Set in the same universe as Prison Break, Breakout Kings follows a team of enforcement officers that have gathered convicts in an attempt to stop crime with criminals. Under the rule of federal marshals Charlie DuChamp (Laz Alonzo) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi), three convict must work together in order to capture recent escapees from prison. There’s Lloyd Lowery, a former child prodigy with the ability to understand behavioral patterns. Shea Daniels, a street smart hustler that thinks five steps ahead, adds some thought and muscle to the team. Rounding both of them out is Erica, a former bounty hunter that got locked up after killing the men that murdered her father. They bring their abilities to the table in order to shave off time from their jail sentences and go back to the lives they used to live. While its not as cerebral as The Wire or The Shield, Breakout Kings is a well done crime show, with a good amount of action, laughs and story that make it worth your time.
The show was originally planned to air on Fox, in order to show its ties to Prison Break. Fox passed on the pilot and A&E decided to give the show a shot. The premise is simple and solid enough to warrant an interesting episodic show of this nature. Each of the characters are pretty well defined early on and fleshed out, slightly in each of the episodes that warrant an investment with Breakout Kings. While at times the dialog may come off as cliché, the writing is still good enough to provide exciting situations with the escapees and the team hunting them. The comedy that mainly comes from Lloyd brings some good humor to the show, as well as balance in order the drama and intensity of the series. One of the best episodes titled “The Bag Man” shows its roots in the Prison Break universe. Theodore Bagwell aka T-Bag breaks out of a truck in the midst of being transferred to another facility and the team must do whatever it takes to take him back. Even though its early on in the series, the episode is a real highlight of the entire season and the fact that this cameo solidifies the series in the Prison Break world, it makes it that much more entertaining.
The 4 disc set of Breakout Kings: Season One contains all 13 episodes for the first season. Along side the episodes are a pretty good amount of extras to round out the set. There’s audio commentaries for the first two episodes, deleted scenes and some behind the scenes featurettes. With all of this being offered in this first set, its easy to see why the show got green lit for another season on A&E. Breakout Kings has enough action, suspense, comedy and drama to warrant one’s attention, for more than one season. Highly Recommended.