On the run from cor­rupt author­ity

Prison Break: On the Run 9.30pm, Seven ( not in Syd­ney, Bris­bane)

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Michael Sains­bury

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

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