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18 September 2007 @ 01:38 pm
Why do you make it so hard for me to love you?  
So, Season 3 of Prison Break premiered last night...

I want to love this show again. I really do. I was in breathless anticipation every Monday during Season 1, and spent a lot of Season 2 watching out of the corner of my eye to avoid being struck with the WTF head on.

So it's not just the continuing ridiculousness of the Michael/Sara and their story of one-true-love-despite-the-betrayal-and-the-fact-that-I-hardly-know-you. That's bad enough, and if they work Sarah Wayne Callies' pregnancy into the story as Michael/Sara's baby, I might seriously hurl from the preciousness. Urk. Please don't.

No, it's the "little" things. Like half the cast being in Sona prison now (ow! The WTF hit me right in the head!) Like Bellick even still being around. Or T-Bag, intriguing as I find him. It's Michael's "Oh-my-god, my innocence" stare which was classic in Season 1, but adds to the feeling of a big S1 repeat all over again.

It's LJ as Kim Bauer...

It's the continued Conspiracy BS, though they brought in pretty woman for the male viewers in Season 3 (I'm just guessing). For the female viewers, Wentworth is looking very pretty this season, Mahone had some damn fine hair going on (he looked edible), and for god knows what reason (contractual "Must not be sexier than Wentworth" obligations?), Lincoln's head and face are shaved again. Which makes him look like a big goober instead of a sexass, and I don't know what Dominic Purcell or the producers were thinking there.

It's the way Lincoln visits Michael through the bars of Sona, and doesn't even try to touch him, even his hands. It's like he's there because owes Michael something, but otherwise really doesn't care. Gah! Takes me back to that horrible scene on the ship in S2, where Michael's all beaten up and Lincoln is going, "Huh. Oh well, back to the plan."

The relationship between the brothers is the core emotional part of this show, and it's been fading since early S2.

I'll hang in there for awhile and hope (like I always do), but between the everyone-in-Sona, the conspiracy, the OMG Sara and LJ are kidnapped, I feel like I'm watching a soap opera instead of Prison Break. And I never did have much tolerance for those... :(

*heavy sigh*

Tell me something good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Honestly. How often do we even have to look at the back of it?
Actually, it's when he's in profile that the weirdness of its shape is most evident. I didn't want to know that! Kind of like how I feel about Bellick in tighty-whities-- brain bleach!

Michael was always the one touching him. I don't even think it's a matter of not wanting to, so much as it just isn't the way he is. But that's just me.
It may very well be typical for Lincoln. I guess I just don't like it-- I've never felt that the writers showed us sufficient motivation for Michael's intense devotion to Lincoln, and this doesn't help. I'd liked to see more coming from Lincoln's side, even though I've always thought that Michael loved him more.

Additionally, Michael's obsession with Sara--to me that is totally because he doesn't have Linc to obsess about, or getting the money, or whatever. He's an obsessor. She's his current obsession.
This might be true also-- interesting though. Unfortunately, I don't like to see Michael being portrayed in quite that way. I like the occasional neurotic character, but I'd like to see more strength from him (and again, better motivation) than just, "Michael's screwed up like that." Argh to the writers again.

Well, I think I'm just in kind of a negative mood, so I'll stop raining on everyone's parade. Mainly, there were some things I really hated about S2, and I'd kind of hoped they'd fade off in S3...
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assybadboy_fangirl on September 19th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Lincoln is all Michael had; in my mind that was motivation enough. [Whether or not Lincoln is worthy of that level of devotion is moot, because in Michael's mind it isn't even about worthiness, it's about guilt and *You're telling me he is where he is BECAUSE OF ME*] In fact, if you watch Brothers Keeper, I think that sums up the moment when Michael decides to do it. He knows he can get access to the plans, and it's his *fault* Linc is in there, and Linc is all he has in the world, so he does it.

Now, he's got Linc and Sara. Paul Adelstein asks the question on the Sona commentary, "Doesn't it seem like Michael wants to be punished?" when he gives himself up in Sara's place.

Unfortunately, I don't like to see Michael being portrayed in quite that way. I like the occasional neurotic character, but I'd like to see more strength from him (and again, better motivation) than just, "Michael's screwed up like that." Argh to the writers again.
That's the other thing: Michael would be crazy if he weren't so smart, Dr. Brighton says in S1. Michael has been able to use his *craziness* as a strength thus far, but I think with the unleashing of it to full capacity as well as what he's been through since entering and leaving FR, it's all very questionable. What happens to him in Sona could drive him JCAT crazy in a heartbeat, I think. I don't see Michael as insane or anything, but he is NOT normal, and his eccentricies do not always make him the most stable person. The fact that he generally can control himself shows me that usually he tries to operate above the *noise* in his head, but he can't always do that, especially when he's getting desperate. I just see him clinging to the idea of Sara, even though, as you've pointed out so beautifully before, their relationship is ludicrous. It's the entity of what she represents (happiness, a family, whatever) not who she really is, as was the case with Lincoln (it's not who Linc is *my brother* it's what Linc represents, Michael's *only family*. Remember his crying when Aldo died? He was all mad at his father what five minutes earlier, but suddenly it was *I only had one day with him*. Again, not who is father really was, but what he represented.

*shines up amateur psycho-analysis badge* Maybe it's me that's crazy, not Michael, eh? ;-)