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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alcatraz - Kit Nelson

The criminal of the week is Kit Nelson, a child killer. So, a fan favorite, naturally. He goes into a little boy’s bedroom, kidnaps him while he sleeps, and leaves a white chrysanthemum on the kid’s bed. Hurley hears about the kidnapping on his police scanner and recognizes the detail of the flower as part of Kit’s M.O. Hurley alerts his partner and Hauser. Hauser remains unimpressed with Hurley’s skills, especially because of Hurley’s weak stomach. Hurley doesn’t like to see people killed, and a kidnapped child really rubs him the wrong way. Hauser can’t imagine why and wants Hurley off the team. Rebecca resists Hauser on this.

Back in the ‘60s, Kit would kidnap 11-year-old boys on Friday, keep them alive for the weekend, and then return their dead bodies to their homes on Sunday night. Hauser calls off the Amber Alert put out for the boy (Dylan) so that Kit Nelson won’t know the police are onto his eventual plan. That way, Kit will return Dylan’s corpse on Sunday night and Hauser will be able to catch him at the boy’s house. Hurley doesn’t like this plan, because it doesn’t involve saving Dylan, so Hurley makes it his personal mission to find and save Dylan before the weekend is up. We love you, Hurley. You do what Hurley would do, even when you are not Hurley. Even though one of us keeps calling you Hurley in the Alcatraz posts ....

Kit Nelson’s first kill was his little brother, because he was jealous of all the attention his mother gave him. Nelson spent the rest of his free life recreating that crime with other little boys. Nelson’s mother covered for him and said his brother died of scarlet fever, because she was unwilling to lose two children at once. Kit’s father hated him and was grateful for Alcatraz. Daddy Nelson even paid a visit to Alcatraz to tell his son that.

Because Hurley has studied all these prisoners and researched them, he knows that Nelson likes to do things like fishing, mini-golf, and desert-eating with his victims. Hurley ends up finding Nelson and Dylan in a diner, eating cherry pie. He calls Rebecca, but she doesn’t arrive in time. Hurley rashly decides to stall Nelson and Nelson quickly figures out that Hurley is onto him. We seriously loved how hard Hurley was trying to get that boy back. He did NOT want to let Nelson go. Sadly, Nelson got away with Dylan shortly after Rebecca arrived and was able to do nothing.

Hurley and Rebecca dig through Nelson’s items from the 1960s, when he checked into the prison. An item leads them to an old bomb shelter. There, they find Nelson and Dylan. Dylan runs and Nelson almost catches him, but Hauser appears, redeeming himself slightly, and shoots Nelson. Nelson dies. No one is sad. Hauser decides that Hurley is useful because of his expertise, but Hauser cautions Hurley that he needs an adult doctor, not Hurley the 11-year-old boy. That’s when we find out that Hurley himself was kidnapped at that age.

Hauser brings Nelson’s body to the new Alcatraz in the woods. He gives the body to Dr. Beauregard, the doctor who worked in the Alcatraz infirmary and tormented Nelson in the 60s. Beauregard had two kids himself, you see. In the present, Beauregard will be examining the body for clues or something. Just like Lucy, he hasn’t aged a day. Speaking of Lucy: she has not yet woken from her coma.

We are starting to really like this show. It seems we're not the only ones. The show got solid ratings in its second week and we don't think this episode will cause the show to lose many people. Hurley got more to do this time. Now, it’s time to develop Rebecca more.

Episode grade: B


  1. I'm happy this show is getting good ratings. (Touch also got good ratings which is good news)

    I like that we get the history of the bad guys and see the bad guys in action. That's what will help keep the show a little more interesting, imo. Bad guys are interesting people...and it's also nice seeing the past. I also like that the show isn't set in the usual places from NY or LA (though, Southland makes me love that it's shot in LA) The acting is fine by me...I can see the actors improving over time. Some of the dialogue is cheesy but doesn't feel as cheesy as the stuff from Terra Nova. But yeah...This could get good like Person of Interest (which deserves to be covered because it's awesome now)

    Sarah Jones is one of the few people I like with short hair. (I don't really like girls with short hair. haha) She's cute with short hair..I'm picturing she doesn't look as good in longer hair...

    I think Fall/Midseason looks to be a good year for new quality shows. (Pan Am is pretty much the only one I care about that's going to get cancelled) Too bad Fringe and Community seem to be in the danger zone. I'm also hoping Nikita survives (think it's something that will do well on DVDs..I hear there are a lot of Maggie Q fans in other countries) I appreciate every night of TV now. Mondays are good! (when was the last time you heard that? :P)

    1. We're excited for Touch, but we think we are going to wait until the real premiere to get into it. We can't watch one episode and then wait so many weeks for a next one.

      People LOVE crime stories with bad guys' histories. It should really help, yeah. We also like San Fran. One of our good friends lives there and visiting is always fun.

      Agree about the short hair. We used to cover Person of Interest a little, but the stats showed that hardly anyone read that coverage, so we stopped writing about it. We should write about the whole season after the finale though.

    2. Of course, if we let the stats rule our lives, we would mostly cover Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Office and Glee. Oh wait...