Oz chronicles life inside an experimental cell block in the Oswald
Maximum Security Correctional Facility: Level Four called Emerald City.
Under unit manager Tim McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, the inmates in Em
City all struggle to fulfill their own needs. Some fight for power;
either power over the drug trade or power over the other inmate
factions. Others want money, either through slinging 'tits' (drugs),
gambling or other scams. Others, Corrections officers and inmates
alike, simply want to survive long enough to make parole or even to see
tomorrow. The show gives a no-holds-barred account of prison life with
all the plots, subplots and conflicts given context and explanation by
the show's wheelchair-bound narrator, Augustus Hill.
An amazing show recommended by Red
When first watching I didn't know what I was going think about the
series. It was good, not really what I expected as far as visuals and
set, but still good.
As the stories progressed, people start
dying, stealing, rising, falling, and killing while the world of OZ
explodes into three dimensionality. Nothing happens as you expect and
under the HBO banner anything goes.
My favorite characters so far...
really loved Ricardo Alvarez who actually died in the first episode. He
was a tough mexican looking guy who worked for the Italians. He had
anger problems and took no crap from anyone. Somewhere though burried
deep you could tell he was trying to do the right thing. He paid for
his weekness by being lit on fire.
Another couple of favorites are
Tim McManus, the do gooder head of Emerald City who is slowly but
surely getting chipped away. I didn't think I would but I am really
digging on Kareem Said. The first couple of times we meet he annoyed me
but as time goes by and we see his weaknesses and fears I began to like
his uncompromising fire.
Schillinger played by J.K. Simmons is a
cool character and I enjoy watching him definitely but he is not my
favorite character at this point.
Anyway...there are tons of
characters and I would love to banter about whose the favorite or my
favorite prisoner would beat up your favorite prisoner conversations.
The most chilling thing that has happened has not been anything
involving showers, firing squads, electric chairs, or lethal injection.
A couple of prisoners who work in the kitchen decide to take out a
leader of a gang by crunching glass very very fine and putting it in
his food. Throughout the whole season you see the guy dying from the
inside out. ughhhh...gets me every time.
It was a great season and I pumped about getting season 2.