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Prison Break: Season 2 - Chicago (Review)

Prison Break

Review by Jack Foley

INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from our favourite television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we take a look at the season 2 episode of Prison Break entitled Chicago.

What’s the story? Michael (Wentworth Miller), Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and Kellerman (Paul Adelstein) are reunited with Sarah (Sarah Wayne Callies) and head to Chicago on a train. C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar) gets into a tricky situation when a robber holds up the diner he is in and demands every-one into the storage room until the police arrive. And Mahone (William Fichtner) finds a new ally in Bellick (Wade Williams) as they pursue Haywire (Weir Mitchell).

Why the review? Well, this one had almost everything – good and bad. C-Note’s continuing woes still provide the least interesting link but Michael’s reunion with Sarah Tancredi was well worth the wait and another escapee found himself cornered, culminating in a poignant end.

Digging a little deeper: You get the sense from watching this episode that things are beginning to wind themselves up for the big finish. Tensions continue to simmer – but some are coming to boiling point.

The decision to place Michael, Lincoln, Sarah and Kellerman within the tight confines of a train was also a neat touch, enabling several little personal situations to unfold.

Initially, Sarah found herself wanting to kill Kellerman for having earlier tried to do the same to her (by drowning her in a bathtub). But even though she came close, Michael and Lincoln intervened to protect the status of their new ally.

Kellerman, for his part, called The Company’s bluff about forgiving his former sins, sensing that the calls he kept receiving weren’t coming from the president – but from an agent using voice altering software. It was a nice little twist.

And, of course, Sarah and Michael got their big moment – the first kiss. It was a moment promised in an earlier episode Rendezvous but which was never delivered.

Having found themselves in the bathroom of the train toilet, however, Sarah confessed to Michael that finding retribution for the murder of her father was one of only two things that were keeping her going – the second being Michael.

The admission was enough for them to embrace, lock lips and provide Prison Break fans with one of the seminal moments of the series so far. It was nicely handled, sensitively played and couldn’t fail to put a smile on viewers’ faces.

Less convincing, however, was C-Note’s encounter with a robber in a diner, just moments after his daughter started to come over sick. C-Note handled the situation well, emerging as the hero who prevented any undue harm coming to fellow diners and a possible rape, but the device felt too contrived and only got in the way of the stronger elements of the story.

Still, such moments were kept in relatively short supply and there was the ever-dependable Mahone to add some extra grit – this time in his pursuit of mental patient Haywire.

With the help of newly enlisted Bellick (nice to see him waving a badge around and pretending to be a Fed), Mahone cornered Haywire and talked him into committing suicide (by leaping from the top of a building). His death leap brought the episode to a close in surprisingly poignant fashion.

With only six episodes to go in this series, there’s bound to be plenty more emotion and excitement to keep us enthralled ahead of another cliffhanger conclusion.

What do you think?