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5.0 out of 5 stars Prison Break the complete series one to four, 3 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Prison Break - Season 1-4 [DVD] (DVD)
During the early years of the 21st Century there have been quite a few serialised television series from America.
Prison Break is one of the greatest. This series really is good drama that is well produced. The series has very creative scripts and plot lines that hook you into continuing to watch the next episode.

The first series came after the success of other shows such as 24 and Lost. The basic story concerns two brothers. One brother, Lincoln Burrows is sentenced to death for murdering the brother of Vice president of the United States. This is a crime Lincoln did not commit. It is only a matter of time before his sentence is carried out. He is locked up in the Fox River State Penitentiary awaiting his execution.
The other brother, Michael Scofield knows Lincoln is innocent and using his structural engineering skills formulates a plan of escape.
Michael begins his plan. He has a detailed map containing all of the information he will need tattooed onto his body. He commits armed robbery and is sentenced and sent to Fox River Penitentiary. He makes friends with the Prison Doctor, Sara Tancredi in order to get regular access to the infirmary. Meanwhile a friend investigates the conspiracy that put Lincoln behind bars and comes up against an organisation called The Company.
Michael has problems with his plan as he finds the reality of prison life with violent bullying and the lust for greed and power. Other things don't go right as he discovers that the structure of the prison has changed since working out his plan. He has to improvise and include other inmates in his plan..

The series is exciting and gripping with cliff hanger type endings. The scripts are very clever and succeed very well at stretching a story over so many episodes.
The acting and direction are excellent and this is a quality production of television. There is originality within the whole concept.

I found some of the scenes a bit uncomfortable at times but fully accept the need for such scenes to give the project credibility and tension. There is no doubt that this series deserves praise.

Series two of Prison Break is excellent. If you enjoyed series one you have to see series two because the story just continues.
The action begins eight hours after the escape. The "fox river eight" are on the run and split up. Bellick is fired from the prison and goes after the fugitives to gain the reward money. Also there is a federal agent Mahone who is also after them but we later learn that he works for "The Company" who want all eight escapers dead.
The eight go after a large stash of money buried a long time ago and Sara gets arrested. Michael and Lincoln try to tackle the Company and encounter secret service agent Kellerman who later helps everyone when he turns against the Company.
The series is very good at keeping you on the edge of your seat and wanting to see the next episode as the escapees race against time to escape to Panama.

The story continues in this exciting and individual series three of Prison Break. The series is shorter than the other series because of the Hollywood writers strike that year but for me it is enough story development of this phase of the saga.

Michael and Lincoln had escaped to Panama but Michael is now in Sona prison and Lincoln is on the outside. A complete reversal of the original story in series one.
However this prison is a really rough place. It is run by inmates and guarded from the outside. Also in the prison are T bag, Mahone and Bellick. Lincoln is contacted by an operative of the "company" who have kidnapped his son and Sara. For their safe release Michael must use his skills to get another prisoner, James Whistler out of Sona.
Michael struggles with finding a plan in such a brutal place. Meanwhile Lincoln tries to rescue his son and Sara but fails and the company claim to have killed Sara.
Knowing that Michael will give up his plan of escape if he knows about Sara, Lincoln keeps the information a secret to encourage Michael to escape and cause the release of Lincon's son.
Michael and Whistler do escape and Michael seeks revenge on the death of Sara.

I found this season the least likeable because the prison is more brutal and the escape plan seems so slow to get started. But the series is essential to watch if you liked series one and two because series four that follows this is also very good. This season does have strong story lines and it still keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting to know what happens next.

The whole of the world that is Prison Break has been an interesting and creative project with clever writing and production. This final series four is one of the best and all the stops have been pulled out on this series.
There are a lot of plot twists and there is plenty of meat on the bones in terms of story. It is an excellent series.
Series four concerns a thing called "Scylla" that is a sort of "black book" of the "Company". It requires a series of electronic cards to unlock it and gain access to everything about the "Company". Former enemies are united together in a solid friendship with one goal in mind.
Homeland security under Don Self employ Michael and Lincoln and friends to get Scylla in return for their ultimate freedom. They work at finding the cards and copying them.
Michael suffers a hypothalmic hamartoma. Meanwhile he discovers that his mother is still alive and used be in "The company" who also wants Scylla and was responsible for all sorts of things that happened to Michael and Lincoln. The plot thickens as Michael tries to get Scylla himself. Lincoln reluctantly tries to get Scylla for the Company to get his son back which causes friction with Michael. Sara is not dead and Michael is re united with her as every one works to get Scylla and bring the company down. There is a tragic ending.

The last two episodes for a mini movie "Prison Break - The final break" This makes a really good special edition of the series and further explains the final ending of the whole saga. This story has its own individualism that is crucially linked to the earlier episodes. This is a terrific piece of television drama and the pace and production are excellent.

The best way to see this series is on DVD where you can go straight to the next episode if you want to. Sometimes the temptation to dip into the next episode can be too much. But you can do that with a DVD set. Unlike TV weekly transmission where you have to wait a whole week to find out what happens next.

The series is exciting and gripping with cliff hanger type endings on each episode. The scripts are very clever and succeed very well at stretching a story over so many episodes.
The acting and direction are excellent and this is a quality production of television. There is originality within the whole concept. There is no doubt that this series deserves praise.
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