Alcatraz: S01E04 “Cal Sweeney”

6.5 Overall Score

Reveals at the end

I'm bored.

This week is better than lasts, but that is not saying much. To be completely honest i expect a lot more from a J.J. Abrams attached show. I was hoping the first few episodes were just initial jitters and that the show would move on, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. At this point it just feels so…average. It seems like every episode at this point is just going through the motions of a “Post-Lost mystery show”. (that’s a new genre by the way. Lost messed everything up)

The bank robbing killer this week was at least somewhat interesting, but its nothing new and the twist that he doesn’t steal money, just personal items, is not that interesting at all. Add in that the cattle prod gun is blatantly torn from No Country For Old Men, a movie that will forever be synonymous with the weapon. Still, it’s a step up from last week’s bore of a killer.

Unfortunately though, that boredom still seems to linger over here. I yawned countless times and felt like I was just waiting for the episode to end. The show isn’t necessarily bad, but its not good either. It’s just kind of there. If it weren’t for the last 5 minutes or so of the show, I might have no interest left. Luckily the writers did feed us some interesting main mystery developments. It was the first time throughout the show that questions were actually left in my head that I actually want to be answered.

The thing is that was the last 5 minutes of the show. I sat through a good 40 minutes where I was completely bored. I guess you could say that some potential is shown with the last few minutes, but I’m not liking this formula. The show begs for the fat to be trimmed and to get to the good stuff, but I realize that is not how this show is going to work, for better or worse.

To sum it up, I probably would not continue to watch this show if it weren’t for my review duties. The interest in the mystery is there, but it’s just not worth trucking through all the junk to get there. Maybe I’m impatient. If you like shows like “Law and Order” and “CSI”, my complaints are probably not common with you. You would probably like this show, you might even like it a lot. If we are looking at the final quality of a show though, its just not there in this one.


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Author: Chris Fadeley View all posts by
I am UF alumni and a computer engineer. I know virtually every useless fact about videogames ever. I like computers and potatoes.

22 Comments on "Alcatraz: S01E04 “Cal Sweeney”"

  1. Pat Haynes February 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I told my roommates that this would be the make-it-or-break-it week for me and after the first 40 minutes, I was ready to be done with the show. But I feel like I have to continue watching, if only just to find out what’s behind the door. Hopefully it gets better. This week was pretty unbearable, except for the end.

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