Well, it's nice to see Oz back on track. Last season, shall we say, felt more like a soap opera and had a very scattershot tone to it. Tonight's premiere was a lean and mean, bringing back of a lot of older characters to Emerald City, while introducing some new ones. A few of the highlights: --Luke Perry. Dear God, his post-explosion look was utterly repulsive and disturbing. Even though he was onscreen for all of two seconds, it was enough to etch his new look into my head for a good long time. --O'Reilly basically incriminating two (and possibly more) prisoners in the death of an individual they had no part in. (The name of the person escapes me...it was the one who raped Dr. Nathan.) It felt good to see O'Reilly back to his old scamming/backstabbing ways. --Alvarez coming back to Em City...I'm sure this will lead to more "fun" down the way. --Though he really had nothing to do in the series, it was nice to see jazz muscian John Lurie on the show. I've loved this guy since my introduction to Fishing with John. --The ending, which basically came out of nowhere and was incredibly downbeat for even this show. I think it's a testament to the actors and the writing that one can feel sorry for utterly hateful characters like Vern Schillinger in the final moments of the episode. All in all, a great return to form for the show. Eagerly looking foward to the next episode, which brings back an old favorite! EDIT: Sorry, that title should say "...saw the season premiere OF Oz..."