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Friday, May 31, 2013

Alcatraz



Awaiting worthy movies to rent, I'm watching the science fiction tv series, Alcatraz ....

[P]roduced by J. J. Abrams .... The show's premise is that ... On March 21, 1963, 256 inmates and 46 guards disappeared from the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary without a trace. To cover up the disappearance, the government invented a cover story about the prison being closed due to unsafe conditions, and officially reported that the inmates had been transferred. However, federal agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill), a young San Francisco police officer tasked with transferring inmates to the island in 1963, is one of the first to discover that the inmates are actually missing and not transferred. In present-day San Francisco, the "63s" (as the missing inmates and guards are called) begin returning, one by one. Strangely, they haven't aged at all, and they have no clues about their missing time or their whereabouts during their missing years; however, they appear to be returning with compulsions to find certain objects and to continue their criminal habits. Even more strangely, the government has been expecting their return, and Hauser now runs a secret government unit dedicated to finding the returning prisoners; this unit was set up long ago in anticipation of the prisoners' returns. To help track down the returning prisoners and capture them, Hauser enlists police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), a published expert on the history of Alcatraz and its inmates.

I've only seen the pilot so far but I'm not sure if I'll keep watching it - it seems to be more about crime than sci fi. Here's the trailer ...


2 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

We just watched "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". Really a wonderful movie. If you haven't seen it I think you'd enjoy it.

7:51 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Richard,

I haven't heard of that movie - thanks for the recommendation :)

12:14 AM  

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