This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, ABC Thursdays are big already with Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice but will they be even bigger when a risky show called FlashForward premieres……
What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? When the world’s population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided, on the premiere of “FlashForward,” THURSDAY,
SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (This program will repeat Friday, Sept. 25, from 8:00-9:00 p.m.)
On the season premiere episode, “No More Good Days,” it’s just another normal day in Los Angeles. FBI agent Mark Benford and his partner, Demetri Noh, are in the middle of a car chase monitored by their boss, Stanford Wedeck, and colleague Janis Hawk; Mark’s wife, Dr. Olivia Benford, is in the middle of surgery; Dr. Bryce Varley is weighing a potentially life-ending decision; Mark’s friend, Aaron Stark, is working high above the ground on power lines; and Nicole Kirby — baby-sitter to Mark and Olivia’s daughter, Charlie — is in the throes of passion with her boyfriend when suddenly, and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.
Everyone in the world will eventually begin chronicling what they saw in their flashforwards on a worldwide website — the Mosaic Collective — that will further draw people together. And some of the flashforwards just might help Mark and his colleagues piece together the cause of the blackout.
Knowing their fate will alter each person’s life in one way or another, and poses the questions: Can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others?
“FlashForward” stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Br’an F. O’Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.
The Good: Ever since 2004, networks have tried to recreate the success of ABC’s Lost. There had been Heroes, Surface, Invasion, The Nine and more that tried to capture the mystery element of the decades great drama but none realy took off with the exception of Heroes which failed in continuing the execution. The key to Lost was a human drama, a character focused expose on something that maybe was not all that ordinary. Is 2009 the year to actually get something successfully similar? I think so with ABC’s new FlashForward. FlashForward is a unique mystery like no other it capivates you, it will draw you into to its web of mystery, and it drew me in right-away. FlashForward is about when life looses the unexpected, and the journey to see if we want it back. The story is the characters, they all experience something and they must work together wether it is through love, work, or friendship to find out what their 2:17 seconds of future meant. The mystery is the real draw here by the end of the first episode you are left saying, “I want more.” The pilot grabs you and the writing and acting are well done especially the beautiful cast. Sonya Walger, Joseph Finnes, John Cho, and Mad Men’s Peyton List all do a great job of reacting to the magnitude of the events with David Goyer’s movie like writing thanks to his experience writing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He makes the show feel like we are just watching another fantastic movie. If…..
The Not So Good: the producers can keep up the intrigue and not go astray which I do think they can will do thanks to a show bible that has already been created, knowing when they want to end, and that the writer that inspired the story with a book, is writing for the show. That is confidence, and I have confidence too that this will be a huge hit. See it!
FlashForward starts of Thursday nights on ABC starting this Thursday at 8/7c.