whoneedsahug asked: Who are your favorite and least favorite characters? What are your feelings on BeecherxKeller, Miguel, Adebisi, Said, Macmanus, Diane, and the O'Reily brothers?
I’m going to have to stop myself from letting this get too long but…here we go!
What I like about Oz is that all the characters, whether you like them are not, are there because they did something wrong. They all broke the law, they’re all “bad guys”. There are no innocent people in Oz.
My favourite characters…that’s a hard one. It’s amazing that one show can have so many compelling characters, it’s really hard to choose but I’ll try my best.
Simon Adebisi - If I could pick a number one…Adebisi would probably be it. His presence is just amazing, you almost believe that there is no actor behind those eyes, that they let this psychotic man onto the set to torment everyone. He’s very primal and brutal but at the same time very intelligent when it comes to getting what he wants. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje acted the shit out of that role.
Bob Rebadow - Probably the first character I remember liking immediately, just for his strange quirkiness. A very grand-fatherly presence (ever prison story needs one) and his relationship with Agamemnon Brusmalis was great as well.
Vern Schillinger - I like Vern for similar reasons as Adebisi. He’s delightfully evil and played to perfection by a wonderful actor.
I really don’t have any least favourite characters…there were all pretty great in their own way. So instead I’ll list characters that…annoyed me…we’ll put it that way.
Timmy Kirk - He is probably the character I wished death upon more than any other. He was such a slimey sniveling manipulative bastard.
Clayton Hughes - His story is sad, you definitely feel for him as he unravels but at the same time I just didn’t like him.
Omar White - The first time I watched Oz he annoyed me to no end, but each time I’ve re-watched it he’s grown on me more and more. Still annoying but I understand him more.
Governor Devlin - What a jerk. Wonderful actor though.
Onto my feelings on the characters you listed.
BeecherxKeller - A very unconventional relationship. I had actually written more here but I’m not sure what point in the series you’re at so I didn’t want to spoil anything for you :P There are a lot of ups and downs and it’s quite a journey for both of them, that’s all I’ll say.
Miguel Alvarez - Every character had great arcs throughout the series but Miguel’s was one of the best. When you compare his character from beginning of his story to end, it’s almost like two different people. To be honest, he wasn’t a character I liked much when the story began but over the course of the series they really put him through the ringer and it became fairly impossible not to become invested in his struggles.
Simon Adebisi - My thoughts about him in the favourite characters section apply here as well.
Tim McManus - I almost included him in my least favourite characters section but decided against it. For the most part he genuinely cared about all the prisoners in Oz, he really thought he could rehabilitate them and even when they screwed him over time and time again he kept at it.
Diane Wittlesey - In a man’s prison it’s hard to stand out as a strong female character. There weren’t a lot of main female characters, but I thought they were all great, Diane included. I’m hesitant to say more about her since I’m not sure what point you’re at.
The O’Reily Brothers - Cyril and Ryan’s relationship was probably one of the few genuinely loving relationships in the entire series. No matter what happened you knew they were always looking out for each other.
There we have it, hopefully I didn’t ramble too much.