OZ: Season 1
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 and (*). 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...

I 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.
Reviewed by: shea
1 Comment(s)
Paul W (http://www.oz.com) said...
Watch one-hour of OZ and you'll straighten your life up I guarantee it. Who wants a swaztika burned into their ass by a neo nazi? Same person who wants to blow Adabesse.