By Aubry D'Arminio
Updated September 09, 2008 at 03:51 PM EDT

I had some major doubts about Prison Break after last season’s finale. Mahone in cahoots with James and Gretchen? Linc yukking it up down south with Sofia? Sucre in Sona? Michael (Wentworth Miller, pictued) driving off into the horizon with a yen for revenge? And for Pete’s sake, why Panama? It made me hot just to watch.

Then I was floored by the quality of last week’s premiere. Maybe it was Sarah Wayne Callies’ return (which felt a lot more natural than I’d anticipated) or Whistler’s head exploding. Or the excellent addition of Michael Rapaport as the lawman who assembled our guys to take down the Company. Everything simply worked. Now Prison Break is less of a heart-pounding escape drama than a highly-involved caper series. And that’s what good shows do: They change.

So I actually felt warm-and-fuzzy when I sat down to enjoy yesterday’s episode, knowing I’d get something good. My heart ached a little after Michael told Sarah not to worry, that they’d sail away together soon. And I’m still moved by the reconciliation between Linc and Alex. But what I want to know is whether or not you’re with me or if I’m alone: Is Prison Break on the mend? Is it soaring to new heights? Or am I just a fool with an unrequited crush on a very tired show?

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