Here's the set up: When Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closed on March 23, 1963, the inmates were not transferred to other prisons. They vanished--along with most of the guards. And 49 years later they're returning. Where they have been and why they are coming back--sans culture shock--hasn't been explained. Yet.
If this sounds confusing, it's because several people tied to "Lost" are behind "Alcatraz."
|The dock at Alcatraz|
Beneath the former prison is Hauser's 'Bat Cave,' an advanced research center amidst the tourists, the National Park Service guards, and of course the returning "63s."
The narrative switches from the present day to the late 1950s and the early 1960s.
As you will read below, I visited Alcatraz Island in 2009. My overriding impression while there--it was July--was how cold it was. I learned that inmates felt the same way. Coupled with the isolation, the chilliness compounded the harshness of being imprisoned there. And when the wind was right--the prisoners could hear the sounds of San Francisco from their cells--which was torturous to them. But that tension is missing from the show--at least for now.
"Alcatraz" airs Monday nights at 9pm (8pm Central). If you want to catch up, you can view each episode right here.
The photographs in this post were taken by the author.
UPDATE February 19: In the last episode, chilly air, at the Presidio, was noted by a character who pointed out a villain's hiding spot.
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