Alcatraz

Season 1 Episode 11

Webb Porter

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2012 on FOX
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  • Webb Porter plays the violin...

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    Spoiler Alert: this night's 63 was called Webb Porter. Not that it's important, they just changed the setup a little and our favorite investigators didn't know the name of the troublemaker from the start... otherwise... just the same old story...



    The episode centered around Lucy to shed some light on what she was doing back in the sixties (though they didn't now that I think about it...). There was some kind of musical genius who was destroyed by his cold mother who had tried to kill him as a child. Then he started murdering women. Drowned them, like his mother tried. I think that's Alcatraz's idea of how murderers are created. I also think Webb Porter couldn't actually read music which was a problem in the present to get a job as violinist and to get some motherly love and acceptance. Remember, that's how Alcatraz portrays his murderers and their motives. However, he had found a secret weapon. His bow made the "sweetest" sound (to quote one character from the episode) because Porter used the hair of the women he killed to string it himself. He probably killed one after another to find the one with the most suitable hair or something like that. That's just ridiculous, but whatever. You've got to put at least a few ridicolulous ideas into an Alcatraz' episode I guess...



    In the past, Lucy was the one who decided Porter needed to listen to and make music as part of his therapy and arranged for him to take a seat in Alcatraz' ochestra. Porter picked up a violin as his choice of musical torture device and immediately started playing scratching noises to actual music. There is something I will never get. Why don't they use actual musicians to play musicians? I can't believe there are no actors who can actually play the violin. Well, at least he pretended ok to play the violin. However, what kind of musician would carve his name into his violin? That's the clue (and you probably have to scribble your name all over the evidence for Rebecca and Soto to find it) they found. Remember, this episode did something new because they didn't know the name of the returned '63 from the beginning...

    Back in Alcatraz, Webb Porter was able to get a cell in General Population after getting a violin (before that he was seperated). The fellow inmates didn't like him at first, but his violin play calmed them down. Could have worked for me as well, but the music was the most annoying music I've ever had the pleasure listening to. However, Lucy was proud, the assistant warden not convinced as always and the doc called Lucy the warden's new favorite pet. Whatever that means...



    Back in the present, Rebecca, Soto and Hauser tried to find Porter. As it had turned out, he was the one who had the right blood type to save Lucy. Well, at some point they found a bow with red hair, realized that the hair came from a new victim, found the victim, found Porter, Porter tried to jump to his death, they caught him... You know, as always, pretty boring stuff. Hauser then brought him to Lucy so he could save her. Oh, I forgot an important part of this episode because they decided to show Soto following Hauser in episode 11. Because Hauser never answers any questions. He is the personified Alcatraz. Following their investigation, they found out that Hauser had taken Lucy out of the hospital and that Lucy was one of the '63 as well.



    Back in his present Alcatraz cell, Porter played the same annoying song, and his fellow, recaptured inmates listened enchanted. There really must be something wrong with their blood. And then Lucy woke up...



    I think it's amazing this show can get even more boring from week to week. There was nothing mysterious at all about it, just annoying music. The '63 of the week was creepy as it gets. However, I can hardly complain, this show has proven for the time it's been on air that it just doesn't do interesting.
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