Now that the shock of Sara’s PRISON BREAK return has worn off a wee bit, this TV Addict got to thinking [yes, apparently I tend to do that when the TV is turned off]. Should fans really be screaming for showrunner Matt Omstead’s head [preferably, in a box]? It’s not like this is the first time a network, a studio and a team of writers have come together in the face of adversity and done what will from here on in be referred to as ‘pulled a PRISON BREAK.’
Now obviously I know what you’re thinking. Sounds suspiciously similar to ‘Jumping the Shark No?’. Here’s the difference. Where a show can Jump the Shark for a plethora of reasons, ‘Pulling [or pulled] a PRISON BREAK’ only occurs as a final, desperate, some may say somewhat slightly sinister attempt on behalf of the Powers That Be to suck every last drop of cash from a dedicated fan base. Essentially throwing caution, mythology and logic to the wind in an effort to produce one final depressing, yet financially lucrative season.
How do you know if your favorite show is doing the same? It’s easy. Has a once beloved character come back from the dead just so the network can get another season out of an already creatively drained series? Did a lead character on your favorite show just sleep with her ex for the umpteenth time? Did an entire cast get axed in a ‘shocking’ season finale? If so, your favorite show may have just PULLED A PRISON BREAK!
Some recent examples include:
• GILMORE GIRLS: Lorelai sleeps with Christopher [again!].
• THE PRACTICE: Everybody’s fired except James Spader [Bonus points for Spin-off potential].
• ROSEANNE: The final season was all a dream [For the viewers, a nightmare].
• 7th HEAVEN: Everybody’s pregnant [Or so we heard, we couldn't bring ourselves to watch the show].
So remember friends. The next time your favorite show seemingly pulls a plot out of a thin air, be the first out of your group of friends to say, “They totally pulled a PRISON BREAK!”
And SMALLVILLE, thanks to all the behind-the-scenes rumblings, you’re officially on notice!