I’d heard so much about Prison Break that by the time I received Season 1, I was salivating. The last time I obsessively watched a TV show was two years ago, when 24 was the rage. I’d catch three episodes straight, falling asleep on the sofa, awakening red-eyed, with the DVD remote still clutched in my hand. This was déjà vu.
Structural engineer Micheal Scofield (Wentworth Miller) fakes a bank robbery for access into the Fox River State Penitentiary in Chicago, where his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) is on Death Row, falsely accused of the murder of the Vice President’s brother. Scofield, however, didn’t go in for the company. On his body is tattooed the prison’s blueprints, and with an elaborate plan and, quite literally, a killer crew, later known as the Fox River 8, which includes former mob boss John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare), homicidal pedophile T-Bag (Robert Knepper), and Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson), an infamous skyjacker, he begins a breathtaking journey under and out of the prison.
The action isn’t confined inside prison walls, however, with a powerful, parallel story about Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), Lincoln’s lawyer and ex-girlfriend’s attempts to save him; a trail leading to the White House, and beyond; and a spiraling body count it’s quick to lose count of. Every episode ends on a “mouth agape” cliffhanger. If you love suspense, adventure, and quite a bit of (sophisticated) gore, watch Prison Break, executive produced by Brett Ratner (X-Men, Rush Hour 3) which premiered on Star World last evening at 10 p.m.