Hello all and welcome back to Alcatraz for a hefty helping of Auntie May's Ribs! Decent episode tonight that was intended to precede the past 2 episodes we saw. My DVR had it labeled as episode 10, but we all know it was episode 8 and that's what this blog will record it as! We got a good brain dump of information on what has happened to some/all of these 63s that are showing up in the present day. And as always, the manhunt was just as thrilling. As always, we'll stick with a brief recap and then discuss some of the key talking points. Here we go!
- Looks like Emerson is getting pressure from the chief of police to stop stealing their cases. Does that mean the chief is in on it all? Don't know. But Emerson gave him the evidence to accuse the correct murderer of Ellen (Montgomery's girlfriend), which exonerated Clarence in the process. The chief is running for mayor too. I smell an evolving story here.
- Hurley/Soto finally got a date with Nikki! It took the whole episode where we got 3 whole scenes with her. But by the end Madsen said he owed her a drink, and Soto said the same causing some confusion for him when she said "how about tomorrow?" Had to love Madsen's eyeroll. But whatever, Hurley has a date!
- We finally got to see the Mess Hall "gas" in effect. Looks like they used it to calm down some riots. Not sure what it really did to them though. But as of now it would seem unrelated to their disappearance in 1963.
- Tiller and Warden's disagreements continue in this episode. Warden is all about rehabilitating prisoners (for better or worse remains to be really seen). Tiller is not convinced that it can be done. You can't put a suit on a dog was his motto. It wouldn't surprise me if Warden's intentions are truly for good, and Tiller hijacks Warden's experiments for his own doing. But, even that seems too obvious to me! Anything where Tiller or Warden is the head honcho just seems too easy!
- But for now, we see Beauregard pretty much "Room 23ing" Clarence Montgomery. That slide show of his supposed murder of his girlfriend that was being engrained into his brain was missing just one slide that said "God Loves You as He Loved Jacob"! Beauregard confirmed Soto's suspicions in 2012 when he was talking to Warden in 1960. He was taking blood samples (which Montgomery was also a victim of) and handing them over to the warden. Then something was done to the blood and given back to the Doc. He wanted to know what was done but the Warden was all about keeping secrets from his staff. Soto said that there were experiments done in Utah prisons where they would take blood samples and put radioactive material into it and then inject back into the prisoners. I googled it, this is legit stuff! Of course the "real life" purpose and the "fictional" purpose might have been for different means. Or our Alcatraz friends aren't doing exactly what the Utah crew did. In any case, we found out their blood is being altered and it is altering their memories. An innocent man has become a killer. It's the "reverse effect" of what the Warden is intending apparently. But Beauregard wanted to prove it would work. Interesting. Then why are these people coming back as killers? Refer back to my Tiller theory for now.
- It is pretty crazy that Montgomery was putting his victims into the exact position that Ellen was in the photos. It's as if these inmates are getting crystal clear instructions on what to do when they're released in 2012. You know like "get a key out of a safety deposit box". Kill Tiller! Oh right, Tiller was killed by Sylvane in the first ep, he can't be behind all this can he? If there are warring factions of inmates returning, I guess he could be responsible for some of them. He may have done his damage but got off of the rock before the 63 disappearance and lived out his life in anticipation for their return. I know I'm rambling here. I have no idea! But, we're getting some material to work with now. Exciting stuff!