Prison Break: Manhunt (season premiere)
(S02E01) Damn, I love when the fall season starts up again! And what makes it even sweeter is having things start with a show I'm a fan of, regardless of how much I seem to consistently bash it. Case in point -- I was really bothered by how this episode started out. It's as though everything we saw at the end of the first season was forgotten. The escapees were last seen running across an totally open field at night, with helicopters and multitudes of law enforcement hot on their heels. And now we open with the inmates running through the woods, in the daytime, with no choppers in sight. In fact, so few police were chasing the crew that they're able to get away by ducking around a passing train. Grrrr! How I wish to hate thee, Prison Break!
Another somewhat shocker here is how easily the good prison doctor Sara seems to be recovering, after what surely looked to be the end of her. Oh don't get me wrong -- I'm glad she's still around. I just like things put together with a little more sense I guess. Though I will say it's difficult to blame the producers for straying away from the storyline thus far, with an integral member of the cast not re-signing.
Something I especially loved about this episode was how quickly and easily (and more importantly, surely permanently) did away with Veronica. If you've read any of my reviews of this show before, you know how little I could stand her character. She just did not work for me. Then again, where the hell are they going to go with that side of the story now? Did they off veronica as part of the whole Patricia Wettig issue, or was it planned all along?
T-Bag ... they've outdone themselves with this one. You'll get a good look at how evil he truly still is in next week's episode, as if this wasn't enough.
I also really liked William Fichtner as the head of the manhunt. I think his character will add some depth to the show, as we can already see he's got issues of his own to work out.
These shows need to find a better way of surprising us with some of these formulaic situations, like the garage sequences. Did anyone really think Bellick would open the door to the prisoners? Why bother with doing that to the viewers? We're not that dumb!
The message left to Sara from Michael makes me look forward to the rest of this series. If they can pull his promise off well, it'll make it all worth it.
Quote of the episode:
"The problem I find with being 'on a trail' is that, by definition, you'll always be behind your prey."