Alcatraz Season 1

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Summary

Alcatraz Season 1

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America's most infamous prison and onetime home to the nation's worst criminals. When San Francisco detective Rebecca Madsen is assigned a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to Jack Sylvane, an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. With a family history involving the prison, Madsen's interest is immediately piqued. And once the secretive government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she's doggedly committed. 

Turning to Alcatraz expert Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events, the two discover that Sylvane is not only alive, but loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And, strangely, he hasn't aged a day since 1963. Reluctantly teaming with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee, to stop Sylvane's vengeful killing spree, Madsen and Soto delve into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Madsen's own heritage, to discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first to reappear from Alcatraz, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won't be the last.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - Pilot

    When San Francisco Police Department Detective Rebecca Madsen (series star SARAH JONES) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane (guest star JEFFREY PIERCE), an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history -- both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (series star ROBERT FORSTER), were guards at the prison -- Madsen's interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser (series star SAM NEILL) tries to impede her investigation, she's doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto (series star JORGE GARCIA), to help her 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, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn't aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden Edwin James (series star JONNY COYNE) and the sadistic Associate Warden E.B. Tiller (series star JASON BUTLER HARNER).

  2. 02 - Ernest Cobb

    Detective Madsen and Soto must team with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (series star PARMINDER NAGRA), to stop Sylvane's vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca's own heritage, the team ultimately discovers 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 to reappear from Alcatraz. Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners' return for nearly 50 years. Soto will witness his life's work - the history of Alcatraz -- come to life. Madsen will see 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.

  3. 03 - Kit Nelson

    When child killer Kit Nelson (guest star MICHAEL EKLUND), a terrifying kidnapper who always returns his victims home -- after he's killed them -- reappears from the past, the team is in a race against time to catch the man before he kills again.

  4. 04 - Cal Sweeney

    When a notorious bank robber (guest star ERIC JOHNSON) returns from the past and things go wrong in the present, Rebecca has to break him out of the hostage-filled bank before people can find out who he is.

  5. 05 - Guy Hastings

    For the first time, an Alcatraz guard reappears. Although he's a good man, Guy Hastings (guest star JIM PARRACK) is being asked to do bad things and will come face-to-face with an old acquaintance.

  6. 06 - Paxton Petty

    When our unlikely trio tracks former inmate Paxton Petty (guest star JAMES PIZZINATO), a sick landmine bomber who has returned only to place bombs throughout populated areas of San Francisco, methods of the past are applied to the present.

  7. 07 - Johnny McKee

    Madsen and Hauser hunt down Johnny McKee (guest star ADAM ROTHENBERG), a former Alcatraz inmate and vicious killer with a background in chemistry. It's a race against time before McKee horrifically poisons more innocent victims. Meanwhile, more details emerge about Madsen's grandfather.

  8. 08 - The Ames Brothers

    Two of Alcatraz's most violent brothers, Herman and Pinky Ames (guest stars TRAVIS AARON WADE and GRAHAM SHIELS), who were notorious for nearly escaping in 1963, find something mysteriously amiss when they return to the island in the present day.

  9. 09 - Sonny Burnett

    Sonny Burnett (guest star THEO ROSSI), a man with an incredible dark side who became ultra-violent during his stint at Alcatraz returns for another reign of terror.

  10. 10 - Clarence Montgomery

    Clarence Montgomery (guest star MAHERSHALA ALI), the only innocent man in Alcatraz, returns to present day, but is now committing crimes. Why?

  11. 11 - Webb Porter

    Rebecca, Doc, and Hauser set out to capture the musically inclined serial killer Webb Porter (guest star RAMI MALEK), an unknown '63 that returns more violent than ever

  12. 12 - Garrett Stillman

    Doc and Rebecca close in on a man who may be the key to revealing the secrets behind all the returning criminals. Meanwhile, Hauser makes a discovery beneath the halls of Alcatraz that brings him ever closer to the truth. Then, revealing doors are opened and lives hang in the balance as Rebecca will stop at nothing in pursuit of the man who killed her partner in the all-new special two-hour season finale.

  13. 13 - Tommy Madsen

    Doc and Rebecca close in on a man who may be the key to revealing the secrets behind all the returning criminals. Meanwhile, Hauser makes a discovery beneath the halls of Alcatraz that brings him ever closer to the truth. Then, revealing doors are opened and lives hang in the balance as Rebecca will stop at nothing in pursuit of the man who killed her partner in the all-new special two-hour season finale.