Alcatraz is a show with a somewhat interesting premise, but that never really goes anywhere with it.
The concept is fairly simple; Alcatraz
prison was said to be shutdown in the 1960s due to unsafe conditions. This was just a cover story. In actual fact, everyone...both guards and prisoners...disappeared.
In 2012 they start showing up again, not aged a day.
What follows is a show very much trying to follow the Lost template, but failing to copy that shows positive points, and instead ending up with most of the negatives.
We get a lot of flashbacks, each episode roughly focusing on one criminals life, their crime, their imprisonment, and hunting down their mysterious reappearance.
In principle, thats fine. But the story's are seldom interesting, and we frustratingly barely get any of even the basic questions covered.
The series mostly follows the investigation of the escapees reappearance, run by a secret government organisation with a guy running it clearly hiding a lot....etc.
But there seems to be so many gaps. Things not only not answered, but not even addressed.
In the first epp, a Prisoner apparently reappears in the prison....we don't see how, only that they are suddenly there. But, if they all appear again in Alcatraz, why is it still a touristarea? why not close it? why not at least monitor people coming out?
And if they don't, where are they reappearing? Why doesn't anyone ask these questions?
Lost was frustratingly slow with giving answers, but at least the protagonists were asking the right questions. Here they seem to be just costing along without much thought.
Maybe a lot more would have been answered in the second season - the last few episodes of the first did suddenly start progressing the plot a bit. (even if they did spend far too long chasing keys.....a troupe that really needs to die out)
But the show was canceled, and sadly, its just hard to care that much.
, Reviewed By Darkflame
Genre: Mystery Drama Sci-Fi
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