Prison Break

Season 4 Episode 17

The Mother Lode

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Michael and Sara journey to Miami while Lincoln meets with his mother.
T-Bag and Self's mission to locate Scylla takes a dramatic turn.
The General comes under pressure.

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  • So, a mother of two sons tries to convince both of them that she is not the bad guy after all? Heroes, anyone?

    This one becomes more and more painful to watch. Even silly shows like Burn Notice look more convincing than Prison Break. Does anyone think that the plot too much resembles the Angela Petrelli's story so far?? And why the hell everyone is so brushed and wearing heavy makeup for the shoot in Miami, especially Lincoln? I also wasn't aware that the freight trucks in the States are equipped with the fully lit storage the escapees can feel comfortable while traveling to Miami. And of course, the General is not dead - quite like LOST noone actually dies on this show. Watch for Bellick glorious return in one of the next episodes. Phew. To me this show is dead.moreless
  • Boring episode, centering in Michael mother intentions and presenting fillers.

    After the long hiatus, it was hard to remember what happened and I think this affect the audience too. Now every character has one more motivation, their relatives are in great danger, nothing new until now, but since we are approaching the finale, it is normal to begin this way.

    The center of this episode was Michael mother´s and we take the whole episode to discover her true intentions, in the mean time Michael have is own filler time in the truck, very boring and one of the worst filler presented in PB.

    The general didn´t die in that explosion, how, is another miracle that the only the writers can do.

    Presentation Phase - » (6/10),

    Complication Phase - » (6/10),

    Climax Phase - » (6/10),

    Ending - » (6/10),

    Details/Progress (To point A to B) -» (4/10),

    Time and Scene Management - » (6/10),

    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10),

    Suspense/Tension - » (6/10),

    Drama - » (6/10)*2

    Boring episode, centering in Michael mother intentions and presenting fillers.moreless
  • Review

    It was a decent return back, but the fact the the rest of the series looks to be focusing big on the mother side of things doesnt feel like the end the show was working towards in the beginning of the series. I also know that this was supposed to be a mini-series and that it branched off into more. However, I remember reading an article during season three that said they had it planned out for five seasons. Because of the writers strike and the lack of a solid viewer base anymore we got four - but this doesnt feel like the endgame to the show to me. The episode was solid, but nothing to write home about. Hoping that it gets better during this last stretch of episodes here because the beginning of this season was really something special.moreless
  • What a jumbled mess Prison Break is these days, eh?

    What a jumbled mess Prison Break is these days, eh? Since the culmination of the 'retrieve Scylla for the government' storyline, the programme has lacked focus, moving hastily from underwhelming development to underwhelming development, searching desperately for something with which to engage its ailing viewership. The end result is ultimately little more than a glorified run around as characters chase other characters, switch allegiances and then chase some more, with very little rhyme or reason to the whole thing. And then a few 'shock' beats are thrown into the mix in attempt to liven things up but, unfortunately, they fall depressingly flat. First, we had the crushingly pointless turn of Agent Don Self which, frankly, has yet to prove even remotely worthwhile since he's done little more than be an irritating ball of smug for the past five episodes, and now there's the revelation that Mike and Linc's mother is alive and well and (probably) trying to take over the Company by WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY. Sigh. When this revelation was made at the end of 'The Sunshine State', an entire nation let out a collective, disappointed groan. Really, is there any point to this other than to manufacture some hopelessly transparent 'character drama'? And where to begin with the logistics of it all... is it even remotely possible that it might make any sense when taken into context with the show's mythology? I mean, are we just supposed to believe that she sat by and twiddled her thumbs while her son was on Death Row and the other one was getting himself imprisoned to rescue him? Oh, um, yeah actually, we are because LOOK, SHE'S (PROBABLY) EVIL! She'll happily order the execution of her son! What a b***h! Except, um, no. This is just embarrassing because it's so easy to see through it to what it really is: a desperate clutch for something dramatic to infuse the story with. And even if she isn't evil (which, let's face it, with the way Prison Break see-saws between extremities from episode to episode, she likely isn't), there's no way we're ever going to get a logical explanation for her behaviour in the past year or so. Just look at the scene where Linc confronts her: oh, she can't reveal her reasons NOW, that'd be too convenient. No, 'the time must be right' or some such rubbish. In other words, the writing staff haven't got round to figuring that bit out yet so we'll stall, and probably kill her off before she can justify everything. Joy. Elsewhere, the plot bounces off the walls of its cell in annoyingly schizophrenic fashion, introducing a thread, resolving it two minutes later and then rebooting as if nothing ever happened. Case in point: the attempted execution of Krantz which comes out of nowhere, happens and then, within two subsequent scenes, sees the guy back in his office with a sling around his arm, dictating to his lackeys. By this point, the narrative has moved on and we are expected to too. THINK about what's just happened? Put it into context? Don't be silly. This is Prison Break, you're not supposed to dwell on trifling things like that. Just let it all wash over you... 'enjoy the roller-coaster ride'. Um, how about no? How about we're treated with a modicum of intelligence for once and given something that's at least remotely plausible and that makes maybe an ounce of sense? Oh, and how about we DON'T spend a third of the episode in the back of a van with Michael and Sara, pondering life, love and the pursuit of happiness? 'The Mother Lode' is the first instalment of Prison Break's final eight episode run and as an introduction, it fails spectacularly to engage. Further proof, as if any was needed, that the programme should've ended with 'Selfless'.moreless
  • PB returns.

    So last 5 episodes of the series starts with Motherlode. Not a very exciting episode, it actually had quite some dull moments BUT it is nowhere as bad as some want to make it.

    The bad thing about this episode was by far Michael-Sara parts. It was pretty weak and their "break out" of that truck took way too much of the episode. Michael killing someone was not as catchy as it should be.

    However, things were way much better in Linc`s side. To be fair, I`m more interested in seeing Linc, Mahone, T-Bag and Self than Misa. The mother is quite interesting. Trailers completely ruin the character game on here. In fact those trailers established her as the Villain while the episode kinda try to play with that. Anyway, this storyline was not as bad as I expected.

    The attempt of killing Kranz was good, again ruined by the trailer but it was good. Cliffhanger was great, can`t wait to see more.moreless
Shaun Duke

Shaun Duke

Griffin Oren

Guest Star

Ted King

Ted King


Guest Star

Dan Sachoff

Dan Sachoff

Krantz’s Aide

Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

General Jonathan Krantz

Recurring Role

Kathleen Quinlan

Kathleen Quinlan

Christina Scofield

Recurring Role

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