Alcatraz (2012)

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In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.

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 Detective Rebecca Madsen (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Dr. Diego Soto (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Warden Edwin James (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Dr. Lucy Banerjee (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Emerson Hauser (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Dr. Milton Beauregard (12 episodes, 2012)
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 Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller (10 episodes, 2012)
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 Tommy Madsen (8 episodes, 2012)
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 Jack Sylvane (6 episodes, 2012)
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On March 21, 1963, the inmates and guards at Alcatraz prison mysteriously disappear. To cover up the problem, the government reports to the public that the prison has been closed because of unsafe conditions. A secret government unit was set-up to find the prisoners. Now, in the present-day, the inmates begin returning - unaged and unaware of where they have spent the missing decades - and continue their criminal ways. They are acting out of character and appear to be searching for specific objects. A federal agent employs a police officer and a conspiracy theory novelist to help track them down. Written by Kad

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302 Vanished. 3 Must Find Them. See more »


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Even though the show is set in San Francisco, and some of the pilot was filmed in the city and on Alcatraz itself, the producers of the show opted to film the rest in Vancouver, mainly because of the much more attractive production rebates than California and the city of San Francisco could offer, much to the chagrin of the San Francisco film industry. See more »

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Good basic idea
22 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

But the show does depend too much on it. And the mystery surrounding Alcatraz (and the fantasy element they created around that infamous prison) is really something worth while. But it cannot hold its own, if you don't have interesting characters. And that begins with the main actors. While Sam Neils character has a bit of a mystique (there could be more, but still) and Jorge Garcias is the nerd/bookworm with a good sense of humor (although that only helps to a certain degree), our main actress does struggle.

And it's not really her fault, which you can guess, because of the underwritten character she has to portray. But if you needed confirmation, watch the Outtakes and you can see that there is charisma to her persona, something that cannot be said about her character at all. It seems to tick all the right boxes (mystery, comedy and others), but there is no depth to it all.

Having said that, the show is still enjoyable to a degree, had built itself that it could run a couple of seasons, but was axed after one. There are shows, I'm actually really sorry they got canceled, this one I might have continued watching, but only because it's not that bad


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