Posted: March 10, 2012 in TV Shows
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In March 1963, over 300 inmates from Alcatraz were transferred from the prison and it was permanently shut down…. Or were they? DUM Dum dum!!!

The premise for this new TV show is that everyone inside Alcatraz (in San Francisco) had actually vanished, gone without a trace, leaving the US government to create a massive (surprise surprise) cover-up!! Fast-forward to the present and they start re-appearing and killing people. It’s produced by none other than the grand-daddy of out of left-field ideas – J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Super 8, Lost, need I say more). The plot is so far out there that it sometimes ruins the immersion and makes you actually feel stupid for watching. HOWEVER (before people start slapping me around), it has actually found something unique and is decent to watch.

The cast, made up of Emerson Hauser (played by Sam Neill….. hmm, inmates brought back from the past….Dinosaurs brought back to life…..see a pattern here), Rebecca Madsen (played by Sarah Jones), Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) and Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia – who plays the nerdy-yet-loveable Alcatraz obsessed nerd extremely well). The acting is generally quite good and with Sam Neil and his ‘unique’ eye-brow squishing facial expressions make the series quite entertaining.

Each episode sees a new Villain returning with a hunger to kill!!! This, thrown in with a conspiracy theory of ’is someone behind it?’ and ‘why now?’ has thus far, kept me interested in watching.

The Character development is quite good and you end up caring for them. The story line has kept Sam Neill’s character a bit of a mystery which I find to be quite interesting as, in true Abrams fashion, leaves us in a constant state of ‘BUT WHY DOES HE DO THIS… IS HE REALLY WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!’

I recommend watching this, particularly if you were a fan of Fringe or detective shows. I warn you C.S.I. fanatics out there, there are no ‘watch how the bullet went through the body’ type of scenes as its more logical detective work, where they try and pin down when and where the next murder will happen. In the first episode, the acting seems to be a bit forced but it smoothens out as the first season rolls on.

Acting – 4/5 (Especially Sam Neil who really sells the mystery of his character)

Plot – 3/5 (for trying to turn actual events round on their head)

Enjoyability – 4/5

Overall – 1/5  …… just kidding,  4/5


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