It’s becoming quite obvious that Fox is benefiting greatly from nostalgia as of late. Having recently revived classics such as The X-Files and 24 as limited engagements, it came as no surprise that Prison Break, one of the shows that helped make the serialized approach an industry standard, was given similar treatment.
Originally having premiered in 2005, Paul Scheuring’s nail-biter of a creation told the story of two brothers – Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) – who got caught up in a conspiracy that went straight to the top. Over the course of four seasons, they escaped from two separate prisons, evaded the feds and unraveled various sinister plots. Not only that, but it served as the breakout roles (pun intended) for the likes of Miller, Robert Knepper and several others, as well as later being adapted to a video game.
Truth be told, I didn’t take to season 5 nearly as much as I did the show’s original run, but I must admit that the twists offered in the finale made watching the nine-episode arc worth it. And despite thinking some of the original magic had been lost, I fully admit that, as super fan of the series, I’d tune in if a sixth season were to come to fruition.
Interestingly enough, Wentworth Miller seemingly isn’t ready to put the character of Michael Scofield behind him, and has even pitched an idea for a potential sixth season. Here’s the full post, as seen on his Instagram page.
As you can plainly see, Miller admits from the get-go that the powers-that-be already shot down his idea, but you have to admit that his pushing of the meta-textual boundaries is quite intriguing. Perhaps season 5 of Prison Break didn’t bring in the ratings that Fox had expected, thus another stab at it isn’t on their immediate agenda, but maybe they should allow Miller to give some input if indeed they ever change their minds.