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Prison Break: Shut Down

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 9th 2008 8:01AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) relies on Roland (James Hiroyuki Liao, L) and his computer skills.
(S04E03) "Not every geek with a Commodore 64 can hack into NASA." - Roland

I think we're already starting to see how much of this season of Prison Break is going to play out. A constant struggle for Scofield and his team to deliver while pressure from Don and his Homeland Security buddies continues to weigh them down. I doubt very much that this is the last time the threat of being shut down will be used. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a mention of it every week - we are talking about their freedom after all. With that in mind, get ready to hear something that I imagine I'll probably be typing a lot as I review this season: the hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues!

OK, so first I want to talk about Wyatt and Bruce. Well, more so Bruce. First off, I finally figured out what had been bugging me about him. Last I could remember, he had sold Sara out to The Company after they killed her father Frank. But after re-watching a few episodes, I found what I was looking for. His phones had been bugged. So he was one of the good guys and Sara seeking him out after fleeing Panama all makes sense now, as does his reasons for bailing out the brothers.

But how did Bruce know that Sara was in Los Angeles? I'm sure he knows Wyatt hit her house by now, but I don't think he knew she was in LA now. Regardless, that's what he told Wyatt after hours of truth serum injections. And now he's dead, so there's really no point in trying to fill in all the gaps. Swiss-cheese television my friends.

Moving on to T-Bag, who has quickly become the most interesting character on the show. While everyone else is busy being Don's gopher, T-Bag is hot on the late Whistler's trail. Using the information he found in that packet in the locker, he found a furnished apartment, IDs for Cole Pfeiffer (and alter ego or real name?), and work info. Specifically, for some nondescript sales corporation called Gate. Apparently Cole worked there and was one of the company's top earners.

So what's this all about? Was this what Whistler did for a living before The Company got to him? Or does Gate have some sort of connection to Pad Man's crew? Also, why is the CEO so anxious to meet "Cole?" To be honest, his enthusiasm seemed a little fake and I wonder if T-Bag is walking into some sort of trap?

More thoughts...

  • I know I shouldn't even bother asking, but how exactly did Michael know that all the people at Pad Man's meeting were indeed the final Scylla carriers? Did they all take their cards out of their pocket and raise them to the sky in some sort of evil pseudo-Captain Planet chant?
  • I loved when Scofield knew exactly where the server would be and Roland asked if he was some sort of engineer. Ha! Yeah... you could say that.
  • What exactly are Pad Man and Tuxhorn testing in Laos and why is 10,000 an acceptable casualty rate? What are they building or making? Advanced weaponry? Nukes? Some sort of super bug?
  • Who's the woman in the picture Don looked at? Wife? Sister? Did The Company do something to her?
  • So Pam Mahone is still alive apparently. Wyatt only killed the son. She's in protective custody now and I imagine she was able to ID Wyatt, which would explain how Lang was able to get Alex a file on him. It was good to see Linc finally cut Mahone some slack too.
  • Call me crazy, but shouldn't a multi-national, billion dollar funded, anti-US terrorist group have a better code system than what Michael figured out? First letters only? Putting one piece of paper over the other? I had more intricate codes when I passed notes in third grade.

Alright... ready for it... the hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues! I honestly don't care about that right now though. T-Bag is who we should be paying attention to. I want to know exactly what Whistler was up to in his pre-Sona days. The Gate Corporation? Cole Pfeiffer? How did he get tied up with Gretchen? What else is in that bird book? I need answers.

Which team member has been the most useless so far?
Bellick427 (76.9%)
Sucre44 (7.9%)
Sara70 (12.6%)
Mahone14 (2.5%)

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Anita LaMark

Bang and Burn's episode with Christopher LaMark was well played. I know this young man, he's my son, you will not find a more driven individual, decent and sincere. Give him a chance. He holds a degree in Media, from the University of Houston, interned at Fox 26 News Houston Tx. He has relocated to Los Angeles Ca., to follow his dream. He will make it.


November 06 2008 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad we'll see more Callie Thorne in the future. I think Wyatt is the one to watch the season much like Mahone was in season 2. The show works well when there is an adversary when there is an equal adversary for Michael. Wyatt is more cold blooded than Mahone was, so seeing him in LA definitely ups the ante. T-Bag is a close second in the reason to watch department. I'm not as curious about what Whistler was up to as I am curious about whether T_Bag joins the gang, or just seriously gets his ass kicked by them. I'm also curious as to whether the writers give Bellick his balls back. In seasons 1&2 he was at least a pretend bad ass, so I hope he at least becomes a little useful this season.

September 09 2008 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please GOD no side story with Michael Rappaport!!


September 09 2008 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I kinda didn't watch Prison break for the full season since the first, saw a little of the second and maybe the first episode of the third. This season has got me glued back to the screen and don't think I will be missing an episode.

September 09 2008 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to seth's comment

Well I saw the premiere but missed this episode so...I'll wait until it gets a little more interesting.

September 09 2008 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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