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“Wine Dark Sea” may have felt relatively low-energy at times compared to Prison Break‘s last few action-packed episodes, but as we enter the season’s third act, it also got things well and truly moving with Mike and co. finally leaving Yemen, presumably for good.
It initially seemed like Michael might spend most if not all of the episode on the boat headed to Greece, but thankfully we fast-forwarded to them arriving in Crete, with Mike awaiting Sara’s arrival to perform a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, despite that dubious opening claim from Mike Jr. that heroes can die – complete with a wildly on-the-nose comparison to Greek heroes – it wasn’t remotely convincing that Michael was in any real danger. Such is the problem you create when bringing someone back from the dead; it makes any future dabbling with mortality a lot less believable.
The second act of the Prison Break revival kicks off with Isil’s reach expanding in Yemen, causing Ogygia’s prisoner contingent, led by Cross (Tj Ramini), to panic and plan to take terrorist leader Abu Ramal hostage as a bargaining chip, much to Michael’s chagrin.
Seeing Linc desperately trying to get into Ogygia to rescue Michael as Yemen crumbles around him meanwhile has fun potential, initially seeming to present the urgency the series has been mostly lacking so far, but he unfortunately ends up spending most of the episode figuring out a way inside, which reeks of transparent filler plotting.
Naturally, the drama inside the prison is more intriguing, as Michael’s staging an escape plan is juxtaposed opposite Cross’ attempt to reach Ramal. Michael getting Ramal in on his MacGyver antics is mildly amusing but also pure
Did we just find out Poseidon’s identity?
At the end of Tuesday’s episode of Prison Break, titled “The Prisoner’s Dilemma,” the mysterious figurehead -- only known as “a rogue CIA operative” -- was possibly revealed to be Sara’s husband, Jacob Ness (Mark Feuerstein), as he was spotted by T-Bag (Robert Knepper) talking to two henchmen, A&W (Marina Benedict) and Van Gogh (Steve Mouzakis). But, is Jacob really Poseidon?
“There are definitely a number of more moves to that story,” creator Paul T. Scheuring exclusively tells Et. “The idea is to say, ‘Boy, that sure looks like it’s Jacob. Jacob sure looks like [he’s] Poseidon.’ All roads point to him at that point, but like I said, that is not the final understanding of Poseidon or Jacob.”
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After Michael spent 99% of last week’s season premiere in the shadows, he’s thrust at the viewer from the opening moments of episode two as he readies another hilariously convoluted plot to save the day.
Smart and admirable though it is that “Kaniel Outis” is keen to waste little time, it also feels rather jumbled and rushed from the outset. The audience is introduced to two of Michael’s prison pals, Sid (Kunal Sharma) and Whip (Augustus Prew), as though they should know them already, and almost no time at all is devoted to actually developing them as human beings. At least Sid being gay – the entire reason for his imprisonment – is a nice injection of diversity, with a decent social message to boot.
Despite setting off on intriguing footing, this is ultimately a relatively lethargic outing for the most part.
As we near the premiere of Fox’s Prison Break revival, TVLine presents this fun video which revisits series star Wentworth Miller’s original, circa-2005 preview of the thriller, followed by a current-day segment in which he shares a peek at Michael Scofield’s latest escape attempt.
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In Prison Break’s nine-episode follow-up (premiering Tuesday, April 4 at 9/8c and filmed on location in Morocco), clues surface that suggest a thought-to-be-long-dead Michael may in fact be alive. Michael’s brother
A new sneak peek at the upcoming revival — which debuted Sunday during the Fox series’ panel at Comic-Con in San Diego — features footage shot on location in Morocco. And we’ve got your exclusive first look.
In the clip, Michael (Wentworth Miller) and a fellow prisoner revisit their plan to break out, ideally before a buncha nogoodniks are released from solitary confinement. Press play above to chew on how Scofield will set their escape in motion.
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In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, Marco Polo is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China, and the dark and tempestuous battle for the expanding Mongol empire.
John Fusco, who wrote the Academy-Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is executive producer and showrunner along with Dan Minahan, whose previous work includes Homeland and Game of Thrones, with Patrick Macmanus, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Elizabeth Sarnoff as executive producers.
The 10 episode second season includes new and returning cast: Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Michelle Yeoh (the Handmaiden), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi
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