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  • M: The Original
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    #1203000920

    I miss the series despite its numerous flaws. Season 7 is a strong finish for a series that struggled with quality control throughout.

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    It’ll be a crime if series MVP Danielle Brooks never gets an Emmy nomination for such an iconic role. That being said, she could get a nomination this year for a song she wrote and performed in the finale “Seasons”. I do not know if it’s eligible since she released it on her LP a few days before the show was released, but she mentioned in an interview she wrote the song specifically to perform on the last day of shooting.

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    Season 4> Season 2> Season 7> Season 1>>>>>>>>Season 3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Season 5> Season 6

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    Just finished the final season. I have to agree, this is the best the show has been in years! Excellent way to wrap up everything. Hopefully the Emmys can throw them a couple noms. The ICE stuff was seriously heartbreaking and the performances were as great as always. That phone call scene! Sheesh.

    The MVP for me this season was Danielle Brooks (GIVE HER A NOMINATION ALREADY!). BTW, I loved her original song on the end credits to the final episode! So heartfelt (and she was crying while singing it!).

    The runner-up MVPs were Natasha Lyonne and Uzo Aduba. Lyonne was especially strong this season as her character had to step-up and be a leader, while watching everyone she loves fall apart. Uzo was great as always, but this season I especially loved her subtlety portraying a mature Suzanne, growing and learning.

    Also, I’m glad we got all those cameos!

    Its SUPER early in the Emmy season for 2020, but Orange would be worthy nominee in Drama Series. Its not going to happen, but it’d be nice if it did. I think the show’s best bests for potential nominations are:

    Drama Supporting Actress: Danielle Brooks (most likely)

    Drama Supporting Actress: Uzo Aduba (could pull a Maggie Smith)

    Drama Supporting Actress: Natasha Lyonne (could benefit from Russian Doll)

    Drama Writing: “Here’s Where We Get Off” (Series Finale) by Jenji Kohan

    Drama Guest Actor: Jason Biggs

    Drama Guest Actress: Diane Guerrero

    Drama Guest Actress: Karina Arroyave

    Original Music & Lyrics: Danielle Brooks

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    Bebe
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    Near perfect final season. Everything wrapped up nicely, and I was so impressed. “Weeds” lost me after they moved from the suburbs, but Jenji Kohan and company had great ending.

    I must be one of the only people here that loved Season 5 & 6. My favorite will be season 2.

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    Near perfect final season. Everything wrapped up nicely, and I was so impressed. “Weeds” lost me after they moved from the suburbs, but Jenji Kohan and company had great ending. I must be one of the only people here that loved Season 5 & 6. My favorite will be season 2.

    Me too. I can totally see how ridicolous most of the season 5 was but I dig characters being thrown in apocalyptic scenarios. And overall I would say the enjoyment I get out of the show increases when it is more focused on the ensemble and less on Vauseman.

     

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    Bebe
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    One of my biggest complaints of the series is how they handled Blair Brown being a series regular. An esteemed actress, 5x Emmy nominee in a high profile role, and she got absolutely nothing to do. The series did not even give her a backstory episode.

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    I do think the final season has a decent shot at making a comeback in the guest categories. It was able to get a guest nomination for a performance with little material in a disliked season so late in a series’ run. This shows me that while the show might not still be watched, it at least carries weight.

    If she is not eligible for Handmaid’s, I am undoubtedly predicting Samira Wiley. She doesn’t warrant it, but it was at least enough to where it wouldn’t be terrible. She won this category for another show and seems to be liked by the industry. That, combined with a final season bump and jump in quality should make her an easy nomination.

    As much as I’d like to see actresses like Karina Arrayove nominated, there is no chance that any characters that were not from early in the shows run get nominated.

    Laverne Cox could get in and would be an F Murray Abraham level nomination in terms of deservedness, this coming from someone who would’ve supported a Cox win for season 4.

    Diane Guerrero has familiarity in other shows and plays a liked character who had a major and heavily talked about arc this season. A nomination for her, while more of a long shot, would be similar to Laverne Cox’s nomination for season 4, but she has less name recognition and is later in the shows run.

    Catherine Curtin is a character actress whom I have been waiting to see if she gets an Emmy nomination veichle. She has a decent resume as “that lady” in many popular shows and seems like the type of actress bound to break through in a guest category eventually.

    Jason Biggs has a very good guest tape and speech that would actually be deserved. He is a known actor with a major character from when the show still had visibility in the academy and could be a long shot.

    I will edit this list as I come up with more, but other guest eligible actors (regardless of being deserving) include:

    Lauren Lapkus (#metoo storyline)
    Pablo Schreiber
    Michael Harney
    Blair Brown
    Lea DeLaria

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    This is how you end a 7-year long show!

    Just finished it and will cherish these characters for a long time, because let’s be honest… This broke the ground for other diverse shows

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    Beautiful season, beautiful finale, beautiful series.
    This cast was always unbelievable great and I hope they can win a final SAG.

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    Well, I’ll be in the minority here since I thought it was a really weak ending to a once great show.

    For a show that dedicated so much time to the back story of its characters I personally felt that the ending was rushed and not true to its roots.

    Outside of a few characters most of them either had an open ended story or a terrible ending (and yes I get prison is horrible but what they did to some characters story arcs this season is beyond unforgivable).

    A big dissapointment for me.

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    Well, I’ll be in the minority here since I thought it was a really weak ending to a once great show.

    For a show that dedicated so much time to the back story of its characters I personally felt that the ending was rushed and not true to its roots.

    Outside of a few characters most of them either had an open ended story or a terrible ending (and yes I get prison is horrible but what they did to some characters story arcs this season is beyond unforgivable).

    A big dissapointment for me.

    Yeah, a chop to the throat is not where you end a character’s arc.

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    Well, I’ll be in the minority here since I thought it was a really weak ending to a once great show. For a show that dedicated so much time to the back story of its characters I personally felt that the ending was rushed and not true to its roots. Outside of a few characters most of them either had an open ended story or a terrible ending (and yes I get prison is horrible but what they did to some characters story arcs this season is beyond unforgivable). A big dissapointment for me.

    It is interesting that the show had ended on a far more bleaker tone than how it started. I am not sure I would have wanted a show to be at its most realistic and tragic in its final season but I guess that was inevitable with the current political environment.

    In retrospect; as ambitious as the riot storyline was it led the show to a place that was hard to go back from. The max setting, and its characters for that matter was never going to give the amount of nostalgic feelings that a final warranted. Still, writers made sure to place glimmers of hope within almost every distressing character endings SPOILER-at least Lorna&Red are miserably together, at least Taystee has a purpose that she wouldn’t have outside- so I’m sort of satisfied.

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    Unlike certain show who fucked up the entire group of characters in its final season (dreading some of those future emmy wins), Orange has minor flaws but never missed the mark on how serious the consequences of a corrupted system are in the inmates:

    -Daya was indeed raped in prison, gave the baby away (that was the moment I knew she would not make it unscathed) and has probably the worst family ever

    -Aleida did not get her shit together and is part of a vicious cycle

    -Lorna faced one of the most devastating turn of events and the prison staff is evidently not qualified to help her in her mourning

    -Red lost it in SHU. Tamika saw the disaster SHU was and tried to at least stop it

    -The immigrants stories are all heartbreaking, so the show was as realistic as possible

    -Penn was that person who paid the price for a single bad decision. We’ve all known someone like that

    🧡🧡🧡Queen Taystee will be free. At least that’s the hopeful tone I got from the last episode and I am optimistic about it 🧡🧡🧡

    It does deserve a Series nomination but we’ll get boring shit next year.

    SAG you better do it and have all our girls on stage.

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    Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks and Yael Stone gave the best performances of this season. I hope (but i doubt) they get the recognition they deserve (Especially Danielle).

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