Critic Consensus: Prison Break recaptures some of its old urgency in its return, but familiar faces and frenetic action aren't enough to make up for a plot that manages to bore while beggaring belief.
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as Michael Scofield
as Lincoln Burrows
as Sara Tancredi
as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell
as Benjamin "C-Note" Franklin
as Jacob Ness
as Paul Kellerman
as Van Gogh
as Mike Scofield
as Abu Ramal
as Blue Hawaii
News & Interviews for Prison Break: Season 5
For a 45-minute blast of nostalgia or a bit of (literal) escapism, Prison Break does the job. Just make sure you've suspended your disbelief before you watch.
But while TV in general has changed, Prison Break really hasn't, as seen in tonight's season premiere. Billed as an event series, the show remains true to its goofy nature, with just a few surprises thrown into the mix.
The not-so-good news about Prison Break is that the suspension of disbelief it requires is simply a bridge too far.
With the action going from 0 to 80 m.p.h. about 10 minutes into the premiere, this Prison Break wants to recapture its old urgency -- and some of its old fans will likely stick around for the ride.
At its best, Prison Break is kind of the Fast & Furious of episodic television -- not taking itself too seriously and providing equal amounts of crazy plot twists, action sequences and cheesy dialogue.
Audience Reviews for Prison Break: Season 5
A nine episode event, Season 5 of Prison Break resurrects the series and delivers an exciting and intense adventure. After his release from Fox River Prison Theodore Bagwell receives an anonymous letter that shows Michael Scofield is alive in a Yemen prison, which he shares with Lincoln who then teams up with an old friend and travels to Yemen; but once there they discover that the country is on the verge of revolution and that Michael is claiming to be a notorious terrorist named Kaniel Outis. Several original cast members return along with series creation Paul Scheuring, which allows the show to pick right back up where it left off and recapture the same tone and feel. Still, it's a little fast paced; having to cover a lot of ground and tell a fairly complex story in only nine episodes. Yet it's packed with all of the mystery, suspense, and plot twists that one would expect. One of the better revivals in recent years, Season 5 of Prison Break is a non-stop thrill ride that stays true to the spirit of the series.
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