Prison Break #222: "Sona": "Prison" Broke?
If you thought Fox River State Penitentiary was a ghastly place to visit on Monday nights at 8, you ain't seen nothing yet. Welcome to an utter hellhole. Welcome to Sona.
The second season finale of FOX's "Prison Break" was a frantic affair from the get-go.
The framing of Lincoln Burrows for the "murder" of Terrence Steadman was the story line that kicked off the series back in 2005.
The plot was finally resolved last night making Burrows a free man even before the opening credits rolled. But FOX wouldn't leave it at that.
"Prison Break" has always made little sense basking in its complicated web of incredible story lines, but it didn't really matter because it was a damn thrilling ride.
But have the writers now gone too far? Has the hour of adrenaline-filled entertainment finally... wait for it... wait for it... Jumped the shark?
I really hate using the shark reference. It is the single most abused expression among fans of television series in today's climate of instant online criticism.
But if the indication I got from the concluding 10 minutes of the episode is true and the show does turn sci-fi on us, we may have no alternative.
I am willing to suspend my disbelief of Sucre surviving being stabbed into chest on the side of his heart by T-Bag and abandoning his hospital bed hours later in search for his beloved Maricruse.
I can also accept that Sara was able to leave the Chicago trial and locate Michael and Lincoln and their boat somewhere in Panama in what seemed like an instant bearing good news of Lincoln's exoneration.
And yes, I will even swallow the fact that the police Mahone called arrived just after Mr. Kim was shot dead (or at least we hope he was) by Sara and there was no way to reason with them it was self-defense so they had to run.
Implausible as they are, these twists and turns are not more outrageous than anything we have seen over the past 44 episodes.
But when Michael ended up in a really frightening Panama prison called Sona, where an almost unrecognizable Bellick "got served" and laid on the ground in fetal position, my "shark alarm" went off like crazy.
The bald older man who seemed to be the one pulling all strings in the past few episodes was revealed to be a general of some kind in what seems to be a top-secret research facility. Does that mean the government conspiracy was conceived at the Pentagon?
And what about those inexplicable thunderdome sounds of a crowd at the end of Michael's walk through Sona? What the hell is waiting for Michael behind that door? And why was Mahone who ended up in Sona with Michael not required to take the same walk?
Finally, why does the general want Michael to break out of that prison? That can't possibly make sense? Or can it?
As the hour came to a close I tried to remember where we left of all of our characters.
Sucre is bleeding to possible death on a street unable to locate his love.
Kellerman may have been shot dead by the "nazi squad" sent by The Company to intercept prisoner transport (let's hope "Grey's 2.0" is a success and the excellent Paul Adelstein never returns giving his Kellerman a graceful exit).
T-Bag was hired by The Company to lure Michael and others to Panama, but they broke the deal and he stays in a non-Sona Panama prison.
The police in Panama let Sara go and she disappears. Why?
Finally, Lincoln is a free man, but in an ironic reversal of roles, he is the one now who has to help his brother break out of a prison.
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