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'FlashForward' - 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2010 10:45AM
'FlashForward' - 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
(S01E18)
Dyson Frost is a bad man. He's been doing stuff related to the flashforwards for years now. The whole situation is far more complicated than we ever imagined, and yet almost everyone we've met who's a part of whatever was behind the global incident seems to be a reluctant participant.

Certainly Gabriel (James Callis) was reluctant to be as involved as he was. It's not clear what his mental state was before the blackout, though we know he's a savant and was already hospitalized, but he's agitated, nervous and very frustrated right now. Perhaps that comes from knowing too much.

Knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and sometimes the burden of knowing can weigh you down more than any physical objects, like the car that took out "Mr. Clean" and his waiting customers. Olivia was suddenly faced with the knowledge that Gabriel was right. That perhaps this unstable, potentially dangerous man is just the man she needs to be talking to, rather than running from.

As it turns out, Gabriel is as close to Dyson Frost as we've got right now, as far as we can tell. Frost experienced multiple flashforwards, and so has Gabriel. There was a whole ward of patients who also jumped ahead, but we don't know where any of them are. What we do know is that they were doing this long before Olivia didn't go to Harvard, meet and fall in love with Lloyd. But apparently that decision was the wrong one, and the timeline is perhaps trying to correct itself.

Mark and Olivia were never meant to be together, which means Charlie was never meant to be. I wonder if that has any significance.

Many of you will clearly be happy with the revelations about Janis. They certainly saved the best one for last. She took on the role of the mole with reluctance, but ultimately for the good of the country. I'm assuming at this point that our CIA agent is on the side of right, which may be way off. Nothing may be as it seems on the surface. But at least Janis is more or less working on the side of right.

She's just in a very compromised and nearly impossible situation. I wonder if she's reporting to Vogel what she's reporting to the fish lady. Vogel knowing that Janis is a mole adds layers to everything we've seen the past few weeks from both his character and hers. Considering Janis is never allowed to get answers from the fish lady and the organization she represents, the benefit of having Janis as their mole isn't as great as it could be.

It always helps to know what she's being asked to do, and once she can earn their trust (if she can), then she might start to get more information. Now all she has to do is steal the ring from the queen and kill Mark Benford. No big deal, except that Benford is still alive at the time of the flashforward, and once again I don't know what date it is. Shortly after Demetri's "D-Day," because he's presumably still off on his honeymoon with Zoey.

Mark being saved by the lady he sees every day is what lead him to the chess piece on his board in the first place. The ring revealed, does that mean wearing the ring will save him? Perhaps it would keep him awake during the next blackout. That would indicate that future blackout he was talking about in his flashforward, which means he survives the encounter in his office; though we didn't really have any doubt of that.

As this story keeps getting better, I'm starting to obsess and worry about the ratings figures. Last week, the figures rebounded back above 5.5 million, but if it starts sliding again, it's going to take a lot of faith on the part of ABC to bring the show back. And, the show will have to find a way to reinvigorate itself and lure in new viewers with whatever they have planned for the second season.

[Help them out by watching clips and full episodes of 'FlashForward' on SlashControl over and over again.]

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sheryl

I hope this show makes it. It would be smart for ABC to do Summer reruns of FlashForward, without a hiatis. When 24 first ran they did the smart thing and ran the same episode more than once a week.

May 03 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ditroia

Good to See Annabeth Gish of the later seasons of the X-Files back, as well as Lee Garlington, also well know as the waitress in the Seinfeld pilot.

Cheers

Dave

May 02 2010 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bonbon99

Good episode. I agree, STUPID ETERNAL HIATUS, but if that's the reason nobody is watching it anymore, they should get back over.

I'm glad that Janis isn't evil. Let's see, she's spying on the company that's spying on the FBI, while trying to act like a normal agent. Is that about right?

Maybe the flash forward Charlie saw was Vogel checking with Janis, who he'd given the okay to kill Mark. But would he go that far? He and Mark don't get along, but murder just doesn't seem his style.

It gets more and more like Lost all the time. I hope they can build a story line for another season. It's a promising premise.

April 30 2010 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hanna

Was thinking the same thing. Is the fact that Janis was ordered to kill Benford tied to Charlie's Flashforward where she heard that "Mark Benford is dead?"

May 01 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MikLamb

If ABC decides to cancel this show, then it will be their own fault, because of the extended hiatus in the middle of the season. What "continuing story" drama could thrive under those circumstances? ABC should give it another season -- the action, plot and storyline are getting much better, and Lost will be over so those viewers will be looking for something else to obsess over.

April 30 2010 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
t

Does anyone know the name of the actress playing the "fish lady"? I recognize her from something a loooooong time ago but for the life of me can't figure out from what???

April 30 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bonbon99

Amanda Gish, I believe.

April 30 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
navamske

Fish Store Lady was played by Lee Garlington. She was in an episode of Friends in which she played Joey's father's mistress, who was a "pet mortician."

May 01 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cassidy

I really enjoy this show and hope it doesn't go off the air! It's just getting really good. Even my husband who is a big Lost and 24 fan said that he is starting to get more interested! Keep the good storyline going and this could last a good long while!
On to last night's episode... I'm glad that they revealed Janis as part of the CIA's side too. It makes sense. She's basically a triple agent is what I'm gathering. And I don't care about what was MEANT to be, I want Mark and Olivia together!

April 30 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lylekira

Supposed to say ..."but it's my HOPE that it at least recovers a lot of it's LOST viewers..."


I hate self correct on the iPhone and the no edit feature at TV Squad!!

April 30 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lylekira

I'm so enjoying this show and I'll be so bummed if it doesn't last at least another season. It's tough to pick up new viewers with such a complicated storyline, but it is my home that it at least recovers a lot of it's lots viewers from the earlier part of the season.

April 30 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ctunightfall

Considering the casting of Michael Massee, the fate of his character and the double agent / sleeper agent storylines, FF seems to have the increasing "aftertaste" of 24 season 1. Perhaps a certain producer may have something to do with that.

April 30 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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