Review: FlashForward - A561984
by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 4th 2009 4:30AM
(S01E10) I knew FlashForward was headed toward a hiatus, but I didn't expect it to be here so soon. Thankfully, this was one of the best episodes of the season so far, pushing things dramatically forward for most of the characters and the blackout mystery, as well. We also gained more insight, and thus more confusion, about Simon and his motives.
There won't be any new episodes until March 2010, which coincidentally (or more likely, not coincidentally) is when Demetri is supposed to die, according to the Persian woman on the phone. When the show returns, will its internal continuity have jumped forward three months, as well? I have a feeling it will.
I think more may have happened in this hour than has happened in the last seven or eight episodes. Let's dig into it.
I'll back off my claim that Mark is a jackass; maybe he was just having a bad day. He really proved himself a solid friend and partner this episode, taking the fall completely for the trip he and Demetri took to China. Unfortunately, he remains as impulsive as ever, reacting on emotion over thought a lot of the time. He handled the restaurant owner just fine in tracking down our Persian, named Nhadra Udaya, but when it came to handling her directly, he came unhinged.
It was a pretty stunning revelation from Udaya that it will be Mark that kills Demetri, and with the gun he had on him at the time. Later, though, Mark was stripped of his badge and gun and effectively booted off the FBI for his actions in taking Udaya hostage for a brief time. Turns out, he probably should have found a way to hang onto her, as she clearly has a direct connection to D. Gibbons.
What I found infinitely more intriguing was the possibility that Simon doesn't. He's definitely sinister and mysterious, but he seemed genuine in his assertion to Lloyd after that press conference that he did not believe them responsible for the blackout. It was actually pretty crazy and premature of Lloyd to formally take responsibility on behalf of himself, Simon and Gordon Myhill (their third partner in the experiment). Especially if there is a chance they were not responsible. Again, someone acting on emotion.
Again, Simon seemed sincere and incredibly disturbed to find out that not only were the photographs of his design real, but that they predated his coming up with the idea. Couple that with Nhadra's claim that Demetri's death sets off a domino effect of other events, and I have to wonder if time travel is going to be an element in this show, as it is in Lost. That's just what FlashForward needs. More comparisons to Lost.
I'd been doubting Zoey's vision of her wedding, thinking perhaps that Demetri wasn't there, but I never considered that it might be his funeral instead they were attending. A good thing out of all of this is that finally Demetri's parents can accept her in his life. And, as we learned a couple of weeks ago, the future is not written in stone. There's hope.
Most of the characters were left in a pretty stable situation to go into a long break. Even Mark's getting fired is a good place for a break. The only awkward break is the one established at the end. I thought I saw that ending coming a mile away, but I expected it to be Dylan that was taken, or both him and Lloyd. I didn't expect the men to take Lloyd and leave the boy with Olivia. However, if Olivia takes the boy into her home for the time being, that would start to push that series of visions closer to reality.
In a way, I think this hiatus is good for the story. It can come back in March and rush headlong toward the moment everyone saw. If anyone comes back to watch it then, it looks like things are really going to get intense. The best thing FlashForward could have done after a solid episode was show the extensive clips from upcoming episodes the way they did. There's Mark saying he should have killed Demetri, and the claim that there will be another blackout.
It looks like the back half is going to move at a much faster clip (I hope) and be much more cohesive than this first half. I'll be back. Will you?
[To refresh your memory until it comes back, you can always find clips and full episodes of FlashForward on SlashControl.]