‘Alcatraz’ Trailer & Plot Synopsis – Is This the New ‘Lost’?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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Fox approved J.J. Abrams’ latest project, Alcatraz, for a first season earlier this week. Now there’s a full 3-minute trailer for potential fans to look over, as well as an expanded plot synopsis to digest.

Alcatraz has been in the works for some time, with the pilot prepped earlier this year and shooting on the first season’s episodes scheduled for this summer. The show features Jurassic Park and The Tudors star Sam Neill, Lost regular Jorge Garcia and Sons of Anarchy‘s Sarah Jones in the main role.

The story goes something like this: In 1963, every prisoner and staffer of the infamous Alcatraz prison vanishes without a trace. The government covers it up, stating that all the occupants have been transferred, and promptly closes Alcatraz. Now in modern times, the convicts and staff are reappearing. The San Francisco Police Department teams up with the feds to track and recover the time-traveling criminals.

Sam Neill is taking center stage as the mysterious G-man, Agent Emerson Hauser. The voice-over setting up the trailer and his numerous I-know-something-you-don’t-know smirks make it clear that he’ll be providing a lot of the intrigue for the freshman season. Jorge Garcia is playing Dr. Diego Soto, a beta geek type who’s obsessed with the history of Alcatraz.

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However, this series may live and die on the performance of Jones. Her character, SFPD detective Rebecca Madsen, will drive the investigation forward. And just like Olivia Dunham of J.J. Abrams’ other current sci-fi series, Fringe, she’s got parts of her past that may intersect with the overall plot in the form of her grandfather and uncle, who were both Alcatraz guards.

Judge for yourself in the trailer below:

And here’s the official synopsis:

When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”).

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

I’ve been looking forward to Alcatraz since it was announced, and have only gotten more excited as the casting and plot info has come out. Here’s hoping the fall premiere will not disappoint.

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Source: /Film

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  1. Here’s som dissapointment for you: Alcatraz isn’t airing in the fall, IT IS AIRING MIDSEASON. As for the show itself, I think it seems more like Fringe meets The 4400 with elements of LOST. I loved LOST to death, and it feels like the mystery could propel this show just like it has LOST or Fringe. Very very very excited for this on.

  2. Prediction:

    Sam Neil is lucifer in human form and he is using prisoners from Alcatraz to do his bidding in the modern world. Probably because there has been some unexplained supernatural force keeping all of the inmates at alcatraz, hence no one ever escaped. The lead actress is related to an older guard of the prison who was very close to discovering re mystery behin the prison. Throuoght the show she will be delving into her own little mystery. Of course Hugo will be awesome as comic relief and unexpected hero. Just a hunch but still sounds good to me.

    • a little bit of revisiting Omen 3 eh?

  3. This looks like it could be good/interesting.
    Only real shame is that it’s coming out on FOXTV, which means I’ll give it 2-3 weeks into the series run before it gets yanked off the air.

  4. Sorry can’t trust Abrams after season one of Lost. “Everything will be explained.”

  5. I want to be excited for this, but Hugo isn’t real believable as a ‘doctor’ (they admit as much by putting the line “I’m smarter than I look” in there). I could be wrong, and I’ll probably check it out anyway, but it doesn’t grab me like the Fringe promos did before it came out.

  6. Looks amazing :)

  7. I definitely don’t have the same feeling about this show that I did for LOST. That show was literally lightning in a bottle and numerous shows have been trying to duplicate its success by using the same formula. The problem is, like all great superhero creations, that mysterious mix of chemicals/elements was a one time thing and to create another of the same caliber it will need to be something NEW, just like LOST was.

    I will give it a chance but it does feel a lot like about 5-6 other shows that have tried to make it but got canceled after 1 season. We will see.

    • There was nothing new about Lost. it was Twin Peaks on an island, just not half as interesting.

  8. Looks cool, I’ll watch it.

  9. Hated Lost. This has Sam Neill, the greatest actor of all time, so I will watch it.

  10. I agree with Chad.
    I can’t trust anyone that had anything to do with Lost. Lost was one of the best series u have seen until I saw the last episode. 6 years wasted on a crap ending like that.
    Should have known they were making it up as they went along. Just like this show. I hope I’m wrong about this show.

  11. Why should any show be another anything? Stand on your own legs!

  12. With respect, the star of this show will not be Sarah Jones, or even Sam Neill, but Jeffrey Pierce. Where has this guy been? I have rarely seen such a convincing performance, especially on Fox.

  13. ist more bored see don,t like me