When asked about my favorite series, Prison Break always made the list; together with the likes of Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, Game of Thrones, Cheers, and a few others. As such, I was quite interested when I saw debates on Twitter over Prison Break being better than Money Heist.
I’d never watched Money Heist; although there was a lot of noise about it especially when season 4 came out. So, with nothing better to do as I was home all day (only covid to blame), I decided to watch Money Heist and compare the two. And guess what? It was Prison Break for me and I’ll tell you why.
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Now let’s get right into it.
PRISON BREAK HAS A BETTER MAIN CHARACTER
I think we can all agree that Michael Scofield is one of the best characters ever seen on a TV show. I mean, Prison Break just isn’t Prison Break without Michael Scofield; and he’s quite easy on the eyes too.
The love he has for his brother is intense; sacrificing life as he knew it and going to jail so he could bust his brother out. But the Professor? Hired a group of baddies (his own brother included) to rob the Royal Mint and couldn’t even go down the rabbit hole with them.
When it comes to who is smarter between the two, I really can’t tell. I do think that Michael is more composed when confronted with a problem and is able to come up with a good alternative.
However, when something doesn’t go according to the Professor’s plan, he becomes sloppy and looks like he’s lost all his money. He doesn’t do well under pressure and this nearly cost him in seasons 2 and 4.
PRISON BREAK HAS BETTER SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
The Prison Break gang was truly a family. Remember Sucre? That character was the literal meaning of ride or die, especially when he was thrown into Sona after helping Michael and co escape from said prison and refused to give them up.
Even C-Note made a comeback in season 5 when Lincoln needed help getting to Yemen. And although Michael never liked T-Bag, he paid for his hand surgery and also united him with his son.
This isn’t the case with Money Heist. Most of the gang members aren’t team players and this shows
If they had any real affection would they be pointing guns at each other every five minutes throughout the series? Or letting mercenaries loose just so they can regain power? Yes, I’m referring to Palermo here.
And don’t get me started on Tokyo; who is childish and rash and the reason for Moscow’s death in season 1. Can someone also explain to me why Rio is still in the series?
PRISON BREAK HAS BETTER VILLAINS
Who are the villains in Money Heist? Inspector Murillo? Who fell in love with the Professor, joined his gang, and is now called Lisbon? Or Arturo? That annoying character?
How about Alicia Sierra? Lowkey, I think she’ll be joining the gang in season 5, but that’s just my theory. Gandia isn’t any better villain, although he is certainly better than the 3 previously mentioned.
In all honesty, none of the Money Heist villains can compare to the villainous treachery of T-Bag, Alex Mahone, Agent Kellerman, and even Brad Bellick. And with these villains, we realized that not everything was as black and white as it seemed and eventually learned to love them. I even cried a bit when Bellick died.
Let’s take a look at T-Bag’s backstory, which we got glimpses of in season 2. I realized that his story wasn’t as cut and dried as I was led to believe and he wasn’t to be blamed completely for how he ended up. He ended up being my second favorite character in the show.
A BETTER STORYLINE
Prison Break is all about two brothers- Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield. Lincoln has been sentenced to death row for a crime he didn’t commit; as such Michael decides to be incarcerated so he can break Lincoln out of prison and also clear his name.
It’s basically a story about the power of love in my opinion and also redemption for the fallen.
Don’t get the love part? Consider all the things Michael did for Lincoln; the lengths Sucre went to for Maricruz and Michael; all Sara gave up for Michael; what Mahone was willing to do for his son; C-Note sacrificing his freedom for his family’s; even T-Bag killing that agent to avenge his son’s death.
And Money Heist? It’s about a ragtag group of criminals who want to steal a lot of money and be rich forever, oh and also start a revolution. They all knew what they were going into when they joined the Professor’s gang; knew that death was a possibility. It’s also ironic how we’re rooting for them and screaming, “death to Gandia!” when they would be the bad guys in real life.
What still boggles my mind is how Inspector Murillo was able to realize that Salva was actually the Professor just by seeing one strand of orange hair on his coat in season 2. Hello? How does this make any sense?
PRISON BREAK HAS THE BEST SEASON
Season 1 of Prison Break alone has more content and action than all 4 seasons of Money Heist combined.
Say what you want about its other seasons, but season 1 was truly epic.
Michael goes to jail; makes some friends and enemies whom will follow him throughout his life; gets his toe cut by Abruzzi’s men; falls in love with Sara Tancredi who is also a doctor at the prison; survives a riot and saves his lady doctor in the process; almost loses his brother to the electric chair; is burnt and loses a part of his blueprint tattoo; feigns mental illness and meets his former cellmate at the psych ward with the hopes that his cellie remembers the burnt part of his tattoo, and finally breaks out of prison with his gang. Just imagine, all that in one season!
But Money Heist? Could be made into a movie without discarding much of the script. The series is just full of unnecessary drama, cliffhangers, and flashbacks; which by season 4, gets really old and predictable even.
Let me end this here by saying I love Money Heist; and I really do. Back when I was watching it, I binge-watched the first 2 seasons in a single day. Yes, I was that hooked. The events in the series happen at such a fast pace that you’re gripped.
I also want to point out that Prison Break is far from perfect and has many flaws. Season 1- epic, season 2- very good, season 3- manageable, season 4- unbearable and season 5 was absolutely redundant.
That being said, both shows are wonderful, despite all their flaws. Yet Prison Break is definitely the master here. End of discussion.
If you agree or disagree even, please feel free to leave a comment!
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