FlashForward Black Swan S01E04 (ABC)

FlashForward title screen, via Wikipedia
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.


So there is another new science-fiction series. 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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So 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.

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That whole thing about letting the Nazi go was really disturbing. Personally, he’d deserve to spend some time with some ex-Mossad Isreali types. If there is anyone that deserves a fate worse than death, it’s Nazis.

Some guy named Ned saved a girl in a bus. He’s in the hospital. He says that in his flash forward, he was rocking leather pants. He was also black. Dr Benford finds this funny.

Demetri and his fiancé Russell are planning on moving up the wedding. She wants to know about the woman they are keeping at the precinct. It’s the woman who was talking with the middle-eastern people.

At the Benford home, Nicole is coming back. Erin is talking with Nicole. He found her that job with the Benfords. She went AWOL after the blackouts.

Benford is trying to go to Somalia. CIA is giving them the runaround about getting some satellite imagery from 1991. Mark asks Al about some hacker. He plans on using him to get into the CIA mainframe for the photos.

Alda Herzog is being questioned by Demetri. She was caught selling weaponized nuclear material to terrorists. She tells them about Customer Choice Restaurant Group. It’s in Indio, CA. It came up in some wiretaps. She talks like she knows that No is going to die. She talks like she knows something. Alda told him that he is running out of time. Demetri gets approval to go to Indio to follow up on the group. While they are in the restaurant, a cook does a runner. They follow him. They manage to get him. He’s just a pot grower. Mark and Demetri get into it. Demetri says that he is going to be murdered on March 15th, 2010.

Olivia finds a hematoma in Ned’s liver. Simco tells Bryce about his flash forward. He was on the phone with someone. Ned tells Bryce that the ff cured him of his phobias and nervousness.

Nicole has come to see a priest. She wants to volunteer, but they are filled up with them at the church. She wants to atone for something she hasn’t done yet. In her ff, she felt like she was being punished. He gives her a number and a t-shirt and leaves.

Bryce finds out something about Ned. He tells Olivia. Ned has Addinson’s disease. She doesn’t believe him. The symptoms fit with what Ned is exhibiting. During the surgery, he codes. He is not responsive. Olivia relents and they put the meds into him. Ned is saved.

Benford questions Alda. Alda tells him that he should ask about why the blackouts happened. She says that a Black Swan is a term used to describe an event. She tells him a Sufi parable. She says that she is friends with people who are willing to strap on suicide vests. He also isn’t willing to has the hard questions.

Benford tells Al to give the hacker a call.

Nicole tells Mark that she saw someone drowning her in her ff. She says that she deserved it in the ff.

Simon calls Simco. He tells him that they need to talk. They are responsible for the single greatest disaster in human history.

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