Saturday, February 12, 2011

Prison Break Season 4

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Prison Break Season 4 - 4 out of 5

The final season of the great Fox series that follows Michael Scofield and his loyal gang of felons as they try to uncover The Company and finally clear their names. On the surface, it seems silly the show lasted four seasons. The first season was just plain amazing! And, in all likelihood, it should have been wrapped up during season 2 but, like all broadcast television, the ratings were stellar so it continued to a third season. Now, the third season saw the guys RETURN to prison. This seems really ridiculous on paper but the season had some fantastic stories going on and really made it possibly for it to come to this final season with style.

Like each previous season, the writing is just fantastic and it keeps you glued to the screen with its twists and turns. Then, when you add some great characters delivered by great actors, you have yourself a show that's as addicting as crack--or anything on FX. Wentworth Miller is great as Michael Scofield and Dominic Purcell delivers better here than he does in other work he's done but special mention has to go to Robert Knepper who plays the SHIT out of T-Bag and, one of my favorite character actors, William Fichtner who plays fallen Special Agent Alex Mahone. Another great addition to this season was another actor I enjoy; Michael Rapaport. The arc that his character goes through really made this season. And for the icing on the cake, this season delivers a absolutely amazing antagonist played by Leon Russom (you might remember him as the Malibu Police Chief from The Big Lebowski only instead of tossing a coffee mug at The Dude, he's making Scofield's life a living hell).

All the elements really come together to finish off (almost finish off, I should say) this great series. If I have any complaints, it would be the writing tended to get a little repetitive with some of its twists and Mahone seemed to be getting arrested a lot this season and that took away a little bit. However, the return of two familiar faces to the series instantly made this problem forgettable. I won't spoil it but if you love the show, you'll be quite happy!

All in all, Prison Break is a tremendously entertaining show. While this season doesn't have the magic of the first one, it is still addicting enough to watch and enjoy yourself with.

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