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.