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Alcatraz: "Tommy Madsen" Review

" Tommy Madsen " builds upon the lingering threads from "Garrett Stillman" and introduces a few surprise twists in the relationship between the 63s. Apparently the 63s are involved in a war over the mysterious keys we've seen  Hauser  collecting all season. On one side we have Harlan Simmons who was the inmate we saw The Warden have released in the previous episode. It seems Harlan betrayed The Warden and is now working against him. I'm not sure if that makes him a "good guy" but he invested quite a bit in preventing anyone from getting their hands on that final key.  Read More... //

Alcatraz: "Garrett Stillman" Review

Lucy's return to the present day team is a huge boost to the group dynamic and an improvement for the show itself. First and foremost, she brings some much needed heart and personality to Alcatraz that has been missing. Her personal relationship with Hauser  reveals a much more intriguing individual behind the man we've gotten to know thus far. We've seen hints of it in flashbacks but  Lucy  reveals a romantic, devoted side to Hauser that brings a lot to his character. It's important to know Hauser's motivation. I think most of the audience could piece it together but it's good to hear it coming from Lucy herself and to understand their relationship just a little bit more. Her clever little quip about Hauser shooting everyone was cute and the show needs more of that kind of personal joking and interaction. One thing that I hate about Alcatraz is that these characters never seem like they're having much fun. Even Hauser gets minimal joy out of shooting someone. Lucy gets shot and she's able to come back to the work place and crack a joke. Alcatraz needs more of that.  Read More... //

'Alcatraz' season finale recap: Biting the 'Bullitt'

As Alcatraz moves toward an uncertain fate, so does one of the main characters //

Alcatraz Season Finale Review: Unlocking the Mystery

Alcatraz , the mysterious serialized mythology wrapped around the weekly routine procedural, premiered with a premise that was intriguing and a cast of characters that looked to become entertaining to follow throughout their journey of revelation. Except the show had an extremely bumpy ride throwing in often lazy plot devices, never really exploring the characters beyond their most basic outline, and piling on the enigmatic secrets in the hopes that it would distract from the relatively average cases that took place each episode. Don't get me wrong, the show garnered strong potential from the idea of the disappearing prisoners and soon found itself improving in connecting the past with the present. And yes, I was curious enough to want to know where the show was headed with all of the special keys, silver lined blood, familial connections, and the time travel (jump, wormhole, whatever your theory) to see through to the end. Read More... //

Alcatraz “Garrett Stillman; Tommy Madsen” Review

Alcatraz  returned for possibly  the very  last time  tonight with "Garrett Stillman ; Tommy Madsen". With Alcatraz ‘s ratings dipping even lower than the already cancelled  Terra Nova , things definitely don’t lookgood for  Soto and Madsen and company . It’s up to the final  two episodes of the season to go out with a bang, and give us some possible closure if the series  isn’t picked up for renewal. "Garrett Stillman" started out with the triumphant return of Dr. Lucy. It’s still a little frustrating how in the dark  Soto and Madsen are always kept, as they had no idea until last episode  that she was a 63, and now Hauser doesn’t even see fit to let them know that she’s woken up! Are you kidding me? It’s one thing to be secretive, but to not tell  the people who were  there  when she was shot is just a jerk move. It didn’t even make sense to keep it a secret! It was a nice scene from Lucy as she recounted what it was like to "Jump", and how the thing she missed the most is the people from 1963. It was clear that she was talking about Houser, and it really makes you realize how strange it would be to jump 50 years into the future and try to resume a relationship with somebody who has changed so dramatically. Read More... //  

Alcatraz 1.13 "Tommy Madsen" Recap - The End of the Line

Alcatraz concludes its first season with tonight’s thirteenth episode season finale "Tommy Madsen," as Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) race against time to find Rebecca's grandfather and former inmate (David Hoflin) who desperately tries to track down the mysterious key that opens the door beneath Alcatraz. If you didn't get a chance to check it out for yourself, read on for our Alcatraz recap of "Tommy Madsen"! We open on an overturned car, with Madsen lying bleeding in the street, and flash to 36 hours earlier, where Madsen and her chief discuss what might have led Tommy Madsen to kill her partner.  It turns out her partner will was under Internal Affairs investigation, from the very company they've been investigating, Broadway Mutual.  Across town, the "Ghost" man we saw earlier frantically checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, laying out his story to the bewildered staff.  Evidently he attempted escape back in 1960, and the inmates took to calling him, Joe Limerick, "Ghost" because the Warden filed him as dead after the incident. Read More... //

Alcatraz 1.12 "Garrett Stillman" Recap - A Game of Vans

Alcatraz continues its first season with tonight’s twelfth episode "Garrett Stillman," as Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) race against time to find a former inmate (Greg Ellis) whose heists unfold as intricate games of strategy and planning, while Lucy (Parminder Nagra) awakes from her coma. If you didn't get a chance to check it out for yourself, read on for our Alcatraz recap of "Garrett Stillman"! The still recuperating Lucy observes interviews of the captures ‘63s, particularly Ernest Cobb, when Hauser chides her for being too involved.  She reasons that its time to tell Soto and Doc about her past as a 63, while Dr. Beauregard feels hesitant about releasing Lucy without knowing any of the side effects of the silver in her blood.  Meanwhile, a few robbers manage to outwit and hijack an armored car, chief among them inmate Garrett Stillman. Read More... //

'Alcatraz' Finale Recap: An Open-Ended Ending

We've finally reached the end of Alcatraz in its inaugural season. With an ending that could be described as unsatisfying by some, and a great teaser by others, it looks like Fox is planning on giving the show another season. We had back-to-back episodes, which means that's enough chit-chat. Let's get to the recap! //

Alcatraz 1.11 "Webb Porter" Recap - The Music Man

Alcatraz continues its first season with tonight’s eleventh episode "Webb Porter," as Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) race against time to find a former inmate (Rami Malek) whose kidnapping crimes have to do with his obsession with playing the violin. If you didn't get a chance to check it out for yourself, read on for our Alcatraz recap of "Webb Porter"! Doc follows Hauser as the mysterious agent spends some time at an Eastern medicine practice, downing a handful of pills while noting that he "wasn’t always like this," as we flash back to 1960 in his recitation of philosophy to Dr. Sangupta (Parminder Nagra).  They part ways as Sangupta travels to the island, and Warden James gives her her next assignment to find a way to introduce inmate Webb Porter into the general population.  Sangupta almost instantly deduces that Porter has tinnitus from his mother attempting to drown him as a boy, and theorizes that she can use music to socialize him. Read More... //

'Alcatraz' recap: Violins Violence

A solid, unsettling lead-in to the upcoming season finale //