Prison Break - What a Show!!!
A few weeks ago, I began watching a series like no other series ever. It's called Prison Break. Although my son had been pushing me to watch it all summer, I was slow in doing so because I find shows and movies about prison to be somewhat depressing and I couldn't imagine watching four seasons of back to back episodes set in a prison.
Anyway, I finally gave in and the night I decided to check it out was the beginning of an exciting and thrilling adventure!
Prison Break is an amazing show! It tells the story of a man, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), falsely accused of killing the vice president's brother and is on death row waiting to be executed. His brother, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), a structural engineer with a genius mind, purposely commits a bank robbery so he can be arrested, IS arrested and sent to the same penitentiary where Linc awaits his fate. Why? Because Michael is planning on breaking his brother out of the notorious Fox River Penitentiary in Chicago.
The story begins with a man, later we know to be Michael, being tattooed over his entire body. We later find out that the tattoo is actually the blueprint of the prison complete with codes and symbols. These codes and symbols are directions, locations and other bits of information Michael uses to set his incredible plan in motion.
During his time in Fox River Penitentiary, Michael clashes with one of the correction officers, Brad Bellick (Wade Williams). Bellick has it out for Michael but eventually works with him to unravel the mystery. He also makes friends as well as enemies with some of the inmates who later become an unexpected part of the team participating in the escape. At the time of the successful escape, what was supposed to be two escapees turns into eight escapees each one having his own personal reason for wanting to get out. What I loved about this show was how each of the escaped prisoners was not forgotten about once they made it out. The way the story was written, there was focus on each one, and his eventual fate.
Prison Break has so many twists and turns, mysteries to solve, character transformations, continuous action and unlikely friendships formed. There is love, betrayal, action, intrigue, a lot of close calls, action, revenge, assassinations, did I say ACTION?
One such twist, one that was not part of Michael's original plan, was a race to Utah to find the buried five million dollars belonging to DB Cooper, prison name, Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson). Oh yes, he is in that same prison and befriends Michael. He joins the list of the escapees but is injured and doesn't make it out. Before he dies, however, he tells Michael where he hid the money and not only does Michael know where it is, the other escapees overhear and plan to go after it too.
As the story unfolds, we find that Linc was framed by a group called The Company. This is slowly revealed as the brothers attempt to figure out why Linc was framed in the first place, by who and why. Their mission is to find the Company and bring it down. In the interim, many innocent people are killed including the young son of the FBI agent (former worker for The Company), Alex Mahone (William Fichtner) who is assigned to the case of the Fox River 8. He begins to figure out Michaels' codes and symbols based on the tattoos, a copy of which was given to him by the tattoo artist. It's a thrilling chase but eventually Mahone falls out of grace with the FBI and The Company is out to get him as well. He eventually joins forces with the team.
I guess you can tell that Prison Break not only takes place in prison but follows the team over several states in their race against time to find the answers they are looking for to finally be exonerated. And, there is so much more to the story than this review can portray.
There are many great actors who really make this show a winner!!! Special shout-out to Robert Knepper, who portrays convict, Theodore T'Bag Bagwell. An incredible actor. Wow!!!!!
If you get a chance to watch this brilliantly-done show, do so. You will not regret it.
You're going to become so involved with the characters that a poster will be a must-have.
All the great music is right here...it's so exciting. I may watch it from the beginning again!!!
Watch Prison Break and enjoy the ride!!!!!