FlashForward is an American television series, adapted for TV by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, which aired on ABC between September 24, 2009 and May 27, 2010. It is based on the 1999 novel Flashforward by Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. The series was cancelled in May 2010.
The series revolves around the lives of several people as a mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds on October 6, 2009. During this "blackout", people see what appear to be visions of their lives on April 29, 2010, a global "flashforward". It was announced in May 2010 that ABC would not be renewing FlashForward for a second season.
FlashForward is constructed around a high concept narrative where a mysterious event has caused nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for 137 seconds, during which time people see what appears to be a vision of their own life approximately six months in the future: a global "flashforward". A team of Los Angeles FBI agents, led by Stanford Wedeck (Vance) and spearheaded by Mark Benford (Fiennes) and his partner Demetri Noh (Cho), begin the process of determining what happened, why, and whether it will happen again.
Benford contributes a unique perspective on the investigation; in his flashforward, he saw the results of six months of investigation that he had done on the flashforward event, and he and his team use those clues to recreate the investigation. The team investigates a number of events related to the flashforward, including "Suspect Zero", who did not lose consciousness during the event because of aquantum entanglement device (QED), the sinister "D.
Gibbons/Dyson Frost", and a similar mass loss of consciousness in Somalia many years earlier in 1991. Meanwhile, personal revelations contained within the flashforwards occupy the personal lives of the principal characters. Mark Benford sees himself relapsing into alcoholism; his wife sees herself with another man; Demetri Noh sees nothing, which could mean that he will not be alive to see the day everyone else has glimpsed or, perhaps, that his future wasn't set on the day of the flashforward. Other characters grapple with similarly unexpected or surprising revelations in their flashforwards.
Ratings & Viewership:
Although launching to large audiences of 12.47 million viewers in the U.S., the show's ratings rapidly declined to ratings about one-third that figure. The show's scheduling in the U.S. has been held to blame by some people, an unexpected extended hiatus may have contributed to the deteriorating fanbase. However, in other countries such as the UK, where the show was given prime time scheduling on terrestrial television, ratings also dwindled. In the UK, the show was screened on Channel Five, a channel which receives fairly poor viewing figures in comparison to its peers. The show was watched by an average of 8.5 million viewers per episode, ranking it 44th most watched show of the season.
FlashForward received generally positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 72 out of 100, based on 26 critic reviews. In September 2009, Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle deemed the series "enormously entertaining" with a "tantalizing premise", while Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times wrote that it "begins in such a spirit of bracing suspense that [she was] challenged to recall another pilot that lured [her] so quickly into addiction." Variety's Brian Lowry gave a more measured review, opining: "it's an intriguing, mind-bending concept that's mostly well executed [...] there's a solid desire to see more, but not such wonderment as to proclaim unwavering fealty until the show peers a little farther down the road." Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker graded the series "B+", stating: "FF isn't perfect. Much thought has been given to plot and character, but not enough to the visuals: This is one of the most drab looking of intelligent shows. Thematically, FF makes major philosophical points— living in the moment, etc.—but instead of dramatizing them, it often just has its characters speak them." Tucker described the show as "combin[ing] sci-fi-ish conspiracy suspense with excellent prime-time-soap drama".
Season 1 Episides [Complete Series]
1.01 No More Good Days
1.02 White To Play
1.03 137 Sekunden
1.04 Black Swan
1.05 Gimme Some Truth
1.06 Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
1.07 The Gift
1.08 Playing Cards with Coyote
1.11 FlashForward: What Did You See?
1.12 Revelation Zero
1.14 Better Angels
1.15 Queen Sacrifice
1.16 Let No Man Put Asunder
1.17 The Garden of Forking Paths
1.18 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1.19 Course Correction
1.20 The Negotiation
1.22 Future Shock