If you told me at the beginning of the season that Prison Break was going to once again become one of the most fun, pure escapist show on the air, I would have thought you were nuts, particularly after the contrived ending of last season that put Michael back in jail. But here we are at the 4th episode of the season and this show is in no danger whatsoever of falling off my list. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that this season seems to have the lamest new shows in recent memory. But that’s neither here nor there.
It’s kind of too bad that I stay on top of TV news and knew that the actress wasn’t coming back since it ruined what could have been a good surprise twist. Instead, as I predicted last week, we find out before the first commercial break that Sarah’s head is in the box that was sent to Linc. What was somewhat surprising, but actually made perfect sense to the story, was Linc not telling Michael. Given how reluctant Michael was to help when he thought it was only Linc’s son who was captured it seemed to be the right move.
One of the things I like about Michael as a character is that he isn’t a hero. He isn’t really out for anyone but himself (or maybe his brother). He’s willing to lie, backstab, gamble, use a cross to shut down the power and even break some guy he doesn’t know out of prison. You name it, Michael will do it and this makes him much more compelling to watch.
Speaking of doing anything to get what one wants, it was also good to see T-Bag move beyond the “toady” role he’s been playing and take some action to move up in the Lechero organization. Lechero’s right hand man better watch his back. For that matter so should Bellick who didn’t look so good when the hot coffee was spilled on his. Meanwhile between seeing Haywire and being one step away from indulging his drug habit, it’s unclear if in the long run Mahone is going to be an asset to Michael (who can find felt pens like no one else) or a liability.
So it looks like Michael’s plan involves the gravediggers who take the bodies from the prison and some holes in a fence. Oh and look at that, they found something for Sucre to do. I still think he’s kind of a waste of space but at least they gave him a part to play.
All in all, another episode chock full of entertainment.
Avi’s Episode Rating: B+