I was only an episode or 2 away from dropping this show multiple times last year and then all of a sudden there would be a few good episodes and I’d be back in for a little longer. At the end of last season with the main story arc pretty much wrapped up they dumped Michael and a bunch of the supporting cast into a Panamanian prison.
As we learn at the start of the new season this new prison is definitely not a country club like Fox River. In fact it got so bad that all the guards left and all who remain are the prisoners including a leader of a gang who likes to hold fights to the death between inmates and as we find out at the end of the episode, a mysterious contact who Michael needs to break out. Unfortunately breaking out of this jail doesn’t look trivial and like in season 1, he doesn’t have any tattoos to help. What Michael does have are some old allies, old enemies and possibly some new friends to help. This brings us to what’s at stake. Apparently the tool of the show (LJ) has been kidnapped again, along with Sara who we know isn’t coming back, and it’s up to Michael to find his fellow inmate, break out and along the way discover who’s doing this to him.
I’m still not sure I’m in this show for the long haul. It may just be too much “same old, same old” for me. But this first new episode, coming right at the beginning of the season and a week before anything else starts, gives it a bit of a longer runway. However, once the full season starts, I don’t think the show will get as many chances to redeem itself as I gave it last year. For now though, I’m in for at least the next 2-3 weeks.
And let me add in conclusion: Welcome back TV.
Avi’s Episode Rating: B