Hello fellow inmates! Alcatraz still has my curiosity peaked 7 episodes in. Interesting criminal stories, interesting guard "story" and interesting surrounding cast that may or may not be involved in this mystery. TV Guide had a good interview with the executive producers today discussing burning questions the fans are having. It's mainly the stuff we've been wondering about. Some of the mysteries introduced and what should be considered "season" mysteriess vs. "series" mysteries. I recommend the read! With that out of the way let's talk a little bit about tonight's episode!
- Johnny had several meetings with Lucy back in 1960. She asked him about dreams and his past. She had an awful amount of knowledge of Johnny's past. He had revealed some of it to Jack but not in the details that Lucy knew. I guess it could have been in his file, but with these shows I always want to suspect something else at play. Especially, when Lucy is an expert in memory extraction.
- Lucy once again promised that he could make his memories and bad dreams (of Virginia's face) go away if he would cooperate. Once he cooperated by confessing his crimes, she then said she could work with him. This whole memory extraction thing has to play a part with inmates not remembering things or following missions and not knowing why in the present day. And due to that article I referenced, there apparently are warring factions between the 63ers. So, some of them are intentionally not following their missions. We will keep getting more and more information in that realm!
- In the present day we got a blast of realism (vs. Science Fiction) when Lucy wasn't in any better shape than she was in the hospital. Beauregard didn't have any magical cures for her. Lucy's methods that he was trying was all modern medicine. Electroshock, acupuncture, etc... I guess it could be considered "futuristic" medicine for Lucy and Beauregard. But there was no resurrecting (unless she was dead when Emerson brought her in). In any case, Lucy remains in a coma. The doc recommends reading to her. Which he eventually does, but lets' talk about Jack Sylvane first.
- Jack Sylvane was interrogated by Madsen for the manhunt this week. But he is still very confused about what is going on. Emerson was very cautious in having Madsen interrogate him. We confirmed that Soto and Madsen have no idea about this secret Alcatraz prison. Madsen asked what prison he was being held at. Emerson offered to bring him to her with mysterious guards. She asked about Johnny and found out the guy was a nut about Jules Verne and THE FUTURE. "The future is now". Thematically, great stuff for this show. It could turn out to be more, but we'll see! But the conversation turned towards Rebecca's grandfather Tommy. Jack knew all about prisoner 2002 who was in the infirmary a lot giving blood. He also knew about a "hole underneath the hole" AKA the Warden's magical door (which apparently, answers are coming maybe by the end of the season. Sounds even more like Lost's season 1 approach to the hatch more than ever now). Emerson was not thrilled at the line of questioning and took Jack out of there, but not before he made the connection that Rebecca was a Madsen too. (same eyes)
- Jack requested a discussion with Emerson later on back at the new prison. He was very curious about what is to become of him. Emerson was clear in stating that Jack was a criminal then, he remains one today. It didn't matter if it was 1963 or 2012. Jack said that he has changed and no longer has dreams. (memory extraction by Lucy?)
- This inspired Emerson to start reading to Lucy who IS still dreaming. The book Dr. Beauregard had recommended was Metamorphoses of Ovid. Anyone that remembers how I dealt with literature references in the LOST blog knows that I'll provide links, but I'm not going to get into further analysis! Here is the excerpt that Emerson quoted too.
"Of bodies changed to various forms, I sing:
Ye Gods, from whom these miracles did spring,
Inspire my numbers with celestial heat;
'Till I my long laborious work complete:"
Deep stuff. Seems like it could be relevant, but too deep for me to dissect right now!
- Soto continued his pursuit of Nicki (Nikki) the coroner. She continued to sport "Sandman" t-shirts. Lots of cheesy lines here but my favorite was Hurley requesting Nikki to not say enchilada again with the cut open dead body present. Good times!
- So Emerson speaks Chinese. What's that all about? Did I catch the Chinese guy handing him some kind of package? He told Madsen/Soto that the man told him his "CHI" is murky. But, he could have been lying about that, right?
- Not sure if there was any relevance to the Warden yelling "DING!" during Johnny's questioning by Lucy, but it seemed to scare him into telling her everything he knew. Just thought it might be worth mentioning.