I enjoyed the first season of Prison Break and, like many, was sceptical of how well the programme could be maintained now the escape had taken place. However, the creators have done some great work keeping the tension high (some fun scenes running from government agents and uncovering conspiracies) and, more importantly for me, developing the characters, reinforcing emotional ties made in the first season. It's always interesting to watch a show playing from the less common side of the cop/criminal divide.
Like a lot of such American TV nowadays, Prison Break is technically flawless, sometimes creating a dread in the back of my mind that I am being fed style over content. I often find myself watching programmes like this and thinking my time might be better spent reading Joyce or listening to an opera. However, I swiftly drop such elitist nonsense when reminded just why I watch these programmes: it's not because they're intellectually stimulating but because they are skilfully crafted to incite maximum thrills to the viewer, across a wide range of people. It is not only for the sheer adrenaline rush, but for this element of inclusiveness too that Prison Break should be praised.
Yes, it is a bit silly and over the top in places, lacking the literacy of a programme like Studio 60 or the ability to impart a message like The Wire, but it's not trying to be either of those programmes; Prison Break is aiming for thrills, and definitely delivers.