Yet thats overlooking the sheer presence of the fascinating, twisted bunch of characters we got to know, love, hate and jeer at throughout the shows maiden season. And in many ways, the second series of Prison Break evolves into a logical extension. If youve not seen series one, look away now.
With Michael and Lincoln Burroughs, along with the other escapees, now on the run, the focus switches to keeping out of prison rather than trying to break into it (not for nothing does one of the shows creators cite The Fugitive as an influence). Thats no easy task though. On top of the media interest in them, there are the political forces behind the scenes that were slowly developed in the maiden season,
Once you add into the cauldron the simmering relationships between the escapees themselves, and the feeling of distrust that underpins them, the second season of Prison Break falls into place. And do you know what? Its genuinely as exciting as it was first time round.
Sure, the show takes the occasional narrative shortcut, and shows willingness to test the boundaries of realism as much as it can. But theres no getting away from it: Prison Break is relentless, exciting television, and when this second season concludes with a logical progression to whatll happen in the third, you cant help but demand more. --Jon Foster