Prison Break season two simply shouldnt work. Having effectively concluded the story arc at the end of season one, there was real cynicism as to whether the pace, energy and excitement could possibly transfer to more episodes.
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
Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller, THE HUMAN STAIN) and his brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell, JOHN DOE) might have escaped prison at the end of series one, but that doesn't mean that drama and action have to end in this thrilling series' second year. Michael, Lincoln, and a group of escaped convicts aren't just on the run from the law, led by an FBI agent (William Fichtner, INVASION). They're also devoting their time to uncovering a vast government plot that takes them all over the world. Like fellow serial dramas LOST and 24, PRISON BREAK is a complex series driven by smart stories and engaging action that rewards multiple viewings. Features all the episodes from the second series of PRISON BREAK.