Review: Prison Break 2.3 — “Scan”

Vague, TV-Guide-ish Recap:  The next step in Michael’s plans results in a convoluted digression out into the boonies.  The now-jobless Bellick deciides to after the brothers by following his own leads.  Sucre and C-Note start to do exactly the wrong thing if they want to stay out of jail: they start trying to get back into their respective women’s lives.  Dr. Sara’s governor father, now well on his way to the Vice-Presidency, uses his new-found clout to keep her out of jail and in rehab.  Paris Gellar’s fiancee (ie: Kellerman) inveigles his way into Dr. Sara’s rehab group.

Comments:  Over the opening weeks of the second season, there’ve been a lot of complaints from fans about how convoluted the plot it.  This coming from people who have been watching a show whose first episode ever promised, “We’re the Rube Goldberg of Conspiracy Theory Shows” by revealing that its lead character put all of his plans to break out of prison and stay out into a ginormous set of tatoos.  No doubt, the complainers are also mostly fans of 24, too, and the credibility-stretching plot convolutions there don’t seem to raise the same alarms.  Do I detect some hypocrisy here?

Anyway, while there are some gaping plot holes in the story — like, wouldn’t Fichtner’s task force have already had Michael’s Russian mail-order wife staked out long before Bellick even though of the lead? — none of them are deal-breaker implausible at this point and instead continue to reveal character.  Many of the turns simply continue to suggest (without outright stating) that Michael must have some form of OCD to have this much ability to 1) have his plans thought out sometimes years in advance and 2) to stick to the larger plan when some part of it (the loss of the backpack with fake IDs) goes awry.

That they’re continuing to include the previously disposable character of Michael’s mail-order bride . . . umm, what’s her name again, she’s that memorable? . . . strongly suggests that now that Veronica is dead, Linc is destined to fall for her and eventually remove the legal impediments to Hamlet Michael and Ophelia Dr. Sara finally hooking up at some point in the indeterminately near future.  And the more I thought about that implication, the more it became apparent to me that probably the sole reason Veronica was killed off was to make room in the budget for William Fichtner as the Inspector Javert-ish Gerard-ish man in charge of hunting the brothers down.  I certainly wouldn’t have killed Veronica off just for (or even primarily for, as I believe was done in this case) such budgetary reasons, but nevertheless, I like what Fichtner is bringing to the show.

On the other hand, Fichtner’s (umm, what is his character’s name again?) downing a few “tic-tacs” suggests that the character has the cliched deus-ex-machina-in-the-making of some sort of a heart problem looming over him.  I hope that they lose this cheap plot crutch by forgettting that they ever showed it.

The show, as always, runs on pure momentum, which the actors carry fine even when the story occasionally stumbles (but not where the fans think that it stumbles.)

Episode Grade:  B.

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2 Responses to “Review: Prison Break 2.3 — “Scan””

  1. Andie Says:

    Um, in my opinion, anyone who is still watching Prison Break and complaining that it is implausible, ridiculous, convoluted and preposterous is a) a masochist, b) stating the obvious, c) a glutton for punishment and d) not seeing the forest for the trees here.

  2. shutuprob Says:

    Uh, Andie, the same thing can be said about [i]24[/i]. PB is a huge Shaggy Dog of a conspiracy story. Yeah, it’s implausilbe and convoluted and preposterous — it’s [i]supposed[/i] to be. Like with [i]24[/i], you’re just not supposed to think about it too much. So I don’t. And it’s lots of fun. As opposed to Vanished, which does the same thing, but is stultifyingly boring.

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