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Prison Break: The Mother Lode

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 18th 2009 1:23PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) learn the dangers of hitchhiking as they make their way to Miami.
(S04E17) "She used to bake cookies when we came home from school." - Michael

For some reason all I could about during this episode was Cartman whining, "But Mooooommmm." Life sucks when your mother tries to kill you, huh? Prison Break's return saw a lot of action, but like most episodes, a lot of it was filler. It's still unclear as to what the precise end game for Scylla is going to be, but one thing is certain - the addition of Kathleen Quinlan as Lincoln and Michael's mother Christine has added a new layer of tension to the show that had been sorely lacking for the first leg of the final season.

It goes without saying that Prison Break is loaded with loose ends and plots that don't always make a lot of sense, but it's still fun to watch. By far the most intriguing story is the power play going on at The Company. I still can't really decide if Cristina is good or bad. The end of the episode when she greenlit a sniper hit on Lincoln would seem to make that answer clearer, but for me, it just made it more confusing.

She obviously has no qualms about killing. She ordered a hit on Krantz and then had Oren killed when he blundered it, so the green light on Linc wasn't so much of a surprise but rather what you would have expected. I think she genuinely would like her boys to live, but if they keep getting in her way, it makes it tough for her to do nothing.

The million dollar question is what happens in two days? Something big is going down based on Cristina's request to Lincoln as well as the guns and IDs that Mahone and T-Bag found. Speaking of those two and Self - they're a great team and it's actually been refreshing to see them working together so cohesively. As a fan of this show, it's always been tough to root against someone like T-Bag despite his crimes. So it's good to see him being a team player.

Questions:

  • Who was in Self's envelope? Was that picture of his wife? Sister? She looked far too young to be his mother.
  • Who sent the bogus state trooper after Michael and Sara? The guy claimed it wasn't Krantz. The safe answer would be Cristina. Maybe she needs Michael's brain power to figure out something for her endgame? Regardless of who's behind it, how did they track the two of them in the back of that truck? Does one of them of have some kind of device on them they don't know about?
  • How the hell did Krantz cut through a seat belt with a wine cork screw? No way.

One other interesting thing was that comment that Cristina made about The Company - it bends to the will of its head. Hence, things are rough right now because Krantz is in charge. So far though, she hasn't really proven that she'll run it any differently. Wouldn't it just be easier to tell Lincoln the whole truth and get him on your side? I thought she was supposed to as smart, if not smarter, than Michael?

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Benjy

Don't sweat the technology issues. Do you know how much of that "cutting edge equipment" on shows like CSI is just a product of special effects and really doesn't exist?

On to the show: It always amazes me on this show how much circumstances dictate alliances. Teams swtch up so much on Prison Break that my head can spin at times. So now we have T-Bag, Mahone, Self, and Linc working together. Great team up and T-Bag definitely holds his own. I'd still like, however, to see T-Bag get what's coming to him in the last episode.

Cristina is like the Anti-Michael. He learned all of his planning skills from his mother. She's perhaps the only person who can out-manuever him. It's great to see Michael have a mental adversary who matches him move-for-move coming down to the home stretch. And any person who is willing to sacrifice so many pawns (including her own children) is one to watch your back around. Make no mistake: Cristina is ruthless.

Seeing Krantz almost buy the farm was priceless. At last the master manipulator is being hunted. How does it feel, Pad Man? And Cristina's conversation with him showed just how dangerous she really is.

The show was all over the place. Very kinetic. And lots of action. I'm looking forward to these final six episodes.

April 20 2009 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Surely the company stuck some tracking device in Michael's head. He'll come up with some electro-macgyver way of shocking himself to disable it. Lame.

So we know Linc doesn't get killed, so next week's episode has to start off with their mom saying "no, wait, never mind, don't shoot" or the guy shoots and misses - or someone randomly walks up behind the shooter and kills him right before he can pull the trigger. Lame.

I don't know why I still watch this, I think it's just because I've watched the first 2 great seasons, stuck it out through the horrible 3rd season, and now despite the pain I just want to see how it all wraps up. I have too much time invested in not nowing how it ends, however lame that will be.

April 19 2009 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

so, one of the microchip embedded $500 super security keys opened a glass patio door?
i try not to focus too hard on the unbelievable aspects of the show but that little detail really bothered me.

April 18 2009 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GamerJunk.net

It was a crazy episode. My favorite part was T-bags quick movements to dodge the bullet and disarm the guy with one hand. That was awesome.

I also found it interesting that clamp broke when Michael was trying to break out of the truck, almost as if that was intentional from his mother. Predicting his move. He got out but it caught my attention. Prison Break is always known for small details that you overlook.

April 18 2009 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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