Picks and Pans Review: Prison Break

updated 08/28/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

FOX (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET)
BY TOM GLIATTO
DRAMA

Prison Break has busted out for season 2. The first season was confined mostly within the walls of a penitentiary, with each painstaking baby step in Wentworth Miller's escape plan charted by the coded tattoos covering his body. It all culminated in the breakout, and now the show itself seems dizzy, as if reeling from a sudden, liberating intake of fresh air. The first two episodes are hectic, wild and disorientingly daring, with a couple of real jolts. Fates are shuffled and new plot lines race in—everyone's all hot about $5 million hidden in Utah—as the prisoners run around like infected crazies from a zombie movie. The strongest character, surprisingly, is now escapee "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper). Loathsome behind bars, he proves to be expansively evil on the outside, going to sick lengths to reclaim the hand he lost at the end of season 1. A fine villain.

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