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'FlashForward' Reviews: Is It the Next 'Lost'?

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 25th 2009 5:30PM
Flash ForwardHas ABC found its next 'Lost' in 'FlashForward'?

The buzzed-about freshman drama got off to a good start last night, with its season premiere notching 12.4 million viewers -- beating 'Survivor: Samoa' on CBS, Fox's 'Bones,' NBC's comedy hour of 'Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday' and 'Parks and Recreation' and The CW's 'Vampire Diaries.'

But the series has received mixed reviews from critics, with some wondering whether 'FlashForward' will build on its premiere momentum -- or fall flat like previous ABC dramas 'The Nine' and 'Invasion.' And most importantly ... when 'Lost' bows out in eight months, can this show fill its shoes?

"Clearly, ABC wants a successor to 'Lost,' and, hey, nobody's arguing against that. But you start to wonder if that quest is like trying to clone a unicorn - a messy and expensive gambit that will only result in someone getting gored," writes Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune.Flash ForwardHas ABC found its next 'Lost' in 'FlashForward'?

The buzzed-about freshman drama got off to a good start last night, with its season premiere notching 12.4 million viewers -- beating 'Survivor: Samoa' on CBS, Fox's 'Bones,' NBC's comedy hour of 'Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday' and 'Parks and Recreation' and The CW's 'Vampire Diaries.'

But the series has received mixed reviews from critics, with some wondering whether 'FlashForward' will build on its premiere momentum -- or fall flat like previous ABC dramas 'The Nine' and 'Invasion.' And most importantly ... when 'Lost' bows out in eight months, can this show fill its shoes?

"Clearly, ABC wants a successor to 'Lost,' and, hey, nobody's arguing against that. But you start to wonder if that quest is like trying to clone a unicorn - a messy and expensive gambit that will only result in someone getting gored," writes Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune.


'FLASHFORWARD' FULL EPISODES

Here's what some other critics said about 'FlashForward':

"Is it the next 'Lost'? Is it as good as everyone says it was? It can be. As much as I liked this pilot, though, I can't say that I know for sure how good the show is going to be based on it." [Jason Hughes, TV Squad]

"['FlashForward'] begins in such a spirit of bracing suspense that I am challenged to recall another pilot that lured me so quickly into addiction." [Gina Bellafante, New York Times]

"The pilot is melodramatically eventful, though the dialogue can sound phony. But the show could go either way -- be kind of great or pretty awful, depending on what comes next, how the writers plan to explain this thing and whether we are going to have any fun on the way to the explanation." [Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times]

"Beautifully shot, crisply written and excellently cast, 'FlashForward' is as exciting and eerie an hour as you're likely to find this fall ... Yet as captivating as the hour may be, it also leaves you wondering "what now," and not in an entirely positive way." [Robert Bianco, USA Today]

"What I'm afraid I see in 'FlashForward' is, once again, a network trying to make 'the next Lost' without seeming to get what made the last 'Lost' great ... 'FlashForward,' simply put, has no voice so far, and if it doesn't find one, I'm not sure how long I can stick with it no matter how cool the plot is." [James Poniewozik, Time.com]


Tell us: What did you think of the premiere? Can 'FlashForward' be the new 'Lost'?

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