Hmmm, it’s only episode four and ALCATRAZ has already gone to the ol’ cop-inside-the-hostage-crisis story. That’s pretty fast to resort to one of the clichés of the genre. On the plus side, the bungled bank robbery didn’t take up much of the story, and I actually thought the motive for the crimes showed some imagination.
The 63 of the week was bank robber Cal Sweeney (Eric Johnson), whose M.O. was to steal only from safe-deposit boxes, leaving the cash in the safe untouched. Unfortunately, he also killed a few people along the way, attracting the attention of Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Soto (Jorge Garcia). The 1960 flashback showed a little more about the way Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller (Jason Butler Harner) exploited the Alcatraz black market, which was operated by Sweeney. Also, we got to see that Chief Warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyne) had nothing but contempt for Tiller.