What Really Happened To The ‘Alcatraz’ Prisoners? And What’s With The Box? [Advance Review]

Fans of J.J. Abrams are most likely looking forward to tonight’s premiere of the new series that he executive produced, Alcatraz. The show has a very interesting premise, especially for anyone who’s ever been interested in the notorious prison.

Similar to Lost or Fringe, Alcatraz‘ revolves around a mystery, but this time it’s about the disappearance of 302 of Alcatraz’s prisoners and guards and their reappearance 50 years after they vanished. While this premise might remind you of The 4400, Alcatraz differentiates itself with the fact that the prisoners and guards don’t all reappear at once, but instead one at time. To make matters worse, they all seem to have new assignments to carry out.

After watching the first two episodes, it seems that each episode will focus on a new inmate reappearing, but also will delve into the mystery that is Alcatraz and what really happened in 1963. As part of the investigation we meet San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madson (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”), who along with Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), is brought on board by government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and his associate, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), who have secrets of their own.

If you like mystery, then you can add Alcatraz to your list because there is lots of that. Personally, I’m not one 100% sold on Alcatraz. It definitely has an interesting premise and the first two episodes were pretty good, however I am waiting to see how things evolve. While having a strong mythology is good, sometimes it can feel forced and things can be stretched out without any revelation. And that’s what I’m afraid of with Alcatraz. And so we’ll see how things evolve. It is currently on my TV schedule because the end of episode two did bring up quite a shocking twist and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the prisoners and the mystery of Alcatraz.

In other fun news, Alcatraz is also expanding its mystery using some viral marketing. The Daemon’s TV headquarters received a very intriguing package including a dirty box containing clips of newspaper, magazine, two postcards and a key (which makes an appearance in the show).

On the magazine clipping, a few letters are circled spelling out:

“Legends of Alcatraz”

As for one of the postcard, it is from a little girl (who appears in the first episode) writing to her gramma about her visit to Alcatraz.

… intriguing. We expect more clues to come, but until then, take a look at these photos of the box and its contents below. Any discoveries/ideas that could help us uncover the mysteries of Alcatraz?

Yes? No? Either way, don’t forget that the Alcatraz two-hour premiere airs tonight, January 16th starting at 8pm on FOX.

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