Flashforward Let No Man Put Asunder S01E16 (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.

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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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Benford made a speech to the new recruits, including Marcie, Janice, Dem and others. In the present, Mark and Dem are questioning Marcie. Mark orders Janice in to help questioning Marcie. In her FF, she was incarcerated. She was recruited 3 months before the blackout.

Weddic tells them that Marcie will be transferred to Washington. The agents arrive almost immediately and take her away. Weddic wants to focus on Dyson Frost. Mark’s gun was just used in a murder. This was the gun that was stolen from evidence.

The killer used a silencer and killed an old homeless man in a homeless shelter. Mark thinks of something to ask of Marcie. They catch up with her. She says that Dem will die in LA. She was the one who had the gun stolen.

Olivia and Charlie meet up with Simcoe and Dylan. It was arranged by Charlie.

Weddic goes to see his pal the VIPER. She meets him aboard Air Force One. She asks him about Jericho. She wants him to investigate Jericho. In her FF, she saw herself as POTUS and Jericho did something bad to this country. Jericho tripled their security at their compound. Weddic asks Mark about his Jericho enquiries. Weddic wants to talk with Aaron, but he’s off the grid.

These Mosaic people need Jack Bauer to interrogate their people. Jack would get things done. He would get to the bottom of this.

The cops are chasing the car of the shooter. They have him cornered at a bank. Instead of staying back, Dem charges in. The guy has got a gun on another hostage. Dem talks to him and takes out his 3rd gun from his back holster and shoots the guy. The gun isn’t Mark’s. It’s another one. The perp is stable. Mark tells Dem to get out of here. Dem won’t go.

Two years before the blackout, Zoe was cross-examining Dem. She asks him out to dinner and that’s how it all got started.

In the present, Dem arrives home to his hot fiancée. He asks her to get married tomorrow. Then, they’ll leave for Hawaii.

Olivia drops by to see Lloyd. She kisses him.

Weddic manages to find Aaron. Aaron tells him that they took his daughter. He’s planning on going to Afghanistan. If Weddic helps Aaron find Tracy, he wants Tracy to tell him what happened in the village. Weddic sets Aaron up with a cover, legend and a sat phone.

Dyson Frost is watching Dem and Zoe making wedding plans. Dyson Frost is the one who killed the homeless man. He comes to abduct Dem before he can get married. He leaves him at the school fair where Olivia is. Dyson Frost has come for Charlie.

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