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Prison Break - The Complete Season 2 (DVD)
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Prison Break - The Complete Season 2 (DVD)
Advantages: Excellent continuation from season 1
Disadvantages: None really
The idea of watching over 20 episodes featuring people trying to break out of prison really didn't appeal to me when I first started watching Season 1. However, by the end of the season, I was obsessed with watching it, and couldn't wait to see Season 2. For those of you who haven't yet seen Season 1, this review is likely to spoil it for you as I will be talking about the aftermath of the dramatic attempt to escape at the end of the first season.
This second season defied a lot of critics who were unsure of how effective something like Prison Break could be out of prison. As we watch the characters who have successfully made it out try and strengthen their freedom, the human characterisatic of greed rears its ugly head as the prospect of millions of dollars hidden somewhere in the countryside seems worth risking being caught for the stars of the show.
Wentworth Miller returns as Michael Schofield, complete with gruff, husky voice. Michael spent the entire first season completing his plan to break his innocent brother out of Death Row. As such, joining him is Dominic Purcell as brother Lincoln Burrows. Complete with a bunch of lethal cons including T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and cell mate Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), Michael and Linc try to stay safe, but fate seems to keep them all meeting up, dicing with being caught and with death and each other throughout the series.
Coupled with the cons are the law enforcement side of the cast, albeit the corrupt part, with William Fichtner as Alex Mahone and Wade Williams as Brad Bellick proving the right side of the law is littered with greed and lust and power just as much as the wrong side. There are some excellent performances here from the cast, and the intense action doesn't really stop.
Essentially, the filming is made rather easier by splitting up the main characters once they are out of prison. I imagined a rather disappointing season with the entire group of them trying to establish lives incorporating freedom a rather dull prospect. However, the addition of millions of dollars potentially accessible to any of them that want it, and the fact that the law are hot on their heels, make for enthralling watching. The characters are developed further throughout the series, and while we don't really see much new in comparison to those in the first season, what we do get is better understanding of already established characters.
However, one important and excellent addition is the dangerous and potentially corrupt Alex Mahone, played by William Fichtner, as I mentioned above. Mahone comes in to hunt down the escaped cons, and it is through him that we sort of get an inkling as to who is after Linc and how it all went down in the first place. Linc was imprisoned as a fall guy for a murder. However, it seems that it is not quite as simple as this, and that Linc and Michael's father was somehow involved in something a little deeper than they first thought. As a result, a group known only as The Company sends its minions after them to silence them to further their own means.
Events develop in very similar style to that of Kiefere Sutherland's 24, with one problem being solved just as another 2 or 3 crop up, and similar situations with questions and answers providing the same confusion and frustration. The season ends in brilliant fashion, providing excellent framework for a third season, which I was eager to get my viewing teeth into straight away.
The second season DVD features a few extras, although I didn't really find any particularly enlightening. The scattered audio commentaries throughout the episodes are worth a watch, and although there are interesting shorts on how certain things were filmed, and mini-docs attempting to answer your questions, the important thing to note is that no amount of analysing will give you the answers you crave until you continue watching season 3. And, trust me, even then you won't have it all!
Prison Break Season 2 is currently available from amazon.co.uk for just under £50. This is still quite high, although it's available for under £30 for a used copy. I highly recommend watching it, and defy you to not want to watch the episodes in quick succession!
Summary: Gripping second season of Prison Break
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