FlashForward The Gift S01E07 (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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Someone contacted Celia. She finds a flyer for Alreadyghosts.com on her windshield. Demitri is also checking out that website. It’s for people who didn’t have a flashforward, which means that they are dead on that date.

Mark, Demetri and Al are heading to the morgue. They are checking out the Blue Hand dudes. Mark Rutherford is among the deceased.

A corporal who served with Tracy shows up at Erin’s workplace. He gives Erin the lucky knife he gave Tracy 4 years ago. This is the knife that Erin saw himself giving to an injured Tracy in his ff. Mike comes back later on. He says that what Erin saw in his ff isn’t possible because he was with in the HUMVEE with Tracy. Men with a grenade launcher detonated her HUMVEE. He saw her die.

Fiona Banks from MI6 arrives. She’s here because of Rutherford and because she saw herself working on this case with Al. All 3 suicide victims are Ghosts, people who didn’t have a ff. They are a global organization that kind of looks like terror group, since they don’t have anything to live for anymore.

Al says that he received a call from his attorney. In his call, he confesses to killing someone.

Demetri is having some marital problems. It’s because he hasn’t told his fiancée that he didn’t have a ff.

Nicole is volunteering at the hospital. Olivia tells her to shadow Bryce. She’s fluent in Japanese. She’s able to tell Bryce that the Japanese Kanji sign he saw means believe.

Dem, Al and Mark go to a Ghost meeting in LA. Some old dude arrives with a gun. He wants to play some Russian roulette. Mark thought that it was fake, but there was a bullet with “Not Today”. They get into the club. Everything goes. They hear a lion or a tiger in the background. They can do whatever they want. Renaud arrives with his hands covered in blue. A friendly bartender tells Dem that they represent a portal, a gateway, from one understanding to another. The blue hand marks a surrender to the inevitable. They go at him and arrest him. They question him. He says that he finds the ghosts through the Mosaic site. He had a ff. At the club, Mark found a book of matches with “The Blue Hand” on it. It’s the one from his Mosaic board.

Simcoe thanks Olivia. He’s moving on.

Dem is pretty depressed about what is happening. There is nothing that he can do about it. Everything is coming true. He tells her that he didn’t have a ff. She says that she saw him on the beach at their wedding. She wants to believe in hope.

Erin thanks Mike and offers him a job.

Bryce and Nicole are talking. He wants to find the Japanese girl in his ff. She tells him to put it up on Mosaic. Someone she knows might find her.

Al puts a note on Dem’s desk. The note is to Celia. He tells Dem to bring it to the right person. Al leaves. The phone call Al got was to inform him that someone was taken off life support and she died. Celia died. Her boys are going into foster care.

Dem reads the letter. Al has gone up to the roof and is about to jump off. The others run up. He tells them that he found a way to change the game. He leaps off the building.

He must have caused her death someone in the future, which is why she didn’t have a ff. By killing himself, he changes the future.

Erin comes home and finds Tracy waiting for him.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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