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Don’t Think Too Hard About FlashForward

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I caught the first couple of episodes of FlashForward over the weekend. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. High production value and for the most part good acting were the hallmarks of the first two episodes. The acting was decent except for one of the child actors, Lennon Wynn who plays the daughter of the show’s main character. She really was pretty bad. Anyway, wikipedia was kind enough to provide a plot synopsis for FlashForward.

A mysterious global event causes everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, during which people see what appear to be visions of their lives approximately six months in the future – a global “consciousness shift”. A number of people have seen newspapers, calendars or clocks in their visions, and it is established that every vision occurs on April 29, 2010 at the exact same time, adjusting for local time zones. It is also established that the visions were shared; if one person was with another in their vision, the other person also reports the same events in their vision. The event results in deaths from accidents and leaves the survivors wondering whether what they saw will really happen.

Unfortunately, in the middle of the first episode I made the mistake of thinking about the show and things started to go down hill. The premise of the show centers on the fact that everyone on earth passes out at exactly the same time and has 2 minute 17 second window into the same point in the future. Obviously, this event would have a profound influence on human civilization. O.K., I’m still cool with everything so far. What bothers me is that everyone’s vision of the future showed April 29, 2010 has just another day, not as a day with global, multi-cultural significance. In their visions of the future, no one thought to themselves “yes, this is what my vision of the future showed me what now would look like.” There were no banners welcoming what should have been an extremely important day for humanity.

I was also annoyed by the fact that the title of the show is one word. The show is loosely base on Robert J. Sawyer’s 1999 book called FlashForward. I guess I’ll have to take up any title complaints with Mr. Sawyer.

I think I’ll be able to look passed what I consider to be a major plot hole. Perhaps, the writers have considered this point and will address it in some future episode. FlashForward is entertaining and worth watching. You should check it out.

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October 6th, 2009 at 7:33 am

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