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"Alcatraz" review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday, January 16 8/7C on FOX

The show is a thrill-ride, like most J.J. Abrams shows. It reminds me a bit of "Lost" but also has parts that remind me of "The 4400" and "Prison Break".  This is not to say it feels familiar or derivative. It is a mystery, and there are some great shocks in every episode. I've only seen the first two, but both had big surprises.

I love the cast. Sam Neill is always great. They have him hide his sexy British accent here, which is a shame. I loved him in "Happy Town" and would rather see him in that, to be honest.  He's pretty mean here as Emerson Hauser, a former guard who's now in charge of finding out the mystery of Alcatraz.  Sarah Jones plays the heroine, Detective Rebecca Madsen. She learns all about the big mystery of Alcatraz, along with the audience. In some ways she is a lot like Audrey in "Haven" because she is trying to solve the mystery, but it has some family ties to her.  Helping her out is Diego Soto, played by Jorge Garcia of "Lost". Parminder Nagra plays Lucy Banerjee, Hauser's assistant (and possibly his girlfriend). Robert Forster, a great actor of film and TV, plays Rebecca's uncle, who also used to work at the prison (he's not really her uncle, but he acts like it).

There are a lot of ins and outs in the story. Some of the inmates and guards mysteriously disappeared, but now they are returning and committing crimes - for someone else, not for themselves. The heroes have to catch them and figure out where they've been and all the rest of the mystery.

I enjoyed the two episodes I watched. If I had time to add another show, it would probably be this one.  You should definitely check it out. It's worth a look.

More Information:

"Pilot"

THE INFAMOUS PRISON COMES TO LIFE ON THE TWO-HOUR SERIES PREMIERE OF“ALCATRAZ” MONDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX

MON JAN 16 8/7c

A female detective, SARAH JONES as “Detective Rebecca Madsen,” and an Alcatraz historian, JORGE GARCIA as “Doctor Diego Soto,” team up with a secret agency that is dedicated to finding and catching the missing inmates from Alcatraz that are reappearing in today’s world. The special task force includes SAM NEILL as “Emerson Hauser” and PARMINDER NAGRA as “Doctor Lucy Banerjee” in the series premiere "Pilot" episode of ALCATRAZ .

"Ernest Cobb"

THE INFAMOUS PRISON COMES TO LIFE ON THE TWO-HOUR SERIES PREMIERE OF “ALCATRAZ” MONDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX.

MON JAN 16 9/8c

When a sniper begins targeting young victims, Detective Rebecca Madsen (SARAH JONES), Alcatraz historian Doctor Diego Soto (JORGE GARCIA) and enigmatic government agent Emerson Hauser (SAM NEILL must retrace the steps of the past in order to solve this modern day mystery in the all-new "Ernest Cobb" episode airing Monday, Jan. 16 (9:00/8:00c) on FOX.

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1960s Prison Warden James (Jonny Coyne, R), visits inmate Ernest Cobb (guest star Joe Egender, L) in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Missing 1960s prisoner Ernest Cobb (guest star Joe Egender) mysteriously returns to modern day in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Lucy (Parminder Nagra, L) and Doc (Jorge Garcia, R) try to solve the mysterious return of a 1960s missing prisoner in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan, 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones) tries to solve the mysterious reappearance of a missing 1960s prisoner in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, L) and Doc (Jorge Garcia, R) look for clues to a missing prisoner in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones) looks for clues to a missing prisoner in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

In 1960, Dep. Warden Tiller (Jason Butler Harner) oversees the prisoners of Alcatraz in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

1960s prisoner Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, L) is summoned by Warden James (Jonny Coyne, R) in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Lucy (Parminder Nagra, L) discusses a case with Rebecca (Sarah Jones, R) in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

1960s missing prisoner Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce) mysteriously returns to the present day in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Doc (Jorge Garcia) offers some advise in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX
 

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, L) asks Doc (Jorge Garcia, R) for help in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, L) chats with her uncle Ray (Robert Forster, R) in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, L) and Hauser (Sam Neill, R) investigate a murder case in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Hauser (Sam Neill, L) investigates a murder case in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, L) and Doc (Jorge Garcia, R) head to Alcatraz in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Rebecca (Sarah Jones, R) and Doc (Jorge Garcia, L) investigate a murder in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

Hauser (Sam Neill, R) and Rebecca (Sarah Jones, C) look for a missing prisoner in the two-hour premiere "Pilot/Ernest Cobb" episode of ALCATRAZ debuting Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and making its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: James Dittiger/FOX

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