History Headscratchers / Oz

6th Mar '16 10:16:52 AM 6
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** Not everyone who wears glasses/contacts strictly needs them. A person's vision can be below the norm but still good enough to function without corrective aide if necessary. Then, there's people who only need glasses for one specific thing such as reading/driving but get into the habit of always wearing them.
15th Jan '16 2:42:04 PM laserviking42
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** In-universe explanation is most likely because they have no money. But Oz seems to be a magical place (pun intended) where all sorts of things happen yet are rarely commented on (Luke Perry's very high profile prisoner is walled up and no one seems to care, Beecher kills a guard with his fingernails and the other COs act like he just never showed up to work, visitors are shanked, people are set on fire and so many other things that would have sent the place on permanent lockdown).
31st Oct '15 4:18:32 PM Beavizz81
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** This is actually TruthInTelevision. Many prisoners can't do much other than exercise as activity with food and drugs being in limited amounts which means many especially drug-addicts having beefy bodies when they exit the prison due to the limited amount unhealthy stuff can be obtained.
23rd Jun '15 10:45:42 PM lorgskyegon
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** McManus mentions at some point in the first season that he likes to have "lifers" (like Adibisi, Hernandez, or Ortolani) in Em City to try and get them to find some purpose in their incarceration.

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** McManus mentions at some point in the first season that he likes to have "lifers" (like Adibisi, Adebisi, Hernandez, or Ortolani) in Em City to try and get them to find some purpose in their incarceration.



*** Burr was also specifically placed there to stop the rest of the Homeboys from degenerating as they were under Poet's leadership.



** [[TheSimpsons A wizard did it]]



* It's sort of handwaved in the series, but seriously, Shirley Bellinger? Why was she in Oz at all, when she should have been in a women's prison, death row or not?

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* It's sort of handwaved in the series, but seriously, Shirley Bellinger? Why was she in Oz at all, when she should have been in a women's prison, death row or not?not?
** Female prisons rarely have the facilities for Death Row (women have been less than 1% of all executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976).
23rd Jun '15 10:26:14 PM lorgskyegon
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** We also see a prison canteen in a few episodes. They can likely buy snacks there, as well as having them smuggled in.
26th Jan '15 2:42:22 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Look at real prisoners. They manage to get quite built with only crude exercise equipment and prison food.
23rd Jan '15 12:14:06 AM shamblingdead2
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** Most of the characters were doing "hard time," and some even had no possibility of parole. McManus was trying to give the characters purpose while in prison, to create an example from the program that might be applied to other prisoners. A lot of funding for programs is based on being able to show funders some "success." Of course, the success rate in Oz varied.



* Why, in the name of Adebisi's gravity defying hat, are there no security cameras in the popular murder spots? The gym and the kitchen for example. People keep getting killed and otherwise assaulted in there, having cameras in place would at least narrow the suspects down. Or how about the showers in Emerald city? Violence, sex and violent sex goes on there all the time too. And sex between prisoners is supposed to be a big no-no in EM city, so why not actually supervise the prisoners properly? It can't be because of prisoner privacy, they are already forced to change clothes and take shits in glass pods where the COs can plainly see them.

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* Why, in the name of Adebisi's gravity defying hat, are there no security cameras in the popular murder spots? The gym and the kitchen for example. People keep getting killed and otherwise assaulted in there, having cameras in place would at least narrow the suspects down. Or how about the showers in Emerald city? Violence, sex and violent sex goes on there all the time too. And sex between prisoners is supposed to be a big no-no in EM city, so why not actually supervise the prisoners properly? It can't be because of prisoner privacy, they are already forced to change clothes and take shits in glass pods where the COs can plainly see them.them.
* It's sort of handwaved in the series, but seriously, Shirley Bellinger? Why was she in Oz at all, when she should have been in a women's prison, death row or not?
30th Dec '14 9:27:31 PM lorgskyegon
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** I thought Dean Winters did an amazing job playing Ryan. As for Cyril harming people bigger and stronger than him, first take into account that he is a Golden Gloves boxer. Add in that people with mental retardation (as well as people on psychoactive drugs) have far less control over themselves in a rage. The standard brain will instinctually prevent the muscles from using their full possible strength in order to keep you from damaging yourself.
11th Sep '14 3:59:15 AM Arskanator
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* Why are the Oz books linked here from literature? :o

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* Why are the Oz books linked here from literature? :o:o
* Why, in the name of Adebisi's gravity defying hat, are there no security cameras in the popular murder spots? The gym and the kitchen for example. People keep getting killed and otherwise assaulted in there, having cameras in place would at least narrow the suspects down. Or how about the showers in Emerald city? Violence, sex and violent sex goes on there all the time too. And sex between prisoners is supposed to be a big no-no in EM city, so why not actually supervise the prisoners properly? It can't be because of prisoner privacy, they are already forced to change clothes and take shits in glass pods where the COs can plainly see them.
5th Sep '14 5:55:12 PM lorgskyegon
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** This was one of the plans for the end of the show. Fontana wasn't sure if HBO was going to renew the series after season 4. The cliffhanger was intentional. It was also used as a {{DeusExMachina}} to explain why the prison looked different, the show having moved to a new filming location for seasons 5 and 6.
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