Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Breakout Kings (Serial)

Two seasons back in 2010 and 2011, this series follows a US Marshal team put together to find and recapture prison escapees. The unique part of this team is that the only currently badged marshal is the team leader. The rest of the team includes a former marshal convicted of grafting cash from drug seizures and 3 convicts who each get assigned to minimum security and 1 month sentence reduction for each capture they assist in. Overall, it is a light hearted fun series that probably failed because it couldn't find the balance of maintaining the fun while pursuing darker themes (e.g. serial killers) that inevitably show up in these kinds of procedurals. I will say as well that the writing did not really take strong advantage of the particular skills of each con. Yes, the "psychologist" was generally used to profile and predict, but the "tracker" and the "gangster" didn't get a chance to use their skills regularly enough to draw interest. I think the writers saw the writing (so to speak) because by time this series ended, it did not end with a cliff hanger, but with a relatively reasonable closure.
3 stars (out of 5)

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