Fox is launching its new drama bet in a few weeks, when Alcatraz premieres Monday January 16 8/7 C, a show from executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost”) and starring Sarah Jones (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), ALCATRAZ is the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals.
What is Alcatraz About? Plot Synopsis
When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (Jeffrey Pierce), an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia), to help her piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne) and the sadistic ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner).
Detective Madsen and Soto must team with Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last to reappear from Alcatraz.
Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners’ return for nearly 50 years. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.
ALCATRAZ is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (FRINGE) and Elizabeth Sarnoff. Sarnoff, Steven Lilien (“Kyle XY”) and Bryan Wynbrandt (“Kyle XY”) serve as writers, and Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”) directed and executive-produced the pilot. Jack Bender (“Lost”) joins the series as executive producer and director.
Best Quotes and Moments (non spoilery) from Alcatraz Pilot
All the prisoners were transferred off the island, only that´s not what happened… not at all.
And the show starts with scenes from March, 1963
Captain: This is Alcatraz, no one forgets
302 men disappeared that day and were never heard of again, until today
The show goes back and forth between the past and present, so you will need to pay attention.
The photography is great also.
Jack: Visiting day´s today
Ward: Not for you
Ward: Easy big fella, you can send her a postcard from the hole
The same as used in Lost and Heroes, a comic about Alcatraz.
Rebecca: Doctor Diego Soto?
Doc Diego Soto: I´m way smarter than I look
Rebecca: I´d say you are way smarter than we all look
Doc Soto: That can´t be possible. Jack Sylvane died thirty years ago
A misterious key and a misterious phone call…
And that´s the first fifteen minutes, so I cannot tell you anything more as not to spoil it.