This review may contain spoilers.
ABCs new show FlashForward is just as good as all the hype has made it out to be. One can even go so far as to say that its awesome.
Complex characters, a chilling mystery and a plot that moves faster than many of the pilots we seen so far this season are all going to add up to one thing: a big hit.
The show opens on our main character, Mark (Joseph Fiennes), an FBI agent with a gorgeous wife, adorable daughter, and everything one can want in the world. That is until we see him go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He has a dark past that well definitely see more of in future episodes.
In what seems like a totally normal day, Mark is conducting a stakeout with his partner, Dimitri (John Cho), and eventually a high-speed car chase ensues. You know, just a normal day. During this car chase, the entire world blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
In some terrifying scenes, we see bodies in puddles, cars piled on top of one another (don’t forget a random arm here and there), and helicopters plummeting into high rises. Planes have crashed mid-air and wild animals are roaming the cities freely.
The characters and the audience come to find out that the whole world sees visions of their lives 6 months from that moment, and this means a lot of different things to everyone. Some are good flash forwards, and some are terrible. Some are even nonexistent, raising the question that those people may not even be alive 6 months from now.
We learn that Marks perfect world will be coming to an end in 6 months should the visions come true. In his vision, he returns to drinking and his wife sees herself with another man. He is also obsessed with figuring out what happened to the world.
So what did happen? No one really knows just yet. Mark, Demetri, and others at the FBI will presumably commit themselves to figuring out the mystery. All we can do is watch and hope to find some answers before the questions could possibly get too frustrating to bear.
The creepy shadowed man walking around the baseball stadium at the end of the show was perhaps the best part. Who is this man? Why didnt he black out? Hopefully it wont be too long before we get some more info on him, his ominous image was chilling enough to keep me watching for a while.
What Didnt Work
This was a great pilot. Not much stands out that could be seen as negative, as the characters were are well rounded and keep the watcher yearning for more information about who they are and what their flash forwards could mean.
The terror of the flash forward was also very well fleshed out, and even viewers could feel the intensity of the moment. Though it did have some graphic scenes, the show did a good job of showing what would happen if something like this did take place. Planes would crash, cars would collide, and a lot of people would die. They certainly didnt hold back on the nitty gritty side of something like this.
They even showed how the media would react – instantaneously and without holding anything back from scared civilians, for better or for worse.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“FlashForward” stars Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport, Dominic Monaghan, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Brian O’Byrne, Christine Woods, Sonya Walger, John Cho Courtney B. Vance Bryce Robinson.
“FlashForward” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.