Prison Break Season 5 Episode 6: ‘Phaeacia’ Review

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This week we continue the journey of Michael, Lincoln, Whip, and Ja trying to escape. It was no surprise that their first plan didn’t go the way they hoped considering they never do in this show. The second they tried to team up with Omar you just knew that things were going to go wrong.

However, they did manage to pull the situation around surprisingly well. It was pleasant to once again see Whip take action. Since he killed Ramal I’ve been wanting to see him do more. We got a surprising amount of focus on both him and Ja this episode, which was nice. They’re both interesting characters that bring something different to the table. With Ja’s over the top performance of Queen as a distraction in the last episode, he’s definitely bumped up on the list of how much I like him.

We get to see Whip use his skills again at the gas station. The moment where he couldn’t understand why someone would carry a gun with only one bullet, and later Lincoln voices the same thing, was a nice little addition, especially when we get to see him use that one bullet to take out multiple people.

Similarly, with Ja we get to see him contribute a little when he notices the birds and the fact that they hang around water. It was also heartwarming to see him with the kids when they reach Phaeacia. The way that one kid held his hand when he got out of the car and how he spent time setting up the fireworks with them was really lovely. It was just nice to see him smiling and we can also assume that he hasn’t taken any more drugs at this point, so it was even better to see him look so carefree and at ease without being high.

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Prison Break Season 5 Episode 5: ‘Contingency’ Review

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So this episode we start off with T-Bag showing Sara what he’s found out. Admittedly, I felt a little let down with the lack of T-Bag for the rest of this episode. In this scene, we see that he’s still injured and he does seem genuinely sorry for Sara. It would have been really interesting to see where that went and to have him help her out. Although I am glad that Sara had help and wasn’t completely alone in trying to figure out just how involved Jacob was, I find myself wondering where T-Bag is and if he’s okay.

I love that with Sara’s storyline they made us, the audience, question whether or not Jacob really was someone to fear. His story at the end about setting up A&W and Van Gogh is plausible, but at this point in the season, it seems very unlikely that anyone else would be Poseidon. With a reveal like this, I doubt they’ll turn around and say “actually, no, Jacob isn’t Poseidon,” but this is Prison Break, so I guess anything could happen. From the look on Sara’s face when they hug it seems like she doesn’t really believe his story either, at the very least she’s suspicious that there’s still something not quite right.

Sara is one of my favourite characters from the series and it really does feel like she hasn’t had enough screen time so far this season, so hopefully, with this new found information and doubt in Jacob, it will give her more to do and bring her more screen time. We haven’t seen Sucre for a while either, so giving her more to deal with could require her to get people like Sucre and T-Bag onboard to help her with finding answers and also keeping Mike safe.

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Prison Break Season 5 Episode 4: ‘The Prisoner’s Dilemma’ Review

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I love that we opened this episode up with Sheba. Although it seemed in the last episode that she was okay, it was just reassuring to know that she was on the mend. Seeing her determination to keep going and still thinking about what they could do next was great to see. The shared concern between her and Lincoln makes this relationship even more interesting, and the gradual progression from not trusting each other to wanting each other to be safe is heartwarming and believable.

Lincoln’s determination to get Michael out has also escalated. It’s highly amusing that Lincoln is the one to just walk straight into the prison when anarchy starts, whereas Michael spends months, at the very least, planning. Sheba’s dad offering to help as a thank you was great, but I am a little disappointed that we didn’t get any more Sheba for the rest of the episode. Hopefully, that will be made up for later.

When things do go into anarchy that’s, of course, when things start happening all at once. We see Lincoln run into problems with finding keys to the prison. I love that the local kid got to be part of that plan. I hope it’s not the last we see of him, but it might very well be. While all this is going on we have Michael and co trying to escape from their cells. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when he had Ramal get the spoon and string from the cell. It was really fascinating to just sit back and see it unfold, even more so because you had the angry prisoners outside trying to get in and kill them which made it a little more intense. I will say, I was a little disappointed that that guard wasn’t more involved with Michael and his plans.

Out in the street, I screamed a little when Ja opened up the note that Michael had slipped him. It just further proves that Michael doesn’t just use people and drop them. That if he cares about you, he’ll stick by you. In the old series when it came to dropping people like T-Bag and leaving them behind, it was clear that it was because Michael didn’t think much of them anyway and didn’t consider them friends. Every time it’s proven that Michael genuinely cares about people and wouldn’t just sacrifice them for his own cause, I smile and feel genuine happiness.

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Prison Break Season 5 Episode 3: ‘The Liar’ Review

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It’s always interesting to slowly discover the purposes of Michael’s tattoos. During the original run of Prison Break his tattoos were a map to help them escape. This time it doesn’t seem to be a literal map, but instead bits and pieces that will aid their eventual escape. This is shown through him copying what one of his tattoos said and passing it on to the children waiting outside. It’ll be interesting to see what all the other tattoos mean and how they play a role in his overall plans.

One thing I loved about this scene as well was how the children outside refer to Michael as “Bubblegum Man” and later refer to Lincoln as “Tic Tac Man.”

All throughout this episode, Michael struggles to keep his plans in place and the appropriate people on side, but he does manage to keep it going. It’s only when we get closer to the end that things really start to mess up. Firstly, we see Whip doubting Michael’s plans and he then continues on (throughout the episode) to question whether or not Michael will leave him and their other cell mates behind.

Out of all the relationships that Michael has formed, it seems like his one with Whip is the most genuine. He’s constantly reassuring Whip that he won’t leave him and he does take some pretty big risks to prove it. Although it can be hard to tell with Michael. Planting the watch in Ramal’s cell was partly to prove his loyalty to Whip, but also because he had already begun to change his mind on breaking Ramal out. The main things that make me side with Michael genuinely caring (and not planning to leave Whip and co behind) is that he’s never really seemed to be that heartless before, he attempted to stop them from trying to kill Sid, and although his message at the end was for Sara, he showed in that moment that he still cared about something and wasn’t completely heartless.

Either way, Whip and Michael’s relationship gives us a lot of information. It’s further talked about that they knew each other before prison and we now find out that they were doing work for the CIA. Well, according to Whip they were. We know that Michael recruited him, and Michael mentions in the episode that he was supposed to get Ramal out but things changed so now he’s refusing to do so. From the way Michael looks when Whip reveals that they’re CIA, I’m wondering if there’s something he’s not saying. I don’t doubt that there is genuine involvement with the CIA and that he did in fact recruit Whip, but I’m wondering now if maybe Michael went rogue at some point. It would most likely be while they’re in prison, especially for him to have changed his mind about breaking Ramal out, something he mentioned the government wanted. We know that someone named Poseidon is involved with the change. The most likely answer is that Poseidon is someone working against the CIA, but all these changes in place would Michael still have the CIA on his side or would he had to have gone off on his own?

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Prison Break Season 5 Episode 2: ‘Kaniel Outis’ Review

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This episode provides more direct focus on Michael. Although we don’t know exactly what’s going on with him and why he’s in this position, we do know now that he is already intending to break out of prison and his intention to do so has been there for a while now.

Michael’s plans having hiccups and not going the way they should have was interesting because it meant we got to see a lot of Michael’s quick thinking and fast action. It’s mentioned in this episode, and has been before too, that he is incredibly smart so to see him put that into play is always wonderful to see.

I like the people in his cell that he’s working with. They all clearly have qualities that can benefit Michael, his escape, and whatever his overall plan is. Of course, it’s brought to our attention by Jacob that Michael could be pretending to be everyone’s friend in order to get his desired result, and he will be a person’s friend up until they’re no longer useful. Also by loving and getting close to a person, it’s easy to make them go against their better judgment. I personally don’t think this was the case for Michael when it came to people like Sara and Sucre and the others. Perhaps it started that way but when he came to love them and be close to them, that was genuine, something he probably didn’t expect. However, it could be what’s happening now. There’s clearly something bigger at play that we obviously don’t know what just yet, so perhaps Michael is being two faced and using these people. It all comes down to what his end goal is and why.

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