(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.
(S03E12) "Screw you Mahone." - Lincoln
Is it just me, or was it relatively easy to break out of Sona? When compared to Fox River, it was cake! No tattoos required -- just dig a hole and run. And before you say, "but what about all those guards with guns," look at it this way: they're what made it easy! And Michael used it to his advantage. He gave them something to occupy their time (allowing Lechero, T-Bag, and Bellick to go first and get caught) and then he, Whistler, Mahone, and McGrady pretty much just walked through the hole in the fence. So, with that in mind... remind me again why The Company had to use Michael to get to Whistler?
(S03E11) "Welcome to the coal mine, canary." - T-Bag
And the escape is on! I honestly can't say why I like this season of Prison Break so much. It's far from being the edgy show that it was during its first season and at the same time it's miles ahead of last season's manhunt mess. Maybe it's simply due to the fact that there literally isn't much else on TV right now and as a result, it's good by default. But after tonight's episode, I'm leaning more towards the unpredictability factor.
(S03E10) "If he doesn't take you, I will." - Lincoln
Well isn't that special. Lincoln's got a crush on Sofia. Not like we didn't see that coming. All that's missing now is the clichéd scene where something stressful happens, they lock eyes, and start sucking face amidst all the chaos of planning an inmate bust. You know it's coming. Here's the real question though: what are the chances of finding a gift shop that sells Eiffel Tower keyrings in Panama City?!?
(S03E09) "Let's see if he has the tattoo to get out of that one." - T-Bag
Prison Break may not be the best thing on TV at this point, but hey - at least it's new. It's been over two months since the mid-season finale and I was a little sketchy on what had happened previously, but this was never a show that required much thinking. Once the action started, it was easy to figure out what everyone was up to. You know... breaking out of prison.
(S03E08) "Take them all out." - Gretchen
The writer's strike hits again. We were supposed to get five more episodes before this season's fall finale. Instead we got a plain ol' ending comparable to any regular episode of Prison Break. Certainly not what I would have expected based on this show's history. It's not a bad thing, just disappointing. I understand the need to stockpile and space out the dwindling supply of new episodes, but it's unfortunate that it results in segmenting seasons in such sloppy fashion. Enough with the complaining though. The writer's strike is happening and we knew what to expect. If you can look beyond that, this episode really was quite good. It left us with plenty of questions to ponder as we wait for Prison Break to return in January.
(S03E05) "If we're going to get around these guys, we gotta get to know them." - Michael
Well, I suppose we were due to get an episode like this one. Slow, annoying, and for the most part, filler. Just a way to hash out a story that isn't fully conceived and doesn't depend on guaranteed accuracies. If we've learned one thing from Prison Break, it's that its not meant to be taken seriously. However, and this is just my opinion, that sub-conscious effort to disregard how foolish this show gets sometimes actually makes the bad stuff stick out even more for me.
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.
(S03E03) "I think I've heard that one before." - Michael
So... what's in the box? It's a simple question, used time and time again. The film Se7en pops into my mind. We've known for a while that Sarah Wayne Callies wouldn't be reprising her role on Prison Break and we finally saw her body double in this episode. Maybe it's too early to kill her off but it wouldn't surprise me if "what's in the box" offers the producers and writers behind this show an easy out.
That being said, my gut tells me it'll probably just be a finger wrapped up in some tissue paper. If they do kill Sara off, there goes the biggest incentive Michael has to get Whistler out of Sona. Sure, The Company would still have LJ and we know family is big deal with Michael... but it's still not the same, you know?
(S03E02) "I was sent to get you out of here." - Michael
And so the plot unfolds. I'll tell you, two episodes in and this is already infinitely better than season two of Prison Break. You know why? They're back in jail. The one thing that made the show great in the first place has been given new life. Rather than an entire country at his disposal, Michael now has only a few hundred jail cells surround by iron bars, brick, and concrete. It feels tense and more importantly, the eerie feeling of claustrophobia is back as well. The title of the show is applicable once again too.
(S02E20) Even though I loved this episode, I watched the whole thing in fear of suddenly hearing the Van Halen song.
I love it when the show starts out with pure action. Sucre and Bellick chasing down T-Bag was a great way to begin the episode. I guess it's no accident that Bellick continues to team up with the escapees to get his job done. Clearly he has more in common with them than he realizes.
I'm also very happy that C-Note survived. I was getting tired of Mahone's "final solution." Let's not forget, aside from Linc, C-Note is the only escapee who was actually innocent. Seeing him walk out of prison with his family was awesome. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of him, but at least his family is relatively safe.
Who does the least work? Danielle.
Who never shuts up? Courtney.
Who mistakenly believes they are running this game? Shane.
Who would you trust with your life? Cirie.
Who would you not trust to watch your back? Terry.
Who is the biggest poser? Courtney.
Who is the moodiest? Shane.
Who most easily succumbs to intimidation? Courtney.
Who is the most annoying person? Courtney.
Who would never survive on their own? Cirie.
Over at La Mina, they are minnow eating and male bonding as Nick and Dan discuss Dan's astronaut days. Meanwhile, Sally the Spear Dropper is the odd girl out. Usually the tribe that is fighting is the tribe that is losing. La Mina, the tribe which has been struggling, are contented. Starving, but contented.
Now this is pretty interesting. As you may recall, before Jeff Probst left Misty to fend for herself in last Thursday's season premiere of Survivor Panama: Exile Island, he informed the cast of a hidden immunity idol on Exile Island. He also told Misty that he had given her the first clue. Well what the heck was it? Probst pointed out some of the amenities the island had to offer including the above pictured barrel of dirty water.
Now thanks to our friend CygnusTM, you can see two letters (a 'Y' and a 'C') clearly outlined in red. The letters seem to be carved into the trunk of the tree. Someone obviously did it, so the question is whether or not they actually contain any significance? Probst made sure he emphasized the question of "Why?" to Misty, as in "Why you?" since she was the first guest of Exile Island. So why the letter Y?
Now if you ask me, it seems odd that they would place the idol so close to where the survivors get dropped off (if it is indeed near the tree carvings). Wouldn't it make more sense to hide it in the deep recesses of the island where it's harder to find? Although I suppose if it's easier to locate, it'll create a lot more drama later on in the season when someone finally does figure out its whereabouts.
No long death hike this time -- we begin with a challenge to get fire. The first challenge is to smash skulls and find an amulet. The first three tribes get a flint, the last tribe gets to send someone to Exile Island. Austin, Terry, Ruth Marie and Danielle get chosen. Terry is the first one back, bringing the amulet to the older guys, Austin is second for the young guys, and Ruth Marie is third bringing it up for the older women. Danielle volunteers to stay on Exile Island since she lost the challenge but the other young women decide that it is fair to play paper, rock, scissors. Misty ends up on Exile Island. Jeff reveals there is also an immunity idol on Exile Island and that the holder of the idol can wait until after a vote in which they have gotten exiled to use the idol. And with that the Survivors are sent off to make camp.
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