Prison Break Season 4 Episode 12 Selfless

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There will be spoilers in this review, please do not read if you don't want to know what happens this episode.



Many saw Prison Break season 3 merely as a poor attempt to redo season 1. It seems fitting therefore that the latter half of season 4 is shaping up to try and redo Prison Break season 2. With Self's betrayal, the only thing left for the brothers to do is make their escape (again) from the US, south of the border to their freedom. Perhaps whilst on the run they will fall into another Prison. Perhaps they will then escape from that Prison, and go on the run again, maybe try and avenge the Company, fail, maybe fall into another Prison, perhaps then break out of that Prison, go on the run again.... THERE YOU GO I'VE JUST GIVEN YOU 10 SEASONS WORTH OF MATERIAL!


OK I'll calm down. It seems that the Brothers, like the writers of this show, have failed to learn from their mistakes. The Brothers should have learnt way back in season 2 that trying to take down the Company is futile, and all that avails is flight. The writers of this show similarly should have learnt long ago that the one thing that pisses fans of this show off more than anything is contrived, unbelievable plot twists that are only forced upon the show to try and lengthen the show's lifespan (see the middle of season 2, when the Brothers refuse to board an aircraft to freedom, see the end of season 2 when everyone ends up in Sona, see the whole of season 4). They should have realised that more than anything right now fans of the show just want a satisfactory and believable resolution to everything that's happened.


Actually now that I think of it, this episode has a lot in common with the last episode of Prison Break season 2 (and I mean that in the worst way possible). A fitting conclusion seems to be reached... everyone seems to be happy... Michael finally has his freedom... a believable and natural ending has been achieved. But wait. Just when you think everything's sorted out, BANG, they hit you with THE TWIST. The NEW storyline! Oh you'll never believe it. Another Prison! Another betrayal! Another reason for the show to go on longer!


And that was OK in season 2 (sort of). The show was still young, and I think fans of the show actually wanted a third season. Now we're at the halfway point of season 4, things really need to end soon. This episode really did feel like a fitting conclusion to the show. Had this episode been redone to serve as the last ever Prison Break episode, it really could have worked. Things just seemed... concluded. All you really have to do is not make Self betray them, and you can end with the Brothers and Sara heading off into the sunset, T-Bag being arrested, Mahone returning to his wife, the General dieing or being arrested etc. etc.


You see it annoys the hell out of me that I have to write such a negative review this week, because a)I loved last week's episode, and b) for the most part I actually enjoyed this episode. It just ruins things with the ending. But there were great moments, taking the General hostage worked for me, Lincoln (who for me, has been rapidly descending from deep/complex character to two-dimensional knucklehead this season) had a decent part, and it was kind of cool to learn his dad was an executioner for the Company. I mean we always knew that Mahone and Sucre had Scylla, but it was a nice to see yet again Michael out-fox the Company.


I feel, to end on, I should probably defend my opening statement, that the rest of season 4 will be in a similar vein to season 2. What I mean is that, like season 2, the Brothers must now escape out of America whilst avoiding Company assassins, and they'll too probably have to avoid Self, as we really don't know what his own agenda is. I really don't know what his role will be for the rest of the season, but all I do know is if he starts working alongside T-Bag I may pour battery acid into my eyes just so I don't have to watch.

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Nov 25, 2008 11:05AM EST

The first part of your review made me laugh but if you could just look closer into this Tv Show's Structure you will see this:
Season 1 = 22 episodes
Season 2 = 22 episodes
Season 3 = 13 episodes
Season 4 = will end at 13 episodes aswell.
I mean it's pretty obvious they're gonna end in this season they just needed a reason to add a last episode to S4 and there you go: it's Agent Self going dark side.
This Tv show has earned a huge Tv Share along these years and they're ending the show aswell because Mr. Paul Scheuring (Creator) has a new Show coming up.

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Nov 25, 2008 12:24PM EST

I too enjoyed most part of this episode although it felt awkward when they had their brief moment of 'freedom' after playing cat and mouse for so long. I was saying 'not again' to myself with self's betrayal and if dreamconceptpictures is correct then self is probably not company otherwise we might have another season or a longer season, no? And I just wanna say that I was surprised at how short the general was compared to the rest of the crew. haha had always thought he was taller.

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Nov 25, 2008 2:48PM EST

Season 4 is going to have a few more than 13 episodes. ;)
I really enjoyed this one. Right from the start there was a feeling building up that everything is going too well and there has to be a twist in the end. So there we are.
Btw. you really could have seen it coming that this won't be the end. Why should the General have mentioned their mother? It's obvious she will play a part somewhere and it wouldn't surprise me if she's alive.
Well, one last thing: TV shows aren't made for fans. Just accept that. ;)

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Nov 25, 2008 6:25PM EST

PRISON BREAK IS FINALLY BACK TO ITS BEST. i REALLY ENJOYED this episode, its the first time this season that ive felt that way. i think that this episode returned to its clever plot twists etc..although it was predictable at times i still felt that it was a great episode. i think that self is on of the dealers 'cos remeber he asked the feamle undercover agent (dont know her name) whether gretchen n tbag mentioned any other buyers/sellers before her killed. so i think hes in it for the money and is probably going to sell it on the black market or he might be in cahoots with gretchen. i also like the way they opened up another storyline about the bros dad...i think in the next few episodes they will probs explore it a bit more....it may be unneccessary to open another subplot but i think it will be worth while in the end..well i hope it is. btw what did gretchen give micheal at the end of last weeks episode..remember she gave agent self a picture or something to give to micheal.....was it a picture of the general and his daughter cos that would make sense or was it something else...lol i think i answered my own question.

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Nov 27, 2008 7:07AM EST

If Mr. Paul Scheuring (Creator) doesn't end this show in this season with a happy victory of a huge tv share (last time i checked it was a 20% share per episode) per episode, he will suffer alot given the fact that the share will by any means go down to 10% per episode and that will kill his career as it has killed alot of other directors and producers career.
Paul do the right thing.

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Nov 27, 2008 1:00PM EST

It's true that the show is getting stretched (a lot). But there are realy a lot of lose strings right now that can make a serious new adventure. Just think of it... The General (the company) wants revange, then there is Gretchen who is inpridictable as always. Michael who doesn't acctually wants to go to the hospital, his mother, his father, Self. It is almost inpossible to end all those lose strings even in seasen 5 . I think there is going to be 6 seasons min. To bad because i will keep watching and it will get boring after a while, just like the show Lost.

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Nov 27, 2008 4:44PM EST

I agree with anita106 season 4 is great and it is nothing like season 2 coz i dont no about u but i dont remember the bros going after the company that much im pretty sure they were tryin their best to get out of the country so that lincon wouldnt get the chair. Yeah a bit of it is a bit predictabe at times but most of it takes u by surprise like the bros mother being mentioned by the general it takes you by surprise coz every1 or i thought it waz just the father in the company,was the mother in the company with the bros father ( no1 knows yet) or did the general mention their mother to throw them off a little bit. I mean come on did u expect that. I 4 one hopes it does go on for a couple more seasons coz i dont fink any 1 who r real fans (who get up a 6am just to watch the next episode b4 they go to school like me) want it 2 end. And i have just got to say wentworth miller is fit whos with me girls!

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Nov 28, 2008 8:25PM EST

i dont think anyone disagrees that wentworth miller the 3rd (lool) is SEXY!!!!!. but for his careers sake and the rest of the cast, if theres a season 5 n 6, the writers better come up with some mind blowing story lines because it would be shame for the show to slowly go down the drain. it would be too painful to see it get cancelled because of poor scripts, declining viewing figures etc. although i love pb, season 4 really let me down until this episode (selfless). i would rather pb end on season 4 with a bang than it be stretched out to season 10 (god forbid) on bad reviews.
as many people will be wondering....what other storylines could they explore for season 5 so on. rexwinkelje and kirsty1993 suggested the bros parents role in the company and gretchen as a possible storyline but if the bros do manage to bring the company down, why would they want to stir up s**t for themselves again by digging into the company's background. afterall the whole point of participating in the plan was so that they could get a normal life, if they go after the company again thy will just be asking for more trouble...but i guess this is tv. although i do think that a storyline surrounding gretchen or tbag will be interesting (maybe a spin off...) but pb wont be the same with out wentworth n co....
does anyone know whether the pb spin off PRISON BREAK: CHERRY HILL is being picked etc.

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Nov 29, 2008 4:04PM EST

I have an idea. Here goes: The title, "Prison Break" impedes the possibilities that exist for a story line. The show can only go so far and, it must somehow involve imprisonment, right? Though it may suffer by changing the name, I think a lot could be done and more possibilities could arise as far as plot development if it were changed to say, "The Company"? Copyrighted by me of course lol.

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Nov 30, 2008 12:53PM EST

I think you are jumping to conclusions way to quick. This season was carefully build up to the moment they received Scylla. I actually enjoyed it more than the tedious second season and the unfinished third season. It had the guys in a position that they could beat the crap out of The Company and their wicked ways. But, ofcourse, they wouldn't win yet, we're at the middle of the season and not at the end.
I'll judge when I've seen how they will continue this new element of the plot. Maybe it will suck, but maybe they have something in store that'll make it worth to watch.
One big difference with season 2 is that they are fighting back, and I expect that this will continue untill the end. They have to find a way to retrieve scylla, beat the company and stay alive. Meanwhile, Gretchen will also have another plan in store to get to them.

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