Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Guilty Pleasure: Prison Break

I suspect that the ratings for Prison Break are pretty good, so it’s not a true guilty pleasure, but I’ll call it such since the premise is clearly bullshit.

The plot revolves around Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), a young structural engineer who purposefully gets himself thrown in prison (for bank robbery, no less) in order to spring his brother from death row. His brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), is scheduled to be executed for the murder of the Vice President.

Michael’s crazy scheme hinges on a clever gimmick -- before robbing the bank he had his entire torso and arms tattooed with a blueprint of the prison. The blueprint is obscured from casual glances by gothic motifs and he’s also written various words and numbers that he uses as mnemonics.

Michael is a know-it-all, but he suffers enough setbacks to keep him from being irritating. He keeps having to befriend unsavory people to advance his plans, and once they figure out that he intends to break out, he has no choice but to add them to the growing list of escapees.

Then there was that time two of his toes were clipped off with garden shears by a Mafia guy.

And there was the redneck that wanted to rape him...

Meanwhile, on the outside, an ex-girlfriend of Lincoln’s who is a lawyer is working with another lawyer and Lincoln’s estranged teen son to find people willing to come forward with evidence of Lincoln’s innocence. Naturally, the events surrounding the VP’s death are part of a conspiracy sanctioned by the highest levels of government, so everybody’s trying to kill the lawyers.

And, of course, the clock is ticking. In the last episode of the first half of the season, Lincoln’s date with the electric chair is about 18 hours away.

Good show!

My only question is, is this designed to be a one-season series??

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