Top positive review
Essential viewing for PB fans (though ridiculously far-fetched!).
on 13 March 2012
Season 3 starts with Michael, Mahone, Bellick and T-Bag in a Panamanian prison, which is run by a drug-lord and his cronies - the prison guards remain outside the walls and shoot anyone who tries to escape.
To create an implausible pretext for Michael to break out of another prison, the scriptwriters decided to have Sarah and LJ kidnapped and threatened with death unless Michael breaks out another prisoner who works for the company (Whistler). There are a few new characters, including Gretchen (a scary lady who works for the Company and is the kidnapper), Sophia (who is Whistler's girlfriend), and a variety of unsavoury prisoners to make life more interesting.
Unlike Season 1, which had them breaking out of a normal prison after Michael's months of detailed planning, the breakout in season 3 from a much tougher place is somehow improvised out of nowhere in a week, but though it stretches incredulity to the limit, you somehow believe in it! As T-bag says in one episode "let's see if he's got the tattoo to get out of THAT one" - but Michael manages without a tattoo!!
Fewer episodes in this season makes for a faster more exciting pace, and some fine acting too especially from Wentworth Miller as Michael (who is increasingly desperate about Sarah) and William Fichtner as Mahone (who is suffering from drug withdrawal). Highly recommended!