Hello fellow time traveling, super blood inmates! So, lots of drama outside of the show itself with FOX scheduling and the Daytona 500. Last week's episode did not air and will not air until next week. So, we were treated to the 2 episodes that were meant to air together tonight on schedule. Not sure if that will impact any mythological advancements that were learned this week. Probably not. But we might lose some momentum that was built tonight. Because we got 2 pretty solid episodes with some fairly interesting tidbits about the secrets of Alcatraz! Considering it was 2 hours and I'm on a busier schedule these days, my recap probably won't be much longer. So, let's just get on with it!
Drama ensues, brothers eventually die. Donovan continues on to try and find that gold. He blows down the padlocked door (to which they thought those 2 keys went) and found an empty room. In 1960, we see the Warden open that padlocked door to find a whole lot of gold. It would seem that he was just seeing this gold for the first time, but considering he had the keys, I doubt that. But, why he has the gold? Who knows!?
Story #2 was with Sonny "JUICE!" Burnett (Juice, from Sons of Anarchy of course!). He went into prison as a professional kidnapper. He was not a murderer, but prison made him hard. More specifically, Jr. Deputy Tiller hardened Sonny. Telling him that he had to kill or be killed out there. Sony tried to align himself with the big "mafia type dude" among the inmates. When his female kidnapping interest Helen took back her $100,000 after his arrest, it did not bode well for him in the slammer. He got shivved by these goons, and sent him over the edge. He worked out non-stop and got his vengeance eventually, gouging out mafia dude's eyes. OUCH!!
In present day, he was all about getting revenge on Helen for taking that money back. He killed her husband with a power saw. (disgusting scene btw) He buried her daughter alive in the same field where he buried the $100,000. But, as always, our crack team were able to finally chase him down and put him behind bars in New Alcatraz.
But there was tons of other stuff going on behind the scenes in all of this! Let's discuss that.
- It would seem that the Ames Brothers and Donovan showed up in the present day at least a month prior to their encounter with the Alcatraz hunters. All of the previous incidents seemed to having them show up closer to when they started wreaking havoc.
- Donovan was taken to New Alcatraz by Hauser for interrogation at the end of the episode. We found out some things that Emerson is looking for answers to. He wants to know why everyone was interested in Tommy Madsen (join the club), how much did Ray Archer know? Is Warden James behind all of it? Was he willing to kill to get a hold of the keys? Obviously, we didn't get any answers on camera but it's good to know we're asking the right questions.
- Ray Archer in 1960 was still a prison guard and was suspicious of Donovan and the Ames Brothers' activity. When he helped hunt them down, Warden James rewarded him with a fake story that sold him on preventing the greatest escape attempt ever from Alcatraz. It also brought Archer (aka Fletcher) into Warden's circle of trust. This turned out to be the plan of his and Tommy Madsen's all along. He told Tommy he was going to get to the bottom of what they were doing to him. Interesting...
- In the next episode, Emerson paid a visit to Ray in the present day upon Ray's request. Ray wants Rebecca out of the picture. Emerson said that it's not him keeping her there anymore but is curious to why Ray is just coming to him now. Both he and Rebecca figured out pretty quickly that Ray has had a run-in with Tommy. Things seem to be hitting too close to home for Ray, and it would seem he has some baggage he's trying to hide too. But, he's sticking with his "Tommy is bad news" story for now. Probably not entirely incorrect!
- We got a big advancement on the blood story. Dr. Beauregard discussed how Ernest Cobb (who was shot by Hauser in the hand) healed in weeks when it should have taken months. And none of the prisoners that were brought in have any ailments anymore. Apparently, they all had some collodial silver in their blood that advances their healing techniques. Beauregard claims to have not been involved in implementing this into the prisoners. He said he was involved with decanting blood but then it was all up to Warden and his people to what they wanted to do with it.
- But a big thing brought up was that they might be able to cure Lucy with this blood. But they need the right blood type. I guess maybe Tommy IS a universal donor and maybe his blood was used to put this silver mumbo jumbo into it and then injected into various prisoners? Or maybe there was more than just Tommy giving blood. In any case, they don't have the right blood type right now to give to Lucy. Burnett had the right blood type but didn't have the silver in his blood. So what made them decide which inmates would get it vs. which wouldn't? Perhaps this has something to do with the warring factions between the 63s?
- It definitely seems like Warden James and Tiller are at odds with each other in 1960. They seem to be having a competition with the inmates for sport. Tiller seemed to be pleased with his evolving of Burnett into a cold blooded eye gouger and felt he had one-upped his superior. Stay tuned on what that means in the long run.
- And most importantly, Soto has developed nicknames for the scientists that work with Emerson at The Rock. And one is called the Whistler. And he is a big fan of showtunes. And who can blame him when there are such fantastical musical masterpieces such as Les Miserables? Of course, I couldn't tell you if it was the Whistler that got whacked by Pinky Ames or not!