Prison Of Expectations
“Alcatraz”, while not bad and quite intriguing, does not manage to fill the hole that is still left empty without “Lost” on the viewing schedule.
“Alcatraz” has an interesting enough premise. The idea is that the prison was initially shut down when it’s inhabitants, both prisoners and guards, went missing mysteriously fifty years ago. Cut to now, when suddenly they start reappearing, equally as mysteriously as they vanished. A young female detective named Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) teams up with an Alcatraz historian by the name of Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) to investigate a murder involving the finger prints of an inmate that is supposed to be dead. This investigation leads them to the doorstep of a clandestine agency bent on discovering what happened to those that went missing. The agency is headed up by an ex-guard from Alcatraz, Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill).
Ok, so I know it’s unfair to keep trying to compare any genre show to “Lost”, but considering how the show is being advertised, it’s hard to not compare “Alcatraz” to said show. Personally, I see more a similarity to USA’s “The 4400”. The idea has some potential, but the pilot was somewhat shaky. Both Neill and Garcia are excellent, but the rest of the cast could use a little work. I’m a little weary of the show’s possibility to become an inmate-of-the-week, as I would hope something more than a formulaic weekly series. Michael Giacchino’s score is great, but is quite similar to his work on “Lost”.
My final decision is to give this show some time to grow into it’s own narrative, given it’s potential. I hope that this can become something as great as “Fringe” currently is, but only time can tell.
Travis “Where the hell is Sean Connery?” Kennedy