Prison Break 4.4: "Eagles and Angels"

The previous episode worked because it placed an unexpected pressure on the Escape Squad early in the game. It threatened to upend the new status quo and keep the audience on its toes. After all, it would have been easier to ease into the black ops attitude and focus on just the hunt for Scylla. Instead, the writers made sure that pressure was coming from all sides, and placed Agent Self in a more delicate balance than anticipated.


This episode, on the other hand, presents a more pedestrian situation. The next “mark” in the hunt for Scylla is identified, the team puts together a gambit to make the copy, and they execute the plan. There are the usual complications (one of which doesn’t quite make sense), but the job gets done. Oddly, despite the foreshadowing, the mission does not involve the loss of part of the team. (The impending arrival of the assassin, however, might resolve that seeming discrepancy.)


Generally speaking, the episode worked, except the writers made a key mistake. After the premiere, I wondered why the first cardholder’s driver didn’t recognize Sucre. It occurred to me that Sucre could have been dismissed based on the context of the “accident”, but why wouldn’t the Company men know what the Escape Squad looks like by now? Even so, the rule seemed to be that the team was more or less unrecognized, except by a certain few.


This made the deception at the Eagles and Angels event possible, after all. But then the writers made a mistake; one of the Company men not only recognized Lincoln, but knew him by name. It would have made sense for him to recognize Lincoln’s face from earlier in the episode, but if he knew Lincoln’s name, why didn’t he recognize Michael? For that matter, why didn’t the other guards and the cardholder recognize Michael? (It also would have made sense for Bellick to die saving Lincoln, since Bellick serves no purpose and hasn’t since the second season.)


While the main plot was a bit by-the-numbers, I was surprised by Sara’s subplot. It makes sense for Sara to deal with Bennett’s death badly, and it makes even more sense for her old addictions to threaten her sobriety. The scenes with the bartender were very well done, and while it was probably a bit too easy in the long run, it had to be covered at the usual “Prison Break” pace. Even so, this was a nice way to explore Sara’s character beyond her role as Michael’s love interest.


I’m not sure if it was revealed previously, but I’m almost certain that the Gate Foundation will be key to the decryption of Scylla. Perhaps they’re a front company of some kind? Whatever the case, T-Bag’s plot thread is actually interesting this season. I’m also intrigued by whatever plans are distracting the Company. Some kind of endgame is in the works, and I have the feeling it won’t be pretty.

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