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TV Review: Prison Break – “The Final Break” Had One More Story to Tell After All

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A couple of weeks ago, when Prison Break screened its final episodes (“Rate of Exchange“/“Killing Your Number“), I questioned if the series had a further story to tell in its encore extra episodes, “The Old Ball and Chain” and “Free”, collectively known as “The Final Break”. Having caught “The Final Break” in the UK, the answer is a startling YES!

“The Final Break” is a standalone double episode of Prison Break that aims to explain what actually happened to Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and how he died. In essence these encore episodes fill in the gap that episode 22 “Killing Your Number” might have left unanswered. “The Final Break” focuses on a completely different storyline, as The Company was already taken down in the previously aired episodes. Hence this extra episode sets up an entirely new storyline and plot, with a whole new motivation for the hero thrown in.

“The Final Break” starts off with Michael Scofield and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) getting married, but at their reception, Sara is arrested for the murder of Christina Scofield (known as Christina Hampton in the real world) because there is video footage of her shooting Scofield’s mother. Strangely enough, the cameras don’t show Scofield being shot at by his mother before Sara defends him. Also strange is the fact that Sara was given immunity and we saw her sign the papers in “Killing Your Number” and yet no explanation was given as to why she was arrested.

Nonetheless, this leads to a whole new setup, the Miami Dade Women’s Penitentiary which, due to budget cuts and overcrowding, also houses the jail for alleged criminals awaiting trial such as Sara. It’s in this new setting that “The Final Break” spends some time establishing the cold and corrupt ambiance that seems to permeate the prisons of America, according to this show. Just as it did with Fox River in season one, we see the cruelty and crooked shenanigans that go on in this prison through an inmate‘s eyes, but this time the inmate is Sarah and it’s through her eyes that we experience this new prison.

Sara gets punched and slapped around by the guards who recognize that she was the doctor from Fox River who left the door open for Scofield, and apparently that caused a lot of their fellow prison guards to be fired or put on probation. Just like Scofield, Sara finds out that in prison you need “protection” and she decides to get branded by Daddy (Lori Petty), who runs a “family” at this prison and who takes care of all her charges. However, the General, who resides in the male penitentiary next door, reads in the papers that Sara is in custody, and he sends word to Gretchen (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), who is in the same prison as Sara, to kill her. Sara ends up being poisoned but survives.

Meanwhile a helpless Scofield tries to talk to Sara’s warden about transferring her somewhere safer, and he also tries to talk to the General about exchanging his life for Sara‘s, but both conversations yield no results. So Scofield, knowing that Sara has a hit on her and won't survive long in that prison, decides he has no choice but to stage a prison breakout.

Elsewhere, Mahone (William Fichtner) is given an offer by the head of the FBI — should he be willing to spy on Scofield and gang, and report everything to an FBI field officer, Mahone will be given his job back. Mahone takes the offer and hooks up with Scofield, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) to discuss how they are going to break Sara out, all the while snitching on them to the FBI officer.

The gang go through the usual planning, and realise there is a blind spot somewhere within the prison grounds. However, after getting word to Sara about the blind spot, Scofield discovers that the FBI field officer, having discovered the plan courtesy of the tip from Mahone, has had the cameras repositioned to capture the entire area, leaving no blind spot uncovered. As a result, Scofield and gang come up with another solution — to parachute into the vicinity.

Sara meanwhile finds her protection gone, as Daddy gets taken away to solitary, thanks to Gretchen sexually bribing a guard into searching and possibly planting some blow in Daddy’s cell. That leaves Sara with no choice but to partner up with Gretchen who tells her that instead of killing her, she wants to escape with her. Gretchen also ends up killing the girl whom the General hired to murder Sara, thereby giving Sara another reason to include Gretchen in the escape.

With this new plan that Scofield and gang have involving parachuting into the prison yard, the gang gets in touch with T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and offers him money to start a fire in his cell thereby setting the alarms off. T-Bag tells the gang he wants more money, and that the General’s henchman has a hundred grand in his possession, setting Sucre and Lincoln off to steal the money.

The gang then executes the plan, and we learn that Mahone had come clean to Scofield earlier and together they had come up with the idea of using a decoy in the parachute while Scofield was to hide under the FBI field agent’s car, and get into the prison vicinity that way, which is exactly what Scofield ends up doing.  Meanwhile Gretchen and Sara overpower a guard, steal her keys, and try to get to the chapel where Scofield is to meet Sara. However, Gretchen gets caught, but decides not to tell on Sara, and Sara remains undetected. Scofield then finds Sara at the appointed place.

Scofield explains that he expected T-Bag to rat on them and so was counting on the authorities shutting off the alarm instead (the reverse of what T-Bag was supposed to do), which was what Scofield needed so that he could use a flaming device to pry open a sealed door. Together, the couple manage to go underground to the one sealed doorway that leads to the outside. However, Scofield’s makeshift card that he had put together earlier doesn’t work in unlocking this door, leaving him the only choice of pulling on live wires and connecting them. Knowing that this act would end in himself being electrocuted, the lovers bid a fast farewell and Scofield tells Sara to run as soon as he connects the two wires. Scofield does the deed, and Sara runs out to a waiting Lincoln, Mahone, and Sucre.

Lincoln is perplexed as to where his brother is, and Mahone, who knew what Scofield had intended to do all along, tells Lincoln that his brother is never coming back, and is gone. The gang then flee in disbelief.

Mahone, whom Scofield had entrusted with some paperwork and a DVD, gives what turns out to be a copy of Scofield’s blood work to Sara, and it’s discovered that Scofield’s tumour had returned. Meanwhile, Sophia manages to arrange for passage to Costa Rica where Sara is able to live with her baby and Lincoln freely. Sucre gives the money that he had stolen from the General’s henchman to Sara, and Mahone gives the DVD to Lincoln, and with that, both Sucre and Mahone say their goodbyes and leave.

The final scene is of Lincoln and Sara on a boat, heading to freedom, watching the DVD of Scofield explaining to them that he didn’t have much time because of the tumour returning, and that he doesn’t regret sacrificing his life for his wife and child. He also advises them to take care of each other, and asks them to tell his child that they are all now truly free. The series ends on this note.

After the barrage of nonsensical, over-stretched, and thin episodes that made up much of season four, one would not have held their breath expecting this encore of double episodes to be any better. Surprisingly, “The Final Break” was exciting and well paced, taking into consideration that it was Sara who was in prison this time, and not Scofield, thereby limiting how much he could do from the outside and so the tactics and maneuvers were somewhat restricted. For that reason, whilst “The Final Break” was a lot like the brilliant first season of Prison Break, it was a slower and more laid back version. However, a lot of things happened in the combined 80-plus minutes that held one’s attention, and provided for some intrigue and twists too.

Unlike some of the absurd storylines and plots that the audience have been subjected to in the past as far as this series is concerned, “The Final Break” also had plot holes, but they weren’t irritating and obvious, since the action and story were solid enough to mask these. Also, unlike some of the past episodes, “The Final Break” made each and every scene useful and purposeful to the story, and it didn’t feel like the writers were just filling in space and time.

All in all, this episode was thrilling enough, moved with a good pace, and had a solid story. It was not as exceptional as season one, but it came as close to it as possible at this juncture of the game. With the story already being stretched as far as it can go, and with Scofield being on the outside, thereby limiting his antics, and with the same faces planning and orchestrating as we’ve seen over the last season, and with nothing new being able to be portrayed in the women’s prison that we’ve not seen in Fox River, and with only two episodes to fit all this into, it should be said that “The Final Break” did indeed achieve a lot in terms of quality storytelling.

The episode also had a fair amount of twists and turns and managed to hold some surprises for the audience. Gretchen refusing to tell on Sara was one such surprise, and Scofield using the FBI field agent’s car to get into the compound was another, and expecting T-Bag to do the opposite of what was asked, thereby allowing Scofield access to use the flaming device, was an unpredictable twist as well.

However, this episode is not without some criticism. The two leads, Wentworth Miller and Sarah Wayne Callies, were never able to show any chemistry or emotional connection towards each other on screen, and that made the relationship between Michael Scofield and Sara Tancredi cold, passionless, and unconvincing. The problem is that the driving storyline of “Final Break” leads to Scofield sacrificing his life because he loved his wife Sara that much (and his unborn baby as well) to do so. Whilst the audience is able to intellectually understand that Scofield and Sara love each other by way of them saying those words to each other every so often, physically and emotionally it is hard to buy that this couple was that connected to sacrifice their lives for each other!

Simply having characters mouth the word “love” doesn’t make the audience believe that they are in love when the chemistry simply isn’t there, and the emotional connection seems non-existent. A husband dying for a wife requires the kind of intense passion and feeling between the two to make it convincing and believable, and in this case the couple didn’t have anything close to that and so the intended depth of Scofield’s sacrifice didn’t quite translate from the screen onto the audience. It’s a shame that there wasn’t more effort on the part of the writers and/or the actors to portray this relationship more convincingly, otherwise Scofield’s sacrifice would’ve been even more explosive and impacting than it was.

Also, the final scene between Sara and Scofield, where he tells her that he’s not going to survive connecting the live wires, and Sara leaves her husband to carry out his plan without any qualms that her husband is going to be killed, all the more portrays their relationship as unrealistic. There wasn’t any sense of desperation and anguish in that scene at all, whereas any newly married husband and wife would have been clinging to each other, in utter despondency, in such a dire situation. A wife who’s in love with her husband wouldn’t leave her husband to die so easily without at least attempting to talk him out of such a sacrifice, or at least showing some gut-aching devastation and anguish at his decision. Also, a loving couple wouldn’t handle a last goodbye and last kiss the way Scofield and Sara did, with such a lack of peril and agony.

Actually, Scofield (and by extension perhaps Wentworth Miller) had better chemistry and a more palpable connection with his brother Lincoln and even with his friend Sucre than with Sara, and perhaps a better alternative would’ve been to have him sacrifice his life for his brother instead, which would‘ve made for a much more convincing and cogent scenario.

In fact, the entire final scene between Scofield and Sara was so unconvincing that when Sara ran out, with that unchanged shocked look plastered on her face, one had to wonder if she really understood what her husband meant — that he was going to kill himself! Sara left Scofield so fast, without much persuasion, or any sense of grief or distress, almost like she was leaving a man she liked a bit and had a one night stand with, and not someone she supposedly loved and who was her spouse!

Also a point of contention is the “coded speech” with which Scofield speaks to Sara. There are times that Scofield seems to not explain things properly, and yet we are supposed to believe that Sara understands him. For example, he hinted around in the last episode that they could start anew somewhere, and Sara seemed to know that he was indicating that he knew about her pregnancy, when the relationship between what he actually said and what he supposedly meant was weak, and the words “I know you’re carrying my child” never actually came out of his mouth. In this episode, Scofield didn’t really explain that he was going to kill himself either and yet Sara is supposed to have understood him? Like Scofield said in his last piece of dialogue, he (or the writers, in other words) spoke too much in code, and it’s just not believable that Sara was able to understand what he meant during those times.

Having said that though, Scofield’s death was absolutely heartbreaking and gripping. We saw Scofield tearing out the wires, and trying to put them together, but then we were given another perspective, and we experienced Scofield’s actual death through the eyes of Sara and Lincoln instead. Granting us the perspective of the two people who loved Scofield the most, instead of showing us Scofield’s perspective of his own death, made the audience feel Lincoln and Sara’s sorrow and misery even more acutely.

By focusing the closing shot on the shut door that enclosed Scofield, and with befitting music, the audience was made to feel the separation between the rest of the gang and Scofield, both physically and spiritually. In that sense keeping the shot on the door just made the audience effectively feel the bereavement that Lincoln and Sara would’ve felt because we were also separated from Scofield and we couldn’t see him either, other than to know he lay somewhere behind that door, and much like the mourning characters, we also knew we’d never see him again.

Also, the closed door symbolized the closure of Scofield, the end of his life, and it also showed that he had come full circle from his start with a shut door in season one by way of his incarceration in Fox River. The door also represented the hopelessness that Lincoln felt as he stared at the door; the hopelessness of no longer being able to save his brother from his fatal end. Hence that scene – Scofield’s death scene – delivered a strong heartbreaking and highly emotive connection to the audience, and it managed to do so without much dialogue at all, with just the simple connotation of the shut door, and suitable music.

It has to be said though that that scene would’ve been so much more effective if Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies had more range and versatility to bring out the magnitude of anguish and sorrowfulness that one would expect when a brother or husband dies so unexpectedly. Instead, for that scene, we got Callies with an unchanging, lackluster look of shock and Purcell did not show enough torment at all (both at hearing of Scofield‘s death and even after when he‘s questioning why his brother didn‘t tell him about his plans). If both these thespians were better at their craft, that scene would’ve been even more wrenching than it was.

Another actress who needs to better her craft is Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, who played Gretchen in a hammed up, over the top way, that made her character unconvincing and cartoonish at best. O’Keefe over-dramatized and over-acted in such an animated fashion that Gretchen ended up as a character that was hard to believe, and hard to swallow.

However, the acting wasn’t of poor quality for every character on the show. Lori Petty (yes, she’s the girl who romanced Keanu Reeves in Point Break) made a dramatic entrance as Daddy, the female inmate who has masculine qualities and has her own “family” in the prison that Sara’s kept in. Petty practically stole every scene she was in, and very easily upstaged Callies (who only seemed to have one expression and spent most of this episode looking at the floor as her one sole acting technique to show fear!). Where Callies brought nothing to her role, Petty brought different subtleties and layers to her performance, and completely overshadowed and took the focus off Callies every time the two of them shared screen space together. Petty proved that very much like William Fichtner, she too effortlessly took the limelight away from the leading stars with her amazing acting technique.

Even Wentworth Miller, whose acting has been regularly bemoaned because of his expressionless face and an over-reliance on brooding and whispering as his main acting technique, finished off this episode with a final scene that he pretty much carried on his own. Whilst Miller still portrayed Scofield in much of this episode rather flatly, by unnecessarily whispering the dialogue at times, and practically over-brooding at every emotional upheaval his character faced, in the last two minutes he delivered the best performance he has ever given in the course of the four years that the show has been on.

Miller talked directly to the camera as Scofield delivered his final words to Sara and Lincoln, and the actor was able to bring in various tiers to both his delivery of the dialogue and his expressions. It’s a shame that Miller seems to have stepped away from acting in pursuit of modeling work in the Far East because that final scene of Prison Break belonged to him!

Also, because of Miller‘s dramatic fluidity and expressiveness in that last performance, the audience is better able to feel the discernible sentiments his character carried at that point. In essence that last scene effectively gripped at the audience’s heartstrings because Miller carried that scene with much aplomb and ability, and also because he was so believable, he compellingly left us with a Scofield who was both melancholic, and yet hopeful. And we didn’t just hear his words, we felt them!

Above all, “The Final Break” proved that Prison Break was back to being fun, fun, fun — something that it used to be but somehow lacked in recent seasons. After enduring unfocused and weak storytelling that made up the other seasons (after an exhilarating first season), “The Final Break” was arousing and moving at the same time, thereby giving this show the perfect send-off into television graveyard land. After the tedious, over-extended, and repetitive season four, it seemed like Prison Break was going to whimper out and fade into oblivion but this encore episode allows the series to end on a high note instead as “The Final Break“ is the best the show has been in a very, very long time!

But alas, the time has come to close the curtain on this series, because admittedly the show has run its course, it has told all the tales it could possibly drum up, and while it proved that it had one more final, splendid story to tell in this episode, and we are glad to have witnessed this last fable, the show is now left empty and dry and it’s time to say goodbye.

 

So I guess in a way, having enjoyed some wonderful episodes, having tolerated a lot of lousy ones, and being able to finish off on a sweetly amazing encore, this is the perfect time and place to walk away from Prison Break because, to quote Scofield, “We're free now… finally… we’re free!"

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About Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

Ex-professor, Ex-phd student, current freelance critic, writer and filmmaker.
  • poor effort

    I couldnt be more dissapointed with an ending like this. After watching many series, Prison Break was oe of the greatest written. The intelligence of the writers was reflected through the brilliant characters, specifically Michael, it was Genius. In saying this i give no credit to a show completely ruined at the unnessesary death of Michael.

  • mad

    I disagree with your comments about SWC her acting was sheer brilliance you tell me you didn’t feel her pain when she was told they would take her baby away from her when she delivered, wow that was for me one of the most powerful scenes that pulled at your heart and felt the pain she was going through. SWC played a terrific role, I feel she was held back a lot giving Wentworth his time during season 4 but the last few episodes when the pregnancy story came to light and SWC had a purpose and some gritty scenes thats what kept me gripped. The chemistry was electric pardon the pun between them but the writers should have given them more time for the emotional connection scenes they were too hurried, hell they gave us 1 minute of a wedding and not even a vow or a kiss which left me feeling short changed as a viewer, I wanted to see the love but no as per usual the writers didnt want us having that they stole that from us for pain and suffering, now if killing Michael in the way they did was the right thing to do I disagree, he should have had that happy life after all the fight to get to where they were and have that magical family they both sorely missed and desired. I loved Prison Break I loved the casting I loved the Michael and Sara connection very much I just wish it ended on a high, good happy endings do not mean a bad ending at all.

  • Ashley

    I agree with most of your review, but overall I think SWC did an amazing job in this finale. The scenes of her in jail and definitely when Michael came to visit her, SWC did a great job.

  • mel

    Sarah Wayne Callies was amazing but the writing really sucks the last two seasons.

  • Mary

    I hate the finale!!!!
    Michael deserves a happy end with Sara and his little son.
    I never buy any DVD!!!!

  • Nova

    I think all the actors were on top of their game, and most of all Sarah Wayne Callies. I have to disagree that she did not have range or versatility through out the movie. Like another poster said, when she was told she would only have 30 minutes to hold her baby, you could see the anguish she was feeling in her eyes, and it was portrayed very expressively. When she said “bye” to Michael after seeing him in the visitation room, it almost broke my heart. And the scene where Michael sees her for the first time with her bruises was very moving and I thought it was portrayed very convincingly by both actors. You could see that they were in pain not being able to be together. I have to say the wedding scene, although far too short was adorable, and if they were given more time, the two actors could have shown more affection. You only have to see the final episodes of the series- 21 and 22 to see that these two actors could deliver great performances together if only they are given more time. I have to say the same thing about the final scene. It was far too rushed, (although I loved the scene where he touches her belly and tells her that he is coming with her).

    The Final Break, as usual, spent too much time on gritty action, bloody fights and useless planning and not enough on the emotional scenes that all these characters really needed in order to portray the heartbreak they felt when parting ways.

  • Lisa

    SARAH WAYNE CALLIES ROCKS!!! Ya hear me!?

  • Lilly

    Michael deserves to live. I wrote an angry email to FOX.

  • Moody

    You writing was biggest bullshit I ever read,You really should get your self new profession cos you really suck, 8 page pooring writing from someone who never understand MiSa or a show..or good acting..You really should just read books and keep your thoughts to your self.[Edited]

  • Stella

    Oh cmon!! Sarah Wayne Callies was amazing!! How can’t you see that? She was the only thing good in the whole episode!

  • Badell

    Sarah Wayne Callies performance in this film for me deserves an award. Very emotional and expressive that words were not required her acting abilities shone through making this her strongest and best performance to date.

  • Runner

    Sarah Wayne Callies was amazing.. and she very talented.

  • komo

    poor story end. thank God Michael is dead now we can watch better series like 24!!!!!!!

  • mayor

    i think u are confuse on how to end story that was why you end it like that. next time make it short but what while

  • nakirwadde hawah

    oh my God, come on, not being shown passionate scenes of michael and sarah doesn’t mean they were not in love…these guys have gone through alot together, they have always been risking their lives for each other that enough can explain to you the chemistry…dah sarah is pregnant or you wanted t be shown how they fathered the baby? so michael sacrificing himself for her and the baby was indeed right besides he was never going to live for long. ok maybe take it like he died so that the baby could live. Hawah. (uganda)

  • munye h

    sarah is the winner……………..

  • scylla

    they shouldnt of killed michael off

  • scylla

    sara rocks

  • sucre

    New Prison break: next generation will be michael’s son who has to break out Lincoln old and grey who gets his ass back in jail somehow!

  • Tsige Biru

    Again I’M telling you that Michael and Sara deserves to live with freedom.

  • jacqui

    okay iv watched prison break religiously and only because iv been waiting for the happy ending but after finding out micheal dies i dont want to now. wot a waste

  • hiwot

    I Love prsion break finalle I appreciate the writer very much

  • ei ei phyo

    i love michael scofield he heee

  • thulim1814

    This has definitely been an interesting read. I have to say this… Firstly Prison Break for all its virtues and sins is not a love story (Wentworth Miller said this in an interview he did) it’s an action/adventure/drama with a love story weaved through it. I don’t ever think the intention of the story was for it to be this big romantic love story between Sara and Michael, and think that this is why we never saw long emotional scenes between the 2 of them and that’s perhaps why they always felt rushed. They scenes I think were designed in such away to constantly remind the viewer that while this relationship was taking place and these 2 people were falling in love it was happening in the midst of all this drama and danger and therefore constantly being interrupted. The couple never really had the opportunity to establish this true connection as though in a love story. This is also what make the story work because you feel that as much they try and want to spend precious moments together they can’t because there is a possibility that around the next corner someone is trying to kill them.

    Secondly…I must be the only person who believes this (and I know i will get slated for this) but I do believe that Michael needed to die, the entire story is based on the idea that we will do whatever we have to, to save the ones we love. Michael started all of this by entering prison to save his brother, of course it should end with his death to save his wife and family. If he was willing to risk everything for Lincoln why not Sara (mother to his unborn child)

    Thirdly…Through out the entire collection of seasons of Prison Break Sara was Micheal’s moral compass (When Michael thought Sara died he ended up being involved in the death of another person and was pre-paired to kill to avenge Sara) so for me Sara is Michael’s redemption in the final episodes. He redeems himself for all the wrong doing (despite being for a good cause they were still wrong) Sara was the one good thing in Michael’s life the person that stopped him from crossing over to a side where there was no return.

    Finally, I agree Wentworth Miller was not the best actor in the series and was definitely out done by some of his cast mates, he definitely lacked range in his acting ability, it always felt as though he was trying just to hard. I do however disagree that SWC was bad, i think her acting ability was limited by mostly Wentworths lack of acting ability, SWC is very talented and has a great future ahead of her given the right scripts and the right direction.

  • EVA

    I FEEL THAT THE END SHOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER ENDING LIKE SARAH HAVING HER HONNEYMOON AND MICHAEL STILL ALIVE,
    I FEEL THAT WHEN SPENT THE MONEY THAT PEOPLE HAVE SPENT INCLUDING ME WHE ARE EXPECTING A BETTER ENDING THEN THIS ONE

  • EVA

    YES THEY WERE FREE BUT NOT TOGETHER LIKE THEY SHOULD BE ENJOYING THE NEW BORN CHILD

  • dia

    i think what ever u hv mentioned is quite right……a great sense of compassion must be needed in a relationship like sara and schofield…..i do agree

  • Amanda

    Some of the ocmments here are pure bull shit and rather unintelligent honestly. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] Good grief! The critics’ comments about the show and about the acting is SPOT ON – SWC and Went are weak acors and the show sucks! [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

  • A. Lenner

    Moody, you should really find a more constructive way to write your comments. A critic does NOT have to love misa to write a review on PB. I found the review insightful and well written, it was not poorly written at all.

    SWC and Went ARE very weak actors.

    If you didn’t have so much anger, and were more coherent, you’d be able to see that. You seem like a fan who is sore about ANY bad review, and that’s not what BC is about.

  • elod7

    SWC is a very talented actress and she will have a great career, this reviewer knows nothing about acting.

  • A.J.L

    SWC is a terrible actress, i concur. How can anyone not see that? Anyone who knows a thing or two about acting can see that her style of acting is limited. I think those who think her acting is good can’t really know about acting at all.

  • gaby

    SWC is a wonderful actress and a lot of people can see that. Look at this great review about it.

    “Sarah Wayne Callies’ Sara Tancredi is the heart of this production. Callies’ Sara is far too rare female seen on television. With no weapons and a feeble frame, Sara embodies the inner strength and determination that many characters–male or female–never have. At one point, Sara is confronted by Daddy in an unguarded area of the prison. Concerned, Sara stoically states, “I don’t know what you want, but I promise you, I will go down fighting.” Those words alone will make you wish FOX had greenlit the Prison Break spin off which would have revolved around this female prison.”

  • Jensley

    Sarah is not terrible, but she’s not good either. I find her mediocre. She doesn’t have any screen presence and her skills in acting are stunted, that may be why she portrays Sara very uninterestingly, and as one dimensional. I find Sara to be the least interesting character on PB, very boring actually.

    Even Amaury Nolasco and Wentworth Miller are better actors than Sarah.

  • emeline

    I think that Sarah Wayne Callies is amazing, she was my favorite as an actor and as a character in PB. She has a great presence on screen.

  • Mary Louise

    I hated the end… You stupid fox people. You made us watch this stupis entire series for nothing. Just to have a crappy end. Piece of trash, idiots… I’m never watching anything from Fox again. And I’m not buying the DVD’s…

  • Marissa

    Mary Louise, calm down! Not ALL TV shows have to end well, if you want fairy tales watch Barney! LOL!

    And i think that SWC is a terrible actress, even worse than Wentworth. She had a total of 2 expressions, she was very limited and boring to watch.

  • mitesh s asawla

    I FEEL THAT THE END SHOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER ENDING MICHAEL STILL ALIVE,IS STORY ENDING ON 11 EPISODE
    IS NOT BETTER ENDING I LIKE THE SERIEL BUT NOT IN ENDING AM NOT HAPPY FOR THAT NOT A GOOD DIRECTER THANK

  • david a

    I would agree that there definitely was not enough emotion and sadness with sara and linc finding that mike was dead. I was like WTF, I’m showing more emotion right now watching it on my computer! Seriously, a little more effort if you please. Even if they were going to go with the notion that sara was in shock, the scene where everybody was quiet in the car was a perfect place for sara to start abruptly balling, to make it seem like she finally understood what had happened. I think that would’ve been a nice touch. And both linc and sara should have been sobbing when they saw the video. Altogether, I thought the acting could have used some work, and it really wasn’t that thrilling, but I kind of expected it. After all, it was really just about explaining how mike saved everybody. I think the writers intended to be a more kind of r.i.p. mike movie, rather than a jam packed thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. By the way, this review makes it sound as if season 4 was some sort of complete waste of time, when it really wasn’t. True, it was repetitive at times, but the first half was phenomenal and the last episode was great too. And yeah, season 3 sucked… Despite all that, GOTTA LOVE PRISON BREAK. I’ll miss the show a lot.

  • Anu

    plz we want michel rebourn

  • Abdul Jabar Maroofi

    I really really love the acting of Michael Schofield and Sara. they really impressed me. The only thing I should say is that the writer should have not write the story like the Michael to be killed. He should have stayed with Sara. But if the writer plans to bring the next parts of Prison Break for us and shows that Michael is alive like Sara was, then we appreciate that dead of Micheal can be a good end for the next Prison Break.

    Dear Writer please make other parts of Prison Break too. I am heartly waiting for that.

  • Abdul Jabar Maroofi

    I am sure coming of Michael alive will be appreciated by all over the world who have seen previous sessions of Prison Break. It really made me sad when I suddenly saw the grave of Michael Schofield and that when Sara left her grave. When I saw Sara that could not hug Michael and could only touch his grave made me to be sad for several weeks.

  • Abdul Jabar Maroofi

    When Micheal was killed and the serial was ended, I felt like I have lost one of my dearest one. I loved the serial the role of Michael and Sara and the pure love that they had.

  • Jessica

    I just want to believe that Michael is still alive and secretly live somewhere where nobody can ever find them..making everybody think he’s dead when he’s really just out there in the ocean with Sara and little Michael Jr… Even if that’s not the case? Its okay as long as I’m happy that I made my ending that way… rather than getting all stress out trying to figure out why Michael has to die…

    • Carlos

      That is exactly what I did just to make the end of this exciting TV show perfect and forget about the strategies of writers, after everything Michael and Sara went thru to save every body else the least it could’ve happened to him was enjoy his baby and make the perfect ending, this show has enough drama, characters killed and not much of happiness which makes it part of the humans feelings. Just a little bit of happiness wasn’t going to hurt.

  • Megha

    I’d been hooked to this serial. I adored Michael and Sarah..I believe the end was really disappointing. It was Michael who made everything possible and he certainly deserved to live a long and happy life with his family. And they killed him off! The end sucks!

  • cillian

    I agree that ending was bad but the fact people are talking about it makes it successful.its exactly wat the writers wanted

  • jj

    After watching all four seasons I just feel like no matter way it ended I would have been left feeling like shit.This will always be my favourite serial of all time.btw Sarah callies is the main reason prison breaks ratings crashed during season 3

  • Jan

    I really liked the final break.

    As a side note: We didn’t see Michael die and a blood report is easily faked! Maybe a season 5 wil bring us Michael as the head of the compagny! ;)

  • cmk

    I disagree with most of you. Alot of the actors were awesome..i personally didn’t like Sarah. Just saying. Each person was greatly suited for each character. This tv show I dunno why people are calling it a film when it’s a tv show.Anyways saying Wentworth was a bad actor apparently you don’t know good acting thats how his character had to be , a bit cold yet had a heart. You could see the passion in his eyes and you can tell the love btwn Michael and Sarah..just because they weren’t making out and groping on each other like two depraved horn dogs doesn’t mean the passion and sincerity wasn’t there ..insont see why no one knows how to read another by now

  • Grey

    I don’t know what happened but after the little bit of emotional connection between Michael and Sarah in season 1, I was expecting the writers to develop more on that and show them more emotionally and sexually connected. Why they didn’t play up a little (we didn’t need a lot), cause a little can go a long way, we will never know. It is almost like the two actors could no longer stand to touch/kiss each other and the writers had to write it the hurried way they did. They also flooded it with a lot of action/violence when they should’ve balanced the seasons a little better.

  • Hi

    Ending was perfect “we are finally free”

    • Jay Redd

      Have to disagree. If Michael truly believed death was synonymous with freedom then what was all the struggling to stay alive through 4 seasons about. By that logic he deprived Linc of his “freedom” by helping him escape fox river. Linc would have achieved his “freedom” by dying in the electric chair. Michael’s definition of freedom in his final video kinda contradicts everything they fought so hard for. Just my opinion.

  • Camcam

    The ending sucked! I expected the whole season for them to finale be happy together, and that never happened! But I have to say that the actors especially Sarah and Wentworth were absolutely breathtaking. But I wished they showed more scenes of them as a couple, because it was way too much fights and action instead of them just being cute and in love. Kind of disappointing, but still pretty good. It made me cry….

  • AJ23Jumpan

    season 4 got over extended IMHO. Take away Scofield’s mom from the equation and that would probably save like 10 episodes. She died anyway. Plus she didnt care about his sons so her story was a bit–out of place. And the question still remains: why didnt they seek out the help of my boy Kellerman when Sara got incarcerated.

  • Jay Redd

    This series was excellent throughout the entire run….but they stumbled at the finish line. This is one show where killing off the main character actually did more harm than good. With all that they went through, dodging the constant barrage of bullets, the countless betrayals, and the endless pursuits, to have Michael undoing come in the form of a circuit box (although ironic, seeing as how Linc was the one originally suppose to die by electricity in a prison). Is kinda……well…..lame. Michael was much too smart to meet his end in such a manner, even under pressure, he was quick on his feet in far more dire circumstances to be bested by a fuse box. (for lack of a better term). And the whole brain tumor angle should have been left in the past. I can understand Michael’s sacrifice, but I think it should have been Sarah’s freedom in exchange for his own scenario, instead of killing him off. Sometimes the less dramatic option is the most effective, and I think it would’ve been a better alternative for this series. I would’ve rather seen Michael standing next to the circuit box with that smug smile on his face while the FEDS arrested him, especially since they were hellbent on stopping him and they failed. They could have sent him back to Fox river, and ended with Linc coming to visit him with an escape plan, bringing the show full circle. Just would have made more sense IMO. Other than that, great show, ending just kinda hurt the overall product.

    • Stanley Robert

      The last episode “final break” was brilliant. Nice moves and planning to rescue Sara Tancredy. But the finishing was somewhat not pleasing reason being Michael Scofield should have been given the chance to see his son and have an enjoyable life free from the usual running. Michael was told by his brother Lincoln that his unborn child was going to enjoy stories about his dad that they never did with their father. This was something that Michael should have done himself to his son. But not his (the son) mother or uncle.

  • C

    the ending is so sad still have to watch the final break. Cant get over the fact that michael really died..

  • portapetey

    So, he can break out of prison – what, four times? – defeat a worldwide conspiracy involving multinational corporations and all levels of government and law enforcement, run through hails of bullets barely touched, MacGyver pretty much any object in any room to save everyone around him, and could probably defuse a nuclear bomb if you gave him one, but he can’t put on a friggin’ pair of rubber gloves and boots? It was a pretty absurd show all along, but that was almost a perfect level of stupidity to cap it all off.

    Still beats the Lost ending, though…

    • Mike Cirka

      “Still beats the Lost ending, though…”

      You didn’t get it did you? Most people who say that didn’t get it…

      • portapetey

        Enlighten us.

        • Mike Cirka

          There were all alive… Not dead. They were only dead in the flash side-ways during the last season, which is actually a flash-forward, I guess since it takes place decades in the future after they’re all dead. Of course that’s just 99% of the reasons I hear for people not liking the end of Lost. For all I know you actually have some legitimate reasons for not liking how it ends… So why, exactly, didn’t you like the ending, out of curiosity?

          • portapetey

            Everyone knows that the “alternate universe” is where they all waited for one another to catch up after they dies (at different times). Who wouldn’t “get it?” The island and everything that happened on it were real. And it was still a really disappointing ending.

          • Mike Cirka

            You’d be surprised… Like I said, almost everyone I’ve talked to who didn’t like the ending just didn’t understand what was going on. You actually just didn’t like the ending, though, so I can’t fault you for that. To each his own.

  • Mike Cirka

    Personally, though it wasn’t bad (I was worried it would be bad) I still didn’t like the last break. It felt like an unnecessary addition. We already saw that even after the surgery, Michael was still getting nose bleeds, and I just assumed that he died from his brain tumor. I can only assume that this was just a f*** you to anyone at the end of season 4 who thought he might still be alive somewhere, since we didn’t actually see him die. The end of season 4 would have been a better ending point, IMO, since a brain tumor was the one thing he couldn’t control and beat. Plus that would have given him time to see his son born, and live with his family a bit before his death. Also, seeing how Mahone screwed him over in The Final Break (revealing the camera’s blind spot was the indirect cause of Michael having to kill himself to save Sarah) makes his appearance in the final episode at Michael’s grave a little strange, since he clearly doesn’t consider himself a major reason for Michael being dead (plus it created retroactive anger that he gets a happily ever after with his fellow agent). I get the irony and full-circle bit of him winding-up being electrocuted in a prison at the end of everything, but that just seemed forced and unneccessary to me.

    • portapetey

      And something someone like Michael would have very, very easily figured a way out of…

      • Mike Cirka

        lol. Yeah, that too.

  • Jimmy Dromgoole

    One question. I watched the whole series, but I didn’t catch how Michael died. It just showed his gravestone at the end and I was just shocked and couldn’t believe how they could put that in the script without even explaining how he died. I’m so confused. Please help me.

    • Aaron

      Before that when him and Sara are on the beach he gets a bloody nose leading you to assume his brain tumor came back

    • Alison

      If you watch the final break you will see that he kinda blew up:)

  • martin

    If mahone didnt snitch on micheal on the fbi that there was a blind spot that the cameras couldnt see in the woman jail, michael could have gotten away with sara through there and could have alittle more time with her. am i right or did i miss something?

    • Alison

      I guess you are right, but if you have a tumor in your brain, you usually don’t have much time left, and that time when you can’t move, talk, eat or anything isn’t that much of a life:)