Name: Ashish Shakya
Crime: Excessive indulgence in TV shows
Sentenced to: Writing reviews
I was introduced to Prison Break last weekend. And I immediately made myself at home with the murderers, robbers and paedophiles at Fox River Penitentiary. Watching, listening, being drawn in…and before I knew it, I’d spent 12 straight hours in front of the computer screen. I could almost feel the claustrophobia of a prison cell in my own spacious room, and was hungry for more. A few hours of sleep later, I was back. And since there are very few things in this world I consider more important than sleep, you know I’m serious – Prison Break is a must-watch.
‘Most men would do anything to get out of Prison…But Michael Scofield would do anything he can to get in’. So why does Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), with an M.S in Civil Engineering and an immaculate academic and professional record, hold up a bank, fire a weapon into the air and then surrender calmly, asking to serve his time at Fox River ?
The answer lies in a web of political and corporate ruthlessness that’s ensnared Michael’s older brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell). On death row at Fox River for the murder of the American Vice-President’s brother, everybody thinks Lincoln’s guilty. Everyone except Michael, that is. His plan? To get Lincoln out of the maximum-security facility.
Of course, life in prison isn’t always so simple – prison gangs and riots are just a few of the complications that arise. And speaking of complications, we have Dr. Sara Tencredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), the beautiful prison doctor with an ugly past. Add to this inmates like homicidal predator Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper-brilliant), a lovelorn robber, a revenge-seeking mobster, a disgraced military man and you have a pumped-up and intense series that shares its theme with the classic Shawshank Redemption.
While the first couple of episodes might seem a tad slow, the rest will get you addicted. The casting is perfect, the script taut and the background score, fitting. Wentworth Miller as the steely-eyed Scofield is a natural. Indian TV stars and directors, have a look..THIS is what you call acting! (Ah what’s the point..)
Prison Break goes beyond prison walls and explores the conspiracy behind the murder. Without revealing too much, all I’d say is that the control the government has over the common man is unnerving. Big Brother’s not only watching you, but can distort your life to a grotesque, hollow shell if it chooses to.
(Season 1 DVDS
available at Sarvodaya,
Union Park, Bandra.)