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Prison Break: Season 2 - Review

Prison Break: Season 2 DVD

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES (COMPLETE SEASON): Audio Commentaries by William Fichtner, Reggie Lee, Matt Olmstead, Nick Santora, Seth Hoffman, Paul Scheuring, Dwight Little, Zach Estrin, Amaury Nolasco, Karyn Usher, Paul Adelstein, Fernando Arguelles and Kevin Hooks; Turning Dallas Into America – Featurette; Prison Break Theme – Ferry Corsten Breakout Mix; Easter Egg; Episode 1 from 24 Season 6.

THERE were plenty of silly moments but the second season of Prison Break generally maintained the high standards set by its prison-based predecessor for several reasons.

Firstly, the central dynamic between escapee brothers Lincoln and Michael Burrows (played by Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller) remained strong, as did the will they/won’t they love story between Michael and Dr Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies).

Robert Knepper also continued to provide a charismatic, often loathsome, presence as the psychopathic T-Bag and Paul Adelstein’s rogue Secret Service agent Kellerman proved himself to be a very interesting adversary late on.

Best of all, however, was the introduction of new character Mahone, played with expert relish by cinema star William Fichtner. As the primary agent in pursuit of all the convicts, Fichtner ensured that Mahone provided a suitably wily adversary to Michael’s intelligence – often anticipating his every move.

Several of the exchanges and close calls between them provided the show’s most exhilarating moments, while some of his more dubious deeds also enabled viewers to develop a compelling love-hate relationship with him.

Mahone gave the show an extra impetus that served it well during some of its sillier moments, such as the numerous C-Note sub-plots and some of the brother’s dumber decisions.

Taken as a whole, though, season two of Prison Break began well, dragged its feet during the middle section, and then flat-footed it towards an exciting, Panama-based conclusion.

Several key characters died along the way, some made surprising choices and the line between those that were interesting and those that merely passed the time became increasingly pronounced. But a cliffhanger ending ensured that the ongoing exploits of Michael, Linc and all those who survived would just about be worth catching up with again come the start of season three.

Just how long they can keep the momentum going, or the suspension of disbelief stretched, is a question that the writers may have to answer quickly, though, because on the evidence of certain events that took place during the season finale, the show could be in danger of running out of inspiration… fast!

For now, though, season two is well worth adding to the DVD collection with highlights including stand-alone episodes Chicago, Disconnect and Rendezvous, plus the final four or five episodes.

Read our verdict on the season 2 finale (with spoilers)