In the 'Emerald City' experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who exist in a pecking order of Gangbangers, Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans and Wiseguys.
Did You Know?
Originally producer Debbie Sargent approached artist Anthony Papa who served a 15 to Life sentence with the idea to shoot the opening of Oz playing a prisoner painting in a cell who loses it and destroys his cell and picks up his painting punching his fist through it and the episode of Oz would begin. Papa was commissioned to paint a copy of his famous self portrait "15 to Life" (www.15tolife.com) which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum. An 8 hour shoot was conducted but in the end it hit the cutting floor. The good news was that a segment of the shoot was retained and Papa was placed in the opening montage of season one painting at his easel. See more
When Dino is in Tim McManus' office after he beats up the guy in the shower, if you look behind Dino you can see in the reflection a crew member holding up the Boom Mic. Right when Dino is looking at the officer outside the window. See more
Oz. That's the name on the street for the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary. Oz is retro. Oz is retribution. You wanna punish a man? Separate him from his family, separate him from himself, cage him up with his own kind.
References The Wizard of Oz
By Dave Darlington and Steve Rosen See more