Alcatraz - OAD 1/16/12 - Lost 2.0?

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  1. ElJay

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    I have to agree... I was not blown away by this. I thought for three writers, the resulting pilot was borderline terrible. Then the second hour repeated the same exact formula with a new character. I'll keep it for now since Sam Neill and Sarah Jones are interesting to watch, but I really hope it expands from a "mystery San Francisco murderer of the week" sort of show.
     
  2. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

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    Yes it looks like it is going to be "crook of the week" show.
     
  3. Hunter Green

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    There was one in Super 8 but I can't remember what it is right now.

    With the inevitable Lost comparisons I felt bad that one of Jorge's first lines including him saying something like "when I was on the island".
     
  4. Steveknj

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    I liked it. So far it's a fun mystery. But really, outside of the mysterious music which ws similar, and the one scene where they showed the outside of "new" Alcatraz looking eerily like the "cave" at the end of Lost where the mystical powers came from, I really didn't get much of a Lost vibe. It's not even the same writers, and the last two Abrams shows had NO Lost vibe at all. I think this is Fox's way of getting us Losties to watch. Is Abrams even involved in much of the day to day stuff? I know Jack Bender is involved...he had director credits here and on many Lost episodes, so maybe that's where the Lost vibe might come from. But I didn't feel it here. Oh, I should add, Jorge Gracia appears to be playing Hurley 2.0

    Having been to Alcatraz in 2010, it was cool to have recognized many of the places they went. Sarah Jones IS fun to look at, I must say. I didn't really recognize Lucy, but the actress' name in the credits looked familiar until I realized it was Neela from ER (and from Bend it Like Beckham). She really got old looking.
     
  5. bryhamm

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    well played
     
  6. IDSmoker

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    While I realize you were probably referring to the way character comes across, which I agree with... the 'baby fat' comment got me wondering how old the actress is. Turns out that Sarah Jones will turn 29 this July! :eek:

    My only explanation is that the older I get, the harder it seems to get to determine the age of others, cause I would have sworn that the actress was 22 or 23 at the most! I even came across some photos of Ms. Jones from her prior work and thought that her being jail-bait for most of it explained why she seems to have never done a nude scene. Guess this means that she'll have to go onto my "Raquel Welch" list (of great looking ladies who refuse to get naked on-screen, at least while they are young).
     
  7. Waldorf

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    In case it's bugging you, in the zombie movie-within-a-movie that “Super 8’s” young filmmakers are working on, there is a reference to the mysterious Building 47. :)
     
  8. robojerk

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    I'm only 30, and I would have sworn the same thing. My lil sister is 23, the lead looks like she could be one of her school chumps.
     
  9. bryhamm

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    Zobelle's daughter
     
  10. philw1776

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    So many things wrong with this show. Bad casting - the eye candy detective isn't credible, even by low TV standards. Plenty of hotties a few years older available. Worse yet is the really weak police procedurals. The one driving me bats was picking up evidence bare handed. If the show is about "detectives' tracking folks down as an integral part, don't be lazy and write that portion poorly. Contrast this hackarama with the Justified writing where they don't insult the viewer.

    If this ends where everyone realizes they're really not here but in some alternative transitional afterlife, I'm giving up TV. Except of course for Patriots football.
     
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    Yeah, there are a number of things wrong with this show but as long as Det. Madsen keeps running down the street with her jacket open, I'll deal with it.
     
  12. tivogurl

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    She's not fat, but she has gained weight, very noticeably in her face. A common post-pregnancy affliction.
     
  13. robojerk

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    My wife "She got some huge jugs!"
     
  14. pudding7

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    The only problem I have with all the hints and clues and number games and subtle references is that on Lost, none of it ever mattered. Nothing ever came of any of it.

    What I mean is, (and I don't mean this to be snarky, just don't know how else to word it...) ok, so "Prisoner 2002..... Adds to 4" and "Prisoner 2024..... Adds to 8". But so what? What does it matter?
     
  15. robojerk

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    I can't say I disagree. Remember all the Colverfield clues?
    The scene when the three enter the motel, while still in the hallway, I remember seeing a number scribbled in black (looked to be same as the window) on the wall behind them.. It looked pretty obvious and wondered if it was supposed to be some more crazy clues.
     
  16. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Most of his shows have a significant ARG (alternate reality game) external component. You don't have to participate to follow the show, but participating adds an additional level of complexity. If you're seeing things in one of his shows that seems extraneous, it could be that it's tied to an ARG. He did it with LOST, Alias, Fringe, and I'll bet his other shows as well. The numbers in LOST, for example, were heavily explored and explained in the ARG.
     
  17. verdugan

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    I didn't follow the ARG. Can you summarize what they were about? Or point to somewhere where it's explained?

    TIA
     
  18. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    I don't think people will be happy if we were to take this thread down the "LOST numbers rabbit hole" (or any rabbit hole other than the Alcatraz rabbit hole, which I hope we'll discover exists), but here's a link for you: http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Numbers

    You can also google for "Valenzetti Equation" and/or "The LOST Experience"
     
  19. Hunter Green

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    I remembered that one, it's the Kelvin one I can't recall off the top of my head.
     
  20. ronsch

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    I just finished the second episode last night. Liked the show and if they keep coming up with new elements such as the Lucy reveal it will keep it from becoming a con of the week show.

    They should have gotten Elizabeth Mitchell for the detective part.
     

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