Great pilot. Gives you a taste of the characters and what's to come. Also gives you look at the style of the show.
It's interesting to watch these episodes from the start and seeing what develops. Tobias Beecher is such a nerd and flake you feel sorry for him. Especially when you realize what's to come to for him. Lee Tergensen shows off a lot of great acting as the show goes on.
The pilot captures the real prison experience to a tee. It also shows you the abuse on a physical and mental level. Again Beecher is a fine example. He comes so innocent and gets transformed like the other inmates into a vicious thug.
On to this episode, it introduces to several major character like Said, Beecher, Schillinger, Tim McManus, The Warden and so on.
The trademarks of the show are here including the hard hitting and often hilarious commentary by Harold Perrineau as the paralyzed Augustus Hill.
This show really was one of the hottest shows on HBO.