On the run from corrupt authority
Prison Break: On the Run 9.30pm, Seven ( not in Sydney, Brisbane)
WENTWORTH Miller is extremely pretty. Most girls would be happy to have his big lips and mysterious steely blue grey eyes.
In Prison Break , Miller plays Michael Scofield. He’s an architect with some weird psychological syndrome that allows him to be completely fearless.
Last year, in this show’s first series, viewers were asked to believe the proposition that the very decorative Miller is also a genius capable of breaking eight people out of a maximum security prison in Chicago.
He went in to break out his brother Lincoln Burrows, who was in for a murder he didn’t commit. Burrows is played by Australian actor Dominic Purcell, who is not as pretty as Miller, but handsome in a rough and tumble kind of way.
Last season — which certainly had its longueurs — ended with the breakout and this year the boys have been, well, on the run. Linc was in prison as part of some evil multinational mega- conspiracy, which of course goes all the way to the President, Caroline Reynolds ( the excellent Patricia Wettig).
This week is episode 20 of the series. Loyal viewers have had to put up with uneven pacing and they have had to swallow some of the most unbelievable plot twists.
At times the fate of the brothers has moved to ‘‘ who cares’’ proportions as there has been limited chemistry between the two actors.
More interesting have been the subplots within the plot as to the fates of the six other convicts who broke out with them. Many are now dead but the best of these has been the vile Theodore ‘‘ T- Bag’’ Bagwell ( Robert Knepper), a mass murderer and pedophile who managed to survive having his hand chopped of with an axe at the end of last season.
But for all its faults, this season has not been such a bad ride. Holding it all together has been special agent Alex Mahone ( William Fitchner) who has brought a genuine intensity to his role, something missing in the leads. He has been compromised by the ‘‘ the company’’ into doing its evil bidding.
Last week, due to some good work by our fearless brothers, the President announced she would stand down, which was something of a climax in the context of the show.
Tonight is one of the slower episodes. Michael’s patchy conscience comes to the fore and we are shown how the main characters who are still breathing end up in Panama, setting up what will doubtless be two crackerjack final episodes.
It is hard to see how the producers will be able to extend this franchise any further, but apparently they are going to give it a go.
Chase is on: Paul Adelstein, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, William Fichtner and Wade Williams in Prison Break