Prison Break: Resurrection – Ep. 4 “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” Review


By: Jaclyn Cascio (@jaclynator)

Prison Break: Resurrection brought its A-game with this week’s episode, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma.” It was easily the most exciting episode of the revival season so far and bodes well for the remainder of the season. Read on for a review of this week’s installment of Prison Break! (No big spoilers here. Scout’s honor!)

Last week’s episode was full of answered questions leading to more unanswered questions. It felt like groundwork was still being laid down for the development of the season’s plot. (A dangerous gamble when the season is so short.) Character development seemed lacking, and certain subplots did almost nothing to add to the story. *cough* Lincoln and Sheba. *cough* Now, throw all of that out the window, because “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” is a totally different beast – in the best possible way!

After teasing the imminent threat of the rebel/terrorist organization ISIL moving into the city and toward the prison, everything finally came to a head. Utter chaos ensued in all corners of the city. Rebels were in the streets. Prison guards were abandoning their posts. And behind the bars, prisoners were making moves. It was ridiculously exciting to watch as characters made decisions inside and outside the prison that would lead to some dramatic events! As a result, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” was an action-packed episode full of movement and change. Honestly, it recaptured the days of Prison Break long past in all the right ways, and it was utterly refreshing!

Somehow, amidst the chaos, it was actually easier to get to know the characters trying to escape alongside Michael (Wentworth Miller) in the prison. They each had their moment that made them not only more active participants in the story (where they had often previously felt like bystanders), but also made them more distinguishable from each other. It felt like the excitement brought out their personalities in a way that had been lacking before. This made it easier to feel connected to the characters, rather than apathetic. Personally, I thought Whip (Augustus Prew) finally proved his worth to me as a viewer and helped me understand how his fate had become entwined with Michael’s. And let’s just say that Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) finally had something truly useful to offer, and it was great!

Meanwhile, back in America, at Sara’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) behest, T-Bag (Robert Knepper) was fearlessly pursuing any leads on the mysterious Poseidon. That search led T-Bag to Kellerman (Paul Adelstein), and their interactions were a treat to watch! Honestly, any interaction with T-Bag feels a little bit like a cat and mouse situation, which is entertaining, to say the least. The conversation between them allowed for more exposition about the rogue CIA operative called Poseidon in dramatic fashion. Most importantly, T-Bag’s efforts paid off in a big way. If you were waiting for a “WHA?!” moment, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” delivers it.

I don’t want to give away too much, because “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” was loads of fun to watch. If you haven’t been watching the show this season, catch up as soon as you can, because in my opinion, this week’s episode made it worth it. My notes and criticisms were few because I was engrossed in what was happening. Prison Break: Resurrection became exactly what you hoped it would be in “The Prisoner’s Dilemma.”

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