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Prison Break: The Art of the Deal (season finale) - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 18th 2008 9:01PM

Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, L) and Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) plot their next move in the PRISON BREAK finale episode 'The Art of the Deal.'
(S03E13) "You know, you're the first person to ever break out of Sona." - Gretchen

This was a great episode. Really solid and enjoyable. However, you can see why it was originally meant to be the mid-season finale and not a season ender. There are just simply too many questions left hanging and, for lack of a better way to put it, it just doesn't feel right. Fans of Prison Break, you know what I mean. As far as finales go, this wasn't satisfying. While it left me yearning for more, I'm equally annoyed. Plenty of other shows are coming back with four or five new episodes starting in about a month, so why not Prison Break? What really worries me? No word on any sort of renewal from FOX. This very well could be the last we'll see of Michael and Lincoln.

Do I honestly think FOX will can Prison Break? No I don't, but at the same time...it wouldn't surprise me if they did. Even though I'm usually the first in line to rag on how corny and over-the-top this show can be, it's still one of the better programs currently on and it always does pretty decent in the ratings. Plus, with the way this episode ended, a cancellation would create a viewer outcry to rival what happened with Jericho...multiplied by about a thousand.

Alright, let's get to the review. The episode picked up right where we left off last week--with Michael and Lincoln chasing down Whistler. Surprise...they catch him! After about half an hour of cat and mouse positioning between Scofield and Gretchen, the switch finally happens at a museum where the threat of guns was neutralized by metal detectors at the entrance.

Gretchen gives up Sofia and LJ; Michael gives up Whistler. Then came the completely expected bombshell: there are no coordinates. Sofia got PO'ed after hearing that and ran back to Lincoln. More importantly, without the existence of coordinates, what's Whistler's worth? What does he know or do? Is he some sort of agent for The Company just like Gretchen? Not finding that out really bugged me, especially since we probably would have found out next week had this season not been cut short.

Anyway, after some gun fire in the front of the museum (Sofia got shot but survived and will be fine), everyone pretty much walked away and in that regard, it was sort of anti-climactic.

More thoughts...

  • Was there any real point in showing McGrady's happy ending? He was a nice guy and all, but it was total filler and contributed nothing. After he and his dad left the marina, that should have been the last we saw of him.
  • Sucre got tossed into Sona. Not sure how I feel about that. His story this whole season was shaky and didn't really have much direction since he was constantly torn between helping Michael and going home to Mari-Cruz. Maybe his incarceration will create the opportunity to bring her back?
  • Speaking of bringing someone back, nice touch with the flash-back to the day Michael gave Sarah the origami rose.
  • What's T-Bag's end game? Does he have some plan to get out of Sona by using Lechero's money? It's not like he's going to be able to rule Sona since he was handing out hundred dollar bills and preaching equality. But with Lechero dead (Was there ever a doubt that T-Bag wasn't playing him?), it's definitely going to create a power struggle in Sona. Oh and what about the nun? Random to see her back. What's her role in T-Bag's plan, other than holding on to the rest of the cash?
  • Whistler sure gave up on Sofia pretty fast, huh?
  • Bellick falls into the same category as McGrady. He's completely worthless and added absolutely nothing to a majority of this season.

Moving on to the end... Mahone in a bar, sipping his club soda. A stranger approaches. At first, I really thought we were about to witness the return of Kellerman. He could still be alive. We never actually saw Kellerman shoot himself. We only heard a gun go off and saw nothing. Anyway, it was Whistler. Whoa. He and Mahone are in cahoots along with Gretchen. One big ol' Company outing. So now we have more questions. What are they up to and why is Mahone key to the plan?

Plus, as Mahone pointed out, if Gretchen really killed Sarah (which she did), then she's the weak link because Michael will find her. And he has something to go on too. Sofia found Whistler's metal briefcase, remember? All it had in it was some paperwork referencing a guy named Jason Lief. Who the hell is that? Whistler's alias?

That was it. Michael took off on his revenge mission and Whistler and Co. are off doing ___________? I'm trying not to stress about this too much though. Who knows if we'll even get answers. It's too bad the strike prevented the possibility of this episode at least being re-cut. At least they broke out of prison. The title was starting to lose it's meaning...

Should FOX renew Prison Break?
Yes! I need answers!1467 (89.7%)
No way, this show has become ridiculous.169 (10.3%)

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Sara is not really dead. at least there was a comment in the end that lead me to think that. but i will be very dissapointed, and it would seem quite imprudent of fox not to renew this show.

March 01 2008 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cierra carter

it is great!!!!!!!!!!

February 28 2008 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

soo beautfell epside we love here in egypt priosnbreak soo msuh

February 27 2008 at 5:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really loved the song played in the final scene. It was appropriately haunting for the way they left everything. I knew it was that Roy Orbison song Crying, but I didn't know the translation. It's called Llorando (Crying) and it's on the Mulholland Drive movie soundtrack. I wish they had it on iTunes, but I'll probably get the CD anyway.

February 22 2008 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
asmau ghide

i agree with all u said but lets hope they will redeem themselves in season 4- i hope there is one.

February 20 2008 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

prison break has to come back on!! theres still way too many questions that still need to be answered...

FOX will be stupid to end the show like that... and ohnestly i think it will be back

February 20 2008 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have nothing else to say, except, "CONTINUE PRISON BREAK!!!" There are too many questions unanswered!

If you are gonna leave us with a huge cliffhanger, at least continue the show!

Please excuse my anxiety.

February 19 2008 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have nothing else to say, except, "CONTINUE PRISON BREAK!!!" There are too many questions unanswered!

If you are gonna leave us with a huge cliffhanger, at least continue the show!

Please excuse my anxiety.

February 19 2008 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Damn, that chase scene gave me a headache. That was just horribly shot. Please, don't do that ever again. Everything after that I liked. Mahone came back and is once again a "bad guy", T-Bag showed some of the colors that made him such a phenomenal bad guy in the first two seasons, Sucre suffered and Michael didn't get his revenge (why didn't he take the shot?).

The Gretchen-Whistler-Mahone alliance reminded me of one of those Batman supervillain groups. Such a great moment. Hopefully they'll add T-Bag to the group after they go back to collect the book.

I would have liked the episode even more if someone had put a bullet in Sucre's head. That would have been so great and deserved for being a tool and a complete waste of airtime. And I'm also pretty sick and tired of this "Michael outsmarts everyone all the time"-thing.

And Kellerman is definitely dead. Not only would the company saving him ruin the whole redemption-angle he was going through, but just look at the way he was whacked. They shot seven rounds with two shotguns in a tiny space. That's not a very safe way to make sure that you only kill a guard and save a man sitting a foot away from him. He's dead and not coming back.

Anyway, it would truly suck if this indeed was the end (which I don't think it was). Complain all you want, but I for one enjoyed this season and am looking forward to the next one.

February 19 2008 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This wasn't a breathholding season but still better than most tv shows.
For the next season, i hope Scofield will try to escape from a moving ship in high sea (like the one where jack bauer from 24 was hold hostage and send to china), Scofield won't be able to dig this time :D .

February 19 2008 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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