Over the past month I found myself getting hooked on Prison Break. Thank you Netfliix for making it super easy for me to waste countless hours of my life with ease. Well, today I finally reached the end.
All in all I liked the show a lot. The only issue I had with it is how endless it seemed, or how ridiculous things kept getting. I mean the core concept of season 1 was break out of prison. How do they stretch that into four seasons? Especially seeing as *SPOILER ALERT* they break out of the prison at the end of the first season.
For how great the show was, the strapping to make it longer and more in depth hindered it. Mainly Season 2 and 4 lost me a lot. Season 4 especially with the concept of every episode making the entire situation bigger and bigger. It reminded of the issue the Following has. Conspiracies can only get so big. After too many ‘Him too?’ moments, it gets stale. These are the moments where Prison Break lost me. Which is sad, because the show was really great when it was firing on all cylinders.
All in all, Season 1 great, Season 2 lost me for a while and I came back in at the end, Season 3 great ( go figure they were in Prison again), and Season 4 had me til about episode 12, that’s when I was just trying to crank through till the end. In fact I stopped paying attention half the time while I had it on.
Unfortunately this slumpiness tends to happen in all drama TV series. Probably due to the fact that the creators don’t want it to end. They want to maximize revenue from a show, and when they do this they sacrifice the story. Other times people just don’t know how to end it. And all good things need to end. As a writer that hurts. One can only hope that the overall story will take precedence one day.
-Your Traveling Netflixer