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Alcatraz 

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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2012  
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Sarah Jones ...  Detective Rebecca Madsen 13 episodes, 2012
Jorge Garcia ...  Dr. Diego Soto 13 episodes, 2012
Jonny Coyne ...  Warden Edwin James 13 episodes, 2012
Parminder Nagra ...  Dr. Lucy Banerjee 13 episodes, 2012
Sam Neill ...  Emerson Hauser 13 episodes, 2012
Cameron K. Smith Cameron K. Smith ...  Alcatraz Guard 13 episodes, 2012
Leon Rippy ...  Dr. Milton Beauregard 12 episodes, 2012
Jason Butler Harner ...  Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller 10 episodes, 2012
David Hoflin ...  Tommy Madsen 8 episodes, 2012
Jeffrey Pierce ...  Jack Sylvane 6 episodes, 2012
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Switching between eras, Alcatraz focuses on the Alcatraz prison, which was shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. The show's premise is that both the prisoners and the guards disappeared in 1963 and have abruptly reappeared in modern-day San Francisco, where they are being tracked down by a government agency. Written by ahmetkozan

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302 Vanished. 3 Must Find Them. See more »


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alkatraz See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The San Francisco Police Department does not use the title of detective for investigators. They are instead called inspectors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad: Men in Black to the Future/Pokémon of Interest (2012) See more »

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No spark
20 February 2012 | by reeseslightningSee all my reviews

This show is about a group of inmates and guards who disappeared from Alcatraz without a trace in the 60's. After a government cover-up, everyone believes that Alcatraz simply closed and the inmates transferred. Of course, that's not actually what happened. One by one the inmates have started to return and continue their killing ways. It is then left to an "elite" group of terrible characters to round them up.

The first thing I noticed about this show after numerous episodes is that there is no spark to it. The only thing interesting is the Alcatraz aspect and that's it.

The casting is good with Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill, but their characters are one dimensional. Neill's character is a flat, second rate knockoff of an "anti hero." He's in charge of the operation and as we learned, has a personal connection with Alcatraz. Of course, he doesn't tell his team this so he acts like a jerk the entire time. He's there for one liners and presence - the latter is great; the former...not so much.

Garcia plays a comic book guy who supposedly knows Alcatraz and its inmates better than anyone. Naturally, he's part of the team because every team needs a comic book nerd. Garcia's character is mainly there to say who the inmate/guard is and what crime he committed. That's about it.

Now for the female lead. I don't even remember the actresses' name and frankly, I don't care. Not only is the character unlikable in and of itself, but the actress does nothing to help the situation. The writer's wrote in a pretty, blonde haired blue eyed girl as a cop whose able to play with the big boys until her partner is killed. Then, she's "emotionally damaged." Then she gets recruited into this government branch to deal with the Alcatraz situation. She keeps repeating, "He killed my partner" at this one particular inmate, who just happens to be a big part of the puzzle. Anyway, her character is supposed to be a detective and so she's really clever and sees things: a female knockoff Sherlock Holmes if you will. Only...she isn't. Instead, the character and actress comes off as annoying and irritating. The actress tries to hard to be dramatic and falls flat.

Actually, the most interesting characters are the inmates. The actors are great and mysterious (as they should be). Often times, I find myself rooting for the inmates than the "heroes." Overall, this show tries far too hard to be a Lost knockoff and it fails. The premise is interesting and honestly, the only reason I stick around is to 1) see the actor who plays Jack Sylvane (an inmate) and 2) to find out what happened with the inmates and guards.

There is nothing interesting or different about the heroic characters and they fall into a cliché batch of ten million characters that have come before them. Unlike some other shows I watch religiously, this show hasn't gotten better and for the most part, I don't even remember there's a new episode until after its been aired. There's just nothing special to it.


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