FlashForward Believe S01E09 (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.

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Four weeks before the blackouts, Bryce is looking at some CT scans. He’s being treated for a Stage 4 cancer. He hasn’t got long to live. Bryce leaves. He has a little fender bender. He backs in and out of the car about 10 times. The other guy calls the cops.

In Tokyo, a girl named Keiko is giving a presentation about making a robotic hand and trying to get into the best robotics firm in Japan, which probably means the best robotics firm in the world. Keiko comes home to find a party waiting for her. She got the job.

Bryce isn’t very focused during surgery. Benford isn’t happy with him.

The day of the blackout, Bryce is in therapy. He hasn’t told anyone about his illness. His diagnosis is terminal.

During his ff, he was in Japan. Keiko is the girl in his ff. She is wearing the t-shirt. He asks her to sit down. She’s got the kanji character for believe tattooed on her wrist. Bryce wakes up on the beach. Keiko wakes up on her floor.

In the present, Bryce is taking Japanese lessons. Bryce isn’t feeling well. He’s puking.

Erin gets a call from Mark. Mark hasn’t gotten far with the Jericho outfit. It’s HQ is in Santa Monica, getting funding from the Burroughs Foundation for International Peace, some kind of think tank.

Mark learns that Olivia got a text from someone mentioning that Mark was drinking in his ff.

Bryce is feeling like shit. He’s feverish. Olivia wants to send him home. Bryce isn’t talking. Olivia finds out that Bryce has a central line for his chemo. He’s got a stage 4 cancer. He’s known for about a year. He had his kidney out right before starting here.

Erin doesn’t want Tracy drinking in his house. He can’t be in the same room as her alcohol.

The NSA discovered the Greek letter alpha on suspect zero’s ring. Ms. Levy from the NSA says that Dem was red-flagged because of the call that he got from the woman from Hong Kong. He wants to get a recording of it. It was the one that told him that he was going to die on March 15th.

In Tokyo, Keiko is summoned before her boss to serve tea because she’s the only woman in the department.

Bryce is learning Japanese with Nicole.

Mark asks Erin if she told Olivia that he was drinking in his ff. Erin isn’t happy that he asked. Erin tells him to get a new sponsor, one that he will really trust. Later, Mark asks Stan. He tells him to get out of his office. He doesn’t really answer his question.

Keiko wants to get a tattoo.

A Japanese woman tells Bryce that the logo on the girl’s t-shirt is for a sushi place near Tokyo. It’s a small place, not part of a chain. This means that the girl is a local. Olivia gets Bryce into a drug trial, but he doesn’t want to be part of it. The drugs might harm him. Olivia thinks that he’s going to die and needs to do everything he can to survive.

Bryce flies to Tokyo to find Keiko. One of the cooks recognizes her. Keiko is about to quit from her job at the robotics firm. Meanwhile, Keiko is having an argument with her mom about her job and her assigned husband.

Dem and Mark find out from the audio forensics guy that the woman was calling from Hong Kong. Stan says that he can’t send them to China, after they accused them of being responsible for the blackouts. Mark decides that they are going anyway.

Bryce finds Keiko’s family, but her mother refuses to admit him nor to tell him that Keiko lives there. He calls Nicole, who tells him to come home. Bryce comes home. He doesn’t know that on the same flight, Keiko came to LA. In her ff, she found Bryce in LA.

Mark tries to apologize to Erin. Erin says that he can’t be his sponsor anymore, but he could really use a friend.

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