If you’re like most of the world, you’ve been counting down the days till the next season of Orange is The New Black drops in June. And while we still have some 65 days, 12 hours and 3 minutes to wait for Piper and the gang to steam up our laptops and give us a reason to stay planted in one position for half a day, there is a little known show called Unite 9 (Unit 9) that is very much worth your watching in the meantime.
The French Canadian series mixes some daytime soap opera drama with Girl Interrupted realness with a dash of lesbian erotica, making Bette’s trip to prison look like a handshake. What’s most appealing about the series is its butch cast of characters. Nevermind that they’re allowed scissors, shoelaces and their own street clothes in isolation, the tomboy fashion alone should send you running to find it on YouTube. There’s no orange to be found here, only an excess of black and brooding.
Now in it’s second season, the show was originally based around Marie Lamontagne, a convicted murderer who lands herself in Unit 9 at Lietteville, a federal penitentiary for women. Try to keep that name separate from Litchfield. The story has since broadened as interpersonal relationships unfolded and she began to learn what landed the other prisoners behind bars. And here we’re still waiting to find out what it is that Red actually did!