Ship of the Week: Tobias Beecher and Christopher Keller - Sub Cultured
The only upbeat moment for the couple in season four was a scene where Beecher courageously told his visiting parents that he and Keller. (Sorry, Keller and Beecher 'shippers, that means no Chris Meloni, who joined in .. Though, if you watch the first episode of Oz, there are a couple scenes ' Game of Thrones': Ranking the Couples From Ewwww to #Goals. Find amazing Beecher Keller GIFs from on Gfycat. Goal 3: Helen Keller RocketLeague Rocket League Helen Keller Goal GifYourGame Gif Your Game.
Unbeknownst to Beecher, however, Keller has betrayed him to Schillinger and the Aryans, who beat him so mercilessly that they break both his arms and legs.
Keller complies, but Beecher still rejects him. Keller begins attending counseling sessions with the prison psychiatristSister Peter Marie "Sister Pete" Reimondoas a ploy to win back Beecher's favor. During the meetings, Keller first tries to make her feel ineffective as a psychiatrist; then through various sexual provocations, forces her to question her commitments as a nun. When Sister Pete discovers that his confessions are insincere, she turns her back on him.
In the season premiere, Keller is shot in the shoulder. The shooter kills two inmates and one guard, and set the alarm before Keller got hit. The shooter then kills himself. Sister Pete, upon hearing that Keller desires to see Beecher after his discharge from the hospital ward, tells Beecher that Keller is "a manipulative, sociopathic liar. Mad with fear and grief, Beecher believes false rumors claiming that Keller is responsible for the kidnappings. An attempt on Keller's life in retaliation ends their brief reunion, and the two spend the rest of the season attempting ways to hurt one another.
Beecher delves into promiscuity, and Keller kills Beecher's lovers, including inmate Mondo Browneto discredit the new manager of Em City, Martin Querns. Barlog then secretly makes a deal with FBI Agent Pierce Taylor to give evidence against Keller and have him convicted of three murders in exchange for his own freedom. Beecher is immediately suspicious of Barlog and warns Keller, who dismisses the warning as mere jealousy. But Keller soon starts to have his own suspicions and eventually murders Barlog, snapping his neck while receiving oral sex from him.
Just before killing Barlog, Keller confesses that he had indeed committed the murders the FBI suspected him of, and that his victims — all young, gay men — represented something within himself that he hated. When the police discover that Schillinger's other son, Hankhad been murdered, Keller takes responsibility for the crime to protect Beecher and his family. He is then sent to Massachusetts to stand trial for this murder. He is then put in protective custody while the District Attorney 's office tries to convict him of an unsolved murder which he had indeed committed.
While in protective custody, he begins an affair with one of the guards, Officer Claire Howellbut soon tires of her and begins rejecting her advances. Enraged, Howell brutally beats him, putting him in the infirmaryand tells her superiors that he attacked her.
After he recuperates from his injuries, he is found guilty of the murder charge, and sentenced to death. At about this time, Beecher's father is stabbed to death in a suspiciously empty hall. While Keller's relationship with Beecher is by now somewhat estranged, he tries to show his former lover that he still cares by killing Franklin Winthropthe inmate who had murdered Beecher's father to advance in the Aryan Brotherhood. Beecher hesitates, but eventually agrees and takes the package.
Shortly after Beecher leaves the room, Keller makes an anonymous telephone call to tip off the police, getting Beecher caught and sent back to Oz.
Furious, Beecher rejects Keller once and for all. Meanwhile, Keller seems to get on friendly terms with Schillinger again. Keller takes a job backstage managing the props. He tells Schillinger that they will kill Beecher then later tells Beecher that he is being friends with Schillinger to keep Beecher alive.
Christopher Meloni, who played Chris Keller, was excellent in this season whether it was in his dramatic relationship with Beecher, or in his dialogue with Sister Peter Marie where he reveals himself to be one sick ticket.
After seeing Meloni in this season, you couldn't help but be happy for him when he landed the lead on Law and Order. He's a heck of an actor. All told, this is the second of three consecutive great seasons of Oz and is on the level of Breaking Bad and Dexter.
If you've never seen the show and you can handle the violence, you have to check out Oz. Verified Purchase Weaker than before For example Beecher so easily killing an officer and walking so easily away from it, it was never mentioned afterwards; and what about Glynn and McMannus just letting Schillinger's Read more Don't get me wrong, I really like this series, loved the first 2 seasons and liked 3rd season.
However in this 3rd season there were some plot lines that were just too hard to admit as reasonably possible. For example Beecher so easily killing an officer and walking so easily away from it, it was never mentioned afterwards; and what about Glynn and McMannus just letting Schillinger's song in Beecher's hand, How can these 2 guysresponsible for running such a dangerous prison as Oz, be so naive and allow Beecher and other Schillinger's sworn enemies withing miles of this boy?
Beecher's plotting revenge after Schillinger and Keller broke his arm's and leg's, Alvarez is in solitary slowly going insane after the knifing of the guard, O'Reilly protects his Read more After, the impressive second season of this gritty prison drama. Beecher's plotting revenge after Schillinger and Keller broke his arm's and leg's, Alvarez is in solitary slowly going insane after the knifing of the guard, O'Reilly protects his brother Cyril from Schillingers clutches and Abedisi is in the psychiatric ward.
All in all season 3 is just as masterful as the first two seasons. Each character no matter how cold blooded and ruthless has a story. The stories play out in season 3 with unrelenting intensity. There are many new sub-plots such as Alvarez contacting the guard he blinded, Beecher and Keller's twisted relationship, and McManus's sexual harassment suit.
On the personal end, each of our main characters has problems. Beecher, betrayed badly by his boyfriend Keller at the end of season two, is out for revenge against Keller and his friends. Read more The first season of Oz introduced our huge cast of main characters. The second season was dedicated mostly to intergroup struggles: With the spectacular third season, Oz presented a mix of the best of seasons one and two by giving us character development within a story about a larger, rising struggle.
Keller, remorseful and desirous of Beecher, is willing to do anything to get Beecher back--including seduce a nun and kill.
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Sister Peter Marie comes to realize that she is a woman before being a nun, while Schillinger must choose between his family and his beliefs. Augustus Hill finds out a shocking secret, Miguel Alvarez struggles with depression, the warden faces his past While Season Two had a bit of a problem juggling all of the events and people introduced, everything has been hammered out in Season Three.
It's particularly impressive that each of these personal storylines wove together and finally became part of a much larger story: Who stays impartial, who wants equal rights, and who turns to racism? The answers might surprise you. The only warning I can give about Season Three and Oz in general is that crack is less addicting than this show.
I began Season One thinking I'd just watch an episode or two Welcome to the other side of the rainbow Simmonsand a heart broken by the betrayal of Keller Christopher Read more By the time the third season of HBO's highly volitale and excessively violent prison drama Oz debuted, it was clear that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson had truly created something special.
Not special in a way that other HBO series' like the Sopranos and Deadwood were, are, and have become; but something that makes this show compulsively addictive viewing. Simmonsand a heart broken by the betrayal of Keller Christopher Meloni. Meanwhile, Alvarez Kirk Acevedo seeks redemption after blinding a guard in the previous season, while Simon Adebisi Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has a few tricks up his sleeve. With all the different storylines going on, it should also be mentioned that there is a prison sponsored boxing tournament going on that you just know is going to end badly.
The cast does nothing short of brilliant work, from Simmons, to Walker, to Akinnuoye-Agbaje, to the Winters brothers, to Kinney, to Rita Moreno; but where the show really shines is when it focuses on the bizarre, savage, yet somehow heart wrenching affair between Beecher Tergesen and Keller Meloni.
It's undoubtadly some of the best original material you'll ever see on HBO, just be warned if this is your first trip on the other side of the rainbow. More Of A Great Series The violence, drug dealing and struggle for power still go unabated.
On the other hand, we do see glimpses of humanity from the most evil of Read more The third season of "Oz" continues as we get more into the characters, at least the ones who do not get snuffed before we hardly get to know them: On the other hand, we do see glimpses of humanity from the most evil of the inmates.
I would put Schillinger, Adebissi and O'Reilly into that group. Said remains the moral center of the series as he finds out that his brothers do no support him-- he refuses to reject all Caucasians as evil-- for he no longer is the leader of the Muslims at Em City.
The relationship between Beecher and Keller develops as Keller must prove to Beecher that he can be trusted again. The warden's past comes under scrutiny; Schillinger's son is sent to Oz with devastating results; Sister decides that she no longer wants to be a nun; the only woman now mysteriously pregnant on death row gets a reprieve from the smarmy governor, etc.
Sometimes the plot strains credibility as people get murdered and prison officials appear to look the other way.
There is not a dull frame here, however. Additional deleted scenes are also included on this DVD. A third season in the hell hole that is HBO's "Oz" Read more In the third season of Oz the place has had a name change to Oswald State Correctional Facility and things are obviously coming to a head, although what the explosion will be and the final body count is up in the air. James Devlin Zeljko Ivanek is not around to cause as much trouble as usual, but not for lack of trying.
A managed health care company is given control of Oz's infirmary to the detriment of Migeul Alvarez Kirk Acevedo and the disgust of Dr. Gloria Nathan Lauren Velez.
But of course the real story here has to do with the inmates. As I watched the power struggle on "Oz: The Complete Third Season" I kept thinking that the machinations among the inmates was like a metaphor for international politics. Kareen Said Eamonn Walker proves his power in Oz when he starts a hunger fast after McManus rejects his request for food in his cell while he fasts during the holy season.
But the most dangerous one of all turns out to be the inmate everybody is dismissing as crazy, Simon Adebisi Adewale Akinnouye-Agbajewho finds a way to bring down Antonio Nappa Mark Margolis and is eyeing people even higher up the food chain. Meanwhile, prison psychiatrist Sister Peter Marie Reimondo Rita Moreno 's sessions with various prisoners, including Chris Keller Chris Meloniare having repercussions and the prison sponsored boxing tournament continues and you just know the finals are going to end badly.
For me the key character on "Oz" has always been Beecher because he was the one I most identified with at the start i. Of course, Beecher has gone places I would have never been able to go and the third season offers up some of the twists and turns we know to expect from the series as the character manages to go too far in two completely different directions. Meanwhile, McManus has become just another player in the big game, which is a major development because his character reflected what idealism there was in the Oz experiment which is long gone by this point.
The third season is also marked by a more creative use of Augustus Hill Harold Perrineau as the show's narrator my favorite was as pharaohwhich involves a bit more metaphor to go along with the necessary exposition. By now we are deep into this world and there are plans within plans within plans. Adding to the power of these stories is that by now you know that any of these characters could end up dead I was going to say that this adds to the realism of "Oz," but with the body count from this season alone I would think that in the real world the warden and a lot of others would be long gone.
With the completion of the third season, we are now halfway through the series. But it is a good thing that HBO is spacing out these seasons on DVD because you really need to spend some time in between to feel clean enough to want to descend back under the rainbow. Read other reviews that mention See more The wild keep getting wilder in Oz Henning — Australian Author Read more Serving time inside Oz presents few lasting truces as alliances easily change, and the hunger to ruthlessly take or inflict harm on others ensures that trust is the rarest of commodities.
Season 3 is a notable juncture as some regular cast members take new directions with their attitudes towards each other. Henning — Australian Author Once great, now just plain awful This show now just focuses only on the white Read more This show is just awful by this point and have made it clear that this is the start of something very bad.
First off, they completely obliterated any use of the Latino characters; they're pretty much just background furniture for the entire season. This show now just focuses only on the white characters and their emotions and their problems and issues.
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Then we have our brothers in Oz who are nothing more than a bunch of thugs and drug dealers, and addicts. In fact, this entire season 3 have storylines that just flew all over the place. Inmates coming out of nowhere, and most were white and pointless. The cellphone was an example of reaching for a story out of nowhere.
Even the very last episode of season 3 had a bunch of ridiculously stupid dialogue; just by looking at the actors faces you can tell that they themselves were thinking "why am I saying these lines which makes no sense??!! Always giving the emotional storylines to the most evil, corrupt, vicious, violent, bloodthirsty characters of the entire series who receive no punishment for any of the wrong they do, except the Hole or a breif stay in Adseg is just racist and stupid.
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And the singing narratives in "Variety" They devoted nearly 20 minutes of airtime to O'Reilly's storyline alone in the S5 finale. It's gotten waaaay off track from its real-life gritty, sexy prison drama platform. Now it's just a sappy, stupid soap opera. The cast is a good one. Read more First of all, this review is really for the first three seasons of Oz, not just the first.
But one day at the video store, I couldn't find anything to rent, so I picked up a couple of discs of the first season of Oz. I was hooked within a couple of episodes.
A story about life in a prison doesn't sound very entertaining, but it is. The cast is one of the biggest you'll see and since it's a prison, characters are getting added pretty much each episode while others exit from time to time usually with the "help" of other prisoners.
So it always seems to stay fresh for me.