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Prison Break: Good Fences

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 8th 2007 11:28PM
Lincoln and Michael(S03E04) "I don't need to know how to change a diaper to know when it stinks to high hell." - Bellick

Well there you have it. "What's in the box" turned out to be what we all expected. For those that thought there was still a glimmer of hope that we might see more of Dr. Sara Tancredi this season, you can stop holding your breath. I suggest reading that link (it's from Ausiello over at TV Guide) with an open mind. You'll know what I mean after you skim through it. Anyway, upon opening up his little gift from The Company, Lincoln saw the worst -- Sara's head neatly wrapped up in some decorative tissue paper.

If only Michael knew that his one true love was dead and gone. Something tells me Linc was weighing his options by not telling his brother the truth though. Saving only L.J. might not be enough to keep Michael in escape mode.

That's the beauty of this season, much as it was in the first. It doesn't matter who you kill off or who you add to the mix. The goal remains the same. As Michael proved in this episode, all that matters is who you can manipulate to achieve that goal.

I didn't expect Michael to have a plan implemented just yet. Granted, it's still in the early stages but it's also steps ahead of what I expected by episode four. However, I do think that it's a little less dramatic since he's making it all up as he goes along rather than glancing under his left armpit for the next tattooed instruction. Still, I am enjoying the manipulation. It's making the show for me right now. Lechero has no idea that Michael electrified the fences and Bellick paid for it in the end with that hot cup of coffee poured on his back. I almost wonder if Michael pushed all that dirt into the breaker box just so Bellick would think something was going on. Sort of an impromptu set-up on Michael's part.

One of my biggest complaints so far has been the worthlessness of characters like Mahone and Sucre. Consider that fixed. Both men have now been given a point to be on the show. Sucre is the new gravedigger. It's a perfect situation for him. He can make money to send back home to his family and help Michael escape at the same time. By spraying the chemical meant for the dead bodies onto the fence, the electricity heats it up and according to Michael, it'll rot through steel. Hello hole in the fence. Next step? Getting rid of the guards with guns. How's he going to create a diversion that will actually get all those guys out of their towers though?

Mahone has a different story. Michael has been jerking him around, giving him pointless tasks to make him feel involved and Mahone didn't really think twice about it. That was until he started with the withdrawal symptoms coupled with hallucinating images of Haywire. Throw in a drug addiction courtesy of the newly appointed prison drug czar T-Bag, and Mahone got his faculties back. So it seems that for the rest of the season, he's going to be quite the thorn in Michael's side unless he has an active involvement with the escape. At least we know he won't be seeing images of Tweener.

Other stuff on my mind...

  • I'm not sure I really care what Whistler did. Unless it's something horrible or utterly amazing, I really don't think it will impact the story. You still need to get him out of prison. Mark my words though because I'm calling it now -- whatever conspiracy he's tied into will end up being a big disappointment.
  • I wish Lechero had been a bit more lenient on Bellick. I liked the little dynamic developing between him and Lechero. Bellick got fooled and was just trying to pass on some advice. Even though Michael covered his tracks this time, I think it's safe to say that Lechero's curiosity has been peaked piqued.
  • Sooner or later, McGrady is going to want more answers from Michael.
  • Why try and make Susan B. Anthony compassionate and cold all at the same time? I don't get her character though. What about her involvement made her the right pick to handle the duties as Lincoln's pseudo-handler?
  • Michael will hear about Sara somehow. That won't be good because he is going to be PO'ed with his brother for keeping mum.

Now I mentioned that Whistler has to have done something pretty crazy for me to really care. What if it is something horrible though? How's Sofia going to react to that? Already, she seems like she doesn't know him that well. She might be the lynch pin for this whole operation and if it turns out that she gives up on Whistler, then what's Lincoln going to do? I don't actually see that happening... just a thought. I guess my point is that Lincoln needs some better roadblocks on the outside. He's not hitting any bumps in his quest. Sure, Sara's head was a traumatic thing to see and all the deaths are weighing on him, but he's not slowing down. Give this guy some obstacles already.

What do you think Michael will do when he finds out Sara is dead?
He'll take out his anger on Whistler and kill him.32 (6.6%)
He'll pick up a smack addiction with Mahone.32 (6.6%)
He'll still break out so he can kill those responsible.419 (86.7%)


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Travis

I think it's all a hoax for us the viewers and Linc. It's not really Sara's head. Hopefully we will find out by season's end...

October 15 2007 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eustacia

SAVE THE GOOD DOCTOR!!!: http://community.livejournal.com/savethegooddr/5171.html

October 14 2007 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eustacia

SAVE THE GOOD DOCTOR!!!: http://community.livejournal.com/savethegooddr/5171.html

October 14 2007 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dil

PRISON BREAK IS SO AMAZING!

October 12 2007 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mary

so. johnny, did fox sent you a box with a (fake) "bloody" female's head inside, holding a disc for that episode in it's mouth, like last season with "T-bag's hand"?

October 12 2007 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Monica PL

Why killing Sara... ;(;(;(
I love this serial but that is out of the question! You mustn't do it! ;(;(;(;(

October 12 2007 at 7:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

The red lights at the bottom of the screen (on many of the Fox primetime shows, not just PB) are probably the beginning of a promo for The Sarah Connor Chronicles... if you can, pause the image & look closely at the lights. You can start to see the outline of a Terminator face around them...

October 11 2007 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fred

I think they did all they could with Sona and much more, they need to have Michael initiate his escape very soon, they need to have things to go unexpectedly and badly wrong, they need to shake things up so that maybe we care, when he goes after all those responsible for Sara’s death.

http://88.191.26.34/i_watch_tv/2007/10/10/prison-break-good-fences/

I'm not only sad to see her go, but the way she did just feels quite wrong.

October 10 2007 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blair M

I am seriously impressed with the writers of this show. They managed to bring Bellick from the brink of "so pathetic you can't even enjoy his suffering" right on back to "evil douche whose suffering brings you great pleasure."

October 10 2007 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I saw the 2 red lights, too! Just for a few seconds, right at the :28 mark. I doubt they're there intentionally; I think it's just a technical glitch. But in every episode, at the same time? It's very strange.

October 09 2007 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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