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'FlashForward' - 'The Negotiation' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 14th 2010 8:21AM
'FlashForward' - 'The Negotiation'(S01E20) On the night when ABC announced that it would be one and done for 'FlashForward' after all, it's a little disappointing that the "dead show walking" brought out one of their most boring and lackluster episodes yet. April 29, 2010 was the day everyone flashed forward to in the pilot. Today is April 28, 2010.

Turns out, the eve of the biggest day in the history of the modern era was a bit of a bore. The episode was all preamble and set-up for events to come on April 29, but that made for a rather dull episode. Simon Campos had the most interesting night, and that's mainly because he got to score with Annabeth Gish, just before she turned him in.

I'm not sure what the point of sex was, unless she was just really stressed after a long day at work. Maybe she thought Simon would be more pliable to her handsome polite boss, until he stops being polite. His name is Lucas Hellinger and he's really good at not saying anything. That annoying, cocky, willing-to-die silence that probably had Mark wanting to just bash his brains in right there. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Apparently getting rid of Dyson Frost was a bad move for the organization behind all of this, as he was their go-to guy for science stuff. Now they're kind of stuck with a reluctant Simon, who unfortunately knows they need him. That means threatening his family and sister might not be as effective, because they now need his active cooperation for whatever their next move is. Time to sweeten the deal ... scantily clad lady perhaps?

While Simon was chatting it up with Lucas, Lita (Gish) was sent out for ice in her panties and a very short nightie. Does that happen in real life, or is that one of those television fantasies? Kind of like the one where Lucas wouldn't recognize the difference between Mark and Gabriel. Is Gabriel just a hood and those glasses? Well, that might just be the case. Who really pays that close of attention to their underlings, particularly when they're rather annoying savants like Gabriel.

Mark did look completely different in Gabriel's get-up. It was an impressively clever ruse to take down Lucas, though it was almost too easy, wasn't it? I know it came down to Janis betraying her pet store secret organization contact, but they've been so on top of everything, it's a surprise they allowed themselves to get compromised almost beyond hope. Luckily, Lucas was quick enough to quick wipe the computers.

Other than the take-down of Lucas, who so far has been mostly bland and boring, it was the Gabriel show. What a fun role for James Callis; such a departure from Baltar on 'Battlestar Galactica.' His tinkering around in Mark's office trying to "fix" the "Mosaic" board so it looks more like his drawing was pretty cool, as it showed a bit of the scenes we were given prior of one of his flashforwards.

I was glad to see Janis stop being a triple agent, but she certainly shouldn't just be going off on her own. The creepy organization is going to know she turned on them, and they've proven before what they're willing to do. According to Gabriel, Demetri is still supposed to die because the cosmic forces of the universe intended for it to happen, just like they intended for Olivia and Lloyd to be together.

I can officially say, now that the series is reportedly over, I'm pretty disappointed with 'FlashForward' for their failure to balance their large cast. Sure, the investigation into the blackouts was pretty important, but in the beginning of the season, we were just as invested in Bryce and his quest for Keiko, as well as Nicole and her strange drowning vision. Remember when she was connected to the Benfords. Remember when the Benford household was important.

Even more surprising was the completely backburnering of Aaron Stark's quest to find his daughter Tracy. After the confrontation with Jericho head honcho at his house, I was really expecting to spend some quality time with Aaron as he launched this one-man war on Jericho (who I'm going to guess is the "organization" because we really don't have the time for it to be more complicated.

I think the series was intending to be a mosaic of different types of people who all experienced this life-altering event. We would then follow their slightly connected lives, exploring their different reactions and sharing in their journey toward inevitability.

Instead, we got an espionage "cop" show about the FBI tracking down this shadowy ogranization behind the blackout. Everything else got pushed so far into the background, they fell out of episodes completely. I think the focus on the FBI has created some compelling drama, but it's a disappointment that the more ambitious vision proved too much for the creators.

At least we have two more episodes to see if they came up with a satisfying conclusion to our 22-hour time investment into their story.

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BB

I am so disappointed that Flash Forward is being canceled, I enjoyed this show so much. I liked it much more than V. I looked forward to thursdays. Please reconsider your decision and give this show another chance. Why do all the great and intriguing shows have wind up on the chopping block.

May 24 2010 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
horsegirl48

I love this show, how can we get it back? It wasnt given a chance, ginally a show you needed a brain to watch!

May 18 2010 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Betty Miller

I was very disappointed and surprised to learn that Flash Forward was being cancelled. I found this series extremely interesting and looked forward to every episode. It seems that everyone who left a comment feels the same way. So where did the "powers that be' get the idea that no one was watching this show? It's a real shame that we lost another decent program!!

May 17 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh White

I hated that they took this show off the air. I wish they would have renewed this "Flash Forward." And I agree that it was one of the best shows. I am so upset that I might just call them up and give them an earful.

May 17 2010 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim

WOW! I am so hurt and disappointed. I committed to the development of the characters and looked forward to each episode. This show was so different from every thing else on TV. I thought it was creative and really had the potential to be something great. I wish ABC would give it another chance. I really hope they end this properly and all questions are truly answered.

May 17 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joy

Everytime an interesting show comes on they take it off! They never give these shows a chance! I am very upset!!! I really enjoyed Flashforward

May 17 2010 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bold

wow...i am so disappointed. I suppose I was one of the few that looked forwared to thur, evenings.-
Maybe people just don't have imaginations anymore.

May 17 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lynne

Why do they take off all the good shows? This one is better than V

May 17 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

I agree! It's a shame that they canceled FlashFoward it is definitely one of the better shows on right now!!
I wish they would reconsider renewing!!

May 17 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

I agree! It's a shame that they canceled FlashFoward it is definitely one of the better shows on right now!!

I wish they would reconsider renewing!!

May 17 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Z!

i didnt find this episode boring but it is the calm before the storm. its a shame they are canceling this show cause its one of the better ones on tv. I just wanted to add that the reason the chick had sex with simon was to keep him in one place till the boss got there. Now that you mention it I do miss all of the other stories outside the FBI but I think that can be blamed on the hiatus when they were told to retool the show. they probably wanted the show more suspenseful.

May 15 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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