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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On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only, that's not what happened... not at all. 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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Incredibly Mediocre
18 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, I'm still disappointed and I've seen the first 4 episodes hoping it would get better. It hasn't. The show has many problems. To name a few....

1. The female lead. She is not likable AT ALL and how can you fully invest in a show where you don't like the main character? She is unfortunately very miscast.

2. No chemistry. There is zero chemistry between any of the main characters. Perhaps it's the writing, or just the combination of actors, or the quantity of actors. I don't know, but I'm left not caring at all about what happens to anyone.

3. The story focus. The trailers reeled us in because they promised a sci-fi and supernatural storyline with a mystery that will slowly unravel through the season(s) about how convicts from '63 showed up in the present. However, what we have gotten so far is a cop show. Each episode focuses on catching a different convict who for some reason just wants to commit a horrible crime right away instead of stepping back and asking themselves why they are suddenly 45 years in the future. That also goes for the protagonists...they don't seem very "freaked out" by any of this.

I could go on but I think I've made my point. Having said all that, I love Jorge Garcia and Sam Neil, but I'm afraid they are the only quality parts of the show.


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