Breakout Kings Review: "Collected"

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Philly's out, Erica's in, and Lloyd's still my favorite character. A truly frightening fugitive and a new team member's arrival made for an intriguing second outing of Breakout Kings.

"Collected" began as Philly was bounced, supposedly for trying to plan an escape. As a result, Erica was brought in. I liked Philly, she had a fun side but Erica's an interesting addition. With no mother, a murdered father, and a child that was taken from her, Erica's been given plenty of backstory. There's also the tiny bit about being suspected of killing the five men who murdered her father. The devil is certainly in the details and I hope we get more of those as this story continues.

Charlie on Breakout Kings

The remaining team members have started to gel a bit more. Lloyd and Shea won't ever be buddies, but they have begun to build chemistry together, even if it starts from a difference of opinion or an out and out argument. Lloyd, meanwhile, still stole the episode for me. He got all of the best lines, figured out what made the killer tick and even had time to whine to his mom about being hit by a girl.

Charlie took Philly's defection to heart. She may have been Ray's pick but this is Charlie's team and Philly's failure made him doubt every member, especially Julianne. Of course poor Julianne was the most stalwart of the bunch and deserved his lack of faith and bad attitude the least. Ray quickly jumped to her defense and I wondered what inspired his protectiveness of Julianne to begin with. There's obvious history between the two.

Charlie's mystery pills were explained when Ray told him he knew about his heart condition. Considering that Ray pointed out that Charlie huffs and puffs like the big bad wolf, I had to question if he really had his health issues under control.

Ray also made mention that this team was his shot at getting his badge back. But Charlie called him a felon, just like the rest of the team. I didn't think you could be in law enforcement if you've been convicted of a crime so I was left with lots of questions. What kind of deal did Ray make that he'd still be able to redeem himself and possibly save his career?

This week's fugitive managed to hold women in basement prisons over several months and throughout several states, even while he was incarcerated. He even tortured them and brought little souvenirs (a tooth, fingernails, and hair) home to his wife and used them in his home decorating. Both creative and horrifying. 

Although this episode had a little less humor than the pilot, the continued character insights and a twisted fugitive made for another entertaining hour. I'm anxious to see what comes next.


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Bring back Philly. Breakout kings has lost the good chemistry and team dynamics of the pilot when they replaced her in the second ep. There's 4 men on the team so why can't there be 2 women on the team. This erica character has not won me over yet. I liked the pilot episode because of Philly and she's not in the show anymore, frankly i feel cheated.


Great show! I was waiting to see Serinda Swan since Tron 2, now she in. Fantastic!!


What happen to the tough guy in the pilot - Why dont they replace hom with some new "muscle character"


I sounds like Philly's gone for good but I like her. Like you said, she was more fun. I missed the humor from last week. I hope we see more of it back. Still, it's a good show and I'll keep watching. Since I was never a Prison Break fan, so I have no expectations for next week.


This seems to be a pretty good show..But its not Prison Break!And I would love to have Prison Break. Back!


will philly be back? I liked her in the cast. what gives?


Very intense just like Prison Break, next week will be even more so with T Bag.


T-Bag next week. I think that is all that needs to be said.


This is in my top five TV series, Burn Notice being number 1, lets hope the creators keep it up.


Tonights was another great one but I can't wait till next week, with T-Bag. :D

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