It was good that they brought back the first con this week because the modern-day events bored me. I really didn't care if he killed the subway passengers at the end. Not to mention I was kind of on his side.
Mostly I thought the present day scenes were just an annoying interruption to the Alcatraz flashback, which I thought was great and had a more interesting wrap up than the boring subway fight.
It actually makes me slightly depressed when this happens because the more I watch the more I would have preferred the show if it was just a period Alcatraz prison drama. Now that premise has been incorporated into the this series nobody else can do the idea without it being a carbon copy.
Alcatraz had all the ingredients to make a compelling historical drama. An interesting history, a unique locale, a vast array of characters with both prisoners and guards living on the island, violence, drama, potential romance subplots for the guard families and they could even tie-in historical cameos from the more famous inmates. It had all the rich ingredients that made Deadwood such an interesting place to watch.
Prison Break season one was fantastic television, so prison dramas can work in prime time. They don't have to be Oz.