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‘FlashForward’ – White To Play

More mystery, more creepiness, more Cho


This review may contain spoilers.

Believe it or not, this week was even more of a roller coaster ride than last week on “FlashForward.” Were left with even more questions than before, like how Marks (Ralph Fiennes) marriage dissolves over a quick six months, what his daughter saw in her vision that has scared her so badly, and who the man roaming the baseball stadium in the black trench coat was.

Not many answers are offered in this episode and it looks like we wont be getting them soon either. We do see that Mark and Olivias (Sonya Walger) daughter, Charlie (Lennon Wynn), recognizes Dylan (Ryan Wynott) in the hospital – so we know that he is probably in her vision. Dylan is the son of Olivias new boyfriend six months from now. But how do we get from point A to point B? No idea just yet, as Charlie isnt ready to speak about her vision. When she finally does talk about it, its sure to be big.

Mark and Demetri (John Cho) set out to discover how we get from today to six months from now in this episode. Through he use of the Mosaic Collective, the FBI makes their best attempt at keeping track at what everyone saw in their own vision. While it is a pretty substantial undertaking, they hope to fill in some holes in the mystery with the online database.

Towards the end of the episode, the two detectives find themselves in an abandoned warehouse in Utah, and they discover a few pivotal pieces in the vision Mark sees during his flash forward. They find another shadowy figure (presumably the person who stole Deedees identity?), a burned doll, and proof that they arent the only ones investigating the flash forward.

Demetri steps a bit more in the spotlight this week, as he wants desperately to know why he didnt have a vision. Does he die sometime in the next six months? The answer points to yes, when another woman who didnt have a vision dies in this episode. A creepy thought for the young man, who has his whole life ahead of him, including an upcoming marriage.

At the end of the episode, we find out that Demetri will be murdered in March, if we choose to believe the mysterious woman who claims to know of it. So, what does this mean? All signs point to the fact that he will indeed be dead by next spring…is it predestined, or can he change it?`

What Worked

The fact that some people want the future to come true, and some dont. For example, Marks sponsor sees his dead daughter alive again, and thats obviously a good thing for him. Mark, on the other hand, doesnt necessarily want the future to come true, as that means he will go back to drinking and he and Olivia will be over.

So, what does this dynamic bring to the plot? The fact that, if it comes down to it, people can decide whether or not they want their vision to come true. Do they play an active part in it? Possibly, as seen with DeeDee, who tries to change her future by coming to the FBI to stop her vision from actually taking place. So, perhaps Olivia doesnt have to cheat, and Mark doesnt have to drink again. We wont really know the outcome until six months from now, so April should be an eventful month for the audience!

The doll heads and random body parts in the factory were wonderfully creepy, and when they started singing in unison, I almost hit the fast forward button. When paired with the singing of a childs nursery rhyme, the effect was terrifying!

What Didnt Work

We were treated to a great episode to follow up a great pilot. Not much needed in the way of improvement. A complex and deep mystery is building, one that may take more than one season to answer.

With a bunch more questions popping up after only two episodes, one big question remains. If the flash forward is only six months from now, what will the rest of the show have in store for us?

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. “White To Play” was written by Brannon Braga, David S. Goyer and Marc Guggenheim. The episode was directed by David S. Goyer.

“FlashForward” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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