Prison Break

Season 3 Episode 1

Orientación

6
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2007 on FOX
9.2
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Now locked up in a Panamanian prison known as Sona, Michael, T-Bag, Bellick, and Mahone try to find a way out. Much to their devastation, they soon find out that the prison has been abandoned by the authorities because of the immense threat from the vile inmates. Michael searches for an inmate named Whistler in the prison sewers. As Lincoln is puzzled by Sara's sudden disappearance, he learns that LJ has gotten into some trouble.moreless

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  • Awesome.

    9.7
    Michael is incarcerated in a prison along with T-Bag, Bellick and Mahone. Lincoln tries to find a way to get his brother out, Sara is missing and LJ arrives in Panama. What can I say about this eposide? I love it, it was actually better than wahat I expected because I thought, oh another season of being in Prison, but it is awesome! I also love the new prison too, it looks so hard to get out, but we all know Michael. Love this episode though. I love the storyline to season three of Prison Break, too. I can't wait to see more, even though I am re-watching it, just love this season so much.moreless
  • Brace yourself! It's Prison Break 3.0!!

    7.5
    So as we settle in for the third season of Prison Break, take a moment to reflect on this series so far. The first season was a dynamite, original show. Cool plots, suspense, smart twists (and some eye-rolling stretching...). The second season was...well, something different. Sort of like the writers had no idea where to go. Too many characters, too many loose ends, too many head-scratching plot holes. Plus, they tried to pass Texas off as Illinois. Didn't work.



    Ah, but this third season has promise! ANOTHER prison break out of a much more dangerous place has a cool thrust to it. There are less characters to contend with. The "leader" of Sona is a great foe for Michael. And new twists! Fun!



    I liked the first episode; it showed a lot of promise and I believe the writers have a better handle on where they're going. What didn't I like? Sara's stand-in. Hello? This is the season premiere! Get your actors on location (or on set). Don't use the back of someone else's head. I hated that Caroline the VP disappeared for much of season two. Don't do that again with Sara, a main character, this season.



    But overall, good stuff. Can't wait to see what's coming.moreless
  • Basically it's an episode that introduces a crap load of loose ends. It seems pretty promising and looks like season 3 has potential to be better than the last.

    9.0
    Basically it's an episode that introduces a crap load of loose ends. It seems pretty promising and looks like season 3 has potential to be better than the last. (Spoiler) Michael get's help from the FBI agent who once chased him and now he needs to break some guy out of prison or else his girl and LJ die. It is going to be interesting to watch how things unfold. I like the idea of the FBI agent helping Michael because he is pretty bad ass. Also, I wonder what kind of tricks Micahel will be able to pull this time and who he will be able to manipulate into helping him. One thing that worries me is the doctor girlfriend and LJ seem like they won't be a major part of this season or may even be killed off, which is insane since they were such prominent characters in the past 2 seasons.moreless
  • a very exciting beginning of the new season that could put the whole show back on track.

    8.5
    The first season of Prison Break was a true masterpiece, every single episode was exciting and the season as a whole was amazingly consistent. There was a certain flavor that I really enjoyed. The setting inside the prison is what made the show so memorable and unique. At the end of the first season the gang escaped from the prison and let us into the second season which was about being on the run.

    Unfortunately the second season was nowhere close the masterpiece that season one was. The many subplots, plot twists and silly coincidences made the show hard to watch at some times. Especially the first halve of the season which focused most on the search for the money was very inconsistent. When I heard there was going to be a season 3 I was a bit disappointed, I was hoping for a nice resolution at the end of the second season and I didn't like the idea of another season prison break because I felt it had expired it's due date. But when I saw the season 2 finale I suddenly got very excited about the next season. The idea of Michael being back in jail was very exciting, and especially the flavor we got from Sona in the last season 2 was great.



    After more then 5 months wait Prison Break finally returns and I can finally see if my excitement for the new season is justified.

    The Answer: Yes, of course I can't say whether the season will be good or not but the premiere was very satisfying. The opening scene were Michael is confronted with Sona was really terrifying. The episode works sort of like a from bad to worse situation. The prison becomes scarier and more dangerous with every passing minute. It's great to see how Michael is handling this, he chooses not to talk to anyone and let everything be. Compared to the season 1 Michael who was always planning something, this Michael is scared and worried.



    The Subplot with Lincoln feels a little bit to much like the subplot in season one with Veronica, so his role this season may not be so interesting, at least not in the beginning. The thing I liked most about the episode was the flavor of Sona. I liked how it is completely different from the season 1 prison. That reflects in the cinematography, the use of color and even the music. All in all this is very exciting beginning of the new season that could put the whole show back on track.moreless
  • This season premiere presents the new prison where Michael is imprisoned and it is very interesting to follow, since the tension level here is the same as Fox River. All character are set in their positions in this episode.moreless

    9.2
    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (9/10). Ok, this was a presentation, so was all about knowing the rules and the poor conditions of this Sona Prison. Also to know Lechero and put every player in their position. Lincoln is the outside messenger contact for Michael, Sara and LJ are…,There is also two woman that are the new character of this season, T-bag, Bellick and Mahone are already in their position.



    Presentation Phase - » (10/10). The presentation reminds me season 1, Michael is simple screwed. Simple and a well done presentation, for me was perfect.



    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Michael will be transferred, however his life’s in danger, since Lechero doesn´t like him and the company want him to do something to him. T-bag is in Prison Because Michael and Mahone wants to tag with Michael because he believes that Michael is his only way out of this prison.



    Climax Phase - » (10/10). Season 1 quality material, Michael is forced to fight until he dies or he kill Lechero man, how he will escape is something that you need to see.



    Suspense/Tension - » (10/10). Every episode in season 1 built tension and then, there was only one scene or two that was very suspenseful, this episode is no exception.



    Drama - » (9/10). Bellick poor condition was nice to see. Mahone Is in a fragile condition. Michael want to know if Sara is ok, Bellick lost a friend.



    Ending - » (9/10). The ending set ups the Main complication for this season.



    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (8/10). Two women appearance here is the main surprise for this episode because of their connections.



    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). There are two Lincoln scenes that seemed to me that were fillers, the rest it is ok, very Hard to notice any more fillers.



    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). This prison is unreal, but ok, serves for this plot. Bellick friend running was an example to the audience see what happens if someone´s tries to escape, even the dead bodies that are out of the prison are shot, so there is no way to escape from this prison or it seems that way.



    What I liked -» Almost all scenes. Lechero and this new blue eyes woman.



    What I Didn´t Liked -» Some of Lincoln scenes, looking for Sara for example, seemed to me like a filler.



    This season premiere presents the new prison where Michael is imprisoned and it is very interesting to follow, since the tension level here is the same as Fox River. All character are set in their positions in this episode.moreless
William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Special Agent Alexander Mahone

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Captain Brad Bellick

Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

Michael Scofield

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Lincoln Burrows

Danay Garcia

Danay Garcia

Sofia Lugo

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Lechero

Cullen Douglas

Cullen Douglas

Sapo

Guest Star

Lawrence Varnado

Lawrence Varnado

Constable

Guest Star

Charles Van Eman

Charles Van Eman

American Consul

Guest Star

Marshall Allman

Marshall Allman

LJ Burrows

Recurring Role

Laurence Mason

Laurence Mason

Sammy

Recurring Role

Carlo Alban

Carlo Alban

McGrady

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lechero: I hope they haven't been treating you too poorly. I should hear of it if you have. I think as you can tell, Sona is unlike any other place in the world. Since the riots of last year, they left us here to rot. They figured we would just destroy ourselves, but instead, we've thrived. With the canal, Panama is now a breeding ground for international crime. 27 different nationalities we have here. But not one gang. Not one racially-motivated incident. It's just... me. Egalitarianism I believe is the word. Did I get that right?
      Mahone: Right as rain.

    • (repeated line)
      Sofia (in Spanish): Bring my husband out now!

    • Guard: Any attempt to assist an inmate with escape will be met with a lethal response.
      Lincoln: Wouldn't dream of it.

    • Lincoln: What happened to your face?
      Susan: Cat.
      Lincoln: Cat? That's a big cat.
      Susan: You push anything too far into a corner and the claws will come out.

    • Mahone: No weapons. Rules are rules, remember? If we don't have them, we're savages.

    • Consul: The good news: as of yesterday, you're a free man. You got nothing to worry about.
      Lincoln: Just my brother.

    • Sammy: Let's go, blanco. Orientación.
      Michael: I'm not interested.
      Sammy: That's not for you to decide. (He lifts his shirt to reveal a knife)

    • Lincoln: They find anything else?
      Consul: Like what?
      Lincoln: A bag.
      Consul: What was in it?
      Lincoln: A little money.
      Consul: Sorry.
      Lincoln: 'Course they didn't.

    • Clerk: Your brother – where do they have him incarcerated?
      Lincoln: Sona. (the clerk is silent) What?
      Clerk: The worst of the worst are there. Men no other prison will take. They rioted so badly a year ago, the guards pulled out. Just left them to themselves. Thousand thieves, rapists, murderers. The government just stays back, keeps the perimeter. To them, Sona's a one-way street: what goes in, never comes out, unless it's dead.

    • Linc: You gotta do something. My brother is innocent! He's an American citizen!
      Clerk: Well, there's nothing I can do about that.
      Linc: Of course there is. Back at the crime scene, that'll prove –
      Clerk: Look, I'm a night clerk, ok? If you want someone who can really do something, you're gonna have to wait for the consult. He gets in in the morning. I'm sorry.
      Linc: That ain't gonna cut it.

    • (Calling out to the other prisoners before the fight)
      Lechero: We have a disagreement between two dogs. A drug addict and a thief. I condone neither. And I wash my hands of both of them. But they have an issue. And we have rules. And without rules we are nothing but savages. Therefore, the proper respect for the rules. This fight is engaged with only one rule; no weapons. Only man versus man, without augmentation or handicap. I'm done talking!

    • Michael: Fighting dirty? That's your secret?
      Mahone: I didn't think there was any such thing as clean in a place like this.
      Michael: You know, I'm surprised Alex. It almost sounds like you care.
      Mahone: You're my "Get-out-of-jail-free-card". Just survive.

    • Michael: Tell me something. Do you always set up your fights?
      Lechero: (shakes head) I had nothing to do with it.
      Michael: Yet the only one in this whole prison who has a problem with me, is you.
      Lechero: I'd be glad to see you go down... superstar.

    • Mahone: This is the first day for the rest of our lives. How about we work together, you know? Help each other out.
      Michael: Except everytime I look at you... all I can see is the man that killed my father. You're on your own.

    • Lechero: I'm not the judge. I don't deal in the claims people make. I just make sure the rules are followed. And the rules say all grievances are dealt with two men in a ring, a fight.
      Michael: I'll be leaving tomorrow, so that won't be necessary.
      Lechero: It may not be necessary to you, but it is to me. I have a duty to maintain order here. An ironclad legal system that assures that no one goes independent with their grievances, as is so often the case in other prisons. Here, there is a system, and that system means order. So whether you agree with it or not, does not matter to me. There's a larger agenda than yours.

    • T-Bag: Playing by yourself. Same old Pretty. Just not good at making friends, are you?
      Michael: We got nothing to say to each other.
      T-Bag: On another note, on a big picture note, them big government types that shook me down so hard, why is it they wanted you here? Was it Sona they was interested in? That's what I'm thinking. Want me to get you down here, up in this very county. What do you think it is, huh? You think it's Sona? Who'd be interested in a dump like this?

    • Michael (to Lincoln): You know I keep waiting for you to mention a certain someone. Lincoln: I don't know where she is man. Michael: You gotta find her. Lincoln: I will. Michael: She's important to me Linc. If anything happens to Sara... Lincoln: It's gonna be fine man, I promise.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Amaury Nolasco is credited, but does not appear in this episode.

    • In Latin America, this episode has the same title, since it's in Spanish.

    • As from this episode, the music composer, director of photography, production designer and editor will appear during the main credits.

    • First appearances by Chris Vance (Whistler), Robert Wisdom (Lechero), Danay Garcia (Sofia) and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Susan). They were added to the opening credits. Also, Paul Adelstein (Kellerman), Rockmond Dunbar (C-Note) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara) were removed from the opening credits.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: September 24, 2007 on Sky One
      Denmark: October 29, 2007 on TV3
      Germany: January 8, 2009 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 2, 2009 on Nova Cinema

    • The music heard when Lincoln is having a drink in the bar is actually the orchestral version of the French opening title Pas le Temps by Faf Larage.

    • The show now has another new beginning theme; rather than Fox River, the new Panamanian prison is shown in the opening credits. Also, the theme song has stayed similar, yet it is a remix of the original.

    • "Orientación" means direction and orientation in Spanish.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Mahone: (To Michael) You're my Get Out of Jail-free Card.

      This is alluding to the card you can receive in the Chance or Community Chest card packs in the Monopoly board game.

    • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe's character is named Susan B. Anthony - Susan B. Anthony was a real character, one of the first suffragettes; she was a major civil rights leader for women and she helped to introduce women's suffrage into United states.

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