If you aren’t familiar with Prison Break, besides the obvious plot-revealing title, let me catch you up briefly! Prison Break focused on two brothers, Lincoln and Michael Scofield (Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller of now CW fame). Lincoln has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and Michael sets out on an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name.
Yes, at the center of Prison Break, is, well, umm, breaking out of prison! I’ll get to that in a bit, but even deeper so, is the theme of family. They even call this fact out in the above revival trailer, which indeed gives me hope! No matter what antics Michael and Lincoln got into throughout the original run of the show, the theme of family was what always bonded me so closely to the show. Sure, my two other brothers and I have never been in such drastic scenarios, but I’d do anything for them (and hope that they would do the same!). While the show drifted in and out of these themes of family in tradeoff with various conspiracy bits, the former was always far stronger. The brand new footage and info released definitely seems to be bringing back the idea of family in full force in the revival, let’s just hope that they deliver on these themes as well.
So, this is where the spoilers begin! Actually, if you haven’t watched Prison Break previously, first hop on Netflix and binge all four seasons, right this instant. I’ll be here waiting for you when you’re done, I promise.
Alright, now that you’ve returned to this article after watching those aforementioned seasons, but of course before the revival has aired, we can talk spoilers! I know, after watching all of those episodes, you’re just as excited to chat as I am. Thankfully, you’re in a safe place now!
So, Prison Break will have a heck of a lot of explaining to do with this revival. Sure, it will be nice to catch up with the various characters and Michael Jr. and Sucre and T-Bag and the gang, but Prison Break absolutely has to give good reasoning behind Michael’s return. Last we saw Michael, his brain tumor had returned, and he ultimately decided to sacrifice himself in order to help Sara escape from prison. Like sceptic viewers of modern day TV, we didn’t see Michael die on screen so we shouldn’t have believed it, but the 2000’s were much simpler as far as character deaths were concerned.
This is where Prison Break certainly has an opportunity to shine with storytelling. If the reasoning is ham-fisted, it just won’t fly. There is an opportunity for great parallelism for Michael as a father and his own father abandoning both him and Lincoln. Why would Michael abandon Michael Jr. and Sara just as his father did? As mentioned above, family is king when it comes to Prison Break and the character of Michael Scofield. If Prison Break doesn’t create interesting and intriguing context for exactly how and why Michael is alive, the foundation will be shoddy and the rest of the revival might surely crumble down around the rest.
Wow! How many times can you break out of prison? Jeez! Now that we have the obligatory half-assed prison break joke out of the way, let’s continue on!
Prison Break, when it was at its most intriguing, was wholeheartedly when the plot revolved around the various prison breaks involved during the initial run. Did I need to see Michael and Lincoln constantly spotted in public and running from various law enforcement? Probably not. Did I care about The Company and the various conspiracies included? Unfortunately not. But each and every scenario involving prison and eventually breaking out were the highlight.
Now that Fox has revealed the very first trailer for the Prison Break revival, I am thrilled to see some sort of prison returning. While I could have gone without seeing that Michael (obviously) escapes from prison at some point, it is still great that prison in some form will be returning. Throughout the initial run of Prison Break, the prison-related scenarios were constant high points, and the prisons in and of themselves were shining characters within the series. Let’s hope the positives of being trapped in prison are highlights once more.
Despite various ups and downs and various issues, Prison Break had a phenomenal ensemble cast throughout the original run of the series. Of course Wentworth Miller held the show together on more than one occasion, but the rest of the cast shone in their own regards as well. While re-watching the series over the past month or two, I had actually forgotten about the various cast members. Of course you had the various mainstays, but you also had talent like Robin Tunney (The Mentalist), Peter Stormare (He’s been in literally everything. Ever. Seriously.), William Fichtner (He was going to be Shredder in TMNT too! But yeah, rewrites or whatever!), and Michael Rapaport (He’s also been in literally everything as well. Also just as great!) just to name a few, and there are still so many more!
The ensemble cast contained within Prison Break was always a highlight, and hopefully the revival will continue these trends. Obviously, both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are returning for the Prison Break revival, while Amaury Nolasco, Paul Adelstein, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Sarah Wayne Callies will as well. Additionally, new cast additions include Mark Feuerstein, Marina Benedict, Augustus Prew, Rick Yune and Steve Mouzakis. In short, this revival will have no shortage of stars to work with.
With a stellar cast, give viewers reason to fall back in love with returning characters, but also with those joining in. Please, don’t give us a repeat of Roland Glenn and using characters as dumb plot devices. Give us characters with meaning, with real emotions, and ultimately with stories that we can honestly care about.
In a world before we could binge shows on Hulu or Netflix or whatever streaming service you prefer, Prison Break existed week-to-week. You had better believe that Prison Break took advantage of this. As I binged through the previous seasons in preparation for the revival series, I couldn’t believe how tense some of the cliffhangers were. Sure, at a certain point they became a trope of the series, but they still packed a wallop week-to-week. I can’t remember how I reacted when I first watched the episodes when they aired on TV, but I do remember being over-the-moon excited to watch every single week.
Prison Break continued a trend of cliffhangers and tension on a consistent basis, and I expect no less from the revival. While The X-Files Revival meandered from episode to episode, I expect far more punch from Prison Break. And, in a world where I am forced to wait week-to-week for more episodes, I am sadistically anticipating Prison Break to do just that.
Will you be watching the Prison Break revival? Are you just as excited as I am or could you not care any less? Should Fox stop with these revivals or is there another show that you’d love to see them bring back? Yell at me on Twitter and let me know!