DVD Orgy………..

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Fat Dragon and I sported the last of our Panda look last weekend….. The reason being, no more late nights….we finally finished the last episode of the 2 seasons of the Prison Break series which comprised of 4 DVD’s, 12 episodes each disc which lasted about 45 mins each…….  

Trust me, if you plan to watch a TV series like Prison Break…be prepared for long hours…and if possible get the DVD, or get it downloaded. It’s filled with cliff-hangers….and believe me it’d be frustrating to have to catch weekly episodes on cable or TV….its just too tiresome and for sure the momentum cast at the end of each episode would be lost….. 

We took a total of 5 sittings which worked out to an average 8 – 9 episodes each sitting…. and we normally started viewing around 10pm or 11pm at night….. the latest we slept at one sitting was 5.30 am in the morn … another about 4.30 am……Can’t help it…you tell yourself…OK…last one….then it hits you with a cliff hanger and then you con yourself….OK let’s watch another episode…just the beginning and then you’re hooked through the whole episode and the vicious cycle continues….. Warning: Do not use this as a means of testing your self discipline…

Love the FIRST season….the plot, Michael Scofield (played by Wentworth Miller) a Magna Cum Laude scholar and structural engineer for a reputable firm robs a bank and gets jailed. Why would a successful professional do that? To help his brother Linc Burrows (Dominic Purcell)  breakout of jail. Both know that the older brother has been framed for the murder of the US Vice President’s brother. The plot is two prong….there is a conspiracy by ‘The Company’ whose influences go to the highest level to frame the brothers and the prison breakout. The intrigue lays in the unfolding of the body tattoo on Michael’s body which holds the key to the breakout, it being the blue print for prison grounds. This blue print was made available as the company that employed Michael was responsible for the refurbishment of the prison site. How convenient!     

One might be tempted to think back of prison scenes from the Hong Kong’s TVB series Man in the Net  starring Chow Yuen Fatt in the 80’s..(I always remember this scene where ‘Ching Wai’ played by Chow is forced to eat this gunk from a bowl like a dog…) …

Well, DON’T. It’s got none of the soppiness and the protagonists hold their own and eventually succeed in breaking out of the Fox River prison. It even gets you rooting for the ‘bad’ guys sometimes, knowing that they’re instrumental in the success of the prison break.  

Which is why the ending for the first season is such a shocker. They BROKE OUT! This causes the second season to lose a bit of its intrigue given that the central theme of the series was lost….after all it is named Prison Break…and so thereafter, what happens????  The plot gets loose as it traces how each of the escaped convicts try to elude the authorities especially the formidale FBI agent Alex Mahone. Some go after a USD5m loot and the season ends with Michael’s incarceration into Sona, a prison in Panama and Linc’s exoneration with the confessions of secret service agent Peter who was instrumental in doctoring a video of Linc killing the VP’s brother. 

The MAGIC is lost in Season 2…. The intensity of the brothers mingling amidst a colourful mix of hard core criminals and two bit criminals jailed for the pettiest of crimes, was lost. Some of the memorable characters were a mob leader Fibonaci, a charismatic rapist murderer  T-Bag (a fan favorite), a misdirected Puerto Rican called Sucre who commits robbery with an unloaded gun to buy a ring for his lover Maricruz.  The tension and finger biting moments when the cons have to elude the sadistic and corrupt C.O. Bellick and a prison warden called POPE (the name says it all), is also missing.  How could the show maintain the electricity of season 1….? There was no way…. but that’s just season 2.

Season 3. Shown in the US already but I haven’t watched it. DVD’s not out yet …… :-).

In season 3,  Michael is imprisoned in Sona, a Panama prison where anarchy rules. The tables are turned and Linc is the one plotting to help his brother get out. No blue prints this time round. (Besides no more skin left in Michael’s body to act as canvas). But Bellick’s in jail with him. So is T-Bag. ….and last but not the FBI agent Alex Mahone. The plot thickens. 

But, ratings are down and I heard the third season kills off a major female character Tancredi, the prison doctor who helped with the escape and who is Michael Scofield’s love interest…. she is apparently beheaded by a member of ‘The Company’ and her head delivered to Michael in the Sona prison. 

Well one would like to think this move was an attempt to increase ratings but ummm…NO…..  apparently it was sparked off by a contract dispute between the actress and Fox TV…….

Fans are angry and there is word of a spin-off to garner lost audience……PRISON  BREAK for GIRLS  is tipped to introduce a female character very much like Michael Scofield… intelligent and armed with info against ‘The Company’. Needless to say she ends up in jail…..and dying to break out…….. nope her name will not be Michelle…..it will be MOLLY!

Will the spin off be successful???….Well let’s just wait and see if you see another blog about sleepless nights & DVD orgies….  

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4 responses to “DVD Orgy………..

  1. I haven’t gotten myself into this mess as yet. I think I better not. Heroes was bad enough for me – in terms of addiction.

  2. ky: Very wise indeed……

  3. I hardly watch TV especially series but Prison Break was quite good. At least, we got it done in five sittings and not following it every week.

  4. I watch half of season 3 already!!!! and belive me it is quite interesting and the plot gets thicker and thicker

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