Prison Break: Season 2 season finale reviewed
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 concluding season 2 episode of Prison Break entitled Sona.
What’s the story? Michael (Wentworth Miller) tries to save his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) from Mahone (William Fichtner), who is desperate to flee himself. Kellerman (Paul Adelstein), meanwhile, testifies at Sara Tancredi’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) trial and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) puts everything on the line to save his Maricruz. Oh, and T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and Bellick (Wade Williams) are cellmates again.
Why the review? Why not? It’s season finale time, so you have to expect cliffhanger endings, a smattering of loose ends being tied up and all manner of excitement. But while Prison Break had all three, was it a satisfying evening’s viewing?
Digging a little deeper: The answer is “yes” and “no”. Yes, because it kept you enthralled and, indeed, guessing until the very final moments. But “no” because after 48 episodes and countless conspiracies, we appear to be right back where we started… almost!
For those that didn’t tune in and plan on buying the box set, the rest of this review contains plenty of spoilers.
First and foremost, Michael is back behind bars – although Panama now replaces Fox River.
Having helped Lincoln escape another tricky predicament for the umpteenth time, there was to be no happy ending for Michael. As the season drew to a close, he looked set to sail into the sunset with Dr Tancredi – safe in the knowledge that Lincoln had been cleared as a result of Kellerman’s testimony.
But his conspirators had other plans and Tancredi was forced to shoot government stooge Bill Kim (Reggie Lee) in order to prevent further tragedy – only for the police to descend and force Michael to assume responsibility for the killing himself.
Mahone, for his part, also failed to elude the authorities having come close to a sunset of his own. And just to spice things up a little, he’s now in the same prison as Michael. Contrived or what? Interesting, for sure, but you couldn’t help sensing a case of deja vu.
That said, Michael is now wanted by his pursuers for another part of their conspiracy – the details of which are sure to be made in season three. And the likes of T-Bag, Sucre and Bellick all have plenty to resolve given that each faced a worsening predicament.
The big question, however, concerns just how long Prison Break will continue to spin viewers along – or whether season three will be the final piece of the puzzle.
Certainly, the show’s decision to return Michael to prison threatens to test our patience – so it’ll have to go some way to pull a rabbit out of the hat.
But with Mahone kept alive and potentially having to work with Michael next season to fashion another escape, there does at least offer some intriguing possibilities.
For now, then, Prison Break has just about kept us interested – although a lot seems to be riding on the first few episodes of the new season to ensure that we’re not treading over old territory.
What do you think?