FlashForward – TV (potentially) worth watching.

If you haven’t watched FlashForward on ABC, you’re missing out. I’m not going to say “this is the new Lost,” because it could totally fall apart like Heroes (sigh…). But it But two episodes in, this show is simply phenomenal, and could be as good as Lost if it maintains what its got going.

The premise is simple (sort of). At exactly the same time, every single person in the world blacks out for exactly 2 minutes and 17 seconds (137 seconds). During this time they all experience “memories” of their lives 6 months in the future. If you can imagine what the world would look like if suddenly everyone passed out, you can imagine the potential scope of this show. Surgeons, ambulance drivers, surfers, pilots, commuters, lovers – everyone – going about their day, and then they all collapse for 2 minutes. The devastation is immense and global, not to mention unsettling when people begin to realize their visions were all shared by the people they saw in them. In other words, these are not just dreams.

Part cop/FBI drama, part hospital drama, part sci-fi, I really think this show could be great.

It’s based on a novel, which I will now refuse to read for fear of spoilers, although the author, Robert J Sawyer, is actively involved and is writing episodes, so I expect it has license to deviate quite a bit. But this also makes it likely that, like LOST (and unlike Heroes), the show has some vision for its future.

Lost fans, look for the Oceanic Air sign. Fun little Easter egg.

Watch this show. I need to talk about it with people!

(for future reference, it airs Thursdays at 8pm on ABC)




  1. Sox said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Plus: it has Harold in it!

  2. Raistman said,

    October 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I’m 100% with you, the show is phenomenal so far. Oh, and I totally noticed the sign… I would NOT be surprised if there was some crossover, personally.

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