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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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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Never delivers on the great concept.
20 June 2012 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

Alcatraz prison was allegedly shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions, it prisoners and staff transferred. However, both the prisoners and guards really disappeared and begin to reappear in present-day San Francisco with a new dangerous agenda and only a government agency can track them down.

The escaped prisoner is always far more developed than its leading players each episode and this the shows biggest failing. Sarah Jones while a good actress is sadly miscast as Detective Rebecca Madsen and the show never focused on her assists. The opposite can be said for Sam Neill as Emerson Hauser who aside from the weekly villain cemented the goings on and keeps the show watchable. Robert Forester is sorely underused and the rest of the supporting regulars while good character actors are not expanded swiftly enough and get lost within the notions and premise which buckles under its own weight.

As a show it's well directed and produced. Violent and graphic at times

  • Alcatraz isn't scared not to pull any punches. The sets and locations


felt real enough giving it a brooding atmosphere. However, for such a high concept Alcatraz spends too much time on is weekly bad guy.

Alcatraz never delivers due to a mystery that is dragged along by a weekly escapee. In turn, it doesn't balance the overall arch with the weekly storyline and great concept.

Leaving the first season on two or more cliff-hangers dejectedly doesn't entice you continue watching Alcatraz. If anything it's a negative, some kind of closure on some of the threads possibly would have allowed a certain freshness for you to want return to a second series.


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