FlashForward Scary Monsters and Super Creep S01E06 (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.

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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.

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. It has been given a full first season.

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A quantum physicist is trying some lame come on lines on a hottie. He explains Schrödinger’s cat.

Janis arrives at Olivia’s hospital. She is crashing. They get her back. Olivia phones Mark. She gets his voicemail. She’s been calling him, Demetri and Stan as well. The office has been stonewalling. Simcoe is playing card tricks with his autistic son Dylan. Simcoe is trying to tell him that he is going to live with him in his house.

Benford and his team arrive at the hospital. Janis is recovering. Stan sends everyone home. Demetri says that he is staying here. Stan orders him home. Demetri takes Al and heads out.

Benford says that they were attacked simultaneously as Janis. It’s connected to the attacks. Olivia tells him that the flash forwards are pulling them away from the present. She doesn’t want to miss another moment.

Demetri and Al head to the morgue. The enemy agents are blanks. No IDs. This is means that they were pros. They use the UV light on the body and find a blue hand. That is one of Benford’s clues on the Mosaic board.

Stan apologizes to Mark for his comments. Demetri says that China is a dead end. He doesn’t want blue hand to become one too. Janis has regained consciousness. Demetri wants to pursue the clue. He wants to go to Baltimore Street, because Mark connected the blue hand to it.

Mark goes trick or treating with his daughter. They see a real life kangaroo hopping by. Simcoe finds out that his son has gone missing. He’s dressed up as a pimp and taking a bus. A nice gangster takes him to his house. Jane is crashing again. Well, her blood pressure is dropping.

The quantum physicist tells the hottie that he is bedding that in his ff he killed a man with his bare hands.

Demetri and Al find a stop sign on Baltimore Street with a blue hand on it. They are clues to an underground club, or at least that’s what they believe.

Dylan arrives at the Benford residence. Benford sees a couple of guys with the same masks as in his ff. They run off when Benford runs after them. It’s just a kid who pulled a prank. He gives Mark the name of the store where he got the mask. Nicole phones Benford and says that a boy showed up. He comes home. In Dylan’s ff, he was at the Benford residence. Dylan and Charlie know each other. Simcoe arrives. Simcoe recognizes the place from his ff. Olivia walks in. Benford glares at her. They all know what is going on. Erin takes Charlie and Nicole to the kitchen.

Mark tells Simcoe to leave and not to come back. Lloyd gives him his hand and Mark shakes it. Mark starts an argument with Olivia about Simcoe. She turns it around. Mark admits that he was drinking in his ff. Olivia says that they don’t trust each other anymore. She doesn’t know if it is going to work out between them.

Al and Demetri find a body with a blue hand. They found a passport on one of the bodies. It’s from Rutherford. It’s connected to a case.

Janis tells Stan that because of the most recent surgery, it will be almost impossible to have a child. She is crying.

The quantum physicist is Simon. He knows Simcoe. They caused the blackouts. Their experiment killed 20 million people.

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