Prison Break Season 4 Episode 14 Just Business


It's a little interesting that this week's episode makes Prison Break season 4 officially longer than the poor third season. Things have been going surprisingly well this so far, and things are still looking good for the rest of the season.


The main event of this episode was the attempted retaking of Scylla by the Brothers. For the most part I enjoyed it, and it worked really well, although I could have done without the makeshift weapon manufacture by Michael, a little silly and needless. And I thought it was kind of weird Sucre fought with Gretchen, who is clearly a psycho and better fighter than him. Surely he'd just knock her out or something. But it was cool when Sara pushed her down the stairs, shame she didn't die though, would have been quality.


See when you go back, and examine all the episodes these season (especially last 3 or 4) with all the scheming and shooting going on, it's just not believable that all of the characters survive. Gretchen should have been killed by the Company this episode, and Self is definitely on borrowed time. We need deaths to make it realistic, it's as simple as that.


But going back to the main plot, Michael's illness (which has always irritated me) was the problem that resulted in Self retaking Scylla. As you see Michael breaking down (and I thought even Wentworth Miller didn't seem too convinced by Michael's illness, as he unconvincingly fell to the ground) you're just left to ask yourself why? Why did they decide to do this? To me, I just can't understand it, it's a shit storyline. One of the worst in Prison Break.


I think it's becoming increasingly difficult for the writer's to come up with credible roles for characters like Mahone, T-Bag and Sucre, and now that Lincoln will be working with the Company, it's hard to see where they will fit in with things. Personally I think the writer's have set themselves up with a problem by having Michael held by the Company- it brings the focus back onto Lincoln, who, as I seem to say every week, is just not that deep or interesting of a character anymore.


Lincoln's role has been minimal this season and last, when compared with how big of a character he was in the first two seasons, so it's important Michael isn't sidelined for too long. With Mahone, it's unclear to me what role (if any) the writer's intend for him to play in the rest of the season. The same can be said for T-Bag, whose storyline I enjoyed this week. I think we all knew the Bible seller was Company though, but not that it really matters- The writers have shown time and time again that T-Bag is valued too highly by the show to be killed off. I'm just not sure they can keep on including T-Bag for much longer, he really has no ties to any of the characters, I guess his future lies in helping the Company out, or something equally implausible.


Self killing the new buyer was also quite a shock, but once again I didn't really get why the buyer didn't just kill Self and take Scylla and save himself all those bazillion dollars in the first place. I did like the moment when Gretchen had the gun on Self, I really wanted to see her pull the trigger, but alas, she does love her daughter after all.


Anyway that's all I've really got to say this week. I'm still unsure of how the rest of this season will pan out, the introduction of the mysterious "Tombstone II" folder suggests that maybe a new storyline will be introduced for the second half of the season, I just hope that they hurry up and get rid of Michael's illness, and that Mahone retains a decent role in future episodes.

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Dec 9, 2008 10:22AM EST

I like your review !
I can't stand Michael Rappaport. He's so annoying!!
And I hate his character Self also. It would have been great if he was killed by the buyer. Then Self would realized that he isn't so smart as he thinks he is:)

I would like a new YOUNG female character in the show..Sarah is soo boring,Gretchen is niceAnd Lisa is to old to play a interesting character
Well I found this episode very nice... I hope the next one will be nice also

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Dec 9, 2008 12:37PM EST

I beg to differ.
I was totally going for the ride that was Season 4, until this episode, which I found draggy - and that is an understatement. You can almost sniff the producers' desperation to ensure that this season outlasts the earlier one.
For one, what's with the capture of Michael, just when he has Scylla on hand? Honestly if he should faint, drenched grossly in his own blood, he ought to have done so eons ago. Or surely, at the very least, when blood was pouring down his nose as he was preparing to shoot Self? We all know the illness is killing him (I agree re this very unfortunate storyline). On hindsight, it was almost as if Michael was surviving till that very minute, just to fall into the hands of the Company - all part of the grand let's make this season longer than the last plan.
That aside. I must say the scene involving T-Bag was screaming "It does Not pay to turn over a new leaf". Just when you think T-Bag's humanity was - finally - surfacing, the show had to take that turn. If you look at it another way, one can even say it can be pretty sacrilegious, what with the Christian/Bible references, but let's not go there.
All in all - let's just say that the season should have ended....last episode.

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Dec 9, 2008 5:48PM EST

Guys, i think you've missed the trick here...its just an opinion, and may well turn out to be wrong, but here's how I see it...
The show is called Prison Break all the seasons have been about breaking out or into some highly protected establishment (Fox River, Sona, Company Headquarters) and whats to say thats going to change? - if you notice one thing, its that micheal is once again a prisoner of some sort.. and its simple, he's going to have to break out - but not without some of the usual suspects...Linc, now T-bag and pretty soon, who knows, probably sucre and mahone as well are all together again.....it will probably lead into season 5..the show has to keep going, i don't think the producers will end it... and well, it is called prison break so...........
Oh, and..I think the General's daughter will also have some part to play...
I do agree that some of the elements this season have been a bit flakey..characters surviving when they should have been killed -self, grechen etc. Micheals illness is just dragging on now and sara is quite boring...

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Dec 9, 2008 7:38PM EST

I want to throw a party the day Self is killed!! I mean the guy soooooo annoying and its true that the actor doesn't help any.
Also, I looove prison break very much but they need to wrap it up very soon. I agree that its become way too unlealistic: Gretchen for example should've broken her neck or taken a least a bullet but nooo, she gets out without scratch! It seems that this people broke more that one mirror because nobody can be this unlucky for this long can they?
Producers please put these people out of their misery

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Dec 11, 2008 5:51PM EST

i think the season still has loads of juice in it, plus i do agree micheal is in a prison again and might find an ally in d generals daughter.

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Dec 16, 2008 5:32AM EST

Someone thinks that Lisa is too hold? I feel she is hot and I would love to see more of her. The actress has the naive spoiled princess brat down pat. Maybe Lincoln will show some interest, it is about time that he got over that first season death; And, I could see some real interesting possibilities with Lincoln fooling around with the General's daughter. The comedic value alone would be worth it.
I do agree that Self needs to move on from his poor and pitiful existence of a life. I have a feeling that Alex is following Michael's orders/plan still. Gretchen is going awesome. I love how the character is seemingly forced towards being more a hero instead of a villain. To bad Alex is taken or she might find a sympathetic ear or two.

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