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.
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Someone is telling a story about a window washer in LA on the day of the blackout. He survived, despite the odds against it. He’s preaching to his flock in the present day.
Mark has to explain his actions to his boss. He’s going to have to see a shrink 3 times a week. When she thinks that he’s up to it, they’ll talk about a reinstatement. Mark photographs the Mosaic case board before leaving.
Olivia is telling Mark’s team about the abduction of Simcoe.
Mark runs into Simon. Mark sees the abduction of Simcoe and what they did to Olivia. Mark also sees Olivia hugging Simcoe goodbye. Vogel joins the Mosaic task force. No isn’t happy. Campos is there as well.
Meanwhile, Simcoe is chained to a pipe. A well dressed man comes to see him with something to drink.
Nicole’s mom is at it again. She burns the family Bible.
Vogel is in charge and he orders Janice to show Campos Simcoe’s computer. It looks like a ploy to get to Simcoe’s data. He manages to get some time alone with the laptop. While she does so, men in masks knock her out.
She wakes up and finds Campos gone. The masks were the same as on the Mosaic board. Campos is tossed in with Simcoe.
Mark goes to see his therapist. Mark says that he can’t remember half of his FF because he was drinking. She proposes using some drugs.
Olivia is fighting to keep Dylan at the hospital, away from social services.
Vogel tells No to get it together. They find the bodies at the train yard, the bodies that the LAPD didn’t find. They were poisoned. A phone might still be in the ambulance that was used.
The therapist insists on using the drugs to make Mark recall his FF. For the first time, he sees his vision clearly. He was on the phone with Lloyd Simcoe.
At the hospital, Nicole sees the guy who is going to drown her. She tells Olivia and Bryce. A nurse tells her about Sanctuary. He’s the dude who keeps preaching. In his FF, he was preaching to a large crowd.
Ricky Jay appears with some goons to talk to Simcoe and Campos. He’s called Flasso. He’s a hired gun to ask them some questions. They conducted a proton-driven plasma wakefield experiment. They were searching for tachyonic dark matter. He wants to know how much energy was generated by their experiment. Flasso says that they didn’t cause the blackout, they amplified it.
Campos says that in his FF he strangled a man. In Simcoe’s FF, he received a text message from Campos. Simcoe says that it’s only a possible future. Simcoe tries to get a message out but Flasso found it. Simcoe won’t answer questions, so Campos gets tortured.
Mark is about to go drink. He calls Erin for help. In his vision, he sees a sign from Red Panda Resources. Erin arrives. From the conversation he had with Simcoe, he remembers that Simcoe told him that D Gibbons lied to him. Mark told Simcoe that there is going to be another blackout.
He tells his boss. His boss tells him to work the new clues that he saw in his vision. In his vision, he saw an image of one of the Beasts of the Apocalypse. His daughter Charlie tells him to work on the sides of his puzzle to solve the mystery. You always know what the corners are.
Nicole goes to Sanctuary and talks with Tim. She takes Bryce with her as backup. What Tim says makes some sense. The FF were just a snapshot from the future, not the whole picture.
Mark goes to see Red Panda. It’s a humanitarian foundation. They do have missions to Somalia. On his car, he sees a flyer that is like the one in his vision. It leads them to the fast food restaurant’s old location.
Campos is about to loose a finger. Simcoe still doesn’t talk. Now, Flasso has got some info on his son Dylan. No and Vogel traced the ambulance ot an abandoned restaurant. They are going there right now. They don’t know that Mark is on his way there as well. Simcoe tells Flasso that they cracked the peta-EV barrier, more than a quadrillion volts. They came close to finding tachyonic dark matter.
Nicole’s mom is gluing pennies to the wall. She only uses the ones marked 1989, the year that Nicole was born. The whole wall is a tribute to Nicole.
What some people call coincidence is really God at work.
Flasso found what he was looking for and tells his men to get rid of them. The task force finds the ambulance. It had a bomb inside. Their radios triggered the bomb.
Bryce goes to see Tim. Tim says that he wants to give the message of love.
Mark remembers something from his vision. He told Lloyd that he wished that he was behind the 8-ball when he came crashing through. The old restaurant has got an 8-ball on its window. He takes his car through the window just in time to save Lloyd and Simon.
Simon grabs a gun and runs after the men who hurt them. Mark takes out another one. Lloyd is fine. Simon shoots and kills one of them.
Simon is getting inside an ambulance. He finds Flasso waiting for him. It was all part of his plan. Suspect Zero was Campos. He was the one who was awake.
On the day of the blackout, Simon was burying his father. He was told to go to the stadium. He was actually driven there by the man that he was going to kill in his FF. At the stadium, he gets a call from Gibbons. It looks like Simon was his tool. He finds a ring inside a box at the stadium. This is what protected him during the blackout. He saw the world coming to a halt. It looks like Simon was being played. Gibbons says that he needs to leave. He finds his dad waiting for him. His dad is Flasso. He wants the ring back.
He’s being detained and protected by the National Securitu task force of the FBI.
Ellis has to give it to Benford. He found Simcoe. Vogel thinks that he is a loose canon. Simcoe isn’t talking.
Janice is baby-sitting Simon. He’s acting strange. The drugs must have been doped. He’s allergic to penicillin. He’s in anaphylactic shock. It was just a ploy to get away from Janice.
He flies to Toronto and finds Janice waiting for him. She’s got a SWAT team with her. He wanted to be here to find his sister, who ran away. Janice doesn’t budge. She phones Ellis. He gives her tonight to check things out. He wants him leashed. She puts an anklet on Simon.
Simon uses his family as a way to get away from Janice. He puts aluminum foil around his anklet to block the signal. Janice almost finds out immediately that he did a runner. Simon goes to see Philip. Janice finds him easily enough. Simon is here to ask Philip some questions. Simon wants to anchor our consciousnesses when another blackout happens.
Flasso isn’t Simon’s dad, but his uncle Teddy.
In the past, we see Teddy talking with Simon. He was part of the conspiracy. Simon discovers that Flasso’s driver killed his father. This was done so that Simon would have an alibi. Simon kills him.
Annabelle phones and says that she’s in NYC. Ted has a live video feed of Annabelle talking to Simon’s family. Annabelle is their insurance to make sure that Simon will do what he is told to do.
Simon says that the ring was some kind of quantum entanglement device. Teddy shows him Philip’s body. This is his last warning. If he doesn’t do as he is told, they will chop up Annabelle. He pushes Teddy down. He makes him get a heart attack. This was easy because of his emphysema.
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