Alcatraz

Season 1 Episode 2

Ernest Cobb

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 16, 2012 on FOX
8.3
out of 10
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237 votes
6

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Ernest Cobb
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An obsessive sniper starts targeting people in San Francisco, seemingly at random. However, this man is also from Alcatraz and Diego and Madsen start piecing together his motive. In the process of trying to catch Cobb, one of the team members is injured.

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  • Better than the premiere pilot episode!

    10
    I really enjoyed this one! Sniper episodes always make for great episodes on shows, and Criminal Minds can attest ot that!



    The storylin e was very interesting! I thought that the episode was better than the pilot episode. Not familiar with the characters yet, lol, but that woman getting shot was quite sad. The episode's ending was spectacular!!! I can't believe that!!!



    Also, I thought that the Emerson gyu is a bit of a psywchopath. H e should be put in prison for shooting the guy's hand tlike that...moreless
  • Let's hope.....

    9.0
    I'm guessing that J.J. won't cop out on us again and pull a lame scenario of people being in Purgatory again like he did with Lost, but then again I never thought he would have done it then. Let's hope that all the grief people posted about that ending will spur him on to do something a little more creative.
  • Very violent not great script

    7.0
    A Sniper episode? Really...this was the MOST violent 45 minutes on network (ok FOX) TV since a 1975 episode of SWAT with (again) a sniper. This episode actually\ featured a true pyscho killer arbitrarily killing people off a rooftop. I watched the episode carefully on playback and there was actually only ONE 'impact" shot (the shot through his right hand) but there was enough bloodshed in this one episode than in an entire season of ANY show on any other network. If the story was engaging and had some interesting dialogue I would have found it acceptable but I think this was just an exploitation stunt and unworthy of quality television such as Person Of Interest which has great action and quality scripts.moreless
  • I am looking forward to see where it is going.

    9.0
    The procedure of the show is now set and I have to say I like it. The way Ernest Cobb was introduced was frightening and a bit amazing, I liked it a lot and found him a very interesting character. This episode gives a bit more information on all the characters that brings them all more to life, but as expected we have also been given a lot of questions. This is starting to turn into a very fascinating show, I am looking forward to see where it is going.moreless
  • Potential

    8.5
    First I need to answer Halbert2424's ridiculously and unfortunately oft repeated mistake. In Lost they were not dead the whole time, hence Jack's Dad, Christian, telling Jack before he walked in to be with the others that some of them had died before him and some well after. If they were dead the whole time how could the Oceanic 6 have gotten off the island and lived in Los Angeles for a few years? They couldn't, so go back, rewatch it, and pay attention this time.



    Now to Alcatraz, yes in the Pilot the story and character development was a bit slow, but it picked up quite a bit with Ernest Cobb and I was actually very interested in seeing what was going to happen next after each commercial break. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, so suffice to say that enough was revealed and hinted at, if you paid attention Halbert, about each character that their developments could be very interesting to watch, just don't expect it to happen quickly, that's just the way these shows are. Be patient and this show could really pay off, ala Fringe.moreless
Sarah Jones (II)

Sarah Jones (II)

Detective Rebecca Madsen

Jorge Garcia (I)

Jorge Garcia (I)

Dr. Diego Soto

Sam Neill

Sam Neill

Emerson Hauser

Jonny Coyne

Jonny Coyne

Warden Edwin James

Jason Butler Harner

Jason Butler Harner

Associate Warden E.B. Tiller

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra

Lucy Banerjee

Ben Cotton

Ben Cotton

Yapper

Guest Star

Lauren Attadia

Lauren Attadia

Girlfriend of Shooter Man

Guest Star

Natalie Charles

Natalie Charles

Nurse #2

Guest Star

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Jack Sylvane

Recurring Role

Joe Egender

Joe Egender

Ernest Cobb

Recurring Role

Samuel Patrick Chu

Samuel Patrick Chu

Chet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • 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!

  • QUOTES (1)

    • 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 (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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