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No escape from FOX’s ‘Alcatraz’

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By Dana Finkler
Staff Writer
FOX’s new hit show “Alcatraz” concluded its first season on Monday, answering many questions, but left viewers begging for more.

In the opening sequence to the show, FBI Agent Emerson Hauser, played by Sam Neil (also known for Jurassic Park) says, “On March 21st, 1963 Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only that’s not what happened, not at all.” It makes to you start to wonder if dinosaurs will start showing up.

The show is based on the famous American prison mixed with many scientific twists and turns, constantly flashing back and forth to the time “The Rock” was still in operation, to the present day.  The prisoners or “63s” as they are known in the show, begin reappearing 50 years later with no recollection of how or why they are back and appear to have not aged at all, committing the same crimes, which led them to be incarcerated. It appears there is more going on than what meets the eye.

The show also stars newcomer Sara Jones (Detective Rebecca Madsen) and Jorge Garcia (Dr. Diego Sotto).  Hauser assembles the team of Madsen and Sotto to help capture the prisoners.

One of the biggest twists in the show is Madsen’s grandfather, an inmate at Alcatraz, played by David Hoflin (Tommy Madsen), who may have all the answers to the secrets of what really happened.

Since the show aired, tourism to the island has increased significantly according to various reports.

Despite the excitement to its fans, rumors have been swirling that the show may not be renewed for another season.

If that’s the case I believe the writers and producers did their best to give its fans some form of closure to the storyline. If it does return for a second season, it could lead to a very interesting story.

I would hate to see the show canceled. Not only did it distract me from meeting deadlines, but gave me an alternative to watching WWE Monday Night Raw.