Is It the Rez? Or Not? Lafayette "Alcatraz" Fans Want To Know

Patchers tell us the Lafayette Reservoir made a cameo appearance in the time-travel crime thriller Alcatraz, currently filming in the Bay Area. Or did it?


Patcher Lorie tells us that Lafayette makes a cameo appearance in the third episode of the new Fox TV thriller Alcatraz.

Some fans swear there are scenes of Walnut Creek and the Lafayette Reservoir in the show, while others maintain the venues are actually where most of the series has been shot -- in Vancouver.

Plot outlines suggest some creepiness in Walnut Creek. Here's how the creepy blog The Outhousers describes the creepiness:

"We open 'Kit Nelson' with our titular criminal creeping into an adorable house in a town called Walnut Creek. There he finds two boys sleeping in the attic, where he clamps his hand over one's mouth and threatens to kill his sleeping brother if he screams. To be fair, he has a tear in his eye, so presumably he's remorseful about it. For more background, we head to a 1960s flashback to Kit in the yard at Alcatraz, where several inmates kick the crap out of him."

Whew. Sounds intense. We'll confess we haven't watched the show, but perhaps you have and can tell us if the Rez is featured or if the "adorable house in Walnut Creek" is actually in Vancouver.

"It's a little disturbing, but it was exciting to see WC in a popular TV show," Lorie emailed to Patch. Thanks, Lorie.

JMR January 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
If you'll notice it's all pine trees - so not the Rez. In fact very few things were recognizable, other than they were stage sets. Good show though!
Mark Roberts January 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Like a lot of shows, many theme-setting exterior shots are made in San Francisco but most non-location-critical exterior shots and interior/studio shots are made in Vancouver. That trend started with The X-Files in the early 1990s and has continued ever since. It's unfortunate but SF has made shooting in The City more difficult and expensive for filmmakers while Vancouver has been much more accommodating (and cheaper).
Suzanne January 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Walnut Creek was mentioned and they mentioned the Lafayette Recreation Area, and pronounced Lafayette the way you would in Louisiana. Still fun to hear familiar names, but it was definitely not filmed there. They only filmed on Alcatraz briefly, filmed a bunch of landscape/exterior shots, then packed up to film everything else in Vancouver as Mark stated.
Walkable January 29, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Although it was definitely not filmed here, the scene actually bore some resembelence to the Res, except for the run down bait and tackle truck next to the beach. Interesting detail - the rented boat said Moraga Lake on the side.


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