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Alcatraz Main Cast

Sarah Jones Sarah Jones as Detective Rebecca Madsen
Jorge Garcia Jorge Garcia as Dr. Diego 'Doc' Soto
Sam Neill Sam Neill as Emerson Hauser
Jonathan Coyne Jonathan Coyne as Warden Edwin James
Parminder Nagra Parminder Nagra as Dr. Lucille Banerjee
Jason Butler Harner Jason Butler Harner as Deputy Warden Elijah Bailey Tiller
Robert Forster Robert Forster as Raymond Archer
Santiago Cabrera Santiago Cabrera as Jimmy Dickens

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Alcatraz - Synopsis

Alcatraz is a science fiction television series that premiered in 2012, blending elements of mystery, crime, and supernatural phenomena. The premise of the show revolves around the infamous Alcatraz prison, which was officially closed in 1963 due to infeasibility. However, the series reveals a startling secret: the prisoners and guards mysteriously vanished and are reappearing in the present day without having aged a day.

The series begins with the sudden reappearance of Jack Sylvane, a former Alcatraz inmate, who mysteriously shows up in the present day. His arrival and subsequent actions draw the attention of San Francisco Police Department detective Rebecca Madsen and Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego Soto. As they delve deeper into the mystery, they are approached by a secretive government agency led by Emerson Hauser, who has been expecting the return of these Alcatraz inhabitants.

Rebecca, whose own grandfather was an Alcatraz inmate and disappeared, becomes personally invested in the case. Alongside Dr. Soto, she works to track down the returning prisoners and guards, who are inexplicably involved in various criminal activities and heinous acts upon their return.

The narrative intertwines the present-day efforts to capture these returnees with flashbacks to the prisoners' pasts, revealing their histories and the circumstances leading to their incarceration. These flashbacks provide insights into the lives of the prisoners and guards, shedding light on their motivations and connections to the larger mystery.

As the series progresses, it becomes evident that there is a larger, more sinister plan at play, orchestrated by an unknown force or person. The returnees are not only back to resume their criminal activities but are part of a greater scheme that slowly unravels as the episodes progress.

One of the central mysteries of the show is the nature of the disappearance and reappearance of the inmates and guards. Questions arise about how and why they are returning unaged, who is behind this, and what their ultimate goal might be. The series hints at a complex web of government conspiracies, scientific experiments gone awry, and the possible involvement of supernatural elements.

Alcatraz also delves into themes of redemption, morality, and the impact of the past on the present. It explores the idea that the actions and decisions made decades ago can have profound and unexpected consequences in the modern world.

Despite its intriguing premise and storylines, "Alcatraz" was short-lived. The series struggled to maintain a consistent viewership, leading to its cancellation after just one season. The cancellation left many of the show's central mysteries unresolved, much to the disappointment of its dedicated fan base. The show ended with several cliffhangers and unanswered questions, leaving the broader narrative incomplete.

Alcatraz Show Details

  • Created by: Steven Lilien, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Bryan Wynbrandt
  • Total number of seasons: 1
  • Total number of episodes: 13
  • Date first episode aired: 16 January 2012
  • Date final episode aired: 26 March 2012
  • Show status: Cancelled

Alcatraz Season 1 Episodes

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  1. Pilot - Detective Rebecca Madsen and Alcatraz historian Diego Soto join forces with a secret agency when a former inmate reappears in modern-day San Francisco.
  2. Ernest Cobb - The team hunts for a former Alcatraz inmate, a sniper with a deadly agenda.
  3. Kit Nelson - A child kidnapper from Alcatraz resurfaces and abducts a young boy.
  4. Cal Sweeney - The squad tries to track down a former bank robber who has returned and is seeking something hidden at the prison.
  5. Guy Hastings - An Alcatraz guard reappears and tracks down a former fellow guard to find the truth about the prison's closure.
  6. Paxton Petty - A former inmate and landmine enthusiast returns and places bombs throughout San Francisco.
  7. Johnny McKee - The team investigates a chemist who used his skills to kill in Alcatraz and is back continuing his work.
  8. Clarence Montgomery - The only innocent man in Alcatraz returns, but is now committing crimes he was falsely convicted of in the past.
  9. The Ames Bros. - Two of Alcatraz's most violent brothers return and are after a cache of gold rumored to be hidden beneath the prison.
  10. Sonny Burnett - A former kidnapper reappears, more violent than before, prompting the team to uncover his past at Alcatraz.
  11. Webb Porter - The team races to find a musically-inclined serial killer who has returned and is on the hunt again.
  12. Garrett Stillman - The team tracks a cunning thief, but their investigation uncovers a deeper mystery involving Hauser.
  13. Tommy Madsen - Rebecca confronts her grandfather when the most notorious prisoner of Alcatraz resurfaces. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Certain content that appears on this site, comes from Amazon Services LLC. This content is provided “AS IS” and is subject to change or removal at any time.

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