I totally just barreled my way through four seasons of stress.
Four seasons of unbridled emotions and stress.
Lots of feelings.
And you know what?
SO WORTH IT.
When his brother Lincoln is wrongly convicted of murder, Michael, a structural engineer, resolves to break him out of a maximum security prison before he's scheduled to be executed in a month's time. Things spiral out of control, when it becomes clear that there is a government conspiracy hell bent on keeping the brothers from finding out why Linc was really framed.
so... I started this show, kind of spur of the moment, around 11pm. I was anxious about a job interview, and needed to get my mind off it. So alone in my room, I browsed netflix looking for something that I wouldn't hate. I read the summary, and it sounded good, so I clicked on the first episode.
Because the summary made me think, "A little action, a little drama, a little cleverness.... yes!" I was not prepared for stress, feelings, stress, sobbing, epicness, stress, intenseness, trauma, action, stress, more stress, OMG ROMANCE FEELS, and oh yeah. Stress.
I don't think I went to sleep until two.
Oh my gosh, you guys, this show. It has consumed my life. Consumed.
It is so intense.
AND IT HAS THIS PENCHANT FOR ENDING EVERY EPISODE WITH A FREAKING CLIFFHANGER.
Unfortunately, it is TV PG14, which means I need to mention the stuff that I didn't like about it.
*The rating on the show means they add inappropriate bed scenes. To my count, I think there are anywhere between six and ten per season. Which... is a lot. That is why I cannot recommend it to anyone under 16.
*The pervs. There are a couple of characters that just have dirty little minds. There is also one character who is a pedophile and doesn't particularly have a preference between men and women. (I will say this is the worst in the first season and kind of fades out over the series.) He, however, is not portrayed as a good guy. No one likes him. We wish he would die. He is a horrible man.
*The off-color conversations that go on. Why? Just.... why?
*It's prison, so there's going to be violence.
*Veronica. (She's not really inappropriate, she was just.... such a lousy actress.)
..... Awkward. It doesn't seem that dirty when you're actually watching it. (I do keep a remote handy, I swear.)
Now, moving on.
This show was amazing. I haven't been this obsessed since Supernatural and Doctor Who.
So the things I liked about this show outweigh what I didn't like.
*Brother Story! I've mentioned a couple times before that I love brother stories. I think they are the best. Good brother stories are hard to find, and I am always delighted when I find a new one to obsess over. Michael and Linc are almost as good of brothers as Dean and Sam, and that's saying something! I love the chemistry between the boys, I think they act like real brothers, and it's awesome.
*Friendship story! About on par with brother stories, I love a good friendship. You know, the kind of friendships where they're so awesome, they're basically family? There are a couple of those in here, and I'm not gonna lie: I totally fangirled over them.
*Character Development! Aaaaaaaaaah! Character development is one of those things I adore. I don't tend to like a story unless there's good character development. So... this show has some of the best I've seen in a while. All the characters grow realistically, and it's easy to believe that they can go from point A to point B in their character. You can tell character development is good, when you can literally go from aggressively wishing someone will die a horrible, miserable death, to, "What!? NO! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOUR FACE. YOU POOR MISUNDERSTOOD PERSON." Which happened a couple times over the course of the series.
*Actually likeable strong female character. Can we please talk for a second about how rare it is to find a strong female character that isn't obnoxious? It's hard! But Prison Break managed it. I freaking love Sara. She is my favorite. She is my hero. I want to be like her.
*Conversion and faith stories! Almost every one of the main characters has a conversion story at one point, where something happens and they go from good to better. In fact, "Just have a little faith" is a recurring theme in the show.
*Seriously one of the cutest romances ever. Gah! It's such a sweet romance! It's not in your face, it's just there, and I ship it so hard.
*The characters themselves. Just... yes.
Michael: "Just have a little faith."
Lincoln:"The innocent people in your life, you gotta keep them innocent. If that means walking away from them then that’s what you gotta do."
Mahone: "I would kill you right now if I thought it would give me an ounce of peace."
Sucre: "Last time I drilled a hole in the wall was with an egg beater back in Fox River with Michael. I just can’t believe it’s all coming to an end and he’s not here."
Everyone had great chemistry, everyone was a good actor. (I mean, all the people worth mentioning. There are always a couple per series that have a hard time.... acting.) You care about people, you worry about people. There are people you need to have a happy ending, and there are people that you really wish would just die. The bad guys get steadily more hateable, and the good guys get steadily more loveable.
You should watch it.