Prison Break


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I recently became extremely addicted to the television show Prison Break. Prison Break contains a little bit of everything—unethical behavior, an overly powerful government, and a corrupt society. This show is truly addicting, I actually watched the first three seasons in one month…all seasons are available on Netflix if anyone is interested!

The main character of the movie, Michael Scofield, has a brother who was wrongfully convicted of murder. The brother, Lincoln, is on death row and has been denied an appeal. Michael concocts a plan to break his brother out of prison before he executed. Scofield has the entire blue print of the prison tattooed on his back and uses the piping throughout the prison to escape. During the first season, Scofield and Lincoln make their escape during the first few seasons. The one main problem is that the government and wealthy companies are behind the cover-up.

The man Lincoln has allegedly “killed” is the brother of the Vice President of the United States. This man was also head of the company that Lincoln and his father once worked at. The show continues to unravel the numerous government cover-ups and illegal company funding for political figures. The main focus of the show follows Michael Scofield and his escape from prison and the Vice President’s and company efforts to silence anyone who threatens to tell the truth about the Vice President’s brother. Many of the witnesses face ethical dilemmas in decided whether or not to tell the truth and risk their lives or lie and continue to appease the government.

What I find most interesting is the length the government is willing to go in order to cover up a scandal. I know this is not real life, but it makes me wonder what our actual government tries to cover up in order to protect themselves. How far are people willing to go to protect themselves, their company, or their family? Is it unethical to break the rules if it means saving someone else? Does being in a position of power mean that you are above the law or that you are required to follow a stricter ethical code?

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5 thoughts on “Prison Break

  1. This was the first television series I ever watched from start to finish and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s extremely interesting and also terrifying to imagine the government going such lengths to cover up a scandal. The government is obviously privy to information we are not as regular citizens, and clearly must do things to keep secrets. The recent scandal regarding operation Fast and Furious, the murdered ATF agent, and the political fallout is just one example of when information was leaked. Who knows what kind of measures the government takes to cover up similar events. They may not be going around murdering people to tie up loose ends, but Prisonbreak shows just how scary it would be if they did.

  2. When dealing with life and death scenarios, especially when friends and family are involved, the line between whats right and whats wrong often blurs. Is it wrong to lie if it protects the well being of your family even if it means hardships for someone else? Individual motives and priorities play a major role.

  3. The theme of government covering up scandals and keeping the public out of the loop seems to be very common in many shows and media, such as 24. I think this stems out of the fact that people are so concerned that the government could do these things and no one would ever know. The idea that so many things could be going on behind closed doors scares a lot of people, because it gives a lot more power to people in the government.

  4. Well, to answer your question, stricter, I would hope.

    As to would the US government (or other countries) engage in a cover up?

    Yes.

    Among others, have you not heard of the Pentagon Papers? Basically, four administrations of the US government waged war in SE Asia (including in Cambodia and Laos) without congressional approval.

    However, aside from intentional cover-ups, what I find alarming is injustice carried out in the light of plain day. Closer to your show, for example, the reluctance to allow DNA evidence in capital punishment cases. States and DAs resist allowing DNA evidence. And let people languish in prison or be executed because of it. Heard of the Innocence Project?

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