Friday, March 23, 2012

What I’m Watching: Alcatraz

Alcatraz: Season 1, Episode 11 “Webb Porter” (B+)

This show really knows how to profile its villains. As portrayed by Rami Malek from “The Pacific,” Webb Porter was a brilliant savant with a very specific regime for crafting his art. Interestingly, he seems to have not been the subject of the warden’s hatred, a rare feat, as he gave Lucy his full support for her therapies, returning him to general population to earn a new reputation as a musician rather than a screamer. I like how this show continues to reference its previously-featured guest characters, showing their reactions to Webb’s playing both in the 1960s and in the present day in the new Alcatraz. Emerson’s obsession with capturing Webb alive was quite evident, and I’m glad that Rebecca and Doc are voicing their frustrations with constantly being kept in the dark, not that it’s going to do them much good. Spotting Lucy in the footage was an exciting development, and I like how Webb was perfectly fine helping Lucy, not even putting up a fight once he saw her lying unconscious. That last shot of Lucy opening her eyes was the perfect end to the episode, and an awesome way to head into the show’s two-hour season finale next week. I really hope that the show gets renewed for a second season since this is a series worth saving, but I’m terribly worried that next week’s double installment is the last of this show that we’ll ever see. If it has to end, I’m sure it’s going to be a thrilling finish.

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