Friday, February 26, 2010

"The Routine" (Season 1, Episode 1)

The first episode of OZ is striking for its uniqueness, both good and bad. For 1997*, its frank depiction of casual violence and brutal prison sex is incredibly brave and, as the first hour-long drama produced by HBO, it's foreshadowing the violence of later fare, like the business-like killing of The Sopranos, and the eye-popping vengeance of Deadwood.

But much of OZ's original ambition is its downfall. The first episode, and the first season in particular, suffer from too much liberalism, not only in the overly self-righteous narration, the ridiculous extremes of Tobias Beecher's story (which lasts through all 56 episodes), and the horrific camera work. It's as if the producers were afraid of never getting past the pilot, and shoved as much as they could into one hour.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Few Answers

Q: What is this blog?

A: This blog is a tribute to the HBO series OZ.

Q: Why is it called "That's A Man's Crime"?

A: Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clip of this moment out there in the internet ether, but it's a quote spoken by Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier to Timmy "I Died in a Death Row Fashion Shoot" Kirk. In full,

Kirk: How about a blow job?

Cloutier: You made a lifetime out of being adorable, sexy in a lost-little-boy kind of way, but you threw your baby in the trash. That's a man's crime. It's time for you to be a man.

Hence, "That's a Man's Crime".

Q: Who are you people?

A: Two very sick and snarky OZ fans. If you ever read this blog and think that we are making fun of OZ, well, we are, but it's all out of love. We LOVE OZ. We love it's ridiculous story lines, it's soap opera dialouge, it's "acting" and most of all, it's flimsy excuses for frontal male nudity. And all of the hot dudes.