Overall I really enjoyed this weeks episode of Prison Break, for one simple reason: It genuinely reminded me of episodes from Season 1. The tension as Michael rushed to copy the Scylla card whilst being seconds away from being caught was reminiscent of the old Prison Break fans know and love. The constant threat of being discovered is what made Season 1 of Prison Break great, and it's good to see that similar feeling reoccurring now in Season 4. And at times it did feel like an episode from Season 1.
Allow me to explain. This episode we see Michael's use his genius intellect to create a plan to copy the third Scylla card. This was something someone mentioned when commenting on my last review, that not enough attention had been paid to Michael's intellect since Season 1, so it was nice to see the viewer shown Michael's genius this episode. During Season 1 nearly every episode the viewer was reminded of Michael's amazing mind as his plot to escape was slowly revealed. When Michael was waiting for the card to copy, it was genuinely exciting to watch, and we really didn't know whether or not he would be seen. The threat of the Company discovering Michael and Agent Self's plot is similar to the guards at Fox River discovering the hole in Michaels cell in Season 1, with both threats resulting in termination of the plan and a lifetime imprisonment. With Sucre and Bellick also lending a hand, it was hard for me not to be reminded of episodes of Season 1.
Now obviously a show like Prison Break will never relive the success of its first season. This is something all fans of Prison Break have accepted. The show has done remarkably well to get this far, with the original premise really only lending itself to one, maybe two seasons. It's a testament to the strength of the characters created that fans still want more, so long after the first season aired. And so far, gripes with realism and credibility aside, I have really enjoyed the episodes so far in this Season, and 'Safe and Sound' was no exception.
As additional storylines this week we see Mahone grow closer to finding his son's killer. William Fichtner's Mahone is one of my favourite characters in Prison Break, and I really hope he won't be one of the characters to bite the dust this season. We get to see Mahone meet his ex-wife Pam this episode. I felt Pam was surprisingly sympathetic towards Mahone. Personally I felt she would be more angry, perhaps blaming Mahone for their sons death. The scenes when the two comfort each other in the diner were very moving, but Pam's reappearance did bring up some questions that haven't really been addressed... Why Mahone's son and not his wife was killed? Did Pam escape the assasin, or was she set free? What exactly was the point in killing Mahone's son, when Mahone is still free and not even an important target for the Company? OK OK, I'll stop nit-picking now.
We also see Gretchen escape from the Company, and as madfish wrote in comments to my Gretchen discussion thread, we may well see her team up with T-Bag to get their hands on a Scylla card. T-Bag's days at GATE may well be numbered now that his secretary seems to of clocked the fact that there is something odd about Cole Pfeiffer. And we also learn that T-Bag has to find a Scylla card in three days or be killed by the mysterious Chinese man. At this point one surely asks why wouldn't T-Bag just get as much money as possible and head straight back to Panama?
Again this episode we learn a little more information about the Company, and the mysterious 'General' who seems to be running things. As we learn more about the Company's plan (which may be to destroy America and profit from rebuilding it, or something equally far fetched) we see the Brothers + co now not only fighting for their own freedom, but for their country's survival too. It's an interesting prospect, and one that I hope develops further.