The race to escape Ogygia is on.
While the mystery of Michael Scofield was the driving force behind the first episode of the Prison Break revival, the series’ most central character wasn’t seen until the final moments. That changes in a big way in “Kaniel Outis.” In the episode named after his new mysterious identity, Michael and his new circumstances take center stage.
Even though many hints and references are made throughout the hour, much is still left unknown about what has happened to Michael and why he left his family. If this were a new show, viewers might question Michael’s priorities and loyalty, but we know that similar to Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious, Michael is all about family, so there must be some method to his madness.
As the episode ends with the emergence of a shocking alliance, season 5’s second installment begins by introducing a new figure. The streets of Yemen are being taken over by rebels trying to free their leader, Abu Ramal, a straight-up bad dude who, coincidentally or not, is also in Ogygia.
The action shifts inside the prison, where we meet Michael’s new cellmates. They all could be cool guys, but no one can replace Sucre! This is our first time in their cell, and they’re already making a break for it. Michael and Whip (Augustus Prew) are going up into the vent while the others play lookout. Making their way through the small space, Whip makes reference to “past ones,” possibly suggesting this isn’t their first rodeo together. “Nothing is easy on this one,” replies Michael. Once on the roof, they wait for the lights to go out, which was suppose to happen seven days ago. “I can’t wait another four years,” says an antsy Whip. “It was suppose to be one week. Poseidon has left us here to die.” Hmmm, who is this Poseidon character? I’m thinking we might need to keep that name in mind. The escape won’t be happening tonight — not a surprise, since it’s only episode 2. That would be like Al Pacino becoming The Godfather 20 minutes into the first movie. Luckily, as usual, Michael has another plan in motion.
Back at their hotel, C-Note is giving Lincoln (and us) the rundown on Kaniel Outis. “Call him Michael,” requests Linc.
Kaniel Michael was charged with committing crimes against the government and only recently was released from solitary confinement for a failed escape attempt upon his arrival at Ogygia. This helpful information dump is interrupted when they spot a shadow outside their door. It’s a kid who immediately books it, and Lincoln follows in hot pursuit through the crowded streets. Aided by his hometown advantage, the kid eventually loses his tail. The good news is that he left something behind — one of Michael’s signature origami swans. Written on it is, “Find the Sheikh of Light and I will be free.”
Confused by Michael’s message, the guys seek help, with C-Note insisting they need to get Sheba (Inbar Lavi) back. She has her own family issues, as she unsuccessfully tries to persuade her father to leave the country. Despite her strong anti-Outis feelings, Sheba relents when Lincoln pulls out a wad of cash. Important question: Where the heck did this guy get so much money? Literally, last episode he was being chased by some knuckleheads because he owed $100,000. Sheba demonstrates some true detective skills right away, pulling back a piece of tape and spotting a code that is actually a telephone number. No one answers, but the voicemail is for the Director of Electrical Works. The man has been missing since he went looking for his daughter in the suburbs, which serves as the front line of the war. Not wanting to take the risk, Sheba is out again… until the never-ending supply of money pulls her back in.
Her presumed-dead husband might be imprisoned in Yemen, and her new husband in the hospital with a gunshot wound, but that doesn’t stop Sara from her usual routine, including taking MJ to school. I think the kid could take the day off! As she says goodbye, Lincoln sends her the video of Michael from Ogygia. Sitting in her car, she’s an emotional wreck watching the footage. The beautiful moment is ruined by a call from “noted economist” Jacob.
After Sara assures him that he wasn’t the reason for the home invasion, she goes to the Department of State for answers. And guess who is there to help her? KELLERMAN! Who better for a woman who was once presumed dead to go to for help getting to the bottom of a dead guy being alive than a dead guy who is alive? Don’t worry, that last sentence checks out. “You’ve lived so many lives, I don’t even know who you are,” she quips, heading for the exit before he convinces her to stay. Kellerman was once a cold-blooded killer, but now he’s an environmentalist, so bothered by Sara’s water bottle that he makes her drink from a glass. He’s also supposedly a family man. Giving her the rundown on Outis, he dares to suggest that Michael could be the one who orchestrated this. “It would take a genius… like Michael,” he says. Later, he sends her video from four years ago of Michael shooting a high-ranking CIA officer. She’s still not buying it, believing the situation to be similar to when Lincoln was set up for killing the vice president’s brother back before the series began.