Prison Break’s latest episode “Progeny” had the cat and mouse game between Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Jacob/Poseidon (Mark Feuerstein) intensifying as we geared up towards the season finale.
Starting with Michael receiving the text from Sara (really from Jacob) that she and Mike, Jr. were safe, we knew that the episode was going to show that Scofield and Jacob were equally matched (Though Michael knew right away the text wasn’t from Sara as they agreed never to call their son Mike, Jr.). And as the episode progressed, we saw that Jacob was determined to stay a step ahead of Michael. I always enjoy seeing Michael equally matched in intelligence by the antagonist. This harken back to the days of Season 2 with FBI agent Alex Mahone (William Fitchner). Michael Scofield is very smart, who else would have tattooed an escape blueprint on their body? So, we need those he faces to be able to match him wit-for-wit. We’ve got that in Jacob. The only difference is Mahone had his own personal demons to brain wrestle, which might have given Scofield the upper hand. Jacob appears calm, cool and collected. He’s a worthy foe. In “Progeny” we got to see meetings between Jacob and Michael and when Jacob committed the murder and framed Kanil Outis (Michael). It was also interesting to see that the Poseidon agents aren’t blindly following Jacob like sheep. Sure, they still seem to answer orders, but I think now they wonder more about them. How about Jacob taking and destroying all those paper cranes Michael had delivered to Sara? He was determined to clip Scofield’s wings in more ways than one! And I really thought that Mike had given Michael the clues in the drawing, but this goes to show how good Jacob is at thinking like Michael.
And let me say I love that the writers continue to reach into Prison Break’s history with the guy Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) owed money to ending up to be John Abruzzi’s son. The writers aren’t breaking the circle of prison fact. (Did you see what I did there? “breaking the circle…prison” = Prison Break.) But that wasn’t the only paternal connection reveal in “Progeny.” We learned that Whip (Augustus Prew) is T-Bag’s (Robert Knepper) son. I didn’t see that coming and I must admit, that I’m on the fence on this one. I don’t know what the purpose in this was. And unless any other viewer noticed it, I didn’t see any T-Bag traits in Whip that screamed that he was Bagwell’s boy. But if this was a way to keep T-Bag involved in the larger conspiracy picture (and Michael’s story) and also give Knepper more screen time, I’ll accept it.
But the best thing about Prison Break “Progeny” was that our guys are now back in the good US of A. America the free and the home of the brave. Michael Scofield has fought to be free and he’s certainly brave, so this is the perfect location for the face-off between Jacob and Michael. I’d rather Michael be on his home turf. It was touching that Michael finally got to meet his son but since a moment of happiness for Scofield is shortly followed by danger, we’re going into the season finale with our heroes in peril. Who will make it out alive?
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