With Prison Break heading into the Spring of its second season, I think it’s a good time to look back and reflect on what has turned out to be one of TV’s most unlikely successes. Prison Break premiered in the summer of 2005 as one of FOX’s optimistic series, something that was high-concept and probably didn’t have a lot of hope for future success.
However, with the success of 24 as a serial TV show, you never know what’s going to happen. And, surprise surprise, Prison Break caught on and for good reason. The first season was elaborately built escape from prison. The mystery and the precise planning of the escape, as long with the conspiratorial intrigue, gave viewers more than enough to keep them guessing throughout the season. The problem I saw was this: what about season 2.
The main characters were no longer in prison. How can a show survive when its second season is nothing like its first. Two extremely different formulas. Now, in the second season, Prison Break has turned into The Fugitive. This isn't to say that this is a bad thing: Prison Break and FOX are pulling it off quite well. I just find it astonishing that they were able to change gears into a totally different show from one season to the next. So, I say to the fans: enjoy what’s left of season two, because season three will be totally different. Or at least that’s the plan. I’m guessing everyone will be back in prison next year, but you never know.
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