Well, it appears that the suspense has ended. If Michael is going to have his reunion with Sara Tancredi, he’s going to have to figure out how to reattach her head. Yes, that was his true love’s head in last week’s terrifying box and Sarah Wayne Callies is gone from the show for good. Along with her goes any emotional resonance that Prison Break might have still had.
Without Sara, Michael has zero chance for redemption. I would have infinitely preferred that the show just recast the part. If they can change Darrens on Bewitched then no actor demurral should be able to capsize any television show. Recast her with Paris Hilton for all I care because Prison Break is now just an action show filled with an increasing number of irredeemable lowlifes. Yes, in spite of their rage they are all just rats in a cage.
Let’s take a look at this week’s skullduggery.
Lincoln: He flat-out lied to Michael and pretended that Sara was still alive. I suppose you could argue that he had to since L.J.’s life depends on Michael, and had Lincoln told his brother the truth, Mr. Scofield might have finally given up for good. I understand, but I’m still disappointed. Michael deserved the truth.
Susan B. Anthony: Is anyone buying her sensitive, “we’re all soldiers” crap? “Lincoln, I know that I just cut off Sara’s head, but really, if you ever need someone to talk to …” Lincoln would be better off booking a psychiatric session with Hannibal Lecter.
Bradley Bellick: Apparently, he scarfed up some discarded clothing from a gay body builder. Unable to convince Michael to include him in his escape, he instantly ratted our boy out to Lechero only to be outsmarted by Michael for about the 700th time and wind up with a cup of scalding hot coffee poured all over him. Actually, I can’t really blame Bradley. Michael has destroyed his corrupt, pathetic life. In this case, Lechero seems pretty short-sighted not to check out Michael’s Fox River history; after all, everyone else in Sona seems to have.
Michael: Yes, it’s time to wonder about him. Has he lost his soul? Are Bellick, Mahone, and Teddy right when they say he’ll screw you over in a second like a two dollar whore? Michael has a lot of reasons not to be as sympathetic towards Mahone as the audience is, but there was something scary about the way he told Whistler that he intended to use Mahone and then toss him away like a used up roll of toilet paper when the escape went down. Can we truly blame all of the ramifications of Michael’s brotherly machinations on the Company? Michael’s actions have produced a ton of collateral damage: the deaths during the prison riot he started; the extinction of the Tancredi family; the downfall of Warden Pope; the victims of a free Theodore Bagwell. You can chalk it all up to the true evil of the Company, but now that Michael is serving them he appears to be little more than yet another one of their tools. The moral line here is getting fuzzier and fuzzier.
On the plus side, we have some really good minds battling it out on this show.
Agent Mahone had an interesting week as his withdrawal increasingly took its toll on him in the guise of the voice of our old pal Haywire. Of course, with the long list of Mahone casualties it’s a little silly for him to suddenly care about Haywire, but this is apparently how the writers of the show intend to show us that he has truly gone loco. Nevertheless, now that T-Bag gave our man a fix, he finally appears back on track and ready to remain someone not to be dealt with lightly. Question of the day: What gross things did Mahone have to do to get that pen?
T-Bag: Everyone’s favorite character finally got his first Sona kill this week as he gave Lechero’s drug runner a post-suffocation fix of his own medicine. Frankly, I have no idea what Teddy’s end game is and that’s wonderful because Teddy is probably just as wily as Michael is and he doesn’t have any of those silly moral issues to slow him down. Is Teddy merely trying to supplant Lechero or could he actually be helping Michael? Michael seemed intent on putting Mahone back on his game, and I don’t really see any other reason for him to become Mahone’s pusher. So what’s old Teddy up to? I have no idea, but I’m fascinated. Have I said it before? This show needs more T-Bag!
Other snags on the road to freedom:
Latin Tweener now has some info to hold against Michael.
Whistler seems to have some thoughts and motivations of his own.
In the end, with the death of Sara, Prison Break has become little more than just another absurd season of 24. We watch to see how it all turns out, but we’re less and less proud of it.
TVGuide's Michael Ausiello has an explanation of what went wrong with the show and Sarah Wayne Callies.