THEY'RE standard scenarios for a prison drama: a guard makes a prisoner perform sex acts in exchange for the chance to place a phone call; a prisoner with breast cancer falls in love with the jailhouse doctor who makes the diagnosis and provides care. But on ''Oz,'' the HBO series that begins its sixth and final season tonight, those familiar story lines have come with a twist: the guard and the doctor were women, and the prisoners were men. But what's truly unusual for a prime-time drama is the way gender roles on the show rarely conform to popular expectation.
Simon Adebisi was a Nigerian inmate featured in Oz. Portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Serving a life sentence for beheading an undercover cop with a machete, and as the leader of the Black gang in Oz dubbed the "Homeboys"Simon Adebisi was considered one of the prison's most dangerous inmates, and became one of the most recognizable characters on the show.
The nickname is a reference to the classic film The Wizard of Ozwhich is notable for popularizing the phrase: "There's no place like home"; in contrast, the series has used the tagline: "It's no place like home". In this experimental unit of the prison, unit manager Tim McManus emphasizes rehabilitation and learning responsibility during incarceration, rather than carrying out purely punitive measures. Emerald City is an extremely controlled environment, with a carefully managed number of members of each racial and social group, with the hope of easing tensions among these various groups.
There were capital-letter themes, lots of nudity, and warring factions, not to mention Edie Falco in a starring role. Oz centered on the various, nefarious inmates of Emerald City, an experimental unit within the Oswald State Correctional Facility. It was just as notable for its huge cast as it was for the frequency with which it dispatched core characters, something we see today on The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones.
He played Champion gladiator Crixus. He quickly became an integral part of later seasons beyond being the antagonist of the first season. The series frequently had fights in the shower, graphic nude scenes, and a uniquely naked approach to solitary confinement.
Prison is tough on the inside but, as we learn in the sweat-puke-and-AIDS-blood-drenched HBO smash Ozprisoners themselves have all kinds of tender parts on their insides. Set in the experimental Oswald Correctional Facility, Oz chronicled the never less than over-the-top antics of hardened in every sense felons, including philosophical cripple Augustus Harold Perrineauwhite-power whack-job Schillinger J. The penitentiary is packed to the rafters with lengthy peen and beefy hotcakes.
No, it's not the Wizard of Oz or even The Wiz. This one's more like Puppetry of the Penal The episode, titled "Variety," will feature fantasy interludes sung by castmates and inmates of the show.