I'm not won over yet.
I'll watch another episode but the mystery of what happened to the criminals just kinda hangs there like a wet noodle... and I think that bandit criminals that must be captured week after week can't carry the show for long.
You called it, with the comment above. Ultimately, the most intriguing aspect of the show-- they mystery of how these prisoners have vanished & returned--- is all-but-ignored, to focus on two aspects:
1. Flashbacks of their retro-50/60's prison life, and the dirty dealings between the guards, admins, and prisoners.
2. Forgettable chasing & capturing of the prisoner-of-the-week.
..and the producers have just recently announced they are dropping the flashback sequences, due to unpopularity with the viewership -- which, those flashbacks to me seemed more interesting than the fugitive stories because they actually dropped clues to the, ahem, mystery
of the show. That guy playing the warden in the 60's has, for me, become the show's breakout-star -- and I suspect he's about to be canned, in favor of trying to make it more of a straight-up cop show.
As it becomes any LESS of an intriguing mystery, it loses anything that makes it unique-- and has lost me as a viewer. Much like the first fans in the early days of GINO, I was watching Alcatraz because it looked like it might be a better show later,
as it built up to something good. Sounds like they are moving away from something good, now.
NOW it sounds to me like the producers are starting to pull a 'Heroes, season 2' & fix
the show based on viewer complaints. Which is never a good idea.