Now is the time to catch up on all those American TV shows you wish you had seen but were on pay TV or were expensive box sets back in the day. Amazon Marketplace are having a huge clear out and you can pick up great quality older series like Prison Break for as little as 50p, as I have. With £1.24 postage you are getting plenty of TV viewing on the cold winter nights for next to nothing. I recall this one was on Channel Five back in the day but if you didn’t have digital cable TV then in our region you couldn’t get Channel Five. So ten years later here I am enjoying it.
The star is the /gay/teen/mature/straight male icon that is the super sexy blue-eyed, tattooed Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield, the premise being the super intelligent structural engineer breaks into prison to bust out his hunky older brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), who is facing the electric chair for a murder he appeared not to commit. Writer Paul Scheuring intriguing concept was nearly made into a film by Steven Spielberg because of the potential for a taught prison movie but felt he could squeeze more out of it over long period. It’s a great idea for a TV series. He made the right decision. A law suit was filed against Fox by two brothers who claim the idea was stolen from their script of their experiences of how they broke out of a juvenile prison in the 1960s and presented a script in 2001. Nothing publicly came of it.
As with all of these American shows they are often made on the hoof of four episodes at the time and if its scores well early on the Nielsen Ratings more episodes are quickly made and one series turns into four, the way the decreasingly disinteresting Lost, ‘got lost’ as they turned it into a dreadful white teeth soap opera to drag it all out to make hard cash. The only white teeth smiles in Prison Break are quickly punched out for such niceties.
Hunky thirtysomething Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is facing the chair in Fox River State Pen and exhausted all of his appeals, the NJ state governor a no nonsense type of guy when it comes to capital punishment, Burrows beautiful lawyer Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney) also his lover and struggling to untangle the high level conspiracy that seems to have got him in his predicament. He appears to have murdered the Vice Presidents brother. So little brother Michael (Wentworth Miller) decides to get arrested to be sent to the same jail to try and bust him out, 60 days from the day he arrives to carry out his plan or Lincoln is fried. Michael has a mild autistic condition that means he is extremely intelligent and meticulous with a photographic memory and has planned the escape down to the last nut and bolt – on the inside and out. Michael helped redesign the prison and has the blueprint on him – quite literally. But Warden Henry Pope (Stacy Keach) and his corrupt senior warden Captain Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) run a tight ship and it won’t be easy.
Once inside, his surprised brother makes peace with him as Michael thought he may well have killed the guy, telling him of his crazy plan now he knows his brother is innocent. Latino con Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) is the first recruit, purely because he is Michaels cell mate, and the fourth member of the escape crew will be John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare), a mid level mobster doing serious time but has the resources to help them run on the right side of the wall if a deal can be struck, Michaels detailed plan covering the trickery needed to get him onside.
As you would expect in a high security penitentiary the racial demographic keep to themselves, the black guys over there and the Latinos over there, the gay guys and child killers not hanging with the tattooed white Arians. You get the picture. But for Michaels plan to work he will need to make a lot of friends and engineer favors as he slowly pulls his plan together, tolerating some very nasty people for the greater good to achieve that. The one pleasure he does enjoy is the company of beautiful Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), the state governor’s daughter and the prison medic, who Michael also manipulates to fit into his plan. How can she resist his blue eyes? But prison life is chaotic and his secret gets out to more people, notorious killer and pedophile Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper), black dude Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar) and lifer Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson), who have to come along now. Problem is the hangers on were not in the original plan and Michael has planned this down to the second and inch and so someone has to drop out, even if they don’t want to as Michael juggles an increasing amount of balls.
It’s no Breaking Bad but its great fun. All the good people are gorgeous and all the bad people are ugly. The only other American prison drama I had previously seen was the dark and visceral ‘Oz’ that kept you awake at night, extremely violent and sadistic and no doubt rather realistic. American prisons are not like ours. With some ingenious ideas (and some silly ones) to aid his escape with what he has available its gripping stuff as toothpaste becomes corrosive and master keys are made from melted plastic resin. There is a lot of stuff that appears to be clever in the show but no doubt not possible but you get caught up in it all and just go along with it. Liberties are taken with the viewer occasionally with over-the-top plotting with some ‘that just wouldn’t happen’ moments to keep Michaels plan on track and the acting becomes rather pithy at times to paper over those cracks sometimes. But on the whole it’s as taught and exciting as you hoped it would be as you move through the episodes as the escape day nears and the pieces are put in place. We also have shenanigans going on outside the prison as the conspiracy unravels and the threat closes in on Michael and Lincoln’s family and loved ones.
Now, clearly Wentworth Miller is paying homage to the brilliant Shawshank Redemption with his rather obvious Tim Robbins impression throughout, right down to the narrow eyed calm and softly tempered voice, waiting his moment with all the outcomes covered for his ingenious escape plan to work. In fact Millers magnetic blue eyes should receive an award for over-acting. But there is nothing wrong with that and purely done to make him extremely appealing to a large female audience and possibly most of San Francisco. The racial mix of the prison and final breakout team ticks all the ethnic boxes, the way mainstream commercial American TV likes to works so to draw the biggest possible audience. It’s funny at times and well written with poetic dialogue often bludgeoned with clunky dialogue. The action is taught and great fun figuring out all the twists. The two scary Secret Service agents let the show down slightly as they become Laurel & Hardy as they bungle trying to contain the conspiracy.
Considering myself as a sucker to many American drama's - I'll basically give anything that has been reviewed positively a watch.
After falling in love with the likes of LOST, Breaking Bad, Dexter and many, many more fine drama's the Americans have produced in the last 20 years or so. One show I felt was essential in my list was Prison Break. One that I had heard for years getting positive feedback.
The TV show itself was immediately brilliant, I finished watching it and thought, Wow, that is the best single TV series I've ever watched ( Probably second to LOST series 1 )
The plot in simple, surrounds Michael Scofield, an engineer who gets himself put into prison to save the life of his brothers, who is sentenced to death via the electric chair for being wrongly accused of the muder of the Vice President's brother.
The series is so gripping and edge of your seat, I flew threw the 22 episodes as quickly as I could because it was so addictive.
I enjoyed the first few episodes, but was hooked from Riots, Drills and the Devil, which was a 2 parter, and as good as any 2 parters I've ever seen and in my time I've seen a few. The suspense is just fantastic.
The main season 1 cast are as followed.
Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield
Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows
Robin Tunney as Veronica Donovan
Sarah Wayne Callies as Dr Sara Tancredi
Amaury Nolasco as Fernando Sucre
Paul Adelstein as Agent Paul Kellerman
Robert Knepper as Theodore Bagwell ( T-Bag! )
Wade Williams as Captain Brad Bellick
Rockmond Dunbar as Benjamin Miles Franklin
Marshall Allman as LJ Burrows
The first season contains 22 episodes and averaged around 10 million viewers an episode during it's original run in America.
The special features on the DVD include the behind the scenes features, and an interesting feature on the history of Joliet prison where season 1 is filmed, along with quite a few audio commentaries on selected episodes with cast and crew. The set contains 6 discs and was released in 2006 over here in the UK.
The price of this set may not be brilliant but I still highly recommend this set if you love American Drama's, so please, try this one out!
In my spare time I watch so much TV/Films its unreal as you can probably tell from most of my reviews being reviews of TV shows or films. I came across this through recommendation of my sister and at first I was very sceptical about how good this show could possibly be. My initial thought without knowing much about the plot other than a man is breaking out of prison was how on earth would breaking out of prison be so complicated to stretch 4 seasons.
Despite this I decided to watch mainly due to lack of having anything else to watch and also seeing the DVD cheap for season 1.
Dominic Purcell -- as --Lincoln Burrows
Wentworth Miller -- as -- Michael Scofield
Robin Tunney -- as -- Veronica Donovan
Peter Stormare -- as -- John Abruzzi
Amaury Nolasco -- as -- Fernando Sucre
Marshall Allman -- as -- L.J. Burrows
Wade Williams -- as -- Captain Brad Bellick
Paul Adelstein -- as -- Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman
Robert Knepper -- as -- Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell
Rockmond Dunbar -- as -- Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin
Sarah Wayne Callies -- as -- Dr. Sara Tancredi
The plot for me took a few episodes to get me intrigued. It started with a man Michael Scofield being imprisoned for a crime he committed. At first Michael seems rather weird and closed of and sort of lost. When his intentions of breaking his brother Lincoln Burrows who is currently on death row for a crime he was framed for the plot gets very interesting. Lincoln burrows was actually supposed to have killed the Vice President of the United States but as the story progressed it came apparent that there is corruption in the United States government and more deaths start happening to cover up the mysterious death of the Vice Presidents brother.
Michael is a actually a very smart guy and has fooled his way into prison with the blueprint of the prison tattooed to his body. His escape plan starts very simple but along the way there are so many bumps in the road I was starting to question weather they would ever make it out of jail. More and more prisoners started getting involved with the escape plan despite Michael trying to keep it as low key as possible making it even harder. The series plot had me on edge right up until the end and I can't say much more because there is a lot to spoil which I don't want to do but believe me the escape plan is genius. In general the whole question to be answered is will they or won't they escape Fox River State Penitentiary.
What I liked about the plot is that there was drama in every episode and every episode had a me obstacle for Michael and the team to overcome. Michael was like the mastermind that carried the plot along and without him the whole thing would have been a sham. The series does stretch 22 hour long episodes and there were many points when I just thought break out of the prison already but the plot always brought me back in with a knew twist which was good otherwise this series would have been very long winded.
I like that the government was the reason for Lincoln Burrows imprisonment and they were willing to do anything to keep there corrupt ways under wraps. It's much more interesting watching the government that is suppose to do well for their country be the bad guys rather than your regular criminal.
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I must say the acting in this TV series was outstanding and loved every minute of how the actors were performing their characters.
Michael Scofield played by Wentworth Miller was my favourite an also the main character of the series. I like the bond that Lincoln and Michael have as their bond is what drives this whole escape plan in the first place. Michael has nowhere and his brother Lincoln is all the family he has left so there is no way he wants to lose him for a crime he didn't even commit.
Dr Sara Tancredi was another one of my favourite characters. She works in the prison as a doctor and develops a crush on Scolfield. Her and Scolfield relationship develops on his visits to the infirmary for his Diabetes injections (which he doesn't really have) and grows throughout the series. I liked Sara because in the first place she was standing up to her father who is Governor by working in the infirmary in the first place which he doesn't want her to be doing but she still seems rather closed off abit. As the series goes on she develops more personality and becomes someone who stands up to her father more by asking him to look at Lincoln Burrows case by request of Michael. I like her very much and liked they way she grew in the series.
One of the main character I disliked was Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell because just everything about him was so creepy and evil. He is in prison for being a paedophile and spends alot of time in jail picking on the young one in the prison. He is pretty much a low-life and after he found out about the escape plan in the middle of a prison brawl I wanted to kill him myself there and then so he couldn't get out. He was only let in on the plan so he would keep his mouth shut but was the main one of the group that kept bringing heat to their plan by just being a little devil and never listening. An example killing the police officer that found out about their plan by accident. I think the actor who plays him done a stunning job and must admit although I didn't like him as a character he is good for bringing the drama and entertainment and aggression to the series which was a good thing about his character. His quite a raw character which since it's a prison show you really need someone like that. Just like T-Bag most the the corrupt people protecting the government are pretty raw in this series aswell killing anyone and everyone who got in their way.
This is a very gripping, raw and entertaining TV series and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this sort of thing. It has quite alot of violence and pretty much almost the whole background of the prison and someone of the inmates are just dodgy and it made me just wander if real prisons are this dodgy. There are likeable characters and characters that you just want to strangle. I think all the twists and corruption in the plot just makes every episode worth watching. there is probably nothing negative I can really say about this series to be honest.
The DVD is available to buy on Amazon new & used from £12.66 but I'd actually recommend getting season 1-4 which is on Amazon for £28 which is more worth is because 1 it's cheaper and two after season 1 you will wan't to keep watching as it does sort of end on a cliffhanger.
Finding myself in the position of having a lot of spare time on my hands recently I've taken advantage of the opportunity to catch up with the television serials that passed my by when they were originally broadcast. Having re-watched the complete "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" seasons - all 7 of them, and all three series of "Being Human" my attention was drawn to Prison Break. I vaguely had an idea of the show and the title gave me a good idea of what I could expect to see should I take a chance on it so decided to take the plunge and order the complete 4 series collection from amazon.
This review specifically covers the first season of the show which originally aired back in 2005 and originated from the US.
Lincoln Burrows is an inmate on Death Row in Fox River Penitentiary having been found guilty of murder. He always maintained his innocence claiming that he was set up yet CCTV footage captured his crime on tape and the evidence was overwhelming. Convinced of his innocence Lincoln's brother Michael hatches a plan to break Lincoln out of prison but to do this he has to get to him and decides that the only way the pair can be reunited is to commit a crime of his own and become incarcerated in the same prison. Michael is _very_ resourceful as he is about to demonstrate and once in Fox River himself he sets about executing his plan whilst coping with life behind bars and all the problems that come his way. Will he succeed in his mission?...
At 22 episodes in length this is a series that packs plenty of twists and turns into each instalment and had hooked me from the start. The basics of the story are well conceived and the show manages to introduce a number of interweaving storylines which support the central premise of the Prison Break itself. The characters we are introduced to both inside the prison and out are integral to the plot and rather than this just being a Wentworth Miller 'vehicle' (he plays Michael Schofield, Lincoln's brother) instead the show feels more like an ensemble piece with each of the characters having their own time and stories to tell. The plot arc of the prison break itself forms the majority of the focus on this season and it is very cleverly portrayed on screen, the fact that Michael had the blueprints of the prison disguised in tattoos onto his arms and body was a fantastic idea I thought (this isn't a spoiler, the show was heavily promoted on this fact when it originally aired) and it's a very clever, if not gimmicky plot device integrating the symbols and tattoed words into Michael's plan.
The prison inmates who Michael comes in contact with are a mix of good guys and bad and plenty of time is spent getting to know them. The first series introduces characters that remain in the show throughout its 4 year run and many of them are integral to the plot and are all well rounded and interesting characters. The show has been compared to '24' which I think is fair and was the reason I gave this a go in the first place, each episode ends on a cliffhanger and whilst some of these are ridiculous and obviously contrived they did keep me interested in the show and made me want to see the next episode to see how events turned out. Sometimes the plot does meander away from the central premise and if I was to make any criticisms about the show it would be that 22 episodes do feel a little too long, the premise is stretched to breaking point at times and I would have preferred some of the subplots to have been cut just to make the overall impact a lot sharper and snappier. Saying that though it is escapist fun (if you'll forgive the pun) and contains enough action, twists and turns to maintain interest and I enjoyed the majority of the episodes that feature in this collection.
If you enjoy brash, fast American serial dramas then there's plenty on offer in Prison Break and it's a show that deserves the praise it received when it originally aired. My season one collection came in a complete four series box set and in terms of value for money you do get a lot in terms of extras and additional content.
===Region 2 DVD release===
The 22 episodes in this series are spread across 6 discs and included are a number of episode commentaries, behind the scenes features and a couple of Fox produced documentary insights into the show. There are deleted scenes included and interviews included with the main cast and these are all interesting to see. I was interested to learn that the interior footage of the show was filmed in an actual, now decommissioned prison and the behind the scenes documentaries explain the origins of the original prison and how awkward it was for the actors and film crew to shoot some of the scenes in the small spaces afforded to them. The series carries a certificate 15 rating which is probably due to a few violent scenes although nothing too graphic is shown and there are plenty of fights and conflicts which earn the series its rating. Subtitles are included should you need them and the picture quality is fine on this DVD transfer.
I bought the complete Prison Break series 1-4 box set from amazon and paid just under £50.00, individually the seasons are available to buy separately and season 1 will set you back around £25.00 from amazon but can be found cheaper on ebay or on amazon market place. Having now watched all of the seasons I do consider the first one to be the best but all of them are well worth seeing and whilst this review is specifically for the first season only it does work out to be better value for money to buy the complete box set.
I'm awarding a five star rating for Prison Break season 1, I loved it and was hooked after episode 1. Definitely recommended, thanks for reading my review.
I was talked into watching Prison Break by my ex boyfriend who raved about how wonderful it was. I had never really seen much about it or had any interest but decided to borrow the DVD's and give it a go. From the first episode I was hooked and so for the next few weeks I watched a few episodes a night so that I could catch up before the new series began on Sky last year.
Prison Break is about a man named Michael Schofield who sets up what looks to be a bank hold up to ensure that he will be sent to the Fox River prison as his brother Lincoln Burrows is due to be executed on the electric chair there for a murder than he did not commit. The murder is allegedly on the president's brother and Lincoln has been set up by government agencies to take the fall.
Michael has a very high intelligence and has a plan to break himself and Lincoln out of the prison. Along the way Michael makes some friends and enemies who will ultimately influence and affect his bid for freedom.
===Episode 1: Pilot===
This is where it all starts. In this episode we see Michael purposely get himself arrested for holding up a bank so that he can be sent to Fox River prison where his brother is sentenced to death. We see in this episode that Michael is covered in tattoos. These tattoos are actually a map of the prison, and other key things to help with the bid to escape, which Michael has designed. As he is a structural engineer he is well aware of blue prints and how they work etc.
===Episode 2: Allen===
Michael begins to set his plan in motion and seeks help from some fellow inmates but makes some very worrying enemies along the way-most notably the mob leader John Abruzzi and the psychotic Theodore Bagwell or T Bag. In this episode they begin to dig behind the sink unit which is how they plan to get underground.
===Episode 3: Cell test===
After an argument with Michael his cell mate Fernando Sucre asks for a cell transfer leaving Michael worrying about who will replace him. In this episode Abruzzi joins the quest to escape. Michael needs John's links to the outside world and knows that he could come in handy and so allows this. Being a clever man though Michael has researched the inmates he will need assistance from and as such holds vital information which Abruzzi needs.
===Episode 4: Cute poison===
Michael meets his new cellmate Haywire who has a photographic memory and does not sleep. He begins to question the tattoo's on Michaels body and fearing that he will expose their plan to escape Michael must think on his feet and come up with a plan to get Haywire removed from his cell and get Sucre back as his cell mate.
===Episode 5: English, Fitz or Percy===
Government agents Kellerman and Hale plan to blackmail the Warden of Fox River, Warden Pope, into moving Michael to a different prison. The warden is reluctant as Michael has been helping him with a model of the Taj Mahal as a gift for his wife but he has no choice. Once more Michael must come up with an idea to protect the escape plan.
===Episode 6: Riots, Drills and the Devil (part one)===
As the escape plan is falling behind schedule Michael must come up with a plan to create a "lock down" in the prison so that he can carry on digging without interruptions. He is told by Sucre that the prisoners would certainly riot if it got too hot in the prison and so he goes inside the prison walls and switches off the air con to ensure this happens.
===Episode 7: Riots, Drills and the Devil (part two)===
As the inmates continue rioting the guards lose control of the wing. Dr Sara Tancredi whom Michael has become close to and developed feelings for becomes at risk and Michael must rescue her. Whilst Michael is attempting this Fernando Sucre and John Abruzzi must join forces underground to help move the escape mission on to the next level.
===Episode 8: The old head===
In this episode Michael makes a discovery that a storage shed which is crucial to the breakout has been turned into a break room for the guards and is frequently occupied by them. All of the inmates need to work together on a plan to ensure they will still have access to the room and so Michael asks for the help of a trusted inmate, Charles Westmoreland.
===Episode 9: Tweener===
In this episode we meet a new inmate named Tweener who is cocky and young. He is immediately preyed upon by the horrible T Bag who likes to have young inmates hold his pocket in a manner that means that he owns them, and like they are his partner. We also learn that the government will stop at nothing as theybegin to target Lincolns son, LJ.
===Episode 10: Sleight of hand===
In this episode Michael is forced to reveal the information that he has been with holding from John Abruzzi which is the location of Fibonacci, a man who gave evidence against the mob and who is likely to send them to prison. As always though Michael is a step ahead.
===Episode 11: And then there were seven===
The escape team is growing larger and now consists of Michael, Lincoln, Sucre, Abruzzi, C Note, T Bag and Westmoreland. In this episode we also meet Michael's wife who brings with her key things for the break out. Dr Tancredi is particularly shocked to see his wife as she feels they have become close and he has never mentioned having a wife.
===Episode 12: Odd man out===
Here the group know that they need to reduce their numbers for the escape in order to make it out in the time frame they have and they all decide that the vile and dangerous T Bag should be the one that stays behind but of course he has other ideas!
===Episode 13: End of the tunnel===
With just hours until Lincoln's execution the team makes their attempt to escape but run into some major problems along the way.
===Episode 14: The rat===
With a failed escape attempt behind them everyone is feeling low but all Michael can think about is somehow postponing Lincoln's execution. He pleads to Dr Sara Tancredi to speak to her father, who as the governor has the power to postpone the execution. In this episode we also see Tweener being tempted by the corrupt prison guard Brad Bellick to report back to him about anything that Michael does.
===Episode 15: By the skin and the teeth===
Lincoln is prepared and strapped to the chair ready for execution but a last minute phone call halts the execution however Lincoln is convinced that he saw his long lost father in the viewing room. Meanwhile Veronica, Lincoln's lawyer and ex girlfriend resorts to desperate measures to try and prove his innocence.
===Episode 16: Brother's keeper===
This episode is basically a series of flash backs where we learn all about the origins of Michaels plans and also how each of the escapees ended up in Fox River.
===Episode 17: J Cat===
Michael is confined to a solitary cell and as such it is down to Sucre to take the risky step of concealing the tunnel in the guards break room.
===Episode 18: Bluff===
As Michael has been badly burnt when undertaking an exercise key to the escape he needs help from his crazy ex cell mate Haywire in remembering the part of his tattoo which has been burnt off. However, Haywire is in the psychiatric unit and heavily sedated. Michael must first get committed to the pysch ward and then work on Haywire.
===Episode 19: The Key===
In this episode we see John Abruzzi return to Fox River after a brutal attack on him by T Bag. He seems to be a changed man but can this be right?
===Episode 20: Tonight===
The prisoners plan their second attempt at escape for tonight. Michael tells Sara of the plan and asks a huge favour of her which leaves her shocked and confused. As they make their escape Brad Bellick becomes aware of the tunnel and he must be dealt with.
===Episode 21: Go===
As the inmates make their bid for freedom through the pysch ward the crazy Haywire joins them! They have no choice but allow him to come along or he will notify the guards!
===Episode 22: Flight===
With some of the inmates safely over the prison walls they must begin the hardest part of their bid for freedom as the man hunt begins!
Michael Schofield: Wentworth Miller
Lincoln Burrows: Dominic Purcell
Sara Tancredi: Sarah Wayne Callies
T Bag: Robert Knepper
John Abruzzi: Peter Stormare
C Note: Rockmond Dunbar
Fernando Sucre: Amaury Nolasco
Haywire: Silan Weir Mitchell
Charles Westmoreland: Muse Watson
Warden Pope: Stacy Keach
Brad Bellick: Wade Williams
I completely adore this show and this series! Each episode is around 40 minutes long and is just a perfect length in my opinion.
From the very first episode I was drawn in by the story and the acting and couldn't wait to see more.
I think what I like the most about this series is that although we are watching a programme about inmates in a prison as we go along and you learn about their stories in some cases you feel sorry for them and want them to get out. In other cases, such as that of T Bag you are made aware of the fact that he has a very difficult childhood but yet you are also aware that he is an evil man through and through. Despite this he is one of my favourite characters as he is so well played.
I also really enjoy that along side the quest for freedom and the day to day life in prison in this series we see a really lovely and tender relationship develop between Michael and Sara. Of course they cannot really have a relationship due to him being an inmate but it is very clear that they have feelings for each other and she can sense that Michael isn't like some of the other inmates. Let's face it-who wouldn't fall in love with Wentworth Miller though?!
Throughout the show I think the way in which the characters interact with each other particularly fascinating. We have characters that are innocent really-like Lincoln and Michael in my opinion, then we have your mid range characters such as Sucre who held up a late night store but for the reason of wanting to buy an engagement ring who are all working with and interacting with murderers or rapists such as Abruzzi and T Bag. I think I would run a mile if I came across someone like this but of course in Prison they all have to work together.
In each episode I think there is always a level of drama and excitement going on-much of this actually unfolds on the outside when the government officials are trying to get to the people close to Lincoln or those that are helping them. This put together with the inmates constantly almost being caught trying to work on their escape plan is just so exciting that you won't want to miss any of it!
The actors all do a good job at bringing you into the story line and either making you care about them or in certain cases really despise them!
The drama and story lines in this series make it impossible to get bored in my opinion and I would thoroughly recommend it to people.
Prison Break season 1 is an innovation. A brilliant idea and extremely well written and acted. The fact that most of the main cast are relatively unknown actors (not the case with most american series) helps the storyline seem real.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes things like 24, (although no-one will ever compare to Jack Bauer) Micheal Schofield is a different kind of hero.
The series will have you literally on the edge of your seat with anticipation. Even when I watched it the second time round I was filled with excitement.
I have watched all the seasons of Prison Break and the first is without doubt the best. Season 2 is a good follow up, and seasons 3 and 4 are not even worth watching. I think due to the writers strike it really went downhill, which is a shame as it could have been so great.
You must watch season one of this to understand the hype, and enjoy the trials and excitement of the characters lives.
The series is based on a character called Michael Schofield, and him trying to help his brother escape from jail, using various methods, one of which is having clues and plans tattooed on his body. I found it really interesting every time we uncovered a new clue, nestled in the artwork on his body.
This is a really great series, and I would recommend it to anyone. There are a few gory parts to watch out for, but the story line is excellent, and has lots of twists and turns in it.
Like so many shows in recent years, Prison Break truly lost its way by the time it finished, and frankly I was quite fed up with the show long before it ended. However, it did start rather well, and the first season, although thoroughly ridiculous and implausible, was a lot of fun, but of course, high ratings and DVD sales meant that the show was dragged out far longer than it needed to be.
The show revolves around a man named Lincoln Burrows, who has been sentenced to death for the murder of a man that he did not kill. His brother, Michael Scofield, a genius, gets himself arrested in the first episode by "attempting" to rob a bank, and with a careful, hilariously contrived plan, aims to break himself and his brother out of jail (using a blueprint of the prison tattooed on his own body!). However, he'll need help from other inmates, such as his Latino cellmate Fernando Sucre, and soon enough an entire chain gang of people get wind of the plan, including mobster John Abruzzi and the evil paedophile T-Bag, who all want in or they threaten to the blow the whistle on the whole thing.
Prison Break has no pretensions to realism and is flagrantly absurd, but its first season was a lot of fun and very suspenseful. The characters were well-written and the cliffhangers after each episode kept you watching. However, the show should not have gone further than one season. Like Lost, it should have ran for 24 episodes and then finished with a proper ending, but this season ends on a cliffhanger that is very poorly reconvened in Season 2, and although Season 2 was still good, the show couldn't sustain its concept for long without really testing audiences, and by the time the final season aired, I had totally lost interest.
Prison Break Season 1 is a mind-blowing adventure throughout, filled with fascinating characters, plenty of action, ingenuity and cliff-hangers begging you to stay up and watch the next episode.
Michael Schofield is the lead role, an engineer from Chicago who places himself in prison alongside his brother Lincoln 'Link the sink' Burrows by shooting up a bank in a fake robbery.
As the story pans out, you discover that Lincoln has been framed for the murder of the U.S. Vice-President's brother Terrance Steadman. Michael is an absolute genius and has been planning on breaking his innocent brother out of Fox River Penitentiary for months.
He has profiled several of the other inmates, thereby covering more bases to make deals and cut them in on the escape. He has obtained and tattooed his entire torso with the blueprints of the prison. He even has a contact on the outside helping him and has information about prison staff of which he eventually avails.
This may all seem very far-fetched and probably is, however each cleverly written episode finds the characters drawn into another difficult situation that Michael somehow has ultimately had a plan for all along.
You have to love each and every character. Even despite their despicable criminal misgivings, it's difficult to cast them too far into the bad books as you discover their individual desperation and drive to escape.
A fantastic edge of your seat series!
A few of my friends had recommened prison break to me when it was on sky one. Unfortunately, I didnt have sky and I didnt realise it was soon to be shown on channel five, so I purchased the DVD for series one as soon as it came out.
I am going to give an overview of the storyline of the first series, but I am not going to go into detail as I do not want to spoil it for anyone reading, that would be terrible. Prsion break relies on its strong storyline with lots of suspense and people not knowing what is going to happen next to make it into a fantastic series.
Prison break series one tells the story of a man, Lincoln, incarcerated in jail and on death row. He protests his innocence, and at first his brother is unsure. As soon as his brother realises there is no way out of death row he comes up with an elaborate plan to save him. Michael, Lincolns brother, manages to get himself put in prison, in a bid to then eventually break Lincoln out.
The series tells the story of their time in prison, the people they meet and the situations they see and get into, and eventually their ultimate escape attempt from prison.
I loved the series of prison break, I would recommend it to anyone that is willing to concentrate on a storyline, as this is not easy viewing!
This excellent show gets off to a flying start with this very entertaining and gripping first season. Briefly the show centres around two brothers. One of them, named Lincoln has been sentenced to death for killing the brother of the United States vice president, even though he is in fact innocent. His brother Michael commits an armed robbery in order to have himself incarcerated in the same prison so that he can break his brother out. He has a map of the prison and the plan for the breakout tattooed onto his body. Whilst this is a rather unlikely and elaborate scenario the show nonetheless works brilliantly and is surely one of the most tension filled shows I have seen in quite some time.
The first season follows Michael and Lincoln in their escape attempt, and highlights the tough reality of living in this American prison. One of the best things about this show is it's complexity, and the first season certainly draws you into a complex world of deceit, conspiracy and highlights many moral issues, for example not to divulge too much but Michael needs to commit several what could be deemed immoral acts in order to try and help his escape attempt succeed.
The relationships between characters is also complex, and each individual character is complex, as it explores the fact that few people are wholly bad or good. The season is also a nice length at 22 episodes, so certainly value for money. There are some nice special features including deleted scenes, audio commentary and three featrurettes.
running time: 960 mins
i actually didnt start watching Prison Break on tv till season 3 and i really enjoyed it. My wife assured me that season 1 & 2 were the best so she bought me season 1 as a presant. What a great gift, she was right and it was great to see it from the start.
The plot is about a brother Lincoln sent to prison and sentanced to death for a crime he didnt comit. His brother Michael is a brilliant engineer and gets himself sent to prison intending to break him out. The plot is set and the characters are brilliant. The longer it takes the more people are invollved some are quite nice but some are evil and it makes the whole thing go along at a rate.
The writers have been very clever and dont give to much away and the tension really builds and you really get to know the characters. The whole plan to escape is tattooed all over michaels body and hidden amongst it. The plan is slowly revealled as the series goes on. Theres also the inevitable romance and it was done really well with alot of divided loyaltys.
Its really differnt from any series ive watched but the whole thing is brilliant and it always keeps you wanting more. Well worth the money.
My wife bought it in Asda and i think she payed around £28 money well spent.
The first episode opens with our hero, Michael Scofield, conducting a very lackadaisical armed bank robbery. It's almost as if he wants to get caught... We soon learn that Michael has a vested interest in ending up in Fox River Penitentary - his brother, Lincoln Burrows is on death row having been found guilty of a politically motivated murder. What the authorities don't immediately seem to realise is that Michael, possessing an formidable intellect, is a structural engineer who has intimate knowledge of the structure of the prison. A man with a plan, Michael has taken steps to conceal his escpae plans on his skin in the form of an elaborate tattoo...
And so begins 22 episodes of the most compulsive show I have ever had the good fortune to watch. Twist follows delicious twist and every episode finishes with a cliffhanger which, on more than one occasion, has caused me to shout out loud at the televison. Much to my cat's bemusement.
You'll quickly find yourself rooting for certain characters (Sucre, Tweener) and screaming in disgust at the actions of others (T-Bag, Theodore Bagwell, played with effortless menace by Robert Knepper). The plot and characters draw you in and refuse to let you do until you're dragged kicking and screaming to the thrilling climax. And then you'll want to watch Season 2 immediately, such is the show's power to keep you hooked.
There are very few genuinely thrilling TV series created these days but Prison Break is a member of that select club. Sit down and watch the first episode. You won't regret it.
Prison Break has been running for 4 seasons now and I can't help but feel they got a little carried away. I still greatly enjoy it but I think series 1 was easily the best and in fact is one of the best shows that has been on t.v for a long time. Prison Break is only available to those with sky 1. I don't have that luxury and every week I would hear someone talking about how good Prison Break was. Eventually series 1 came out on DVD and I bought it, it was certainly worth the wait. The prison is suppose to be a big State Prison which means there are a lot of different characters who have been put inside for doing different things and it works really well on the show. Every time I watched the show I was anxious for them to break out, at points it was actually really intense and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would reccomend that everyone buy this and watch prison break series 1.
This series is drawing to the close of the 4th series, and that is meant to be the last series. It is a great show, but it has run it's course and season 1 was the best in my view.
It is a drama and this was originally shown on Channel 5. It is now being shown on Sky One, but repeats can sometimes be seen on UKTV Gold, even though it isn't a UK programme. It is an American Drama, and each episodes last for an hour with 3 ad breaks in them, so approx 44 minutes running time. This season had 24 episodes on it, and you can pick this up on Amazon and Play.com.
The show is mainly about 2 brothers Lincoln Burrows and Michael Schofield. In this season we see that Lincoln is in prison. He says he didn't commit the crime he is in for, in fact he didn't commit any crime, but can we believe that? Why is he inside then? I'm not going to give anything away in this review though. Michael gets himself put into the same prison so he can break himself and Lincoln out. How cane Micheal break out of Prison? Because he has studied the Prison and his body is even covered in tattoos as well.
We find out that Lincoln is in because he is accused of murdering the vice presidents brother and he is up for the electric chair. So it is only a matter of time that this will happen. Will Michael be able to break them out, and will it be on time?
we get to know a few of the other characters in the prison such as Suche, who is quite a good guy. He just wants to get out to his girlfriend. T Bag isn't so nice. He has a nasty streak and is a bit sleazy as well.
This show is full of drama, and quite a few of the episodes end with a twist, or you wanting to find out more. I wouldn't say any of the episodes are boring, and it all builds up to a great ending, which picks up in season 2. Of course people get wind of the great prison break out, so will Lincoln and Micheal go it alone? and what will happen?
This is one of my favourite shows, and the 2nd season is nearly as good as well, I think you find out more about the characters in the 2nd season, so I would highly recommend you to watch this show. You will have to watch it from the start as it won't make any sense otherwise.
A great show
Prison Break is a TV series aired on the FOX TV. Prison Break was started in 2005 and I started watching prison break before 1 month. I have seen 3 seasons of Prison Break and currently FOX TV is showing Season 4. I am here to share my experience with you. First I am introducing the lead characters of the Prison Break then I will share plot outline and my opinion about Prison Break.
The role of Michael Scofield is played by Wentworth Miller. He is an engineer and he is very brilliant and intelligent.
The role Lincoln Burrows is played by Dominic Purcell. He is elder brother of Michael.
Wade Williams played the role of Brad Bellick, the caption of prison.
Sarah Wayne Callies played a role of Dr. Sara Tancredi. She is working in prison as a doctor.
The role of Paul Kellerman is played by Paul Adelstein. He is a secret agent. He is working for Vice President.
Robin Tunney played a role of Veronica. She is a lawyer and an old friend of Lincoln.
Now comes to plot outline of Prison Break. In the premier episode they showed Lincoln in prison. He is charged for the crime he did not commit. He is charged in the murder case of brother's of vice president. Michael does a bank robbery to get in to the same prison. Michael comes in the prison with full proof plan to escape Lincoln. There he met Abruzzi and Sucre. They get into the Michael side because somehow they know that something is going on here. So Michael has no choice. Michael need more mans for his plan. He got a team of 8-9 peoples T-Bag, Sucre, Abruzzi, Franklin and some more. At the end of the season he escapes from the prison with his brother and rest of the team.
As I said I started watching Prison Break a month ago. After watching 1st episode I could not control my self and I started watching episodes back to back. 12-13 episodes daily "Oh My God". I finished 3 seasons within 10 days. So you can see how much I love Prison Break. I love the script of the Prison Break. Every episode is full of mystery and thrill. You can't wait for next episode. Michael look damn cool and Sara looks pretty good. Performances of all actors are wonderful specially T-Bag and Michael.
Season one of Prison Break is great television. Here's the set-up. Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed and wrongfully convicted for assassinating the Vice President's brother. Lincoln's brother Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), who just happens to have designed Illinois' Fox River Penitentiary where Lincoln is on death row, hatches an elaborate escape plan. Michael's plan involves getting himself incarcerated in Fox River and smuggling the prison's blueprints by having them hidden in tattoos that cover his entire torso. Once inside, Michael must form alliances with a rogue's gallery of felons with their own sometimes unsavory motives. Meanwhile, on the outside, Lincoln's lawyer and one-time girlfriend Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), pursued by Secret Service agents, attempts to unravel the conspiracy that sent her man to the slammer. Prison Break is anchored by tight, suspenseful writing clearly relished by the largely little-known cast. Standouts include Robert Knepper as the murderer/pedophile T-Bag, who somehow makes such a despicable character likeable. Stacey Keach of Mike Hammer fame plays the warden-with-a-heart-of-gold, who clashes with Captain Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) over whether to rehabilitate the inmates or makes their lives more miserable. Peter Stormare, famous for his skills with a wood chipper in Fargo, turns in a deliciously menacing performance as mob boss John Abruzzi, while Amaury Nolasco's winsome Fernando Sucre shares a cell and secrets with Miller's Scofield. Watching the show one gets a sense that this is the opening salvo of Wentworth Miller's career, which will doubtless include roles as assassins, detectives, super heroes, and perhaps the champion of staring contests. Midway through the season it's explained that Scofield is a genius with an heightened sensitivity to other peoples' suffering, which sums up what makes the show so great--the mind-bendingly intricate plot is a framework for moments when people make others suffer and cope with the burden of their own suffering.The six-disc set includes 22 addictive episodes, audio commentary on selected episodes, three featurettes, and alternate and deleted scenes. As with most TV shows on DVD, the "previously on Prison Break" intros can get tiresome, but that's what the fast forward button is for. --Ryan Boudinot