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I know there are folks in this crowd that are watching Alcatraz. :) What do you think of it so far? We've got a taste of some nice over-arching storyline already, in the middle of an otherwise abbreviated police procedural (abbreviated due to backstory segments).
Very Lost-like, even down to a signature sound when switching back and forth between the past and the present; this time the sound of the prison doors closing. I hear some folks saying they're getting bored with it, but as with all JJ Abrams efforts, you need to give it time to establish the characters and the mystery.
I'm enjoying it so far. Who else?
I'm watching and enjoying it. It is interesting a I am hoping they find the right balance between mystery and procedural. I love the subtle LOST shout-outs. I hope we can get good character development as well. I'm optimistically hopeful that it will succeed.
I, too, want good character development. Hopefully not too many the viewers get turned off by that ("Well, this is boring.")
I missed the first one and just hated the second one because I was confused. I'm not sure that I really want to watch a prisoner of the week show. But then I watched the third episode and it was pretty interesting. I like the dark, atmospheric scenes set in the past and how can you not love Jorge Garcia?
Heh, indeed. See my response to Lon below, but I think that the Prisoner (or Guard) of the Week format should and will change once we establish the premise; all of the premise.
I'd suggest giving it a little time. The first season of Lost was mostly a Survival Issue of the Week with a bit of mystery thrown in here and there to let you know there's more (smoke monster, hatch). Alcatraz is the Criminal of the Week with some mystery to let you know there's more (prisoners, guards, and even some of our main characters, being shown to be the same in both the past and the present).
That's how I look at it.
I am enjoying it as well. Along with the story, I really like the characters! I hope they can continue to build on the character development, because that always make a show for me. I love Jorge Garcia, but I am afraid that his character might be to much like Hurley, but that could be a good thing.
There is a show starting tonight called "The River" and I believe they are hoping to pick up some Lost fans as well. It looked a little cheesy, but you never know, it might be good. It will be on ABC on Tuesday nights.
I forgot to watch the River. I hope it's on demand on or Hulu. I just forgot there were things to watch on Tuesday nights.
Isn't every show about the characters? If you don't care about the people at the center, the show isn't going to work. Period. I think Alcatraz is working on its character development and they're getting more interesting over time. Didn't Lost wrap Hurley's character around Jorge Garcia? It's not a huge surprise that every other character he plays is Hurley-esque.
I watched the first hour and a little of The River, and was impressed with it, but I'm not into the horror genre, and the shakey cam, while it made it more realistic, made me seasick (or "riversick"). I think I could have gotten into it, but frankly, I'm trying to actively keep up with so many shows that this one will probably drop off my radar.
Or that it's a formula that networks execs have found "works".
I will miss Alcatraz. It's unfortunate that it was cancelled by FOX. I can only hope that another network of some sorts picks up Alcatraz, because I want answers!