Prison Break is back! Let me guess, there is some reason why the lovable gang is all tangled up in a web of somebody’s machinations. And Michael is the only one who can figure out a way to stop this ne’er-do-well. But, isn’t Michael dead? Because I’m sure that lasts…
The Show: 2.5/5
So, yeah, that is pretty much the story this time around. Just like last time around. And every other season of Prison Break. Lincoln is back to his old ways and T-Bag is just getting out of prison. Sara has married and is raising her son with her new husband. And then Lincoln gets evidence that Michael is alive and in a prison in Yemen. How can this be?
The first part of the season spends its time answering that question. We find out who put Michael into prison and how he manipulated these events. This is told while the team works to get Michael out of the prison (the show is called Prison Break not Prison is a Cool Place to Stay). The second half of the show is what the latter half of Prison Break has always been: stopping the scheming evildoer. The plot is as expected, a weaving cat and mouse between Michael and the gang vs the orchestrating organization that is all too close to him. This all culminates in a grand ending showdown with plenty of twists and turns!
So yeah, this was kind of average. Also, it is actually a little weird now that I’ve gotten used to seeing Purcell and Wentworth Miller as DC supervillains to see them back as the characters I first got to know them as. But hey, things are meant to be revived right? Anyway, the beginning of the season starts out decent. The first episode is mostly throwaway and just serves to bring people back into the Prison Break world as they’ve been out of it for a while. It gets better as we move into the breakout schemes, but then also bottoms out in the middle of the season. Now, disc 3 of the series is where it gets good. This is when we have Michael and the gang start to fight back against the organization. The problem is that it is all a bit stale.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked Prison Break. But it was all downhill after the first season. This series has some of the good strengths of that first season, but it still feels too samey. Every season of the show is pretty predictable because they follow the same story of the convoluted MICHAEL IS THE TOTALLY MOST CLEVEREST PERSON EVER solution schemes. You just start going through the motions. There might have been more emotion in this series than previous because of how tightly tied it was to the family unit, but we’ve still all been here before. And the worst is that the ending confrontation wasn’t as clever as the viewer expected it to be. Michael should have done better. Counter to that though, the final scene of the show was quite rewarding to the viewer as well as some characters.
Prison Break: The Event Series was pretty decent. But in the end, much like Michael, Prison Break can do better. And it should have been better.
Technical Side: 4/5
Prison Break: The Event Series is pretty much always clean looking. However, the darks are not always satisfying in their depth and richness. Still, the image is quite solid throughout almost every scene. The audio is likewise strong. The score is unremarkable, just focusing on the occasional tense bit of music to drive the scene. As Prison Break has always been about people and suspense, the dialog is of the utmost importance and the audio track pretty much never lets us down in that regard.
Special Features and Packaging: 2/5
A Return Home: The Making of a Prison Break Event Series: This is just an okay behind the scenes featurette.
And that is it. Yeah, one supplement. Yippee.
Also, not much going on here. But hey, still room for awesome packaging, right? Nah, we just get a 3 disc case with a standard matching slip over it.
Prison Break Overall: 2/5
Look, I’m not really trying to ruin anyone’s day here. I’m also not trying to be overly harsh, but Prison Break has been better. The Event Series, much like all the seasons after the first, just can’t compare to the original. Victim of its own success or resting on their laurels? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter, the end result is the same. The release looks good and sounds good. It comes with one special feature. Really, just one pitiful extra. The extras situation is much like the show: it could have and should have been better.
Eh, if you like Prison Break, you can enjoy this series but you know that the first season is far more rewarding. Just go watch that. If you are interested in the Blu-ray you can grab from Amazon or wherever you buy movies.
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