Prison; it’s a difficult sentence to do. While people who have committed crimes most probably deserve to spend their time locked up inside away from society, there is still the empathy of humanity panging as they stuff mouldy food (and tampons) into their mouths. The worst is having a fatal illness, imagine knowing that you are dying and the last moments you are going to see are same walls you’ve been starring at for years and years. Imagine that. Never seeing your loved ones again and having your hallowed whispered words to strangers whose faces have changed since you first arrived, it’s difficult.
Played effortlessly by Barbra Rosenblat, Miss Rosa has grown from a pretty much background character in the first season to this sympathetic and unnerving woman in season two. While yes she is a criminal, she is also suffering and her past is poignant with grief, curses and fun. Rosenblat plays a rather stoic yet important character here who empathises and draws severe lines on what she can tolerate in the prison. As she bonds with her young Pipsqueak in the hospital, she allows us to feel for her and empathises with the position. And it’s the performance of Stephanie Andujar that makes her younger self soar. It’s an emotional and likeable character that we’ve now grown to love.
OH and there is also a welcome return from one of the characters. And no, it’s not Alex. I’m very sorry about that.