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Solid show. Way better than I expected.,
This review is from: Alcatraz: The Complete Series (Amazon Instant Video)
"Alcatraz" was a pleasant surprise. The show, which takes place in both the present and the past, stars Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia (Hugo from the "Lost" series) and Robert Forster, along with Sarah Jones, Parminder Nagra (from "ER") and Leon Rippy ("Leverage," "Saving Grace" and "Deadwood"). Neill plays Emerson Hauser who, it turns out, used to work in conjuction with Alcatraz and, now, much older heads a small team of people who are awaiting the return of Alcatraz inmates and staff who, it turns out, all mysteriously disappeared when the prison was closed back in the early 60s. Hauser, however, is rather secretive and hides much from his team, making you wonder whether he's good, bad or both.
In present day, the inmates and staff begin reappearing (unaged) in the San Francisco area, picking up where they left off (i.e. doing signature crimes, etc.) but also, apparently, executing additional, unaffiliated agendas (acquiring certain items, killing certain people) that they were programmed or brainwashed into doing between the time they disappeared and the time they reappeared.
A well-done science-fiction mystery show that keeps you guessing and coming back for more. Recommended.
March 28, 2012 update: And get this, the Season 1 finale has a car chase in it with a modern Mustang chasing a modern Dodge Charger. The writers were obviously paying homage to Steve McQueen's "Bullitt."