Prison Break: Resurrection – “Behind the Eyes” Review


By: Jaclyn Cascio (@jaclynator)

Prison Break: Resurrection served up its final episode this week, and it was everything you could hope for! The finale picked up right where last week’s episode left off and continued with movement, action, and all the planning you ever wanted! By the end, I was quoting Hannibal from The A-Team…because I really do love it when a plan comes together! Read on for a review of the finale of the revival season of Prison Break.

“Behind the Eyes” was the finale that Prison Break: Resurrection deserved. While the revival season may have had its ups and downs, this week’s final episode made it all worth it. It felt like enough to forgive some of the mistakes and missteps made along the way. “Behind the Eyes” was engaging and interesting, to the point where I actually forgot to take notes in order to write a review! (This is really saying something. I’m a keen note-taker.) Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), with his quiet confidence, moved forward with a plan that was years in the making. The execution of such long-term planning is always the highlight of Prison Break. Additionally, Miller fantastically portrays Michael with just the right expressions to make the audience believe that Michael had no doubts about how it was all going to pan out in the end. That confidence is almost enough to make you believe that everything else that felt like mistakes were somehow part of the plan. And in a happy surprise, the plan wasn’t just to get slightly crazed Poseidon (Mark Feuerstein) out of the way. It was to make the path clear for everyone’s future. I mean, talk about reframing things…literally. Honestly, that’s not how I expected things to go. Shows and movies are known for leaving out the part about the aftermath of whatever events occurred. But “Behind the Eyes” took care of that too, with just desserts being served in the end.

More time is the only thing that was missing from the finale. While the pieces finally made their way together to show us the puzzle Michael had been working through since the very beginning (admittedly, with a lot of hiccups along the way), I wanted more time to flesh those resolutions out and bask in the awesome plan that had been set in place. “Behind the Eyes” felt rushed, tying up all the loose ends that had been present throughout the short season. For example, Lincoln’s (Dominic Purcell) subplot got lost in the mix due to the haste to resolve his story so that Michael’s story could get the attention it deserved. The finale felt so rushed that there even a few parts of the plan I’m still unclear about – did they go through as planned, or were there really unfortunate deviations? While the hopeful part of me wants to embrace that as a purposely designed mystery, the realistic part of me feels that it was a lack of time which deprived us all of one of the best parts about Michael’s plans – finally being in on them and recognizing the genius that was at work! I also still have some “Okay, but why…” questions after the finale, which just one more episode could tie up into a neat little bow.

T-Bag (Robert Knepper) was a shining star of the finale, particularly due to the closure that was written for him. There was a genuine effort to show how T-Bag had changed and how his actions really reflected a man with new perspective who still knew who he was underneath it all. As far as characters go, this might have made him the one that grew and developed the most from the last time we saw him, seven years ago. (I still have some “Okay, but why…” questions concerning him too, but we’ll just let those slide.)

“Behind the Eyes” may have needed more time to really round out the deep and complex stories the writers were trying to tell, but it still served as an excellent finale for the revival run of Prison Break. There were exciting twists and turns, and while Fox made sure Prison Break: Resurrection left itself a door open to come back, perhaps in a slightly different capacity, it still gave the audience closure, whether they were new viewers or old. There are some reboots, remakes, or revivals that just make you cringe and regret the time you wasted watching (*cough* Dirty Dancing TV movie remake *cough*), but Prison Break: Resurrection was worth the nine-episode journey alongside the returning characters.

    One Comment

  1. RobinJune 3rd, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Here is what I believe: Whip is not dead. He was “shot” with the gun that blondie took off of him. All smoke and mirrors. This was a way to get him free and clear. He wasn’t going to be exonerated the way Michael was.

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