Alcatraz Review: The Sound of Music

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Finally, everyone is on the same page. Sort of.

Rebecca and Diego not only became privy to the colloidal silver in the blood info, but they also discovered Lucy appearing in an old video taken at the Alcatraz prison over fifty years ago. That's right, Lucy is a '63!

Which I'm sure is huge news for them because that verifies that Emerson has been keeping secrets. Although, to be fair, Emerson has pretty much always kept secrets. He's not really an open book when it comes to his reappearing prisoners or certainly with his matters of the heart. Should they really be surprised that he's kept everything hush hush?

Rami Malekon Alcatraz

Unfortunately, because viewers already knew the secrets, any real chance for new thought provoking discussion will probably have to wait until next Monday's finale.

But Lucy waking up was a huge moment. It's been Emerson's driven quest to find any prisoner with matching blood type to help revive her, meaning that every other focus - from the mysterious keys, to the secret room, to why everyone is returning - was pushed to the side. And that's fine from a character standpoint because it means that Emerson does garner some kind of compassion and emotional connection beyond his determined desires about the prison.

Except... the coma lasted for far too long and the final shot of her eyes opening was predictable and lacked a gravitas for what should have been a climactic moment for the audience.

Maybe it's because we hadn't known Lucy long enough to feel the same care that Emerson might when she was actually shot. Yet the flashbacks have done a decent job in establishing her as a character back then, both as a doctor and in her relationship with Emerson.

Thankfully, this episode was strong in regard to Lucy and the true take on her not as a villain joining in the mischievous ranks of the Warden and E.B. Tiller. There was a sense of compassion and interest to help even with Webb Porter being a criminal. She truly is that softer side and its hard to imagine how she become entangled in the disappearing mess in the first place.

Even her relationship to Emerson seems genuine and he remarks at her care and concern in a way that enlightens him. It's nice getting to see the two together on romantic occasions especially with the present being devoid of any interaction between the two. Are they still lovers? Are they still in love? I wish I could see more of Sam Neil's Emerson interactions with Lucy and not experience simply his gruff and angry side.

The case of the week certainly helped establish Lucy's regard for the prisoners, as well a connection to the present for a significant moment.

Plus the fact that Webb wasn't simply killing people for no reason, but rather echoing his drowning through their deaths and then using their hair for his musical tastes, was both creepy and well done. It expanded upon him as a character trapped within his own mind of desire, subjected to difficulties because of his ear problems. The guy clearly had issues.

I still find Rebecca Madsen to be your run-of-the-mill female cop, and, in fact, has become even more bland in the process. There isn't the same type of life in her character that there was in the pilot. She's not assertive or questioning or much of anything. Rebecca simply finds the case, follows the clues, whips out her gun, and catches the bad guy. She's basic and I wish that would change, especially as the character that got the ball rolling in terms of uncovering the '63s, Diego, and Emerson. She's too important to be ignored.

I did rather enjoy seeing all the past villains appear on screen. It gives the show a real sense of continuity as well as the chance to think, "Hey, I recognize that guy from before!" I can't help but think that there's something big in store for all of them. Hopefully, their stories aren't done once they are put back behind bars.

"Webb Porter" was another fair episode, but it didn't provide many answers. Let's hope I'm not writing that again after the season finale.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Alcatraz Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

You can teach an old dog a new trick, but it's still an old dog.

E.B. Tiller

We're never gonna really find out what's going on here are we?

Diego