This episode finally brings T-Bag back into the forefront of the main story, making him a leading character in the Scylla storyline this season. And it may or may not be a good thing. Sure Robert Knepper does a terrific job as the dirty southerner, and his encounters with Michael are always exciting, but we have to ask ourselves the worth of bringing T-Bag and Gretchen into the Scylla storyline. It's already a pretty complicated plot, and with the addition of another team hunting the cards, the writers risk alienating viewers by making the whole thing too complicated to follow. The ending of this episode was probably the weakest point, with no twist or drama really occurring, only future problems being hinted at, with Michael once again having to work with T-Bag.
One of the problems I have with the season so far is that in spite of promises that death was coming to Prison Break, none of the main characters have died (with the exception of the Whistler at the start of the season). Mahone keeps putting himself in peril, and T-bag arguably should have been killed this episode. Considering the storyline and the dangers the characters face this season, we should be expecting some of the characters to die. It would make things more realistic, and show the sacrifice needed to succeed. The problem is that Sara, Michael and Lincoln are too important to even consider killing them off, Mahone and T-Bag are very popular with fans of the show, and Sucre and Bellick serve as a connection to the first season. And the likes of Gretchen and Don Self are still developing as series regulars. Plus when you take into account the fan's reaction to Sara's death in season 3, you can understand why no one has yet to die this season.
That's not to say death won't be coming this season, but that's to say a significant death earlier in the season might have added to the emotional depth. Perhaps the biggest revelation this episode is that Michael suffers from a hereditary disease that killed his mother age 31, the age Michael has just turned. Would they dare to kill of Michael at the end of season 4? Certainly it makes for a dramatic, and conclusive, ending for the show, but it does rob the show of the ending that's been implied throughout, that Michael, Sara, Lincoln and LJ will disappear into the sunset, free and unmolested, to start new lives. And now that Sara is aware of Michael's condition, we should see new development in their relationship, and we may see Sara act as a doctor again. Frankly I'm sick of Sara's only role in the plots to get the Scylla card being that of a honey trap. We get it, she's an attractive woman. But heaven forbid she might actually contribute something other than her good looks and womanly charms to the group!
I really thought (hoped) that when Roland was recognized in Las Vegas, the conclusion would be that the his card copier would be given to the group, and Roland would be left at the mercy of the casino authorities. It would have been a good way to rid us of by far the worst new character to ever grace Prison Break, but alas, it appears he's sticking around for at least a little longer yet. Personally the Scylla card storyline was not nearly as appealing as the going ons of T-Bag, Mahone, Michael and Self. It's great to see a real relationship between Self and Mahone being forged, and it was also nice to see Mahone save Michael from T-Bag. In fact if you really wanted to you could say that the interesting and popular characters were the ones left in LA this episode, whilst the less interesting ones were shipped off to Vegas. I wouldn't really go that far, but for me personally my three favorite characters this season are Michael, Mahone and Self, and it's great to see the three working together to get Scylla. You really get the impression that they are the ones really driving things forward.