FlashForward Blowback S01E13 (ABC)

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.


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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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.

In this episode, we learn who Suspect Zero is and what exactly happened on that day. Although it does answer some questions, it poses some more. Someone in Campos’ family is involved as well as the mysterious D. Gibbons.

Aaron makes an idiotic mistake and Jericho finds his daughter. He goes on the warpath to get her back. Meanwhile, Lloyd and Mark start working together to stop the mysterious people behind the blackout. There will be another since they tortured Campos in front of Simcoe in order to get the full details behind his experiment. Apparently, his experiment enhanced the blackout way out of proportion. It was initially supposed to be a lot smaller.

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15 years ago, Aaron is getting a visit from his daughter Tracy. He’s about to have a parole hearing. On his way back to his cell, he punches a guard’s lights out for talking trash about Tracy.

In the present, Aaron finds Tracy at a bar. This isn’t the best way of hiding out from those Jericho mercenaries.

Dmitri tells his fiancé about Mark and his gun potentially killing him. Zoe tells him that on the beach it was his memorial, not their wedding. She goes to see Mark. He tells Zoe that if Dmitri was the leak, he’d probably think about killing him.

Two years ago, Aaron is out of prison and eating some food on his couch. Some marines come by to tell him that Tracy died by an RPG attack on her HUMVEE.

Aaron tells Tracy that Jericho is headquartered in Santa Monica. Samir told her that her destiny was to get her dad back to Afghanistan.

Mark has a talk with Lloyd. They talk about the next blackout that it is going to happen. Simcoe knows D. Gibbons, but he isn’t talking.

Zoe filed a Freedom of Information act on the Mosaic files. She serves papers to Stan. Stan decides that instead of dragging this through the courts, he will let her see the files.

Aaron makes the mistake of telling Mike at work about Tracy. The more people who know about Tracy, the more danger she will be in.

Mark takes Lloyd back to his place. He wants him to run him through his FF. Lloyd obliges. He says that there was a formula written out on a mirror with lipstick. He then calls Mark. He talked about the QED. This might be the formula. He said that he was close to cracking the formula. He also said that D. Gibbons was lying to Mark. Mark gets it out of him that he knows Gibbons. The man he calls D. Gibbons is Dyson Frost. He gave a lecture on the wave structure at NASA. He took credit for work that Simcoe did. Simcoe hasn’t talked about his kidnapping. He says that he gave them everything about the blackout and the parameters of their experiment. They threatened Dylan. Mark thinks that Dyson Frost is the key. Lloyd agrees to help.

Mark reports to Vogel and Stan. Frost talked a lot about the mirror test, a sort of consciousness test that is done on species. It has been done on animals, including crows. This means that they need to get to Somalia. Vogel agrees that they have to go. It sounds like Vogel is an action man.

Vogel tells Mark that he cannot go to Somalia. If Mark doesn’t make it back, the Mosaic investigation is basically crippled.

Janis goes to see a fertility clinic. She is told that it might be too soon to try. She wants to be preggers with that child, no other.

Naturally, the Jericho people come to get Tracy.

Two years ago, Aaron was drinking heavily after Tracy’s funeral.

Aaron comes home and stops a fire. He finds Tracy gone. He shouldn’t have told Mike. Aaron figures out the leak. He goes to see him. Mike is about to move away. Aaron convinces him to take a ride with him. Aaron goes postal on him.

Dmitri complains to Janice about Zoe. Stan isn’t talking to him because of Zoe. She tells him about the fertility clinic and getting preggers.

Aaron heads over to James Earskins’ house. He just cut the power to his home. He doesn’t say much except declare war. It was kind of an idiot move. Immediately, Earskins phones his men. He finds out that Tracy is back in Kandahar. He wants her kept safe and someone needs to get rid of the father. He’s got Mike in his truck.

Zoe is having a work with Hertzog. She spotted something in her interview transcript. She offers to represent her and get her out of jail. In Hertzog’s FF, she wasn’t in jail.

Vogel briefs No and Janice. The goal is to access the remaining standing tower. They are going in as Red Panda. Campos wants to go with them. Vogel decides to let him come because they need his intel. They are going in as a CIA op.

Dem isn’t happy when he finds out that Zoe is representing Alda Hertzog.

Aaron phones Mark and says that he’s going after Tracy and the Jericho people.

Dem finds that Mark’s gun is gone from evidence.

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10 thoughts on “FlashForward Blowback S01E13 (ABC)”

  1. Defying Gravity Defies the Odds and ABC! Despite ABC’s failure to air the last five episodes, Defying Gravity made a clean sweep, earning nominations in every category for the Constellation Awards; no other show or film pulled this off. The nominations were solely based on fans votes.

    Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode
    • Ron Livingston, for “Defying Gravity”, episode “Kiss”
    Best Female Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode
    • Laura Harris, for “Defying Gravity”, episode “Kiss”
    Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2009
    • “Defying Gravity”
    Best Technical Accomplishment in a 2009 Science Fiction Film or Television Production
    • Stargate Studios, for visual effects in “Defying Gravity”
    Best Overall 2009 Science Fiction Film or Television Script
    • “Defying Gravity – Kiss”, written by James Parriott
    Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2009
    • “Defying Gravity” – Series produced in Canada


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