The Alcatraz TV Show Trailer has premiered. Danny Cannon‘s Alcatraz (2013), produced by J.J. Abrams, stars Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia, Parminder Nagra, and Robert Forster. Alcatraz‘s plot synopsis: “Alcatraz follows Rebecca Madsen, a police officer (Sarah Jones), and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), a ‘hippy geek’ who is the world’s foremost expert on Alcatraz. Both will investigate the reappearance of twenty wardens and prisoners of Alcatraz in modern day, after their mysterious disappearance fifty years ago.”
Some fool over at another website quipped that this show looked like The 4400, true, but then surmised that this plot also had something to do with aliens, wrong. Even if it were true, I doubt J.J. Abrams would ripoff a deceased USA show so blatantly. He has something crafty up his sleeve to explain the Alcatraz criminals lack of age. They were probably frozen somehow and stored like a White Tower soldier aka a Universal Soldier. Alcatraz will also benefit from the Prison Break / Breakout Kings crowd.
What I don’t like is that each Alcatraz episode (disregarding the first), like each episode of the first season of The 4400, will most-likely deal with a new Alcatraz criminal or warden, showing up, acting up and being taken down with a growing subplot in the background. Predictable. Hopefully there will be some innovation on this formula.
The official press release for Alcatraz:
When San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madsen (Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (Forster), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hause (Sam Neill) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Garcia), to 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, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden Edwin James (Coyne) and the merciless Associate Warden E.B. Tiller (Jason Butler Harner).
Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (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 prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.
Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. 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 (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 also stars Santiago Cabrera, Jonny Coyne, Paul McGillion, Santiago Cabrera, Robert Lawrenson, Jason Butler Harner, Jeffrey Pierce, Samuel Patrick Chu, Greyston Holt, Chad Rook, Paul Jarrett, Jonathan Coyne, Carl Marino, Deanna Marks, and Andrew Moxham. Watch the Alcatraz TV show trailer below and leave your thoughts on it. For more Alcatra photos, videos, and news, check out our Alcatraz Page. Alcatraz will begin airing on Fox some time in 2013.