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Remote Nomad: Alcatraz can’t escape from procedural tropes

It feels a little unfair to review a J.J. Abrams show as early as I am doing with “Alcatraz.” Not to name names, but the shows he produces have a tendency to either take a while to warm up or slowly peter out–or both. But “Alcatraz” doesn’t seem like it’s going to be bucking any trends; so far it seems like it will fit pretty smoothly into the former category.

Get Lost

Pseudo-scientific electromagnetic island properties aside, the actors and the mysteries have drawn me through 119 episodes so far (of which I’d say two-thirds to three-quarters were great), and nothing will keep me away from the final, behemoth two-and-half hour series finale next week.