And so we arrive at the second half of Prison Break
's maiden series, with the inmates in something of a predicament. There are no spoilers here, but rest assured that the pace, the energy and the sheer brass that defined the first half are all present and correct here.
What's refreshing about the show, particularly in the current TV climate where series such as Lost always seem to be holding back so that they can eek out another season, is that Prison Break never really loses its momentum, and rarely swerves to avoid what's in its way. Granted, in among the episodes in this boxset you'll find one devoted purely to back story, yet even that proves to have a significant place in the Prison Break world.
Of course, to enjoy the show the same rules apply as they did to the first half of the series. You need to throw ideas of realism towards the window, and you need to accept that each episode will tick off another in the series of prison clichés you were probably expecting when you got going with episode one all that time back. But heck, this is exciting television, featuring genuine cliffhangers, a series of characters you can't help but either root for or hiss and boo at, and a great deal of slick, fast entertainment. --Simon Brew
Volume two of the first season of the popular drama series. Michael Schofield (Wentworth Miller) is a desperate man in a desperate situation. His brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), has been convicted of a sensational murder and subsequently put on death row in the Fox River State Penitentiary. Despite the overwhelming evidence against Lincoln, Michael is convinced of his innocence. With no other options and time running out, Michael holds up a bank to get himself sent down alongside his brother. Not just content to while away the hours until Lincoln's execution, Michael hatches a plan, helped in no small part by his skills as a structural engineer. With the blueprints to the prison in his possession, Michael plots an elaborate escape to break out Lincoln and prove his brother was framed. Episodes comprise: 'Odd Man Out', 'End of the Tunnel', 'The Rat', 'By the Skin and the Teeth', 'Brother's Keeper', 'J-Cat', 'Bluff', 'The Key', 'Tonight', 'Go' and 'Flight'.