FlashForward A561984 S01E10 (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.

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.

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.

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The woman who warned Dem has got her own Mosaic investigation going in Hong Kong. Benford and Dem meet Agent Marshal Vogel, from the FBI legate’s office. He wants them to go home. Mark’s phone keeps ringing. It’s Wedec.

In Palto Alto, CA, Gordon Mihill makes an announcement about the blackouts. He introduces Simcoe and Simon. They work with particle accelerators. They were conducting an experiment on the exact date of the blackouts. Simcoe says that they caused the blackouts. Simon jumps in to stop Simcoe of digging his own grave. They work at NLAP. It’s got to do with plasma wake field experiments. A woman in the audience pulls a gun from a security guard and starts shooting at them. Simon warns him that he doesn’t think they were responsible, only Simcoe does.

Wedec wants the scientists detained. Janis remembers that Lloyd Simcoe’s son is in Olivia’s hospital. Ashley phones Dem’s parents so that they come to their marriage. They have refused to have anything to do with them.

Mark and Dem are looking for a Persian, well-educated woman. They traced the call to a Persian restaurant.

Janis is at the hospital trying to find out more about Simcoe. Compass turns himself in to the FBI. He wants access to their Mosaic investigation and says that his minders in Washington won’t allow Wedec to continue his investigation much longer, now that someone has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the blackouts.

Janis meets Simcoe at the hospital. He doesn’t want to help. He just wants to get his son out of here.

In Hong Kong, Dem plays the recording to the owner. He recognized it, but doesn’t say as much. Mark finds out that her name is Najal Daia.

They show the satellite photos of Somalia to Compass. He says that he designed the device. It’s a specialized pulsed laser for a plasma afterburner, it increases the rate of acceleration for traditional radio frequencies. It will win him a Nobel prize in a few years. He says that the structure almost looks real. Janis says that it is real. Compass says that this is impossible, they are still running sims. The photo was taken in ’91. He invented this in ’92. They show him their profile of D. Gibbons.

Olivia helps Simcoe push the transfer of his son to a secure facility. The hospital admin staff weren’t very helpful.

Ashley realizes that it wasn’t her marriage that she saw in her ff, but Dem’s funeral.

Mark and Dem find the Persian woman. She tells them that they shouldn’t have come here. She says that Dem’s death is the start of a long line of events that she is trying to avoid. She says that Mark shot him 3 times at close range. She tells them A561984. It’s the serial number of Mark’s gun. He checks it and confirms it. That’s it. She says that it’s time for them to leave. Mark takes her hostage and they leave. At least they try to leave. Vogel arrives on the scene. He tells them to pt down their guns and to release their hostage. They do so.

Olivia realizes that if she went to Harvard she would have met Simcoe. He did his doctorate there. His wife actually moved into the building that she was supposed to live.

Mark says that Vogel isn’t legate. He’s CIA. Mark receives a call as they are about to leave Hong Kong. Wedec received the video of Mark assaulting Najal. It was sent to him by the US Ambassador to China. He relieves Mark of duty and tells him to surrender his badge and gun to Dem.

Najal is talking with D. Gibbons. She is working with him. She tells him that coming here was a mistake.

Ashley goes to see the Nohs. They saw Dem’s funeral, not his wedding. They would have wanted her in their life.

-The whole penis thing is kind of a problem for me ‘cause I don’t like them.
-I’m super gay
Janis and Bryce

Janis asks Bryce’s advice on how to proceed to become preggers.

Simcoe gets abducted. They leave the boy.

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