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Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Show: Alcatraz

Fox, Midseason, Mondays at 9:00 p.m.

Starring: Sarah Jones (Ugly Betty, Big Love) and Jorge Garcia (LOST, the cover of the last horrible Weezer album)

Plot: A police detective finds fingerprints at a homicide scene that belong to a dead Alcatraz inmate, Jacke Sylvane. She teams up with Alcatraz expert Dr. Diego Soto, and they find out that Sylvane is alive and killing people in San Francisco, and he hasn’t aged since he was in Alcatraz. They discover that there is a much larger threat, because Sylvane won’t be the last Alcatraz prisoner to reappear.

Why We Are Excited: Hurley and J.J. Abrams are going back to an island. To us, that’s like a crack addict hearing that there is free crack around the corner. Elizabeth Sarnoff is a writer, and she’s from LOST. It’s also a pretty original, creepy premise.

Why We Are Not Excited: We don’t trust J.J. Abrams as much after the very boring Undercovers. This could be boring too. Critics who have seen the pilot are disappointed (but shows like this need a few episodes to get into things, right?). Also, that premise had better be backed up with something remotely believable, because that’s a far-fetched series of events. It needs to make sense in the world of the show. Fortunately, J.J. is usually up to the task of creating mythology/backstory. And even if its good, it might be too weird to get a huge audience, and we know from tragic experience that FOX is the king of giving us amazing shows and then snatching them away before their time.


Anticipation Score: 8/10

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  1. I think "Undercovers" did a lot to damage our expectations from JJ Abrams. It was just. so. boring. This looks more up his alley, though: a return to geeky mysteries. I LOVE shows that riff on history in creative ways. It could be cool, and
    seriously, how slammin' is that trailer?!

    PS - Weezer *does* kind of suck now.

  2. Agree. We'll be watching, but it's rough getting our hopes up on nerd fare these days.

  3. Prison, Abrams, and weird; sounds like a winner to me :).

    For me, this my hope of the pathetic attempt at a LOST replacement that was The Event. Here's hoping...

  4. Even a lame Abrams attempt is better than most stuff on TV. We're looking forward to it.