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It's a new year, and Emerald City's got a brand-new look. The walls are cleaner, the cafeteria is bigger, and everything is fresher...everything on the outside, that is. Inside the hearts and minds of the prisoners, Oz is just as dark and raw as ever. The renovations may be complete, but the mayhem is starting all over again.]]>
With subplots involving guest stars Luke Perry, Peter Criss (from Kiss), Malachy McCourt, and others, the fifth season of Oz is weak at times, but series creator and primary writer Tom Fontana keeps a lot of characters in steady play, covering impressive dramatic territory after the relatively generous allotment of 16 episodes in Season 4. The series is clearly winding down here (the semi-musical episode "Variety" is a curious attempt to broaden the show's creative horizons, and works surprisingly well), and the outbreaks of violence now have a rather predictable and oppressive frequency. Anyone looking for "feel good" entertainment should stay away, but Fontana and the uniformly excellent cast maintain admirable depth of character and incident, including a tragic loss (in "Visitation") that resonates throughout the season. Extras are slim: commentary by Fontana and Dean Winters accompanies episode 8 (aptly titled "Impotence"), and like the fifth season itself, it's recommended primarily for devoted Oz viewers who've enjoyed seasons 1-4. --Jeff Shannon
Great Shakespearian Drama set in a Maximum Security Prison, this was one of the shows if not the show that preceded "The Sopranos", etc.Published 5 days ago by Douglas K.
Video very jumpy. Audio continues, but video freezes and then jumps ahead to catch up with the audio. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Very Happy Customer!
This is one of those shows that you feel like you shouldn't be watching but you can't help but watch it. It is a naughty little pleasure. I have seen every episode. Love it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samantha Rockey
Great show for the folks who can deal with political incorrectness. It is something I have been binge watching for a few weeks now.Published 1 month ago by Dana Bishop
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