Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas
I LOVE this series. I really like to think of it as a less-subtle prequel to \"The Wire\". \"OZ\" runs the gamut of every emotion; it is sad, frustrating, thrilling, incredibly funny and above all compulsively watchable. It's a little jarring at first, the first-person narrator (in a rotating glass cube, no less), the 70's style music and the very dated camera techniques. But give it a chance! This show is absolutely addictive, with amazing, grandly written story arcs and characters that will break your heart. It is really not for the faint of heart, the violence is really intense but a good deal of it (like sexual assault) happens off-camera. This is one of those shows you might actually find yourself flinching from or yelling and the screen.\nGood performances all around, especially Lee Tergeson ( who plays Beecher) one of the few actors I had not seen in anything before or since. Eamonn Walker, Kirk Acevedo, Dean Winters all brilliant!
With a cigar box of subplots, this episodic yarn is more numbing than boring, though its increasingly compelling narrative has the ill-timed misfortune to collapse completely in its final talky segment.