Alcatraz Review: Crazy, Bomber, Love
I wonder if it ever bothered Emerson Hauser that he aged and his love, Lucy Banerjee, didn't? I wonder how she felt dating the man from Jurassic Park?
Realistically, being in a coma and potentially on her deathbed makes the point moot, but "Paxton Patty" gave viewers insight into the budding romance of the doctor and the cop.
In fact, we haven't seen a lot of Lucy recently and have really only glimpsed her time during Alcatraz for brief moments. What's odd is that she seems to have played a vital role at the prison... but for some reason there were no records of any female doctors.
Although I found her interrogation tactics surprising, I recognized that she wanted to stop Paxton from setting off more mines. Yet, did she call upon Emerson simply for his help in the matter or because of something more?
It's especially interesting to see the drastic differences in Emerson's character. His past self was rather nervous and timid, which is a gigantic contrast to his present day grouchy and direct personality. What happened in those 49 years that caused such a dramatic shift for him?
Clearly, Alcatraz holds a personal place in his heart and probably more so because of his intimate connection with Lucy. I can only imagine something that involved her (her disappearance perhaps?) pushed Emerson into becoming so focused on Alcatraz that it grew into his only care and concern.
Thankfully, the flashbacks provided meaning for the episode, both for Emerson's love life and also the criminal at hand.
I know one of my big concerns involves the reasons for their present day violent actions. Paxton claims to have gone to sleep in 1963 and woken up in 2012, which would account for his continued feelings for blowing things up to get revenge for not being recognized for his service in the military. Time merely passed by seconds for him, so it makes sense that all of his emotions and feelings remain the same.
And so his motives behind his actions made sense, but he never received any mission like the other returned convicts. Why? Was his reappearance a plot device because Emerson happened to bring him to Alcatraz and that led him to Lucy which led to mystery after mystery?
Are only some of the prisoners special enough to warrant missions for special keys? And why do they appear in random places? Why do they go on killing sprees in addition to their new tasks? Why? Why? Why?
There are just so many questions that surround the returnees that it's hard to guess any answers because they only lead to more questions.
I'm a little shocked that Rebecca Madsen seemed so calm when Emerson shot Paxton in the leg. I'm even shocked that no other police officer seemed to do anything about it. I know Emerson is on his mission, but he can't just do that, at least not in front of everyone. I guess not only does it say something about his driven character, but Rebecca's willingness to let something like that happen.
I'm even surprised she's never questioned where he takes the prisoners or why she can't interrogate them. I think Diego is on to something when he discusses a facilitator. He really is the only guy that seems to wonder about what is going on.
As for Emerson, he gets to do what he wants without repercussions (so far) but what can Dr. Beauregard do to fix Lucy? And what does "you know her methods" mean?
While the episode utilized the flashbacks more effectively and did give Emerson some interesting character time, I still feel completely in the dark when it comes to the mystery of Alcatraz.
Is that a good thing? Maybe, and while the intrigue of the show provides for fun entertainment, I just hope that the writers at least have an idea of where the show is going so they don't dig themselves into a hole they can't get out of.
What do you think of the show so far? Any questions or theories of your own? Sound off below!
Alcatraz: "Paxton Patty"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.