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 Post subject: Alcatraz
PostPosted: December, 1, 2010 - 8:26am 
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Well Undercovers was a disaster and was cancelled after 8 episodes.
But that doesnt mean JJ Abrams isnt still pumping out ideas left and right. This one could be kinda cool.

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The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams' Bad Robot, centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. It chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance thirty years prior. Sarah Jones will play Rebecca Madsen, a smart, thoughtful and a little obsessive police officer. She joins Lost alum Jorge Garcia who was the first actor cast in the pilot as an Alcatraz expert named Diego Soto. Jones is the latest ingenue to headline a series project from Abrams, who is known for breaking new young female talent on his shows. He cast Keri Russell on Felicity, Jennifer Garner on Alias, Evangeline Lilly on Lost, Australian Anna Torv on Fringe, and, most recently, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Undercovers.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz (another new JJ Abrams show)
PostPosted: December, 1, 2010 - 9:31am 
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Good to see Hurley has a new show. I thought he would be Hurley forever.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz (another new JJ Abrams show)
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i just hope he's not playing "hurly" hah

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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz (another new JJ Abrams show)
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i just hope he's not playing "hurly" hah


Well that is entirely different. I'm positive he'll be Hurley.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz (another new JJ Abrams show)
PostPosted: May, 17, 2011 - 7:22am 
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This show got the push to midseason debut (probably January) so thats not good news but the trailer didn't seem too bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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As if Alcatraz didn’t have enough of a Lost pedigree, the Fox show has tapped Jack Bender to join the show as executive producer and director. Bender directed many of the biggest episodes of Lost — 36 of them, according to IMDb, including the finale. He rejoins former Lost producers J.J. Abrams, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Bryan Burk on the show which, as you recall, co-stars Jorge Garcia (a.k.a. Hurley). But can the show reproduce the success of the ABC hit? The pilot — about former inmates who disappeared 50 years ago coming back into modern day San Francisco and committing crimes — feels closer to the first episode of Fringe than that other island adventure.

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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
PostPosted: July, 21, 2011 - 7:33am 
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Well this sounds promising.

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Welcome to another J.J. Abrams-produced mystery island show. Alcatraz was one of several new TV series premiered at San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday night, and it was by far the standout.

The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners and guards vanish without any explanation. For some reason we don’t yet know, a prisoner named Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) appears in present day Alcatraz and makes his way to San Francisco to seek payback from those who’ve done him wrong. It’s up to a spunky young police officer (Sarah Jones), assisted by a geeky Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia), to stop Sylvane, all the while dealing with a mysterious federal agent (Sam Neill) who clearly knows more about the Alcatraz disappearances than he lets on.
Alcatraz shares elements of other Abrams-produced shows like Lost and Fringe, and it’s also reminiscent of the under-appreciated USA show The 4400. But the show does more than just retread familiar territory. By the end of the pilot episode the Comic-Con audience was clearly wanting more from yet another J.J. Abrams mystery box.

The leads have great chemistry across the board, and I’m already anticipating this crew’s weekly adventures. Jones’ police officer, Rebecca Madsen, is reminiscent of Fringe’s Olivia Dunham (though she seems more at ease in the role than Anna Torv was at the beginning of that series). Jorge Garcia’s character, Dr. Diego Soto, is nowhere near the slacker that he was in Lost, but he’s still the same lovable geek. And Sam Neil as Emerson Hauser reminds us of just how compelling he can be with the right material. (Oh and Parminder Nagra is in it for some reason.)

Just like Lost and The 4400, there are plenty of stories to milk from the show’s central mystery alone. The pilot deftly paints a sympathetic picture of Sylvane, despite having him do some decidedly unheroic things. It seems clear that Sylvane was sent back for a reason, something we catch a glimpse of when he’s activated as a sleeper agent. There are Lost-esque flashbacks to his experiences in Alcatraz — mostly being tortured by a sadistic warden. And to keep things from getting too prisoner-mystery-of-the-week, there’s a personal connection that Officer Madsen has to the island, and potentially to the disappearances.

Why the Alcatraz disappearances occurred, and who caused the event, will remain the running question of the series. I’m just hoping that the show’s writers, including Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost, Deadwood), who is also an exec-producer, can manage to craft a satisfying conclusion that doesn’t string us along for several years only to end in a goddamn church.

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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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yes, lets keep as far away from a church as possible.

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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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i still to this day have not watched past the cage sex episode in lost season 3. nor will i ever. so fuck that church.

i like sam neil when he has good roles, so im excited for this. im glad it is fox and not nbc. fox at least keeps its shows around a while and with house and american idol becoming less popular they need a new leg to stand on.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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i still to this day have not watched past the cage sex episode in lost season 3. nor will i ever. so fuck that church.

Why not? That was when everything was still great!


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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haha the neverending Lost debate.
I'd say Season 3 had some lowpoints and too many episodes were the cause of that. A bunch of throwaways in there.
I think once they narrowed it down to like 14-16 for Season 4-6 then it was all pretty damn solid. Plus Season 3 had the biggest shock finale I've ever seen.
But I know many people on here don't agree and honestly I don't really care. Its still my favorite show of all time.

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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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im with manf. i loved the shit out of it, and i agree with his assessment. season three had the weakest episodes in hte middle. i loved it though.

alcatraz could be cool. ill keep an open mind.

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Dante369 wrote:
IratePrimate wrote:
i still to this day have not watched past the cage sex episode in lost season 3. nor will i ever. so fuck that church.

Why not? That was when everything was still great!


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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lol. i don't really care. i had it downloaded and i was going to watch it. but then a few of my friends who went all the way through said I shouldn't bother. In fact, they said "Fuck Lost" watch The Wire and Breaking bad instead. Which I have not regretted at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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the wire is great, but they're totally different shows. i cant even compare them.

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well they basically said, if you have time for one, dont waste your time with lost. wasn't really about comparison, it was more about what is worth the time.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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DVR set to stun.


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 Post subject: Re: Alcatraz
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So this show is basically Fringe 2.0.
They took out the supernatural elements (besides the prisoners and guards disappearing in 1963 and reappearing in 2012 not aged).
But the cases themselves are not going to be weird like in Fringe. Just regular cop cases with a little mystery involved.
Each week is going to be the story of a different person reappearing in current times. But I guess each one will reference back to old ones especially the Jack Sylvane case which seems important.

The way I mean its the same as Fringe is that its the tough nosed female detective who gets assigned to a super secret project with a specialist in the area.
That was Anna Torv and John Noble in Fringe and now Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in Alcatraz. Its the same format but without the weird shit that turned a lot of people off from Fringe. So maybe they're doing the right thing. By the way, this lead chick had some cans.

I enjoyed it though. I was going to watch the first hour only but I just barrelled on through and enjoyed it.
We'll see how it goes week to week but the build up double episode was enjoyable. Hurley isn't being TOO Hurley yet.

Oh and the music was awesome but I think Michael Giacchino only did the pilot.

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the thing that turned me off from fringe was the shitty acting from anna torv and not the sci fi crap.

hopefully ill check it out soon. i still want to see person of interest but im sure i only want to because it has ben in it.

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the thing that turned me off from fringe was the shitty acting from anna torv and not the sci fi crap.

hopefully ill check it out soon. i still want to see person of interest but im sure i only want to because it has ben in it.

Really? I thought Anna Torv did some award worthy shit in Season 3.
But I'm ready for Fringe to end now. Hope this season is the last and they can wrap it up.

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I'll wait and see what people think of this before giving it a shot.


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I enjoyed the hell out of it..... but I really think the music kept me in it the entire time. Need to see an episode without Giacchino doing the score as dumb as that may sound.

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