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Prison Break: Season 2 - Disconnect (Review)

Prison Break, Season 2

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 Disconnect.

What’s the story? With Special Agent Mahone (William Fichtner) on their trail, Michael (Wentworth Miller), Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), their father and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) make a run for the getaway plane. But Michael’s reunion with his father triggers difficult childhood memories.

Bellick (Wade Williams), meanwhile, finds himself facing tricky questions from the law, a medical emergency forces C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar) to risk it all and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) attempts to escape from the clutches of Special Agent Paul Kellerman (Paul Adelstein).

Why the review? Disconnect is a mid-season episode of Prison Break that effectively sums up all that’s good and bad about the current season. It began in cracking fashion as Sara Tancredi was forced to resort to desperate measures to escape Agent Kellerman. And its final moments were also edge-of-the-seat stuff.

But too often characters fell prone to stupid decision making (more commonly referred to as dragging their feet) while the contrivances began to stack up.

Digging a little deeper: First off, Disconnect was a cracking episode thanks to the handful of scenes that book-ended the episode.

Tancredi’s escape from near-certain death at the hands of Kellerman was genuinely exciting and full of the grit we’ve come to expect from the show. Left to drown in a bathtub of water while Kellerman prepared his tools for disposing of her body, Sara managed to release the plug and then fend off Kellerman with a red-hot iron, before leaping out of the window. It was bloody, brutal and thrilling stuff.

The finale, too, found Lincoln and Michael once again in the crosshairs of Agent Malone after deciding to remain in America and fight to clear their name. The closing minutes saw their car being rammed off the road by Malone and then faded to black as the Special Agent held them at gunpoint. What happens next is anyone’s guess – but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious way out.

Sucre, too, looks to be destined for trouble given that the plane he took to Panama is currently being tracked my military jets with orders to shoot it down if needs must.

But elsewhere, Disconnect lacked the same bite, or cut and thrust. Michael’s reunion with his father sparked more angst-ridden staring and agonising, as Michael reflected on a battered childhood. And rather than running to get away, the brothers stood around talking a little too much so that when Malone caught up with them it came as no surprise.

Then came the inevitable death… Michael’s father sacrificing himself so that his sons could get away. It was a rather dumb sacrifice given that the man has spent the better part of a lifetime evading the authorities and looking after himself as a former member of the CIA. Why, then, would he turn his back on a marksman of Malone’s quality?

And then Linc and Michael took an age to bury their father, thereby allowing Malone to catch up with them again! I mean, come on guys, do you want to escape or not?

C-Note’s passage to freedom was also blocked by another frustrating contrivance… Just minutes after confessing his happiness, C-Note was forced to head into town to pick up a vital prescription for his daughter and sent his wife to pick up the medication.

But (wouldn’t you know it), the cashier happened to glance at the newspaper just as she was administering to the order and saw a picture of C-Note and his wife on the front page, subsequently stalling long enough to tip off the authorities.

C-Note was then forced to watch from afar as his wife was taken away – although given the amount of time he spent waiting, surely it would have been advisable to intervene in the situation long before.

Such moments do tend to frustrate when Prison Break is capable of delivering so much more. But so long as the writers don’t rely too heavily on them in the future, then it definitely remains one of the must-see programmes on the viewing calendar.

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