After re-watching Season 3 of Prison Break in preparation for Season 4, I can't help but think how much better things could have been if things had been done a little differently. It mainly comes down to the credibility and believability of the show, which deteriorated slowly through Season 2, only to be gone completely Season 3 onwards.
If they had taken a year long hiatus after Season 2, I think the show would be much better right now. Taking a year out would breathe fresh life into the show and make the storyline more credible, plus there would a great deal of hype for the new season. Season 3 could have taken place in Sona, but a year or more after Season 2, so that Michael has spent a decent length of time in prison. Think about how long the show spans over the 3 seasons, and it must be less than a year. Look at a show like 24, which leaves big gaps between seasons, it makes events seem more credible.
They should have taken a year off, and done a full Season in a similar vein to Season 1, but of course with a year out, fans would be much more willing to accept Michael being in another prison, and without the writers strike, 24 episodes could be made. When I was watching the two hour Season 4 premiere, you could just see the show had abandoned any kind of attempt to be realistic, any attempt to be credible or believable. It pisses me off knowing the show could be so much better now if things had been done a little differently.