The fifth season of PRISON BREAK is a continuation of the original series created by Paul Scheuring that aired on Fox from 2005 to 2009. Picking up seven years later, this limited series quickly goes through the paces of reassembling the crew, including, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), whose death was over exaggerated to what could have been the point of no return. His meathead brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) works to hunt him down. We quickly learn that someone is erasing Michael’s existence with hints of a full-blown conspiracy as Lincoln races against an invisible clock to not only find his brother but figure out what is going on.
Meanwhile, his ex Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) and the son who grew up without him lives are threatened when an armed blonde woman enters the house and shoots Jacob while Sara and Michael Jr. hide in the bathroom. As soon as Sara is ready to fight the police close in forcing the intruder to exit immediately. Back in the U.S., T-Bag has regretfully decided to undergo hand replacement surgery, unfortunately for him he realizes it’s no ordinarprosthetic and instead looks like something out of the future. Meanwhile C-Note and Lincoln arrive in Yemen and mistakenly meet the wrong driver.
When their fake driver turns into a garage, C-Note quickly realizes this is a setup. They get out of car and are surrounded by a group of men, forcing the duo to brawl their way out prison style! “Greetings from the U.S. prison system, bitches,” yells C-Note after they’ve won the fight. Sheba, C-Note’s contact, rescues them and eventually brings them to the Yemen prison where they end up finding Michael under a different name at Yemen Prison, Oligye.
As Michael finally makes his first appearance in this episode, MJ is asking Sara about his father. Sara speaks of Michael as if he’s a ghost, “Michael Scofield was like a storm,” as Michael makes his way through the prison. We finally get the moment, we’ve been waiting for Lincoln and Michael are finally face to face as C-Note fills the background recording. Even though Lincoln is excited to see his long lost brother, Michael claims he doesn’t even know Lincoln, which hurts him to his core, as Michael walks back down into the prison, he also takes a short but emotional moment to take in what just happened.
Although, I loved how and when the writers reintroduce the various players — including the crazy T-Bag (Robert Knepper) Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) and T-Bone (Rockmund Dunbar) — there’s a high-school reunion type of feel to it all that falls too short and feels more bland and less exciting as the hour progresses. However, my favorite moment is when Lincoln and Michael finally see each other as the guard brings him up to the lobby of the prison. It’s almost like Michael can see right through Lincoln but still not seeing him. I always appreciated the scenes between Wentworth and Dominic since they’ve always had the best on screen chemistry and dialogue. Unfortunately, in this episode you have to wait to the very end for this to happen but it does prove to be worth the wait.
Are you excited for more Prison Break? Will you keep watching? What do you think is going on with Michael?
Season 5, Episode 1 (S05E01)
Prison Break airs Tuesday at 9PM on FOX
Jerrica Long | Contributor