Prison Break: Season 3

Prison Break: Season 3

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Reviewed by: Darren Amner

Who would have thought a show with a premise as simple as trying to spring inmates out of jail would remain addictive, surprising and must-see TV three years down the line.

When I began watching the show I was incredibly cynical towards the premise, wondering how on earth they could stretch out the story to keep an audience engaged. It's a credit to the creators that they have crafted a tightly woven show in which each episode provides thrills while driving the narrative forward.

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No show would be complete without great characters and Prison Break delivers wonderful lead characters whom you root for week in, week out, as well as an abundance of superb ensemble actors who flesh out the storylines.

Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), a structural engineer, originally broke into America's Fox River prison where his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), was sentenced to the death penalty for a crime he didn't commit. He did everything in his power to break out his brother, and in the single most nail-biting and exciting hour of television in history the breakout took place and a few other unfavourable, and favourable, characters came with them. The second season saw the group going their separate ways and trying to evade being caught, and was not terribly well received by the critics, although if you loved Prison Break you loved this as well. The season finale of that series took what was left of the group to Panama, where Michael was heading because of something to do with 'Sona'. This was merely a codeword to us until the very end of the season, when we saw Michael wind up back in prison, and this time it was in the worst jail in the world, Sona.

Series three picks up with Michael entering a new prison, ready to plot a new break. As an avid viewer I feel that after all this time I have been part of the escape team – sweating at every twist and turn and looking over my shoulder, feeling I could be captured at any point.

All your favourite cons are still knocking around - T-bag, Mahone, Sucre and Bellick, along with a few new faces who only add to the chaos and drama, such as new inmate Whistler and Susan B, an agent for covert baddies The Company who holds LJ, Lincoln's son, captive.

Prison Break is a constantly evolving dynamic drama that's a joy to behold and well worth checking out on DVD.

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2008
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