Geek Trivia

A Popular Sci-Fi Show Forced The US National Park Service To Post Warning Signs Where?

The Lincoln Memorial
Yellowstone National Park
The Hoover Dam
The First Satellite To Orbit The Sun Did So When It Missed What Target?

Answer: Alcatraz

Between January and March of 2012 the FOX network aired Alcatraz, a serialized Sci-Fi thriller and drama. The show focused on the history of the prison island and how an unexplained event in 1963 led to the prisoners and staff appearing in the present day. The opening sequence of the show begins with a sweeping view of the island and actor Sam Neill explaining:

In March 21, 1963 Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island… only that’s not what happened. Not at all.

Not at all indeed–the show depicts an alternative history of Alcatraz that involves many locations on the island that don’t exist (and were in fact filmed in Vancouver). The compelling story of the show has led to more than a few fans searching the island for their favorite spots from the show, often putting themselves in danger as a result of their explorations of the aging infrastructure outside of the approved tourist areas. As a result the National Park Service has posted multiple signs around the island bearing this text:

The TV Show Alcatraz is fictional. Many areas depicted in the film are not real. Please respect closed areas that are established for visitor safety, historic preservation, and to protect nesting birds.

A much better, and park ranger approved, plan would be to enjoy the spooky, atmospheric, and fictional interior of Alcatraz from the comfort of your living room.