Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Prison Break: The Viewers Get “Boxed In”

Count me as one person who was very disappointed in the return of Prison Break. The episode, “Boxed In” (aired Monday January 14 on Fox) made it seem that it was the viewer that got trapped in one of Dante’s Circles of Hell. It seemed no progress was made in this episode.

I was getting confused at what some of the characters were doing or what part they played in the ongoing story. Besides the fact that Mahone (William Fichtner) was going through drug withdrawal, I completely lost what his returning to prison meant for the rest of the group. I also didn’t get the purpose of the use of the saran wrap over Susan B’s (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) face during the water torture scene. If the saran wrap was already suffocating her, what was the purpose of the water? And unless they can tie in Bellick’s (Wade Williams) problems with the main story, let’s just get rid of the character and move on. His story line seems to be wasting time.

The scenes with both Linc (Dominic Purcell) and Michael (Wentworth Miller) were so dull and uninteresting that I found myself picking apart their looks. For example, have you noticed that with Purcell’s boxy, huge head, and his thick neck with his small shoulders, he looks like one of those old “rock’m sock’m robots"?

Most importantly, after watching this episode, I really could care less if these guys ever get out of prison or if Linc’s son is saved.

Prison Break needs to move the story out of this prison, and get back somehow to a telling a story in a way that viewers can even care about what happens to the bad guys. Here’s one viewer who is ready for a break out from watching this show.

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