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The episode begins with Mahone and Sucre threading a small video camera through the wall leading to Scylla. We cut to Gretchen putting on a risqué schoolgirl outfit and having T-Bag take photos of her with a phone. After putting up a fight... See full synopsis »

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Stupidity on an all-time low
2 February 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

After watching this one, I felt an urge to write a review. After noticing the two existing reviews, I felt it my *duty* to write a review. With all respect to the two reviewers before me, they give the impression that they are easily impressed and willing to hand out a full 10/10 even to a flawed work. Let me state this (and you know if you've read some of my other reviews): a 10/10 *means* that the work *cannot* be improved upon (at the time of making when it comes to technological aspects of the production). Prison Break has never, ever delivered an episode that could not have been improved upon - some of the episodes when this was just a 13-episode miniseries (filling the gap left by "24") were 9/10s, but when they ditched the original plan and extended the series beyond its natural lifespan, the quality began to drop alarmingly.

All sense was lost by season 3, and on season 4, I've rated every episode 4/10 because of the following reasons: 1) It's all complete bull**** now, 2) It's hard to care about the characters when everything is based on bull****, and 3) the tension just isn't there anymore because by now you should have realized that the writers can come up with plot twists so idiotic, illogical and actually impossible that the next deus ex machina is always just waiting behind the corner (or in this case, a commercial break or the wait until the next episode).

This episode, however, gets a 2/10. The stupidity hits an all-time low: having no original ideas, the writers rip off the Langley sequence from De Palma's Mission Impossible, only adding thermometers to the security system. There's even a fumble by Sucre, just like Tom Cruise had in the movie, for crying out loud! The two most stupid things here are: 1) Michael carrying out the break-in while in unstable health condition. Any sensible human being would realize that his condition seriously raises the risk of failure, and when he has a seizure (or whatever) on the bridge, you want to shoot the writers. 2) The General's camera. Why the hell is it not *always* on? If there is a camera, any sensible user with access to it would always keep it on. It matters not whether Michael is aware of the alarm and the camera or not, since the decision to use the monitor rests on the general. Is the Big Bad of the Company really so stupid he doesn't monitor the room? The writers sure seem to think they can make us buy such a ludicrous idea.

The only thing preventing me from giving this a 1/10 is the fact that it *could* be worse. The production values could be lower, for instance, but as everyone who's seen, let's say, The Blair Witch Project, Clerks. or Paranormal Activity, knows that production values are just the icing on the cake. There have been way too many $100 to $250 million dollar movies that are complete bull**** because no-one bothered to write a proper script. Sadly, it seems that on the average, writers have not learned from their mistakes. But hey, who needs sense when you can make money without?


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