Matt Roush: To each his own. Jeff's is a wonderful example of a long-honored critical tradition: damning with faint praise. I certainly got my share of hate mail this week (more than usual, anyway) for being so snarky about this silly show last week. I get Prison Break as a guilty pleasure, and I guess I should leave it at that. It's just that it once seemed to have a bit more potential. That may be the reason I champion T-Bag, not because I admire him (hardly!), but because he's the one element of the show that still seems original and daring to me. Everyone else is like pieces on a chessboard, being moved around (and occasionally offed) at the whim of writers who've lost a grasp on character and are content with shuffling the deck in new and wacky ways each week. (When all else fails: suicide.) Last week's episode, in which Team Scofield led the fake "Cooper Green" through hell and high water in their quest to find someone who'd listen to the mysterious tell-all tape, reminded me of a very bad episode of the mercifully vanished Vanished.
I agree with Matt on the T-Bag issue, he is an original character and I love watching his story unfold.