In 1963, all prisoners were transferred from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Or so we were told. Now America's worst criminals – known as the 63s – are returning to the streets of San Francisco to repeat their grisly crimes. It's up to top-notch Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Alcatraz expert Diego "Doc" Soto (Jorge Garcia) to work with FBI Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and Dr. Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) to learn why the 63s are back and to uncover a much larger, more sinister threat. Get locked into The Complete Series of this suspenseful, mysterious and action-packed drama from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost).]]>
Alcatraz: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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Let's begin with the review though. First, a quick rundown of the plot: Back in March of 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred to other prisons. This is the official story, but it's not the way it happened. In actuality, 256 inmates of Alcatraz as well as 46 guards mysteriously vanished and no one knows where... until now, that is. Mysterious and shadowy Federal Agent Emerson Hauser (the terrifically underrated Sam Neill) appears in San Francisco just around the time that our main protagonist SFPD Detective Rebecca Madsen (the talented and lovely Sarah Jones, who doesn't have a lot of credits to her name) loses her partner to a fleeing suspect. Madsen comes into direct contact and conflict with what Agent Hauser is trying to do when two men are murdered in the same day by a man who was one of the vanishing convicts and also looks exactly the same as he did in 1963. Enlisted in the search for this killer is the cuddly, lovable and very intelligent comic geek man-child Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia aka Hurley from LOST) who is considered to have written the definitive works on Alcatraz and its inmates. Along with Hauser's assistant, Dr. Lucy Banerjee (the talented and lovely Parminder Nagra, who first made a splash as the co-star of BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and then onto ER), they form something of a secret task force to find the rest of the missing "63's".Read more ›
The story is told on parallel tracks, as Hauser, Rebecca, and Rebecca's unlikely partner Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto (Jorge Garcia) pursue the criminals in the present, while their backstories are told in flashback. The hulking Doc, a comic book store owner and expert on Alcatraz, forms a surprisingly effective team with the diminutive but spunky Rebecca, tracking the "63's" while trying to figure out what secrets Hauser might be hiding in his underground command center on Alcatraz. Each show dropped fresh clues on how and why the inmates might have disappeared, and suggest a conspiracy at work. Each show also expands on the separate and somewhat conflicting agendas of Hauser and Rebecca. The series makes full use of its excellent San Francisco and Alcatraz filming venues, including a spectacular "Bullit" car chase scene in the season finale.
"Alcatraz" is something different, part dark police procedural, part science fiction mystery, and all fun. The season finale was a fast-paced and terrifying cliff-hanger; here's hoping the series gets a second season. Highly recommended.
Still and all...this could have been MAGNIFICENT in a second season. I detest Fox for pulling it.
My question is, WHY can this story not continue in graphic novel form?? Hey you producers and writers, if you're reading this, FINISH THE STORY! I want more Senator BadA-- (aka Hauser -- as Sarah Jones so perfectly called him), more Doc, more Becca, more Warden! I wanna know how it ENDS! Bring in Joss Whedon, bring in any of the supremely talented writers and artists working in comics today, and let this continue the same way "Firefly/Serenity" has! At least let us find out what the heck happened!
Kudos to all who worked on this show. It did not deserve the treatment Fox gave it.
I enjoyed the premise and the mystery of the mass escape of the former Alcatraz prisoners. They suddenly start showing up in 2011-2012 at the same age they "disappeared" nearly 50 years later. Few if any know how or why this is happening and I was ready to wait for the story to unfold but appearently im the only one. The show was over before it got started.
When most tv shows go on air it is a story designed to be told over a 5 year period. It's called "the bible"! Every show has one and that's the norm. Each season has an arc and a goal and in the end all of the arcs add up to the main story. Why aren't we willing to wait for the story? I dont get it.
With all being said I have learned, a long time ago, not to judge a show to harshly on it's 1st season alone. Some shows have scetchy 1st seasons and later turn into fantastic shows some of which I own today.
Im not part of this age of instant gratification "stream everything" generation. In fact I hate the word "streaming"! It's all low quality substandard crap anyway and I prefer to keep what I buy - like Blu-Ray discs for example. I want the best of the best. I looked foward to this show and once again I was robbed by people who dont know good tv when they see it.
FRAK ALL YOU HATERS!!!
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Excellent series it just stinks that everything good on TV that I get hooked on by JJ Abrams gets canceled.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Can not beat the price, I had only ever seen the first episode so it was nice to sit and watch the whole series, would have been nice to have a much longer series but this is all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Case
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