SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 1
Prison Break is back this week with an episode that delivers on some fronts while also lacking on others but overall provides a fun experience that will hold me over until next week’s episode.
Last week’s episode left you on the cliffhanger of whether or not this was the real Michael Scofield, but this episode definitively answers that question: yes, he’s real. Thankfully this go around we got a lot more of Michael because I felt that that was the only thing that was holding back the premiere. Michael is the through-line for the show and the story needs to revolve around him, not his brother.
But, just because we got more of Michael doesn’t mean the episode was perfect. The prison stuff was confusing and I found myself questioning character’s motives and who they are in relation to each other. The show just throws a bunch of information at you all at once and hopes that it all sticks, when it really doesn’t.
This episode, once again, features Lincoln prominently as the co-leading man. Lincoln is tasked with going into hostile territory to recover this “Sheik of Light” and it expectedly went wrong. This part of the story took up most of the episode and yet still felt very rushed. It was as if the writer had this episode broken up into two different episodes but was forced to combine them. There are a couple of “logic leaps” that I found myself questioning, which pulled me out of the experience.
The action was very solid in this episode. Gone are the days of the “shaky cam” fight scenes and each of these scenes were clearly shot and I understood exactly where each of the characters were and what they were doing.
Overall, this episode wasn’t as strong as the first but still was good enough to have me wanting to come back and see where it goes from here.