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.