Prison Break spe­cial event brings Michael back to life

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - JEN­NIFER NIXON

What is it? Prison Break Event Series, nine episodes on three Blu-ray disks from 20th Cen­tury Fox Home En­ter­tain­ment

When? Now

How much? $19.98 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu­ray)

Wait, didn’t this show end a few years ago? Yes, in 2009, but that doesn’t mean much these days when shorter-run “re­union” sea­sons of old fa­vorites are all the rage. Mul­der and Scully. Lore­lai and Rory. Why not Michael and Lin­coln?

Isn’t Michael dead? Is any­one ever re­ally dead on Prison Break? Even af­ter an ap­par­ent de­cap­i­ta­tion in Sea­son 3, Sara was alive and kick­ing in Sea­son 4.

It has been seven years since Michael’s (Went­worth Miller) ap­par­ent death and his friends, fam­ily and en­e­mies have gone on with their lives. But when Michael’s big brother Lin­coln (Do­minic Pur­cell) dis­cov­ers Michael’s still alive, he gets the gang back to­gether to free him. But it won’t be easy. Michael isn’t just in prison. He’s in prison in war-torn Ye­men.

Even if he does get home, things won’t be smooth sail­ing. His wife, Sara (Sarah Wayne Cal­lies), has re­mar­ried and she and Michael Jr. (Chris­tian Michael Cooper) may be in dan­ger thanks to a rogue CIA op­er­a­tive called Po­sei­don.

The show fea­tures the re­turn of old fa­vorites like C-Note (Rock­mond Dun­bar) and Su­cre (Amaury No­lasco) as well as the in­fa­mous so­ciopath T-Bag (Robert Knep­per). Michael has a few new friends (and en­e­mies) as well, like Sheba (In­bar Lavi) and Whip (Au­gus­tus Prew).

How is it? Much like the old Prison Break: in­tri­cate plans, vast con­spir­a­cies, back-stab­bing, twists, turns, ac­tion scenes and a hand­ful of psy­chopaths.

It is good to see the old group back to­gether and, hap­pily, they all fall right back into place.

This time, the story models Homer’s The Odyssey with Michael as Odysseus en­coun­ter­ing all types of tri­als and tribu­la­tions in his quest to get home to his wife and child. Fans of clas­sic Greek lit­er­a­ture (or those who re­mem­ber read­ing it in high school) can spot all the lit­tle ref­er­ences thrown in here and there.

Of course, if you didn’t watch the orig­i­nal series, you’ll prob­a­bly be lost. Ac­tu­ally, even if you did watch the series you may be lost. Sim­ple, straight-for­ward sto­ry­telling has never been Prison Break’s strength. A re­fresher on the show’s orig­i­nal run (four sea­sons and a TV movie) may be help­ful.

Are there bonus fea­tures? There’s a 13-minute doc­u­men­tary on the mak­ing of the event series that has the usual cast-and-cre­ator in­ter­views. It is more a puff piece and overview than an in-depth look.

New this week: Blindspot, Sea­son 2; Port­landia, Sea­son 7

Next week: Bil­lions, Sea­son 2; The Black­list, Sea­son 4; Bull, Sea­son 1; Ju­manji, an­i­mated series; Leg­ends of To­mor­row, Sea­son 2; Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies, Sea­son 10; NCIS: New Or­leans, Sea­son 3; Once Upon a Time, Sea­son 6; Po­lice Story, Sea­son 2; Rhoda, Sea­sons 4-5; Riverdale, Sea­son 1; Sheena, movie and TV series.

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