Sarah Wayne Callies, William Fichtner, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper,
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Leon Russom
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Reviewed by John Paulsen
rison Break” was initially conceived as a miniseries, but it was such a hit that Fox brought it back for a second, then a third, and finally a fourth season. Anyone who read my blog over at Premium Hollywood knows that I have a love/hate relationship with the series, and over the course of the last three seasons, it was mostly hate. That’s not that the show wasn’t entertaining, it was just so damned silly and predictable at times, but I was far too invested in the characters to drop it from my weekly playlist. Would Michael and Sara ever find happiness? I’m sure that question kept more than a few viewers from giving up on the series.
When last we left the gang, they had successfully brought down the Company and were exonerated of all of their crimes. They were gathering in some country south of the border (presumably Costa Rica) to “celebrate” the anniversary of Michael’s (Wentworth Miller) death. Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) and her son were safe, and everyone was living a relatively comfortable life. It wasn’t exactly clear how Michael had died, but I suspect that most of us thought he died from the brain tumor that was causing his nosebleeds. However, this isn’t the whole story. Enter “The Final Break,” a two-hour, straight-to-DVD release that fills in the gap between the group’s exoneration and the reunion in the final scene of the series.
The story begins with Michael and Sara’s wedding, but the celebration is interrupted by the feds, who whisk a still-pregnant Sara off to prison to stand trial for killing Christina. She’s incarcerated in a Miami prison, where conveniently enough, Gretchen Morgan (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) is also being held. Adding to the convenience, T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and General Krantz (Leon Russom) are residing in the adjacent men’s prison. Once Krantz learns of Sara’s arrival, he puts a hit out on her, which prompts Michael to begin planning her escape.
The show’s creators have always done a fine job of pivoting at key moments and sending the series off into a completely direction, and “The Final Break” is no different. It is compelling to watch a pregnant Sara fend for herself inside a prison while Michael, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) and Mahone (Robert Knepper) are on the outside, scrambling to coddle together a plan to spring her loose, while at the same time trying to outsmart T-Bag and Krantz.
Yes, it’s still as silly as ever, but with some suspension of disbelief, “The Final Break” is just as intense and entertaining as any two hours in the show’s last few seasons. There are a few predictable twists and surprises, but on the whole, it’s a must-see for any fan that stuck around until the end of the series run. (You know who you are.)