There’s no more fitting place than a network called Fox for someone as sly
as Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) to reside. After all, who in all of TV
land can boast a feat like successfully orchestrating not only his escape, but
also the escape of over a handful of prisoners as well?
Only in fiction can such a crazy attempt work, and so well. The mad genius
plot does get brought down to reality when the part about Schofield and his
team flying off into the sunset doesn’t exactly go as planned.
In this first outstanding Season Two episode of Prison Break,
the escapees are really desperate, and Scofield, as always, is keeping his
cool. It’s not as easy for T-Bag (Robert Knepper) to keep his cool, him having
lost his arm and all. Lots of Prison Break fans were probably expecting
a harsher punishment for a character who’s just so incredibly creepy and
malicious through and through.
T-Bag’s got life in him yet, and a special place in his twisted heart for
crime boss Abruzzi (Peter Stormare). T-Bag goes off on his own way, and the
five remaining are in deeper shit than he is.
Enter a familiar face: William Fichtner, one of the survivors of the sadly
botched Invasion. Now let’s play a round of “Oh, I know that
guy!” If you’ve ever seen this creepy character actor before, you’ve
probably caught a movie or two.
If you have Fichtner’s all too familiar voice ringing in your ear,
you’ve probably played a couple of Grand Theft Auto video games or
you’ve watched Brangelina’s Mr. and Mrs Smith. He’s been “that
guy” for a while, and while he failed to become a household name through Invasion,
he makes a big impression as the quick-witted FBI agent out to catch Scofield
Fichtner’s FBI man is the brains while guard Bellick (Wade Williams) is almost
all brawn. Bellick gets to play outside now, but who can expect this man to
catch anyone? Remember all the times in season one when he almost had
Schofield? Michael has left a lot of breadcrumbs, but this is a man who has
been talking in riddles for many an episode. Any clues to what move he makes
next won’t be found that easily.
While the nation’s attention has been alerted to the escape of Lincoln
Burrows (Dominic Purcell), alleged murder of the VP’s brother, the woman who
has been working so hard on the outside to clear the name of Burrows gets
caught up in a horrible situation. This leads to a shocking, shocking ending.
You, the viewer, may expect it, but you’ll see it coming a bit too late.
Lastly, look out for a dirty little product placement when the escapees
discuss clothing. Michael Schofield may be sly, but any idiot can recognize an
in-show advertisement when they hear one. P.S.: You may be tempted to watch Vanished
after Prison Break, but why waste your time? Look at the commercials.
This is Nic Cage’s National Treasure meets the mystery of The Da
Vinci Code and Lost, creating a silly, pretentious mess that isn’t going
to make it past Season Two. Trust me on this.
Prison Break makes its escape every Tuesday on Fox.Powered by Sidelines