Prison Break returns : s05e01 review (spoiler free)
Disclaimer : while I have tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible (for the new season), some spoilers from the previous seasons might be there.
It was mid – 2009 when the last episode of Prison Break aired with everyone’s favourite strategist Michel Scofield leaving us forever. Seven years have passed since and all of us have moved on. There have been tons of more shows with interesting plotlines, amazing artists, conmen and villains of course. The way Prison Break had changed tv viewing experience has been carried forward well. Then is there a point in going back? Will digging up graves help? Let’s find out.
As the episode begins we see T-Bag getting released from Fox river penitentiary and upon release getting a mystery envelope that might lead to clues about Scofield being alive and his location. He passes this onto Lincoln and as he starts digging around, meeting more of the older cast, and the mystery deepens – is Micheal dead, if not then where he is, and should we really be going to rescue him?
The series has also jumped seven years and is well rooted in present times. Scenes of Yemen and the trouble there are well shot. All the former cast are trying to shake off the years and get back on the same page with the viewers, yet there is something amiss.
It just feels that they are trying too hard to get us back. Double crossing agents, last minute plot twists, all of this that felt amusing back in the old series now feels stale and formulaic. We all know (from the trailers) that Scofield is in a prison and Lincoln should be taking this entire season to rescue him out. There is no surprise factor now. Also with the middle-east angle the series more looks like a Homeland spin off than Prison Break.
Prison Break had took off because of its novelty factor back in the days, and tightly written story lines (at least for first two seasons). I was expecting something innovative, and not the same old Prison Break porridge. That being said, the sets, direction and acting still feels at par with the show seven years ago.
I kind of loved the chemistry between the brothers in their new avatar in The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow. This just feels like an ex-girlfriend coming back to haunt us with her old antics. Really not needed in these days.
Although its too early to say now I would definitely be giving this some more chance by watching further episodes into the season. Let’s all hope this doesn’t go down like the Heroes Reborn series and manages to get the loyal viewers stay back.
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