Prison Break 4 – The Final Season
The original season of Prison Break was a great concept, but one that was drawn out over far too many episodes. Season 2 was more like convicts on the run, and whilst it was entertaining enough, it just didn’t seem to have the same appeal as the first season. So in Season 3, they all went back to prison. That’s where the Prison Break creators lost me. I wasn’t ready for a re-hashing of Season 1. I gave up on Prison Break after a couple of episodes.
Now, however we have Season 4, subtitled The Final Season. That got my attention. That gave me hope. They were actually going to finish the story, rather than keep bleeding the concept dry until it just ran out of steam. I was intrigued enough to grab the DVD and give it a go. Five days later and I’ve watched all 22 episodes, as well as the movie length special episode.
Implausible, unbelievable, plot holes bigger than Antarctica, but infused with an overload of adrenaline and a story that has so many twists and turns that it make your head spin so much that you create your own gravitational field.
Prison Break was back on form, but this time it was personal as the team was bought back together to bring down the Company. The shady organization that framed Lincoln Scofield in the first place and started the ball rolling.
Action packed an audacious, Season 4 didn’t seem to mind that I’d missed out an entire season, and I dare say could be picked up by a Prison virgin and still be enjoyed. It’s your basic conspiracy revenge story.
With the production values of a highly successful TV series, and actors who knew their characters, Prison Break 4 hits all the right notes, and takes the story down to the wire. It’s at this point however that some inside information is handy. You have a choice to make. After the climax of the final episode we get jumped four years into the future, where we get to see a nice little wrap up of what happened next. This is fine, and would have been ok to leave it there. But then I watched the movie length bonus episode, which in it’s self was a tight little thriller. The problem however is that the 4 years later segment contains spoilers for the bonus episode, and the bonus episode contains spoilers for the 4 years later segment.
Personally, if I’d known in advance, I think I would have skipped the 4 years later segment and watched the bonus movie length episode first.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence.
Released on: August 20th, 2009
Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Michael Rapaport, Amaury Nolasco, Wade Williams, Robert Knepper, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Sarah Wayne Callies, William Fichtner, Cress Williams, Leon Russom, James Hiroyuki Liao, Shannon Lucio, Stacy Haiduk, Heather McComb, Muse Watson
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Brand: Prison Break
Studio: 20th Century Fox