Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"I will not flatten!" - Prison Break

Another entertaining episode this week. On close examination, few of the storylines moved forward in any significant way, but nonetheless this was a solid forty minutes that built up to what should be a pivotal offering next week.

Michael, Lincoln and Sarah listened to the incriminating tape they got their hands on last episode and reacted with flat-out glee. Just kidding; although they did look a little less grave than usual. This is the evidence you’ve been looking for all season, guys – have a party or something! Frustratingly, the audience was not allowed to hear the recording, which after last episode’s ‘cliff-hanger’ felt like a bit of a cop-out. After struggling to find a trustworthy legal mind, eventually the team got their hands on an expert, who had bad news. Long story short, the tape is useless in court – although still fair game for blackmail. This was yet another example of Prison Break taking a whole episode to reveal something it could have dealt with in one or two scenes. Frustrating, yes, but at least it was building towards a long overdue confrontation with President Reynolds (Patricia Wettig) next episode. Yes, she’s finally returning, although I suspect it will only be for the one episode.

There was other stuff going on, of course. Sucre and Maricruz arrived at his aunt’s house, had sex and…erm. C-Note turned out to be pretty useless to Mahone and his ever-grinning superior Mr. Kim, so they decide (rather rashly) to blackmail him into commiting suicide. I found this especially difficult to get past. Surely C-Note could prove useful to them in some way, if not now then at some point in the near future? Pretty silly stuff. At least it made for a good cliff-hanger, as C-Note tied a noose around his neck and threw himself off his cell bench. Still, we saw nothing beyond that, so anything could still happen. Finally, T-Bag stole the identity of a psychiatrist look-alike and hopped on a plane to Bangkok, but one with a layover in Chicago, the current location of most of the show’s characters. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. A re-appearance for L.J. Burrows was unwelcome, but more welcome is the recent removal of Marshall Allman from the main credits. His character never found a place in the show’s blueprint, so I’m glad they seem to have pretty much closed the door on him for now.

Once again, the most interesting scenes belonged to Agent Kellerman. His reconciliation with his sister was frustratingly short, and the revelation that his parents were abusive/crazy was pretty weak, but Adelstein played it subtly and effectively. Now he’s positioning himself to assassinate President Reynolds à la Lee Harvey Oswald, and taking into consideration Wettig’s commitment to Brothers and Sisters he may well get his wish. In truth ‘Wash’ was little more than build-up, build-up before next week’s hopeful pay off, but it kept my interest.

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