Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Review - FlashForward

FlashForward premiered last night. The show falls into the ‘FBI unit that investigates strange events with global implications’ genre. Very much like The X-Files or Fringe or Warehouse 13. The show’s premise is that everyone in the world passes out for two minutes, seventeen seconds during which time disaster ensues in the real world and everyone experiences flashes of their lives six months hence.

There follows a series of nitpicks:-

  • Half the world’s population would be asleep and therefore would have nothing worse than bad dreams. Claims of global catastrophe are exaggerated.
  • It seems that every driver was going fast enough to set their engine on fire, flip their car spectacularly, jack-knife their trucks, or get involved in massive collisions.
  • Immediately following the flash, fire seemed to be billowing from every office building. Why? Were hundreds of people lighting candles when they passed out? Did some people spontaneously combust? Were lots of people standing directly over stoves?
  • Setting up a website to log people’s visions is a profoundly bad idea. It would be a wiki filled with people claiming to become the President, win the lottery, or performing certain other actions.
  • The Los Angeles Branch of the FBI is the most qualified to investigate this because...?
  • Seth McFarlane’s voice is distracting. It’s like having Brian the dog sitting in on an FBI meeting.
  • It was generally one of those shows packed with clichés: troubled but machismo-filled FBI agents struggling to unearth a conspiracy while putting their own lives in order; people saying “My God!” in a throaty voice; the protagonist and his/her significant other being deliriously happy at the start of the season; the dialogue being crisp, clean, and uninterrupted; characters climbing on top of cars to get a slightly better view; people not turning on lights because important conversations must be had in shrouds of shadow; the main character as a Caucasian male and his FBI partner as of an ethnic minority. One of those shows.

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