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Oz: Season 3
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A volatile men-in-prison soap opera, fueled by testosterone and lubricated by blood, HBO's Oz is addictive viewing. The third season of the most violent show on cable TV, set in a cage of concrete and steel and glass, opens with echoes of violence past. Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) is in solitary confinement for brutally blinding a guard, one-time drug lord Simon Adebissi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) mourns for his murdered father, and Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) nurses bones broken by Aryan Brotherhood leader Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) and a heart broken by the betrayal of Keller (Law and Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni). Their stories of vengeance, redemption, and forgiveness anchor this season.
The show races through each episode with a driving pace that only intensifies the ferocity. But for all the show's physical brutality, the most affecting violence is emotional, from the strange and savage love affair between Beecher and Keller to the escalating war of terror between Beecher and Schillinger. On a lighter note, this season marks the debut of both Miss Sally and new prison CO Sean Murphy (Robert Clohessy), whose understated strength is too often overlooked in the face of the show's more explosive personalities. Season 3 ends pitched on a powder keg, with the fuse in the hands of the show's most ferocious, unpredictable character. It's the kind of promise that will have you slavering for season 4.
The three-disc set features all eight episodes along with a season 2 recap, episode recaps and previews, commentary on the episode "Unnatural Disasters" by writer-creator Tom Fontana and episode director Chazz Palmintieri, and 22 minutes of deleted scenes. --Sean Axmaker
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But show still raises many issues, albeit on a way too accelerated pace (crime to trial to death penalty to execution in a matter of weeks.....) and the storyline only serves as a vehicle to raise these issues. So, I will no doubt watch the next season (season 4). But if the number of times I say "that would never happen" increases, I may not make it to season 5.
As the show begins to focus more on Beecher and the racial conflict between whites and blacks, the Latino story lines begin to fade into the background. It is a shame that Alvarez, first introduced as a major character, is not more prominent. Beecher, however, continues to surprise as he transforms yet again, shifting from vengeful to Machiavellian to contrite while, once more, slipping back into his role as the perpetual victim. There are also some interesting new characters, the intriguing Shirley Bellinger and the wicked Claire Howell among them.
"Oz" cannot help but push the boundaries of suspension of disbelief (the boxing tournament), but it continues to be entertaining, thought-provoking, and explosive.
that the basic trials and tribulations prisoners are forced to live is clear. The characters in this show are well developed and I found myself
involved in what was happening.. I recommend this highly. If for no other reason, perhaps people will see that most people in prison
are there simply because they don't have the money to hire the best attorneys to stay out of prison. Thus, they are subjected to extreme
abuse and many of them simply need therapy and a great deal of help. We live in an unfair world and it should not be this way. Why do
we treat people as if they are animals and treat animals as if they are worthless creatures? It's not what life is supposed to be.
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