When we think of “Alcatraz,” romance tends to be the last thing on our minds — we tune in mostly for the continued exploration of the ’63 mythology and the ramifications in present-day. Still, when Zap2it checked in with executive producers Jennifer Johnson and Dan Pyne, we had to get the scoop on Hauser (Sam Neill) and Lucy (Parminder Nagra).
We’ve caught glimpses of their love story over the first part of the season as Hauser has kept a bedside vigil — plus, flashbacks to their early encounters at Alcatraz have helped to fill in the blanks. Johnson tells us that Hauser and Lucy are in a love triangle — but don’t worry, the creepy Dr. Beauregard isn’t the other object of Lucy’s affection.
The third side of that triangle, Pyne explains, is the time-jump itself. “The other element of that triangle is the jump,” he says. “We’re getting into that later in the season, and by the end of the season we’ll really understand it much better, when Lucy wakes up from her coma. Spoiler alert.”
Yes, Lucy will be waking up, which will obviously change the dynamic of the task force, though the personal relationships will remain secondary to the ’63 mythology.
“Once we get onto the case, unless the inmates have completely gone off the radar, it always feels awkward to step away from the case. The times that we really can dig more into their relationships with each other are when it involves the mythology as well,” Johnson says, teasing that Rebecca (Sarah Jones) will come face-to-face with her grandfather Tommy (David Hoflin) before the end of the season.
“We’ll learn more about the Rebecca, Tommy, Ray triangle,” she says. “We’re exploring how much he’s involved with the mythology. Ray knows that Tommy’s back and there’s conflict between them, so we’re going to dig into that a little bit more. We think of Season 1 of hte narrative inevitability of Rebecca meeting Tommy face-to-face. We’re going to do that in the finale.”
Pyne and Johnson are also having fun with the new coroner, Nikki (Jeananne Goossen), whose comic-book sensibilities definitely appeal to Doc (Jorge Garcia) — though she may not be No. 1 in his heart. “She’s definitely a love interest, though Doc also has sort of an unrequited fondness for Rebecca, as we’ll see more and more,” Pyne tells us.
A few weeks back, Hauser accused Doc of being caught in a state of arrested development — which we didn’t think was particularly fair, given that Doc is a newbie to the world of violent crime and dead bodies. Johnson and Pyne tend to agree with us. “Doc is an everyman,” Johnson says. “He’s not a professional. Besides, you can’t trust anything Hauser says about anyone, because he has no social skills. He’s a very damaged individual, and there’s no telling what he went through in the 70s and 80s.”
Though there are 50 years of Hauser’s life unaccounted for, we won’t be seeing any of that on screen. “Certain tendrils of his past come through in the present. We won’t be flashing back anywhere but to Alcatraz in 1960s,” Johnson says.
If, like us, you enjoyed the increased screen time for Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) in last week’s episode, you can look forward to more time with the already-captured ’63s in the future and some insight into what life is like in Alcatraz 2.
“We’ll see Jack Sylvane and we’ll also get a taste of all the other inmates that are back,” Pyne says. “We’re doing some interesting things with interviews that have been conducted off-camera. We’ll understand what’s been happening to them since they’ve been back. I don’t want to say much more than that — but we will see the inmates. We will start to understand the machinations of the ’63s who are back and how they’re interacting with each other, largely relating to Tommy Madsen.”
Tune in to “Alcatraz” on Monday nights after “House” on FOX.