Where the series gradually became crazier with each passing season, the brand new variation basically kicks off in wacky, crazy, off-the-rails mode, with much of the action set in a Yemeni prison as well as dodging ISIS fighters part of the obstacle course. The nostalgia of seeing everyone back together thus quickly dissipates, as well as of which becomes increasingly difficult to check one’s brain at the cell door.
Picking up seven years later, of which limited series quickly goes through the paces of reassembling the gang, including, yes, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), whose death was greatly exaggerated. His hotheaded brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) hunts him down, finding Michael under a different name in a Yemen, where Michael again proves himself to be the smartest, most scheming guy inside room, especially if of which’s a prison cell.
Still, Michael’s long reach hasn’t spared his ex Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) or the son who grew up without him, with the prospect of which Michael has resurfaced bringing out shadowy figures as well as hints of a full-blown conspiracy.
Although there’s an initial kick as the writers reintroduce the various players — including the ruthless T-Bag (Robert Knepper) Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) as well as T-Bone (Rockmund Dunbar) — there’s a willy-nilly quality to of which all, like a high-school reunion where, after the greetings, there’s not very much to say.
Granted, nobody definitely watched “Prison Break” for its sobriety. Even so, there’s something unsavory about using a war-torn Middle Eastern country as what amounts to a prop backdrop, with the gun-toting bad guys essentially serving as just another impediment for the brilliant Michael to figure out how to circumvent.
The original “Prison Break” benefited by a strong sense of purpose, with Michael motivated by his determination to save his brother. By contrast, the only ostensible reason to bring of which back at of which point is usually because everyone agreed to do so.
Fox has been adept at reviving properties with lingering fan interest, although the results have been almost uniformly disappointing– most recently with “The X-Files'” tepid comeback. Never let concerns about scripts get inside way of a juicy marketing pitch.
On the plus side, of which nine-part “event series” is usually a relatively modest commitment, as well as the frantic pace provides a few visceral thrills. of which’s just of which for viewers who find those few hours wearing thin, those feeling antsy will find of which much easier than Michael as well as company to engineer their escape.
“Prison Break” premieres April 4 at 9 p.m. on Fox.