FlashForward Future Shock S01E22 (ABC)

FlashForward title screen, via Wikipedia

A mysterious global event causes everyone on the planet to simultaneously see, for two minutes and seventeen seconds, his or her life six months in the future. When it is over, many are dead in accidents involving vehicles, aircraft, and any other device needing human control. Everyone who survived is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen.

A Los Angeles FBI agent named Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) tries to figure out what exactly happened and why it happened. Along with his team, he creates a database of people’s flash forwards from around the world called the Mosaic Collective (for which a website has been launched). Apart from the various catastrophic visions, people also see themselves engaging in unexpected behavior; for example, Benford sees himself drinking again, and his wife Olivia has a vision of herself with another man.

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Well, it’s hard to attribute this series a science-fiction label, as unlike the book, the flash forward that the world experiences is only 6 months away. In the book, it’s 21 years and tied to the CERN Large Hadron Collider as well as the search for the Higgs boson. It’s based on a science-fiction novel of the same name by Robert J. Sawyer. That’s strange. I’ve been thinking about the Higgs boson for the last few days.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A plot tool from Lost has become a TV series in its own right. That’s kind of funny. What’s not funny is how slow the story progresses. Even with Lost, the story moves at a certain pace. The first episode of FlashForward seemed to just crawl along, with nothing really happening at all.

It’s also described as a thriller, but I’d call it a fake-thriller, since none of the thrills are surprising. They are easily predictable. However, the show is beautifully shot. I hope that the next few episodes will move at a quicker pace and we will discover more. No improvement on the pacing. This show was picked up for a full season, but it’s still very slow.

I still can’t believe that Defying Gravity was canceled before this show. Seems like such a waste. At least in Defying Gravity, there is a lot better pacing and the characters are engaging.

As usual, things are moving along very slowly. Janis is alright, Simcoe and Benford finally meet. We learn that Simcoe is behind the flash forwards. He was working with a quantum physicist. I wonder if this is tied to the the search for the Higgs boson with the Large Hadron Collider, like in the book on which this series is based.

This series is faring better than Defying Gravity.

We find out that Mark’s gun killed Dem in the future. This isn’t all. Their foray into Hong Kong has severe consequences for the both of them. Also, Simcoe and Simon make their press conference announcing to the world that they are responsible for the deaths of 20 million people. This makes them mass murderers in the eyes of most people. There is more going on though. Simon discovers as much when he finds that part of his theoretical research was turned into prototypes almost 15 years ago in Somalia, right at the time when one of the other blackouts happened.

In the last episode, we learned who Suspect Zero was and what exactly happened on that day. Although it does answer some questions, it poses some more. Someone in Campos’ family is involved as well as the mysterious D. Gibbons.

Aaron makes an idiotic mistake and Jericho finds his daughter. He goes on the warpath to get her back. Meanwhile, Lloyd and Mark start working together to stop the mysterious people behind the blackout. There will be another since they tortured Campos in front of Simcoe in order to get the full details behind his experiment. Apparently, his experiment enhanced the blackout way out of proportion. It was initially supposed to be a lot smaller.

I found it interesting that there were two moles in the Mosaic investigation. The big reveal is that Janice is one of them, and she’s got a cast-iron alibi. She actually took out Marcy and got shot, so no one is ever going to suspect her. Janis is in fact a triple-agent. She was tasked by Vogel to let herself be recruited by the people behind the blackouts. She’s supposed to maintain her cover while working for the FBI.

Dyson Frost’s death was anticlimactic. I was amazed that he just died. He was shot by Alda Herzog. This kind of sucked, because the show had portrayed him as the big bogeyman. Now, Mosaic will focus on the conspiracy itself.

The ending was a bit anticlimactic. We don’t really know the purpose of the blackouts, nor do we know why these people continue to cause them. Not a lot of issues were resolved and I found this annoying. We don’t know who is behind Hellinger. All we know is that the next blackout sends people 6 years into the future.

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Mark is still in jail. Olivia and Charlie are on a beach. Dylan and Simcoe find them. Simcoe called his people who located Olivia. She’s not that interested in being part of his equation. He doesn’t seem to get the message. He makes them go to her house. The formula is being written by Dylan. The equation ties the flashforward to the QED. It has to do with the tachyon constant.

Bryce gets Keiko’s info from the INS detention center. Nicole feels bad and finds Bryce. They say goodbye and he leaves to find Keiko. At the airport, Keiko’s mom tells her to run to her man. She makes a big scene, long enough for Keiko to get away. Keiko takes her guitar. That’s strange. Bryce manages to get into the restaurant and waits for Keiko. Meanwhile, Keiko is running toward the restaurant. They meet each other.

On her way home, Nicole has a car accident and it plunges into water. So that’s how she will drown. Actually, someone gets her out of the water.

Campos, Janis and Dem arrive at ENLAP. Campos wants to get inside. Something is wrong with Janis. She uses this to help Dem and Simon to get inside. They call her an ambulance. Simon sends Lloyd a text. It’s a 1-wave equation that Simcoe used as his signature for years.

Weddick gets Mark out of lockup. Two bombs were found at the FBI. Weddick has Mark wait in the car. He doesn’t stay there long. He has a little talk with Hellinger. Mark is going to run a little errand. Hellinger gives a signal to some people masquerading as the bomb squad.

Mark is heading into the FBI. It’s bigger than Hellinger. He’s just another link in the chain. There are bombs on five floors. He tells Vogel to go to his house and protect Simcoe. They will come after him. They want to destroy Mosaic. The mercs have arrived posing as bombsquad agents. Why would Mark head in there?

Weddick and Hank head back inside to get Mark. They hear automatic weapon fire as they head up the stairs.

Olivia gives in to fate and kisses Lloyd in the bedroom. Lloyd receives Campos’ text. He calls Mark. The next blackout is sometime in April 2010. That’s the result of putting the 1-wave equation into the formula that Dylan scribbled.

It looks like Tracy is still alive.

Janis and her baby are fine. She’s going to have a boy.

Mark figures out that the next blackout will happen at 10:14PM. This is thanks to Gabriel, who repositioned the strings on the Mosaic board. The mercs arrive and start firing wildly. Mark takes out two of them. There are about 8 minutes left.

Campos gets into ENLAP and manages to get the info he was after. He gives it to Dem. It will enable them to find the people Hellinger was working for. Someone is accessing the mainframe from outside the system. They are activating the accelerator. There’s going to be another blackout. Dem takes his gun out and points it at Campos. Campos is trying to stop it.

Vogel arrives at the Benford residence. He tells another agent that Benford is dead. He doesn’t stand a chance.

Mark takes out two more mercs. He calls Weddick and tells him to warn everyone about the next blackout. He calls the White House. Mark calls Olivia and tells her about the blackout. He says goodbye. There are a few mercs heading his way. He kills another one and tries to get out of the building.

Neither Campos nor Dem will put on the QED.

Mark sees a helicopter outside the building and tries to get to it, but he’s too late. The blackout hits everyone once again.

This time, it takes people to 2015. Someone takes Janis from the hospital. It’s Hellinger’s squeeze.

An adult Charlie tells someone that they found him. Meanwhile, the FBI building is destroyed.

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