Back to the Middle East: Fox Network’s ‘Prison Break’ returns

Fox has brought back "Prison Break" for its 5th season, but now makes its characters and audiences wonder if Michael Scofield is alive.

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LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2017 – Fox has just launched a new season of its hit show, “Prison Break.” The current revival re-introduces viewers to the wily prisoners who had originally escaped from Fox River Prison. After four seasons, two prison escapes, a reset and a TV movie, “Prison Break” originally signed off in 2009.

For a variety of reasons, Fox has begun reviving some of its former hit shows, as in 2016’s mini-series revival of pathbreaking sci-fi blockbuster, “The X-Files.” Now Michael, Lincoln, Sara, T-Bag, Sucre, and C-Note are returning to the small screen.

The premiere episode of the newly revived “Prison Break” starts off right where everything began: Fox River. As fellow prison escapee T-Bag (Robert Knepper) gathers his things, he is handed a piece of mail that launches the the entire show on its latest trajectory.

Season 5, Episode 1 dives right into the mysterious possible sighting of Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), despite the prevailing belief that he is dead.


If you had followed “Prison Break” from the very beginning, you would think Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) would make the most of his second chance at life. But as the  new season begins, we see him fleeing from some pretty scary looking dudes who claim he owes them $100,000.

After narrowly escaping the thugs, he arrives at his home and discovers T-Bag standing at his doorstep. “If you’re playing me, I’ll kill you,” declares Lincoln upon glancing at a photo of Michael. “It’s impossible.”

He may be suspicious of T-Bag’s news, but that doesn’t stop Lincoln from flying to see Sara. “I didn’t think I was ever going to see you again,” she says, assuming he wasn’t thrilled with her decision to marry Jacob, who is a little too eager to have a beer and catch up with Lincoln.

Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies), Michael Scofield’s ex-wife, is skeptical of the newly discovered photo, especially since T-Bag was the one who had the photo. After a while we see T-Bag settling in and looking to connect with a desperate woman. However, his search is interrupted by an appointment reminder with a prosthetic specialist.

T-Bag arrives at the appointment and meets Dr. Whitcombe. We learn that Dr. Whitcombe scheduled the appointment late at night because he didn’t want people to know he was meeting with an ex-con with a horrific past. An unknown benefactor has given Whitcombe money to conduct research, with the only catch being that T-Bag must be his first patient.

Meanwhile, Lincoln goes on a mission to find out whether Michael is really dead. He digs up his brothers’ coffin, only to find out that Michael is not in it. He also discovers a note with a hidden message that leads to Ogygia, a prison in Yemen.

As Lincoln begins to put the pieces together and begins to prepare to go find him, he is being traced by some mysterious characters. He realizes he must go to Yemen to search out Michael’s fate, enlisting the aid of his friend and former inmate C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar), who has taken up religion and is (conveniently) practicing Islam at a local mosque.

After attempting to find records of Michael at the Yemen prison, they discover that someone has stolen his identity and replaced it with a new name and face. Burrows heads back to his hotel, where upon he runs into Michael’s former cellmate and friend Sucre.  As C-Note and Lincoln arrive in Yemen, they are tricked into riding in the wrong taxi cab and are setup and forced to fight their way out of the situation.

Lincoln and C-Note arrive at the Yemen and find Michael, who acts like he doesn’t know them, leaving many to wonder why he is denying who he really is.

What happens next in this newly revived series? Fox hopes you’ll be intrigued enough to tune in for the rest of this season’s new episodes.

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