Why was everyone so interested in Tommy Madsen? The guard, Ray Archer, what did he know? And Warden James, has he come back? Is he the one that’s willing to kill for these keys? Take your time.
- Emerson Hauser
The Ames Brothers reappear on Alcatraz, along with Ranger Donovan, with the intent of finishing the heist they attempted over 50 years prior. This episode broke from the previous 7 episodes’ standard format, so I genuinely liked the change. As I voiced in previous posts, I had begun to grow quite bored and exasperated by the show, but I was given, at least temporarily, a reprieve from the monotony. There was some action, a sense of peril and danger, and we are finally given some answers. As I had guessed in a previous post, it appears that Warden James may be the culprit behind what the 63s are up to, and also why they vanished for 50+ years. Tommy Madsen appears linked as well, and Rebecca’s uncle Ray may very well also have some answers. So, in this respect, I like getting a least a hint of what’s to come, seeing as the season finale is fast approaching (and if there aren’t any more answers by then, I will be FURIOUS!).
I really liked the genuine sense of fear I got for the safety of the characters. Again, it could have been more perilous, but I at least had a feeling that everything might not turn out okay in the end. Of course, since it did, I’m starting to think that J.J. Abrams doesn’t have the guts to permanently kill off a main character (not like Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran did in 24!)… I hope he proves me wrong, as I feel that predictable shows really pale in comparison to shows that constantly do the unexpected, and I think that’s where Alcatraz could really be stronger.
As I said before, I was starting to really hate watching this show, but I feel like it could turn around and make a strong push on the homestretch to the season finale. Then again, maybe this episode just seemed better since it wasn’t the same structure as the rest. Either way, I’m feeling a (slightly) renewed interest, so I hope this wasn’t a one-hit wonder!
More to come very soon! I’m loading episode 9 on Hulu.com as I’m writing!