Prison Break was first broadcast in the UK on Channel Five. I was immediatly hooked, but since Channel Five aired it with the most ludicrous, unpredictable timetable I was never able to keep up with it. I've just recently came across this box set and I've watched every single episode in only 4 days. Prison Break should come with a warning, it's more addictive than crack.
Not since The A-Team has there been such a purely male-oriented show. Girls can just pack their bags and leave, there's nothing for you here. Stick to your cooking and cleaning and pots and pans and frocks and gossip. You've had your share of prime-time TV in this post-feminist world, it's time to give something back. Having said that, Prison Break is pretty much the most far-fetched show you'll ever come across and requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief. If you can manage that, you'll have a great time.
I won't really go into the plot so much since everybody in the world knows it. I'll just say 'innocent man on death row, epic plan to bust him free'. But we've all seen movies like this before, so what has PB got to offer? How about the most sprawling, complex conspiracy you could possibly imagine. Yes, it's contrived and sometimes desperate, but, like a Mack-Daddy Pimp with his prozzies, it'll keep you hooked and wants to be in control of you...or at least just your viewing habits.
Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell (both born in England btw) play brothers, both trapped in the same prison. Micheal Schofield (Miller) has himself deliberately locked-up to free Lincoln Burrows (Purcell), who has been framed by the CIA. But he needs the help of fellow cons if all that is to happen. Such a large cast fill out a range of colorful characters. Cutie-pie Robin Tunney is the desperate lawyer trying to crack the case on the outside, seriously cool Peter Stormare is the sleazy mob boss who helps them all make the escape possible, Stacy Keach as the nice warden, big-chinned and perpetually frowning Amaury Nolasco as the likeable Sucre, Muse Watson as DB Cooper and the unfortunate Lane Garrison (now needing to plan his own Prison Break for real given recent circumstances) as the unpopular Tweener. But it's Robert Knepper who steals the whole show and runs away with it as the inbred, white-trash, murderous pedo Theodore (T-Bag) Bagwell. I've never seen any actor make such an evil, nasty man so damn likeable. I'm with T-Bag all the way...as long as it's not to his cell with a sheet hanging by the door.
What I especially like about Schofield is that, like me, he 'suffers' from a high level of Dopamine buzzing around in his brain and is clinically diagnosed with 'low latent inhibition' which causes him to process higher amounts of visual stimuli and see things differently. Short and sweet, it means that it's hard to switch your brain off. But it's all normal to me and I was thrilled to see it be part of such a popular character.
With the first half of Season 2 already available in the UK, I will be going straight for it tomorrow. I need to know...I need to know. Something that YOU will be saying at the end of every damn episode.
For a show released on SD-DVD Prison Break looks absolutely incredible with a stunningly bright and crisp picture. The Dolby Digital sound is also pretty good and there are some extras included.