majority of television writing. Fourth time around, Orange Is The New Black is back to its sparky, laugh-out-loud, emotionally-involving best.” – GQ
2. In fact, some would argue season four is the best one yet.
“It’s the show’s best season, and, along with season 4 of The Americans, one of the best seasons of an ongoing drama of the past year. – TIME
3. It’s as dark and relevant as it has ever been.
“What this latest run of OITNB is, is a rawer and darker-than-before series that remains as fresh and binge-worthy as when it launched.” – Deadline
“The stories are darker, the injustices the women face even more infuriating and the stakes are higher. Four seasons in, the OITNB shows no signs of backing away from what made it so compelling in the first place.” – UPROXX
4. There are mixed opinions on the new characters – some proclaim them just as lovable and complex as the rest, while others are unimpressed.
“To explain why they are the season’s standouts would be a disservice to the beauties of binge-watching, but note that both underrated actors are so committed to the roles that they seem to have lived whole lives as Lolly and Judy. Both new additions perfectly capture what “Orange Is the New Black” has always excelled at: revealing the extraordinary that lies just beneath the surface.” – The Wrap
“Lolly, briefly teased as a whole new kind of threat last year, is possibly one of the most irritating characters currently on television; basically a less likable version of Suzanne (who remains a delight in every scene she’s in), and the strengthened focus on her this year is something of a detriment.” – Den of Geek
5. Of course, there wasn’t unanimous applause.
“Four seasons in and the show feels flat and a little dull. There’s no meaty plot to keep the momentum going, nothing to fear and nobody to really invest in. The jeopardy of prison life is gone, and now the show has become a little farcical.” – Radio Times