Wowza. No that’s not a word, but that is my expression. I enjoyed the premiere of Prison Break as it breaks into its 4th season and as far as I can tell, everything we loved about Prison Break is still there.
The suspense, surprises, worries and other twists were there and there was at least one spot that kind of smelled lame. I presume it was to move the story along at a faster clip, but you’ll see what I mean in a moment.
First, this isn’t your normal everyday recap. Nope. That makes sense, being that I’m not your normal, everyday writer! What I am going to do is chat about a few of the characters I saw in the 2-hour premiere and the details from those snippets will fill out some of the storyline.
WARNING: If you have DVR’d the Prison Break premiere for future viewing, there are details and fillers that will spoil the episode if you look for the surprise, shock and awe in an episode. On the other hand, I don’t spell out the order of things, so there still might be some surprise for you… if you dare!
So here we go…
After getting out of Sona, everyone gets busted – again. It goes down real fast and they all end up back in jail. Which is pretty convenient since now a small federal effort (At least that’s what it seems for now) is underway to take down “The Company.”
The brothers Scofield: After Michael hunts down Whistler and our favorite girl to hate, Gretchen, he interrupts a job where they were trying to steal some data off of a weird looking card / device. All in the name of The Company. Gretchen is completely unaware that during the heist, Whistler was doing some side work. He made a copy of the data thingy and passed the copy off someone else.
Michael and Lincoln are brought together with their old gang of associates to get this data back, known as Scylla, for the feds. A new player in the show, Donald Self, is the gangs wrangler and watch dog. (He’s put GPS anklets on everyone to keep track of them, which in itself worries me that somewhere down the road, that technological leash will be exploited by the bad guys in this whole scheme).
Sara Tancredi: The biggest point for me in this season opener is the new loose cannon, Sara. Yes, I said loose cannon, and we’ve got two of them. I think as far as explaining someone’s “death” away as an accidental identification of a severed head in a box in a dark location wasn’t too bad. I’ve seen worse explanations in other shows, so I’m OK with that. But Sarah is having what appears to be real issues with PTS from her torture sessions at the hands of our favorite lying beeotch, Gretchen Morgan.
Bruce thinks: Something is going to go terribly wrong for Sara, in her head. I don’t know when it will pop up, but you know it’s going to be a the worst possible time. And I think it’s the next time she might see Gretchen.
Alex Mahone is the second loose cannon to watch out for. Mahone is in on this party to collect the much coveted components of the Scylla. He’s got great operational insight that helps them locate one person already and I like Mahone as far as taking the action necessary to get a deed done. And done right.
Bruce thinks: With the death of his wife and child at the hands of our newest, soft spoken, torturous bad guy, Wyatt, Mahone now has an inner demon that I predict will get in the way at crucial moments and I’m betting when there’s a well laid plan in place, and he sees the man responsible for the death of his family, he ain’t gonna stick to plan. At least not the groups plan.
T-Bag. Can we ever be rid of Theodore Bagwell (T-Bag)? Well it turns out he has the dead Whistler’s bird book of codes and is making his way to Los Angeles to confront Michael. He’s blaming Michael for a lot and thinks he and Michael are a lot alike and Michael just won’t admit it. Sheesh. He’s got himself a building list of emotional scars going on, starting with his hand. And now, you can add cannibalism to the list of travesties that he blames Michael for. Yeah, yeah… you’ll have to watch the episode to understand that one, but sure enough, he’s got one more emotional scar to pack on top of the rest of his twisted psyche.
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Brad Bellick: I’ve always thought he’s a big mama’s boy, and it was proven quite nicely early on in the premiere. Bellick and Sucre get off a bus after busting out of Sona and Bellick’s mom is waiting for them. He goes running to the car yelling mama! It was a bit frightening to see a grown man do this. I’m scarred for life. He’s in on this suicide chain gang because he was there when Sucre needed back up. No other reason, according to Michael.
Bruce thinks: I have to wonder what Brad Bellick’s role in this whole this is going to be. At least in one scene, they’ve shown that he’s got some intellect as he seems to realize that the feds have collected this bunch of ex-cons as a throw away gang, a suicide gang type thing. Is Bellick really getting smart on us?
Wyatt: The new bad guy. Quiet, subtle, efficient, assassin. Not bad qualities to have when your only assignment from The Company is to kill Michael Scofield and the gang! Very bad qualities to have in someone who is pursuing you because he will stop at nothing to get at you and that leaves a trail of dead or tortured folk in his wake.
Bruce thinks: He’s insidious, dogged and determined. I like him to some extent, but don’t want to see him succeed because I like Michael and his brother too. I’m confused.
Gretchen Morgan: Oh yea, in the front half of the first hour of the premiere, after things went awry with the data theft, the boss asked our lovely forked tongue lady what went wrong and she started trying to explain herself. Then again everything that comes out of this weasel wenches mouth is a lie. The only time she’s being honest is when she kills someone! Any how, the boss man behind it all tells his henchman something to the affect: “You know what to do.” I presumed she had gotten that well earned lead slug in the head thing, but it seems they have her holed up somewhere while they torture her (Serves her right) because they think she knows something.
Bruce thinks: in case you haven’t picked up on it, I really hate this character. I want to be clear on that. I would be surprised if she was in on Whistler’s side deal, but then again, wouldn’t it make sense if she was? Gads, I hate her. Oh sorry.. I’m obsessing. I’d be curious to know her back story. Could make for an interesting spin-off. Of course, I’d hate it but I’d have to watch it.
Roland Glenn: He’s a super genius computer hacker who, we are told, is also working off his potential time by helping the Govt guy, Don Self, take down The Company and is tossed in as an additional team member with the gang.
Bruce thinks: He doesn’t trust this ragweed extra to the team.
Don Self is the special agent / government guy / cop / federal agent in charge of this. I actually am not sure who he is, but in charge and made it possible and got all the guys together, arranging their releases from all their different prisons and other arrangements.
Scylla: The secret data / code thingy they have to get. It’s reported to be the black book of The Company. It’s also the name of a 6 headed mythical monster whom Odysseus has to encounter and that is brought up. The question being, if Odysseus had to sacrifice 6 men to get past the monster, is there a parallel here with Michael’s group?
Bruce thinks: He has a headache now. Is there a relation to the tale, or are we going to start chasing our tails with theories on who the 6 might be?
Didn’t I mention there was at least one lame scene in the show? There was. All I’m going to say is that they somehow manage to infiltrate the heavily fortified house of the boss-man of The Company and steal something from there, all within a few minutes time. Too easy, too clean. I think that whole process could have taken a few episodes, but we were whisked right through it for better, more enduring storyline.
Oh, did I forget something? Well I did leave out interweaving story chunks and characters intentionally, but I think there’s one that might fall under nifty: Michael got his tattoo removed! Michael said to Self… (No, not talking to himself!) something about not standing out in the crowd, implying his tattoo. Self asks him about his tolerance for pain and Michaels answer is that stoic look / stare that Wentworth has made famous. (I can scowl! Can I be famous?)
If I were reviewing this show, I’d give it 4 and a half things. They’re not stars, they look more like Tetris blocks… So I’d say 4.5 Tetris blocks!
That’s it gang. Let the fun begin. It looks like this is going to be a fun ride!