Flashforward The Negotiation S01E20 (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.

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.

Dyson Frost’s death was anticlimactic. I was amazed that he just died. He was shot by Alda Herzog. This kind of sucked, because the show had portrayed him as the big bogeyman. Now, Mosaic will focus on the conspiracy itself.

Good news! ABC decided to kill off this lame duck of a show. It wasn’t going anywhere, and wherever it was going, it was going there quite slowly, with unnecessary fake thriller-type moments. Anyway, what’s even worse was there weren’t many surprises. It was all pretty straightforward. I hope they end this series with a bang.

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Vogel shows Weddick footage of Campos awake from the blackouts. It’s on the news. It’s a different angle than the footage that they have.

Meanwhile, Lita comes to find Simon. She wants to make him an offer. Lita says that Hellenger wants to help Campos. He’s the boss. Hellenger comes to see Campos. He’s quite young and British. He wants Campos to work for them.

Zoey comes to see Dem. She wants him to take a day off tomorrow and fly to Hawaii. She has already bought tickets.

Gabriel and Olivia drop by the office. He has the Mosaic case in his book. They debrief him. He says that a bunch of people in the Mosaic investigation were at Raven River. The picture is of Hellenger. He also says that Dem should be dead. In order to make things go right, Dem needs to die.

Janis and Vogel meet. She says that they asked her to kill Mark. Vogel tells her that she has to do it. She goes to report to Fish Store lady. She tells him about Gabriel. They want Gabriel.

Aaron is shown where Tracy is being held. It’s at the one of the Jericho bases. He reports to Weddick with some proof of their operation. Aaron sees Tracy being dragged into a truck. He gets her. They were about to dig her grave.

Weddick calls his buddy the President. He hangs up on him when he mentions the Joshua base. Weddick calls Vice-President Clemente.

Gabriel is being moved. Janis betrays the location to the enemies. They van gets attacked. Gabriel wasn’t inside. It was Benford. This leads them to Hellenger and his operation, but not before he can fry their systems.

Janis has been caught by Benford. She says that she is working for the CIA. She says that she was recruited in Quantico.

Campos goes to see Janis. He’s still got the ring.

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