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 the last episode, we learned who Suspect Zero was 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.
I found it interesting that there were two moles in the Mosaic investigation. The big reveal is that Janice is one of them, and she’s got a cast-iron alibi. She actually took out Marcy and got shot, so no one is ever going to suspect her.
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Three years before the blackouts, Mark comes to the ER. Olivia sees that he was shot. Mark tells her that their family will always come first.
In the present day, Mark and Olivia are splitting up. Mark is staying with the Weddics. Charlie doesn’t want him to leave. She gives him the bracelet that she made for him. It’s the same that he had on during his FF.
On the tape, Frost says that he has had hundreds of FF. The reason is that in most of them, he is dead on March 15th. He says that the next move is Mark Benford’s. That’s a 19-year FF. The date is the one on which Dem is supposed to die. Mark picks up on what Frost said. Frost was talking about narrowing possibilities. Dem is told about the impending next blackout.
Simcoe and Campos are talking about what they discovered. There is a formula in the files. It’s the same that he saw in the mirror at the Benford’s place.
Benford traced one of Frost’s chess adversaries named McKinnon. The chess moves are a code. It’s a phone number. It’s a pre-paid cell. Benford calls and gets Dyson Frosts’ voicemail. Now, they are leaving for San Francisco.
Bryce’s future girlfriend is waiting for him in LA. She gets offered a waitressing gig at the restaurant that she keeps waiting at. Meanwhile, Bryce is getting some chemo treatments. Nicole is with him.
They arrive and find McKinnon dead. He was shot twice in the head. It looks like someone is still leaking information. The leak is inside their office. He talks it over with Vogel. They have a plan to flush out the leak. Vogel is going to step in with a team of investigators. They arrive at the Mosaic office and take charge. The office is being torn apart. Weddic says that one of them is a mole. Mark has already been vetted. They find a bug in Mark’s keyboard. The bug is voice activated, which is why it was hard to find. Vogel was singing so that it gets activated.
No is first up. Mark doesn’t think that he’s the mole, but he needs everyone to know that he suspects everyone. Since the blackouts, Janice has been taking a lot of personal days. She took a total of 13. Before that, in two years, she took a total of 2. She says that ever since she got shot, she has been looking at people differently. She says that Marcy has got a half-brother who’s very sick. She was waiting for Marcy to do something. Marcy was paid off with $50K.
Keiko goes to see some gang bangers.
Someone is watching Olivia and Charlie. It’s just an agent of the FBI. Mark is told that Marcy checked out. At the original field office, they vetted Marcy and her stepbrother.
Simcoe drops by to see Olivia. He wants to know more about her FF. He wants to know if she saw the formula. Lloyd thinks that they were building a quantum entanglement device.
Keiko thanks the guy who gave her a job at the place where she will meet Bryce. Outside, Nicole and Bryce share a kiss. Keiko gets arrested in an INS raid.
They find that Marcy is the leak by seeing footage of her putting sugar in her coffee. She was signalling her handlers. Dem and Mark tip their hand by giving Marcy evil looks. She swipes the gun from an agent and tries to shoot her way out. A guy on a motorbike was waiting for her outside. Janice takes her down.
Benford gets a call from Frost. He wants to meet with him and he’ll be in touch. Janice talks with Campos. She’s another mole. She tells him that he murdered Teddy. His message was received.
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