The rock, or Alcatraz is America's most infamous prison. Home to a number of murderers, rapists and other low-life scum.
Available on networks: FOX
Runtime: 60 mins
Show Status: Ended
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Jonny Coyne - Warden Edwin James
Jorge Garcia - Dr. Diego Soto
Parminder Nagra - Lucy Banerjee
Robert Forster - Ray Archer
Sam Neill - Emerson Hauser
Sarah Jones (II) - Detective Rebecca Madsen
Alcatraz is a thriller TV series produced by J.J. Abrams and released in 2012. The series focuses on America's famous prison - Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary - once home to the most infamous murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves, and the strange events that happen there and connect two distinct eras.
When Detective Rebecca Madsen of the San Francisco Police Department is assigned a homicide case, she finds the fingerprints of Jack Sylvane, a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. This immediately raises Rebecca's interest, especially because her grandfather and her uncle were both prison guards in Alcatraz. Rebecca becomes even more determined to find out the truth when agent Emerson Hauser tries to hinder the investigation.
Madsen will seek the help of and Alcatraz expert and comics fan Dr. Diego 'Doc' Soto, best know for his role as Hugo in Lost. Together they try to make sense of the seemingly inexplicable sequence of events that take place in Alcatraz. The two discover not only that Sylvane lives but that he roams freely on the streets of San Francisco. Moreover, he has not aged at all since the time he was a prisoner in Alcatraz.
As the two research Alcatraz history, government secrets, and even of Rebecca's family ties more closely, they soon discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much bigger and more sinister picture. Throughout the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Sylvania is not the only prisoner who has reappeared and that secret agent Hauser knew about this and was expecting prisoners to return.
Alcatraz is a fun ride that all genre fans should watch. Although the series was cancelled and more details would have been nice, Alcatraz still manages to deliver quality entertainment with its first season.
The series takes us back to 1963 on the island of Alcatraz, location of probably the most famous American prison with the same name. This is when the prison was closed and all the prisoners transferred, or at least that was the official story. JJ Abrams comes with a slightly different story; one in which not all detainees are transferred, but 300 people simply disappeared on that day never to be found on the island or drowned trying to escape. Some of the 256 prisoners had gone missing on that day now start appearing and they don't seem to have aged a single day. Some of the 46 guards that disappeared the also start reemerging as if it were just yesterday that they disappeared.
The main character is the series is Rebecca (Sarah Jones), a cop trying to make sense of this mysterious event once she realizes one of the suspects she is pursuing is in fat one of the inmates that died in Alcatraz decades ago, in 1963. Rebecca asks for the help of an Alcatraz history expert called Doc (portrayed by Jorge Garcia you might know from Lost) so she can find out more about to Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) the inmate gone missing in 1963 only to reemerge in 2011 as if by some miracle, not even a day older. Rebecca and Doc are assisted by Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill), a representative of a mysterious organization that seems to know much more about the Alcatraz situation than meets the eye.
In each episode Rebecca and Doc try to catch a new prisoner reemerged miraculously in our days, each inmate with its own interests and mysteries. At the same time, each episode brings us closer to the great mystery of the Alcatraz case and who was behind this unexplained time travel. It is enough to watch the trailer, and you are hooked by this original Abrams creation. As you would expect, the story gets more complicates and thus more entertaining but the series ends abruptly, and I am still waiting for someone to deicide make a second season.
The only thing I hate about Alcatraz is that it stopped running after its first season. The story is intriguing, and there's action and suspense in each episode, and the actors do a terrific job. You can still enjoy the series even if there's no real ending to it.
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