I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a bit of a Prison Break junkie. Since we were away at Cooperstown, I recorded episodes one and two for season four – which aired on Monday – and I finally got to watch them last night.
To be candid, I’m a little bummed with what I saw…and it seems like the writers, etc., are getting a little lazy about the show in its fourth season.
Example One: The removal of Michael Scofield’s tattoo. Yes, the ink had more to do with seasons one and two – and probably ate up too much time to have it put on before each filming session. But, that tattoo should have stayed on – because it’s a reminder of everything that’s come first in the storyline.
Example Two: At the end of season three, there was a lot of effort around Fernando Sucre’s story – and getting him locked up in Sona. And, how did they pick that up in season four? With an “Oh, by the way, Sucre’s out. There was a fire and everyone escaped” – and that’s it.
Basically, that’s my beef with how season four kicked off. It’s like season three (as were the two before it) ran with a nice, long, slow boil to bring you to the end of the storyline for that block of shows – and it set the tee for where the next season should begin…and get you ready for another installment of the arc.
But, instead of picking up season four where season three left off, and then doing another, nice deliberate, unfolding of the next wave of the story, season four starts off with “O.K., season three ended here, and, yadda-yadda, a lot of stuff happened. Yeah, trust us, it did. But, we’re not going to show you. And, now, for season four, we’re all the way over here. And, by the way, watch this: bang, bang, bang. Now, a bunch of other stuff just happened and we start our story from here.”
I’m also not sure if I’m thrilled with them (meaning the powers behind the show) taking the cast of main characters and turning into some sort of Ocean’s Eleven crew now on a quest to get Scylla.
Now, for what it’s worth, it did seem like episode two of season four did have some elements of suspense. And, that’s good. But, I’m very interested in seeing how the show goes from there. I hope this all doesn’t mean this season will be the end of the line for what was an excellent show.