Alcatraz

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Tommy Madsen

    Aired 3/26/12

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Garrett Stillman

    Aired 3/26/12

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Webb Porter

    Aired 3/19/12

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Clarence Montgomery

    Aired 3/12/12

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Sonny Burnett

    Aired 3/5/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Jones (II)

    Detective Rebecca Madsen

  • Jorge Garcia (I)

    Dr. Diego Soto

  • Sam Neill

    Emerson Hauser

  • Parminder Nagra

    Lucy Banerjee

  • Robert Forster

    Ray Archer

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  • Alcatraz is from LOST and Fringe mastermind J.J. Abrams. The mystery-thriller stars Sarah Jones as detective Rebecca Madsen who is investigating a case connected to a prison inmate who died 30 years ago. Her investigation and connection to the prison leads her to work with an unlikely ally, comic book lover Dr. Diego 'Doc' Soto (played by Lost's Jorge Garcia), while a government agent named Emerson Hause (Sam Neil) tries to intervene and stop her investigation. As Madsen and Soto team up, the mystery of Alcatraz is revealed: inmates that were thought to be dead for years are roaming the streets of San Francisco, continuing their crimes from fifty years ago. As they look into the history of Alcatraz and government cover-ups, they discover that this one prisoner is just a small part of a bigger threat connected with the prison in Alcatraz.moreless

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    • Emerson Houser: (to Detective Rebecca Madsen following a huge reveal about her grandfather's status at Alcatraz) If you want to stay and find him you have to prove to me every day that you deserve to be here.
      Dr. Diego Soto: Is anyone else's head exploding right now?

    • Diego Soto: (wide-eyed upon entering a well-stocked gun shop with Det. Madsen) Whoa! Call of Duty: Urban Warfare 3D! I think I got a Second Amendment contact high.

    Notes (29)

    • Norway: February 9, 2012 on TVNorge

    • Special billing was given to Robert Forster (with) and Sam Neill (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 16, 2012 on Citytv
      Australia: February 13, 2012 on NINE
      United Kingdom: March 13, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD
      Finland: September 2, 2012 on Sub

    • Special billing was given to Sam Neill (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 16, 2012 on Citytv
      Australia: February 13, 2012 on Nine
      United Kingdom: March 20, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD
      Finland: September 9, 2012 on Sub

    • Parminder Nagra (Lucy Banerjee) appears in this episode but has no lines.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 23, 2012 on Citytv
      Australia: February 20, 2012 on Nine
      United Kingdom: March 27, 2012 on Watch/Watch HD
      Finland: September 16, 2012 on Sub

    • Special billing was given to Sam Neill (and) for this episode.

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    Trivia (10)

    • The door code to enter New Alcatraz is 6323.

    • Even though the show is set in San Francisco, and some of the pilot was filmed in the city and on Alcatraz itself, the producers of the show opted to film the rest in Vancouver, mainly because of the much more attractive production rebates than California and the city of San Francisco could offer, much to the chagrin of the San Francisco film industry.

    • The case file Hauser shows the gym employee attacked by Sylvane shows his middle initial as "F". On his death certificate, his middle name is Haughton. Also, the case file lists his date of birth as January 25th 1905 (which would have made him 58 in 1963!) while his death certificate says it's (a more believable) June, 1923. Also, the case file lists misconduct reports from McNeil Island dated 1910-1912, which (by the files DOB) would imply he's been incarcerated since he was 5 years old!

    • Lucy Banerjee (showing Detective Madsen and Diego Soto surveillance footage of Sylvane): Meet Jack Sylvane: 85 years young. According to his death certificate, Jack Sylvane's date of birth was, June 18, 1923, which would make him closer to 89 years old as of the episode's airdate. It is also made clear this episode is set in the "present day", not 2008.

    • Nitpick: On the rooftop of the last shooting when you see Cobb looking through his scope. You can see a microphone under him.

    • The rifle Ernest Cobb uses is identified as a Winchester-70 with a suppressor-ready (threaded) barrel. According to the website winchester.com, there are two Winchester-70's listed as suppressor-ready (The Varmint Coyote, in black and stainless barrel style), but do not resemble the rifle Cobb uses (lacking the thumbhole, unique camo design of the stock and under-the-barrel vent holes). Unless the rifle was custom made and left specifically for him, it's unlikely he had the time to modify and test-aim/fire a different model.

    • While examining Cobb's shooting nest for the amusement park, Detective Madsen finds a shell casing, but picks it up in her bare hand, and then hands it over to Dr. Soto, contaminating what may be vaulable evidence. Madsen is SFPD detective-grade and should know better!

    • Small Goof: During the escape from the bank, Cal says "that Mustang has been following us for a while". If he was imprisoned since the fifties, and disappeared in 1963, how would he know what kind of car it was? The first Mustang didn't debut until 1964.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The information in Jack Sylvane's case file shown to the assaulted gym employee by Hauser indicates Jack Sylvane served time at McNeil Island State Penitentiary (in Washington State) from 1910 to 1912 (The dates on the file would be clearly inconsistent with Jack Sylvane's age as one of the "63's"). Also, read from the "Reason for Transfer" section: "...also wishes to call attention to the need for eliminating the insanitary [sic] condition.. from this mans's bird breeding activities here..."

      This is an allusion to real-life prisoner Rober Stroud a/k/a "The Birdman of Alcatraz" in the time of his incarceration (which began in 1909 as well as the location of part of it (McNeil Island). For the record, Stroud actually began keeping birds while in Leavenworth, not McNeil Island.

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