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Prison Break: Scylla/Breaking and Entering (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 2nd 2008 12:03AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) reunite on the two-hour Season Four premiere episode of Prison Break.
(S04E01/S04E02) "Yeah well, a lot of people that believed in me in the last few months Agent Self... not all of them are alive today." - Scofield

I've always loved Prison Break. I still do. We're four seasons deep now and I've fully accepted the fact that this show is constantly reinventing itself and as a result, the level of ridiculousness that you as a viewer need to be willing to eat is absurd. I'm not sure if I laughed louder when T-Bag adopted a cannibalistic lifestyle or Linc called the new guy Roland a douche. Oh right... and Sara is alive. So don't act surprised by the picture. But we knew that anyway. FOX didn't even try to keep that one a secret for us.

Picking up three weeks after Michael and his merry band of fugitives busted out of Sona, he's hot on the trail of Whistler, Gretchen, and Mahone all in an effort to get revenge for Sara's death. Needless to say, it was painful to watch all this play out as we knew she was alive and breathing. When Michael finally did meet up with her near the end of the first episode, it was quite possibly one of the flattest and most anti-climactic reunions in TV history. I'll get back to this though.

In those three weeks, a lot happened. Linc settled down to a nice life with Sofia and LJ in Panama. Sona burned to the ground and T-Bag, Sucre, and Bellick all escaped. And Pad Man (or as Gretchen calls him, "The General") really started knocking some heads around at The Company.

Then, in classic Prison Break fashion, everyone broke the law inside of five minutes of each other, and ended up in the same room with the show's newest addition, Homeland Security Agent Don Self (Michael Rapaport). Do what he wants and you're all free - finally. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

He wants to take down The Company - something they can all agree on. The first step is stealing Scylla - the encrypted files that contain all of The Company's dirty secrets. Which brings me back to the beginning and what Whistler, Gretchen, and Mahone were all doing. That got botched up and Pad Man's newest errand boy Wyatt (Cress "Bailey's husband on Grey's Anatomy" Williams) popped -- wait for it -- Gretchen and Whistler. Two series regulars dead just like that. So imagine my surprise at the end when we found out that Wyatt actually kept Gretchen alive. No! Not on this show! So help me... if Whistler shows up next week with his brains tucked back into his forehead...

That won't happen, Whistler has to be dead - which leaves open a ton of questions. First off, if he and Mahone were indeed working against Gretchen (remember, he and Mahone had that meeting in the bar at the end of the last season), then why did Whistler hand off his one copy of the Scylla card to Stuart, who's clearly working with Pad Man? Or is Stuart actually one of the good guys and he too is just trying to take down The Company? That whole connection was extremely ambiguous. Because if he is one of the good guys, then why would Self have enlisted Scofield and Co. to steal from him? Back and forth, back and forth. I should know better by now.

Self's plan has me worried though. The obvious question? Aren't there better people to pull off something like this? I'm thinking yes but that doesn't really matter. Stealing one Scylla memory card would have been OK, but then Sara made the Odyssey connection and realized that there are five more pieces to go. See what I mean by reinvention on this show? From fugitives to spies.

More thoughts...

  • I had no idea people could heal that quickly from extensive full upper body laser tattoo removal!
  • Are we just forgetting about Sofia and LJ? What happened to them after Linc got busted?
  • Back to Sara and Michael. Is her return to the show that big of a deal? What does it actually add? It's not like she knows some huge secret that supposedly died with her. That and the whole awkward reunion mess and I'm honestly wishing her head was actually in that box. That could change though. We're only two episodes in and maybe something will happen to change my mind.
  • Alright, I'm reaching back to season two here, but didn't Bruce Bennet give up Sara to the police or The Company? I don't recall precisely, but I could have sworn he was one of the bad guys. If so, why did Wyatt need to sedate him to get answers? Or more importantly, what was in it for Bruce to bail out the brothers? Penance for actions past?
  • T-Bag roasted a fat Mexican man on a small fire and ate him. WOW. A cannibal plays a key role on this show now! Amazing. He's got the bird book, but what exactly did he uncover from the late Whistler's locker at the bus depot? Looked like a fake ID and a credit card, but what's in the folder? More importantly, did T-Bag memorize everything on the pages he ate from the bird book? Nice to see that he did right by Sister Mary Francis though... you know - before he ate a guy.
  • I'm hoping that there's more on Don and his connection to Linc and Michael's father. I know he's dead, but I've always hoped that he'd somehow play a bigger role in the show's over-arching plan.
  • I also hope we get more on Jasper, Don's car salesman, "ex-Company" man.
  • Maybe I'm just not up to date on technology, but is something similar to what Roland invented even possible?
  • Sucre finally got to see his daughter (but no Mari Cruz) for about eight seconds until Mari Cruz's sister turned him in. Didn't Mari Cruz tell her anything about what happened south of the border?
  • I appreciated the fact that numerous little tidbits from seasons past were brought up - Scofield's Czech wife, europeangoldfinch.net, the paper maché rose, D.B. Cooper's money, and the return (and murder) of Mahone's wife Pam. It's nice to know that not everything on this show gets forgotten.
  • What's the significance of Michael's nosebleeds? Clearly he's sick, but are we supposed to interpret that as an early indicator of this being the final season of Prison Break? Without Michael, this show doesn't work.

Overall, a decent two-hour premiere. It would have been foolish to have expected anything more from Prison Break than what we got. It's the Cadillac of bad TV. So corny, so cheesy... I can't get enough.

What was the most ridiculous moment in the Prison Break premiere?
Sara is alive174 (21.8%)
Gretchen is alive59 (7.4%)
Whistler getting killed61 (7.6%)
T-Bag eating a man504 (63.2%)

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nour

hey guys i want to watch prison break season 4 so please if anyone knows a free site tell me

November 01 2008 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeffx

What ever happened to DB Cooper's money? Last I remember, it went off the dock into the water during the fight with Mr. Kim, but the police came before Michael or Sarah could do anything about it.

September 09 2008 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

It wasn't just TVSquad, Sarah being back was reported in serveral places prior to now including on TV.

September 03 2008 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
episodev

doh!

I recorded this episode and had no idea that Sarah was coming back!. That picture really put the kibosh on that surprise.

fyi, I only read tvsquad about once a week because I worry about spoilers, some how I was lucky to miss your earlier stories about Sarah being back, but I guess not so lucky this time. :(

September 03 2008 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
delpiero

people, about the scylla card... don't you see how stupid it is? if they needed the original, both the company and whistler, it means that a copy is meaningless. so the whole point of the device is stupid - it makes a copy! and they need the original. maybe they'll realize it after getting all 6 cards. maybe they just ignore it. i agree that this wireless card is moronic, as if they'll be needing cards anyway... the show went downhill. it sux completely now...

September 03 2008 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dana

FYI... you don't need to original to read the information which is all the scofield team is trying to do - find out what the company is hiding in order to bring them down. The reason the head honcho behind the company was so hard up about having a copy is b/c they don't want that kind of information leaking if it gets put in the wrong hands. They just wanted to make sure that the only copies of scylla that existed where in the hands of the company and nobody else. It wasn't that you couldn't read the info form a copy of it... So a copy will do just fine for Michael and his crew.

September 03 2008 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jayr2345

Honestly I enjoyed that. Yeah you gotta swallow some stuff but as a dedicated viewer of shows like this you learn to do it to get to the real entertainment value. The whole Sara thing wasn't too bad given the fact that we knew LJ said he heard Sara get killed. Plus the fact that when Linc found the box he just took like a one second look and assumed it was Sara (who could really blame him, I find a box with a head in it I aint takin a second look). Although I felt where they took a misstep was the whole Sona buisness. I'm fine with Sona burning down but let me see it. I can wait a couple more eps for T bag to meet up with the others, plus we could see more supporting characters from Sona. It just kinda felt like the producers were like, lets just say Sona burned down and get it out of the way so we can move on.

September 02 2008 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

"She doesn't look half as good as she did before"

Childbirth and taking a year off work to take care of said child will do that to you. :-)

"I just really want to know what that nosebleed is about. It could just be from extreme stress."

Deviated septum.

"even more ridiculous than T-Bag eating a man was how quickly that guy was ready to eat T-Bag."

Okay, that made me laugh out loud at work. Thanks. :-)

September 02 2008 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chester

Well they did not show Gretchen being killed so my money is on a return from her to help the dirty dozen half pack.

September 02 2008 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

The show is becoming The Dirty Half Dozen...

September 02 2008 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hugeliver

Michael Rapaport is the Ted McGinley of our time.

September 02 2008 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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