FlashForward Playing Cards With Coyote S01E08 (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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The woman named Celia receives a letter from Al. She has a press conference saying that the future can be changed. Olivia and Mark are away on a romantic getaway. Janis returns to the FBI.

Simcoe sends out an email. He wants them to take responsibility for what they have done.

Janis wants to resign. Wedeck doesn’t let her do so.

Simcoe gets a visit from Simon. Their experiment killed 20 million people. They need to come out and tell the world that their experiment caused the blackouts.

Dem calls Mark. They have caught footage of a murder. The assassin’s arm has a tattoo that’s 3 stars, just like a man who was part of the team that stormed the FBI.

Mark gave his wife the lingerie that she was wearing in her ff, when she was with Simcoe. Olivia threw the lingerie away.

Tracy wakes up crying. Erin wants to know what has happened to her. He’s been grieving for her for 2 years. He wants to know what happened. She says that she was fired upon by friendlies, Jericho, private military. 2 weeks before she was attacked, she was doing some recon. Jericho must have been out there. She watched as they wiped out a village, with women and children. A week after she told her superior, she was ambushed. She survived the attack, minus a leg.

Simon wants to whisk Simcoe away, and Olivia agrees to let him leave. Simon wants them to decide what Simcoe is going to do on a game of poker. Simon is a megalomaniac. He thinks that he’s a god.

They go and interview Ingrid Alvarez, she’s the one who witnessed the murder. She tells them what she saw. She saw them take a case from the victim. They already tried to kill her once. Mark wants to lay them a trap. Stan and Mark believe that they have a mole. Their enemies know what they are doing right after they start.

Erin shows photos of Tracy to Mark. She’s been on the run for 2 years from Jericho. Tracy says that the man who Erin saw in his vision was Kamir, the guy who patched her together.

Janis learns that in her ff, Ingrid had blonde hair and working at a zoo in NYC. The next day, she put up her store for sale. She’s changed her mind since. Dem tells Mark that he told Zoe. Ingrid wants to give one of her bird to Janis. They hear some movement. The power goes out. Janis calls in Mark.

Mark shoots and kills the man with the tattoos who was coming to kill Ingrid. Janis tells Ingrid that she needs to go into witness protection.

Simcoe wins his poker game. He tells Simon to draft the press release.

Janis gets some enhanced images back from the NSA of suspect zero. He’s got a distinctive ring on one hand.

A man in a military truck pulls up with the case. He’s got the 3-star tattoo. He brings the case to a man. In the case, there are six rings. The man shoots the delivery guy and leaves with the rings. He says something about Openheimer. The rings are probably like the one that suspect zero was wearing.

The men storming the FBI in the future were probably from Jericho.

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