Series 1 - 1. Pilot

Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

This enjoyably slick and twisty mystery thriller from Lost supremo JJ Abrams has a typically bewildering concept. In 1963 Alcatraz prison was closed – not for any financial consideration, which is the official explanation, but because all the inmates and guards had inexplicably vanished into thin air.

Now they are returning, hellbent on vengeance. Stumbling onto their trail are loner homicide cop Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and geeky Alcatraz expert Diego “Doc” Soto (Lost’s Jorge Garcia). But things get really interesting when the sinister, enigmatic government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) takes control. He knows a lot but he’s not saying what he knows.

About this programme

1/13. Detective Rebecca Madsen and historian Diego Soto team up with a secret agency dedicated to finding and retrieving inmates from the Alcatraz prison facility who disappeared in mysterious circumstances 50 years previously but are now reappearing. Mystery drama, with Sam Neill, Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia.

Cast and crew


Emerson Hauser
Sam Neill
Rebecca Madsen
Sarah Jones
Diego Soto
Jorge Garcia
Lucy Banerjee
Parminder Nagra
Jimmy Dickens
Santiago Cabrera
Dep Warden Tiller
Jason Butler Harner


Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
Elizabeth Sarnoff
Danny Cannon