Myles McNutt
mylesmcnutt
Contributor, A.V. Club, and Assistant Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University.
7/30/19
2:31 PM
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Not to destroy your optimistic reading (I’m not against hope), the episode is definitely suggesting Taystee was adding Judy King to her call list, which became a closed loop within the episode itself.

7/30/19
12:26 AM
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I briefly thought I never actually identified this in any review, but I discuss her diagnosis and name her learning disability in the episode where it’s revealed?

7/30/19
12:25 AM
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It depends on what kind of other momentum it gets, to be honest: part of what helped Netflix get behind the show early on was the awards attention, but that seems like it would be a harder sell in the current climate.

7/30/19
12:23 AM
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I don’t really want to strongly defend Piper, but I guess what bothered me about Larry’s argument is that it was so decisive. He’s convinced that that’s who Piper is, definitively, as though that will never change. And I think Piper has absolutely BEEN that person, but the thesis of the show is that prison changes

7/30/19
12:21 AM
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Honestly, Season 5 was pre-Kinja, and the comments were dying off there already due to the 13 episodes in one day situation. With this particular show, I don’t think it’s as simple as saying that Kinja is the problem. (Kinja is, by its very nature, a problem when it comes to create a true “discussion,” that’s just an

7/30/19
12:19 AM
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I absolutely take your first point. I think I subconsciously eliminated the line between “self-destruction” and “self-harm,” which of course need not be the same thing. Her choice is reckless, and I do think the show could’ve earmarked the “accidental overdose” point a bit stronger to help identify that, but you’re

7/28/19
5:34 PM
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There’s two things wrong with the production team’s work on that transfer order, yes.

7/28/19
5:31 PM
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I think there’s no question to me that giving over an entire season to the riot was a mistake that wouldn’t have been repeated if they didn’t have the three-season order, although at the same time I think it did a lot to flesh out Taystee’s role in the story, which is the single best thing about the back half of the

7/28/19
5:29 PM
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I was also shocked to see us return to Karla, to be honest. And I do think doubling back to her story without providing the same kind of in-the-moment direction we saw with her phone call with her kids risks highlighting the ICE storyline’s “these women are stand-ins for the women in the system” vibe.

7/28/19
5:28 PM
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Thanks for reading! I’m curious: do you think Piper has moved to Ohio in order to be closer to Alex, or that she regularly visits Alex in Ohio? Because they were never really clear on that, at least as far as I’m concerned.

7/28/19
1:42 PM
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Honestly, at this point it feels like we’ve covered that territory? Like, I didn’t think this would have been the same experience every former inmate would have, but I do think I’ve started taking her privilege for granted when writing after so many seasons.

7/27/19
4:55 PM
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Well, the show’s wonky timeline explains the first objection: it was 201X when the show started, and so it’s very possible that in the current wonky timeline version of the show Maritza would have qualified before committing a felony. (I didn’t know about the felony distinction, so I appreciate that clarification).

7/27/19
4:47 PM
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In the news right now: an 18-year-old citizen detained for multiple weeks, and a 9-year-old who was detained and separated from her family for two days because she answered questioned inconsistently at a port of entry.

7/27/19
4:45 PM
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I would argue the flashback isn’t necessary to make that connection. (I also don’t think the show makes the connection well, but that’s a longer conversation that you’ll be having with my reviews over the next few episodes).

7/26/19
11:56 PM
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...wow, okay, that’s a failure of script supervision if ever there was one. I definitely didn’t remember she was part of the Mother’s Day episode.

7/26/19
3:38 PM
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When I was in grad school, there was one section of our building that had bells because all of the classes were on the same schedule every day of the week. So it definitely exists, but obviously it’s not particularly common given the flexibility of course scheduling in most contexts.