FlashForward: Future Shock

“On October 6, The planet blacked out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, The whole world saw the future. ” This two sentence long statement was first uttered on September 24, 2009 and now 8 months later FlashForward is ending it’s often confusing and at times engaging run. As much as I want to be mad at ABC for cancelling the series, after saying goodbye to Lost this past Sunday the most I can muster is an annoyed feeling. Because let’s face it as much as I have come to like the show since it came back from hiatus in March of 2010, the truth is that if it had been cancelled before “Revelation Zero” aired I wouldn’t have cared in the least. Sure it would have sucked not seeing Dom or John every week, but I own every season of Lost on DVD (to date that is) as well as Star Trek and Harold & Kumar so I could get my fix any time I wanted to. Then they came back from the longer than necessary break with a bang and from that moment on I was hooked.

Well guys we made it to flashforward day. The day they have been cramming down our throats for months and after all the waiting instead of a killer season finale (yes I know it is technically the series finale, but it wasn’t written that way), the show limped it’s way off the main stage. Oh sure we got to see everyone’s flash come to fruition with a few minor changes, well except for Dem’s and Simon’s considering they didn’t have one to begin with, but they were anti-climatic. It would have been better if at least one or two of them were completely different and completely out of left field.

Am I glad that Model Chick’s flash was way off base and the guy wasn’t trying to kill her? Eh. Does it please me that Tracy is alive and some what well? Eh. Do I think it’s strange that dog’s don’t have flashes? Yeah, kind of. If you are getting the impression that I could have cared less about any of these outcomes, except the dog’s, then you would be right. I don’t care. Which is the problem this show has had all along. There has been some speculation that one of the causes of the show failing was the “five year plan” the creators had in mind for the show. I disagree with this assessment because as almost every writer will tell you they plan their stories well in advance of writing them. The story may start out as an idea, but they still have to come up with an outline that allows for them to see a map of where the story may be headed. An outline doesn’t mean that the story specifically has to go where it says to, it is merely a guide. FlashForward didn’t fail because they had long term goals. FlashForward failed for reasons that are quite frankly beyond this writer’s knowledge. If I knew why I would be happy to pass the information along to other shows that I like that may be in danger of being cancelled.

Unfortunately other than the flashes failing in “Future Shock” the episode also lacked a forward momentum that made this viewer want to continue watching. Even the scene that had my two favorite people on the show felt as though it were a high school one-act production. For a moment there it was painful to watch because the whole scene between Dem and Simon felt flat and forced. It made me wonder if at the time the episode was filmed had the actors read the writing on the walls and given up? Did they, like so many others, feel that they wouldn’t be coming back for a second season so it’s wasn’t worth it even to try? I don’t know the answers to those questions and I can only hope that my assessment of their scenes were completely off base. It’s the end of FlashForward and sadly we will never find out if the show could have lived up to the potential it had started to earn and came close to losing with the finale.

This show reminds me of a line from a poem that I first heard when I was younger “And when she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad she was horrid.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Which pretty much sums up the one and now only season of FlashForward.

Until next time,

Mendie

About Mendie

Mendie is a bit of a renaissance geek. Partly because there are just so many great things to love in the geek world from Star Wars to The Walking Dead to The Hunger Games and partly because her attention span last about....