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Alcatraz “Clarence Montgomery” 

Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/FOX

I know people who are fascinated and intrigued by The Rock, but I didn’t become one of them until I started watching this show. I knew I’d at least give it a try for a host of reasons: J.J. Abrams was an executive producer, Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia were starring, and the premise was intriguing. I like the present day man-hunt angle set against the flashbacks of Alcatraz back in the day. In “Clarence Montgomery” we finally seem to be learning why certain convicts were constantly having blood drawn and what some of those experiments were all about.

Mahershala Ali plays Clarence Montgomery, who came to Alcatraz an innocent man but ended up a guilty one. Dr. Milton Beauregard reverse engineered Dr. Lucy Banerjee’s method for helping inmates and turned him into a murderer. We don’t yet know why Warden Edwin James is doing experiments on these men or what those gigantic keys open, but he’s not interested in sharing that much information with E.B. Tiller and I can understand why. The more I get to know E.B., the more I can appreciate why Jack Sylvane killed him (even if he was forced into it) when he “came back.” I don’t think the warden is a good guy, but E.B. is even worse.

As a huge House of Lies fan, I was happy to Glynn Turman guest star in this episode. He plays Emmitt Little, a friend who helps Clarence in 2012 even though he doesn’t understand why his friend still looks like he did 50 years ago. In fact, he shoots and kills Clarence after Clarence tells Emmitt he can’t go back to jail. I wonder if that tainted blood can bring someone back from the dead. Is that the reason Emerson Hauser is bringing all the inmates – including the dead ones – back to the “new” Alcatraz? I can understand why those bodies can’t go to a regular morgue, but I wonder if there’s more to it than we know. Well, I’m sure there is and that intrigues me even more.

Alcatraz airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.

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