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on 16 October 2007
Prison Break slipped by me when it first appeared and I only watched it because I have seen all of 24, Rescue Me etc. Prison Break, though, has been a revelation.
You do have to suspend a certain amount of disbelief, but I want to be entertained and I am willing to give programme makers enough creative license to make that happen. Having said that, Prison Break feels authentic, the sets are amazing and all the details have been laboured over to distraction so one never feels short changed by the plot. The characters are brilliant too with exactly the right pitch between brutal self-preservation and intriguing back story. The stand outs are Lincoln and T-Bag - for me - with T-Bag getting special mention for being the most unsentimental character committed to film. You hate him, but Fox River would be a duller place without him.
But it is the plot that makes this show stand out. The writers have almost recreated the '40's cliffhanger b-movie feel with every episode having an ending that makes you think: Now what will they do? The interweaving plots are just great and the writers should be applauded for not being lazy.
Finally, it's the details that make this great. The fact that there is no swearing, yet Fox River feels like the most oppressive prison ever. The tatoos, the small details that are written into the story that only become apparent 3 or 4 eps down the line. Clever.
Overall an excellent production that makes you want to buy season 2 (which is just as good, BTW).