FlashForward Review: A Terrible Episode

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After watching this week's episode of FlashForward, many questions come to mind. None of them speak very favorably about the show.

First, catch up on events from it by reading through our recap of "Playing Cards with Coyote." Then, see if you can answer the questions below and let us know if you have a different take on what went down...

Why were Lloyd and Simon playing poker?!? There might as well have been a neon sign flashing that read "EPISODE FILLER!" through the poker scenes. Aside from not making any sense - Lloyd was so convinced he needed to tell the world about the blackouts, yet was willing to play cards (with total strangers, no less ) over the decision - this was nothing but a waste of time.

Why does Janis want to get pregnant?!? It's one thing for Mark to follow the clues on his board because he thinks these will provide crucial clues to the blackout. But now Janis is taking the initiative to make her vision come true? Where did that come from? The show asks viewers to be concerned about the future, yet makes its characters act in ways that guarantee its validity. Can anyone explain to us what the FBI is even trying to accomplish right now?


How stupid does FlashForward think we are? Mark see photos of a three-star tattoo on his computer. The episode flashes back to his vision of a guy with that same tattoo infiltrating the FBI offices. Seconds later, he shows up at work, sees another photo of the three-star tattoo AND THE EPISODE FLASHES BACK AGAIN TO HIS VISION OF THE SAME GUY! Were producers afraid we'd have forgotten the connection in that time?

How many episodes will end with new, mysterious bad guys? So far, FlashForward has concluded episodes with Suspect Zero, D. Gibbons, Simon, a kid in Africa, gun-toting Asians and this week's shady ring dude. These all might come together at some point, but for now it seems like the show focuses entirely on cliff-hanger endings, throwing far too many new faces at viewers and assuming these mysteries will make up for the fact that the rest of the hour is lackluster and slow-moving.

Did Jericho play a role in the blackouts? This is an actual question, the only positive development from the hour. Unfortunately, we fear the series will go weeks without mentioning this special, seemingly evil unit of soldiers again.

Okay. Having gotten those complaints out of our system, we feel better. But we're still very much concerned over the future of this show.

Are you? Or do you see hope and intrigue where we see boredom and non-sensical storylines?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Yeah I think many folks are fed up of this kind of formulae now - with so little happening in each episode and the repetition - I really CBS to watch anymore - huge dissapointment




This show is a lot like Lost and Alias: a lot of insignificant artifact is introduced and unresolved each episode...some of it is addressed somewhere down the road, most of it is not. For example, QED in this episode. We may never hear about it again. But it will leave some viewers coming back to wonder what the mysterious QED is all about. Poker Game: if this show is supposed to be about a very frightening and upsetting reality why does it feature something so ridiculously unrealistic? Two possible Nobel/MacArthur award recipients smart enough to cause the blackouts are stupid enough to discuss it at a poker table with strangers. And the dealer/other players don't bolt for their cellphones so they can collect the reward money for helping id those who caused the blackouts. Janis: seems to me that when they showed her crying after her surgery it was pretty clear that almost losing the choice to be or not be pregnant was devastating and she was going to have a baby. Not to make her vision come true but to enjoy the benefit of having the choice. Anyone know why there are no scars on her abdomen when she's getting the U/S, is Dr. Benford so good that she dont leave scars when her patients are shot or have surgery? How stupid are we: like previous poster it occurred to me within seconds that someone else probably had the same tattoo and he probably had not shot the right guy, don't understand why a bunch of FBI agents would not have considered that possiblility. How stupid are we, part II: are we really so gullible to believe that some graphic artist is going to produce enough detail to identify a ring on a man's hand from one bright pixel? There is some suspension of belief in watching a fictional tv piece but that's a big stretch. The military/Jerricho unit may be a piece that is used to tie a lot of things together. A mysterious military outfit like that could tie together Suspect 0, D Gibbons, untoward events in Somalia and Afghanastan and the shady ring unit....they actually looked like military in the execution of their movements. Don't quite know how all these thugs are going to be connected to the Asians or Simon & Simoncoe. Like Lost and Alias it seems a lot of "neat" storylines and/or plot devices are introduced merely for the purpose of inducing viewers to stay tuned for the possible explanations...but there is not and never was a sensible explanation other than they want the show to continue to draw viewers.


1. I think we were supposed to be impressed that Simcoe *gasp* cheated, like he's all hard-core or something. Probably should have just grabbed Simon by the throat and squeezed. That would have been hardcore. Dude, he comes up to your collar-bone. Squash him. 2. Janis is the girl. Girls on TV (as written mostly by guys) always want babies. 3. Very. very stupid. But smarter than Mark, as I called "more than one guy can have a tattoo" within seconds. Does say something about him that he's willing to murder a guy, but still seems like he's shooting the wrong piece of his prediction. If he's worried about his marriage, shooting some random flunky isn't going to make that better. 4. Well, to be fair, we do now have a pretty good idea of who Simon is and who he thinks he is - what with him never shutting up and all. 5. I am encouraged by the fact that they didn't drag Aaron/Tracy out for decades. Maybe there will be some forward movement here. All this said, I remain curious enough to tune in next week, so I guess they are doing their jobs.


I thought i was going crazy with the lack of answers so as soon as the episode finished I came here hoping to get some. I guess we're all feeling the same way. Guess they wouldnt have been able to predict that in their flashforward >=/

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FlashForward Quotes

I didn't just lose consciousness; my consciousness went somewhere else.

Mark Benford

We've been saying people have been blacking out, but that wasn't my experience. More like a dream.

Mark Benford