Alcatraz

Mondays @ 9p ET

FOX

I have no idea what’s going on.  Considering that J.J. Abrams is an executive producer, that is to be expected.  Creators Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost”) and Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt have created a series about 302 notorious prisoners from Alcatraz who return from the dead to haunt present-day San Francisco.  The how and why are, of course, the big mysteries of the series, which essentially works as a procedural: one historical bad guy per week.

The always mysterious Sam Neill seems to have all the answers, hoarding them in his super-secret lair, while Det. Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Alactraz expert, Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) try and stop these returning criminals in the city streets.  And in typical Abrams style, the twists keep coming, if only at a trickle.

The character of Madsen doesn’t have much to grab onto, but thankfully Jorge Garcia and the overall mystery of the series have piqued my interest, and will keep me coming back for more.  The second episode has a mention of a wormhole, which is neither confirmed nor denied.  And I really do need to have all the answers because I’m just that way, and I have the feeling you are, too.