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Review: FlashForward - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 30th 2009 8:31AM
FlashForward: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps(S01E06) Some big revelations this week, both in the flashforwards case, as well as in the situation at the Benford household. In fact, it was at the Benford household that it went down. I was also very proud of the writers for choosing a more challenging route for Mark's character than the tired cliches we've come to expect.

We also got the first encounter between Lloyd Simcoe's son and the Benford daughter, Charlie, and so many things became more clear. A couple more flashforwards to round out the hour and I'm still happy with the series.

And speaking of Charlies, those who've been waiting all season for Dominic Monaghan to finally get down and dirty as a series regular on this little show need wait no loner. His name was even right there in the opening credits under 'Starring.'

My first question about Simon is whether or not he really is a quantum physicist genius, or if he's just some sort of tech hacker who could control what images come up in google. And she selected and blew up that pic of him in his skivvies pretty quickly, didn't she? There is much to learn, and I think the injection of a character so mysteriously menacing is just the sort of drama the show needs.

Everyone else is pretty likable, and with a faceless enemy, it's harder to really get behind your team. That's why the Cigarette-Smoking Man was such a popular character on The X-Files. He put a face on evil and gave us someone to hate and mistrust right along with our favorite FBI agents.

Now we have a new batch of agents, and it looks like a new face of evil. So, in that closing sequence when Simon was in the back of Lloyd's car it got me to thinking. Simon is clearly an amoral bad sort of dude. Is Lloyd not? He seems to be reluctant and remorseful about his involvement in whatever this group did.

"Our experiment killed 20 million people, Simon.What more is there to say." --Lloyd

He was part of whatever caused the blackout, and he is complicit in their efforts to keep that secret. Is he complicit in the shootout at the DC Corral last week? If so, how far is he willing to go to try and undermine Benford's investigation? Would he instigate a relationship with Olivia and help push Mark into drinking again? Would he if blackmailed or coerced?

I have to wonder if everyone was drinking on Halloween night. How else can you explain a kangaroo jumping down the street. I'd call it symbolic imagery, but everyone saw it. And then there's the Nixon masks; the same kind Mark's assailants were wearing in his flashforward. I knew it would just be vandal teens, but everything connects, right?

I've also connected Wedeck to Janis in a romantic way. The way he hovered by her bedside in the hospital and the look in his face was far more than a superior concerned about his agent. He cares for her, even if he's not sure what to do with that. I don't know if he's aware of her orientation, though I suspect he is not. Could he be the father? If so, why would he be on the crapper in his flashforward and not by her side, unless she takes off. The fact that they left that sliver of possibility that she could still get pregnant keeps the flashforwards active.

As long as they're active, they can be seen as inevitable. Once someone breaks one of them, they become possibilities. I'm going on the assumption that they're inevitable, which means that having the flashforwards was an essential part of their coming to pass. After all, it changes behavior. It's already changed the level of trust in Mark and Olivia's relationship.

I was so happy to see that Mark told Olivia about his drinking, rather than continue to lie and have her confront him. It was nice to see the more unexpected conversation route explored. Mark isn't as one-dimensional a dick as he could be, and I'm so glad to see it.

Another moment of Mark's dimensions came when he ultimately did shake Lloyd's hand. Regardless of what we know about Lloyd, from the point of views of Charlie, Dylan and Olivia the fact that they were all in the Benford house at the same time is still rather innocent in their intentions.

And Dylan's autism makes it where he can't differentiate between a future memory and a past memory, thus his recollections that "This is my house, too" and his familiarity with the cookie jar, Charlie and the envelope with the address. As for Charlie, we now know that in her vision she was downstairs and came in on Dylan. Where was she before that, that she knows "D. Gibbons is a bad man"? Was she closer to Lloyd, perhaps overhearing a conversation, or are there more people downstairs that we don't know about yet?

As for the case of the blue hands that Agents Gough and Noh handled this week, I've got nothing yet on that. It was certainly a bizarre string of clues that led them to the bodies and the genesis of what will become Gough's Rutherford case. It looks like we'll get more on that next week.

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cress d

Really? You put FLASHFORWARD in the drama section of your site..That is funny..ANYWAY...

Joseph Fiennes SUX! His brand of "SMOLDERING INTENSITY" makes Viggo Mortensen say "Wow...he is bad."

This was an interesting series but I am losing interest. I want it to succeed. BUT...it is trying too hard. It needs to be itself.

November 04 2009 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

I'm really trying to like this show, but some of its elements are stretching even fictional credibility both in terms of character development - I'm looking at you, Olivia Benford - and plot progression especially regarding the lack of law enforcement rollup after the huge and very public shootout.

Again, I like the show's concept alot, but I think its execution is flawed. I'm just not sure how flawed it is at this point, so I'll hang with it till it either improves or it sinks.

November 01 2009 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eldritch

"As for the case of the blue hands that Agents Gough and Noh handled this week, I've got nothing yet on that. "


Hands of blue. Two by two.

I'm thinking the writers are just throwing weird things at us hoping they can figure out what they mean by the end of the series. It didn't work for Battlestar Galactica, and that was a much smarter series.

October 31 2009 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
st3v3n

When i first saw that Lloyd was involved with the blackouts in some way, i thought that maybe Olivia gets close to him because she finds that out and tries to find out more. theres less of a chance of that now, but its still possible.

and my take on it, so far (although it never is as it seems): dominic monaghan is a quantum physics expert, and lloyd is also some kind of scientist, and they were working on a massive experiment that requires such secrecy and violence. could be a military one, could be some group trying to harness new types of energy, or it could be experimenting with a weapon. but i think the phrase "our experiment killed 20 million people" reveals a more scientific goal.

October 30 2009 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrissthomas

I am glad others are having the same frustrations with the characters and their actions as I am. This show is great and I am very interested but if the characters keep making such horrible decisions it will become hard to watch, like an old Ben Stiller movie where you feel uncomfortable for the character but they are oblivious.
Why are you questioning whether Simon is a physicist or not he obviously has something to do with it and is very smart. He hasn't lied so far so there is no reason to distrust his character.

October 30 2009 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loyd milligan

It is clear that the flash forwards are just possibilities, otherwise most people would be talking about their flash forwards in their flash forwards...

When the flashforward happened most people would say something like, "wow this is what I saw in my flash forward..."

It has actually bugged me that nobody in the show has pointed this out.

October 30 2009 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Echy

Like Yogi Berra said "It's déjà vu all over again".

October 31 2009 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
greatone

I love the show but the only thing that irks me is the Mark/Olivia/Lloyd triangle. I agree with you Travis that Olivia took it too far. Olivia last statement made me feel she is looking for a way out of the marriage. Olivia made a big deal about not trusting Mark because he kept secrets from her but seems to forget that she kept just as many secret as Mark (meeting Lloyd a long time ago and already knowing about Mark drinking). If Olivia don't like Mark keeping secrets I wonder how she is going to feel when the secret comes out that her future boyfriend is responsible for the death of 20 million people.

I think the writers are trying to make Lloyd into a sympathetic figure but I don't see how they can pull it off. Lloyd is responsible for the death of 20 million people (including his son's mother) and he will eventually pursue a married women.

October 30 2009 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Poole

@Travis
Absolutely! I was just getting ready to say the same thing. The entire time I was watching the scene between Olivia and Mark, I kept wanting one of them to say, "Hey. Wait a minute..." The two characters are too smart to not pick up on that. Almost everything we've seen happen with everyone has been driven by their flashforward. It's almost all just self-fullfilling prophecy. I'm hoping the writers plan to use that as we progress. How? I don't know, but it's too obvious to ignore or just dismiss casually.

October 30 2009 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kris

In the premiere, a kangaroo hops down the chaotic streets after the blackout occurs, temporarily distracting Benford. This is the second time that I'm aware of that we've seen the kangaroo. My guess is that it is either highly symbolic, a clue that people from Australia or the local zoo are involved, or it's an interesting red herring. I'm sure we'll see more of it.

October 30 2009 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Travis

Olivia did well in getting Mark to see that he couldn't condemn her for her future and not expect her to worry about his future involving drinking, but I think she took it too far after.

It was the perfect time to acknowledge that they're forcing their own separation by believing everything from their flashforwards about being separated.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have someone (one of the main cast members, not the Senate committee) wonder if they're making the future happen so accurately by deciding to follow the path.

I liken it to the recent Lost season when they finally asked if detonating the nuke would reset the present or cause the present.

All Mark or Olivia had to do was say, I'm not cheating now and you're not drinking, but if I stay on you about how you're fixing to fall of the wagon and you keep calling me a cheat, we're going to drive each other to those points...

Self-fulfilling Prophecy!

October 30 2009 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jables

"The real question: Why was Janis getting a sonogram at 10PM?"

Did they establish that she was on the West Coast getting the sonogram? Maybe she was on a different continent.

October 30 2009 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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