FlashForward is Given a Get-Well Break

By Tim Surette

Dec 04, 2009

Those of you who managed to stick around through the end of Thursday's improbable episode of FlashForward saw a promo declaring that the show will return in March. This was news to fans, because as far as they'd been told, FlashForward was set to return in January.

Which mean's last night's installment, "A561984," was the last new one we'll see until March 4. ABC says it wants to keep the show away from the Winter Olympics and run the series straight through without any repeats. But let's be honest here: While FlashForward looked like a possible next-big-thing when it debuted, ABC must be heartbroken over its recent numbers. Last night's episode drew just a 2.2 rating in adults, a series low. By comparison, the series premiered with a 4.1 rating (which has declined ever since).

The scheduling move also brings up another thing: April 29, 2010 is very important to the show's story (it's the day everyone supposedly saw in their flashforwards), and producers were set to make the April 29 episode a doozy. But will that episode be pushed back now, or will the story be shoehorned to fit? Another problem: ABC has picked up the show for 25 episodes (oops!), but a March 4 return means the season finale of a 25-episode order would fall in the second week of June. I don't see that happening; I'm guessing an order reduction will be made if FlashForward makes it that far.

Because "A561984" did nothing to restore my faith in show. In fact, it included some of the most ridiculous moments of the series thus far. First, finding a Persian woman in Hong Kong—with no leads other than a recording of her voice—is not as simple as stepping into the first Persian restaurant one sees. That's insulting. Second, when that guy from Coupling (the British version) reveals he may have caused the blackout at a press conference full of professionals, a woman in the audience—presumably a reporter—grabs a security guard's gun, screams, "You killed my family," and fires shots at the podium. Can someone please tell me where that load of B.S. came from? Maybe she works for The Daily Lunatic—I don't know. Third, dialogue. In a ridiculous line related to my first point of contention, Joe Fiennes (who continues to show up on set just for a paycheck) says, "Persian woman, Persian food. Yahtzee!"

Funny, I was thinking Sorry!.

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  • NicolaFitzger May 31, 2010

    I think the show is great and just watched a brilliant finale. We want a second series....surely they have to have one! :)

  • cremasteel1 Jan 16, 2010

    Truely intrigued by the show and really looking forward to unravelling the mystery. However I have to agree the last episode was for me incredibly frustrating - they find THE Persian woman in Hong Kong - JUST LIKE THAT. They live in a time of hyped up terroism paranoia but two FBI agents who have no legal authority outside of their country managed to sneak their revolvers into another country. Or as FBI agents acting without the authority of their supervisors have Diplomatic immunity or access to diplomatic pouches. The British guy tells the world he and his colleagues may have caused the death of 20 million people and only one person wants to kill him - everybody else who lost family, friends or whatever just give him the silent treatment. And because of his courage in making this admission the Doctor now admires him - he may have caused the death of 20 million people! The person I am gaining a liking for is Dominic Monaghan he's arrogant, brilliant, peeved with his soppy colleague and annoyed that someone else may be cleverer than him. I will continue to watch the show (because I really do like it) but hope that the writers pursue more plausible story lines otherwise the sheer frustration will overcome my curiosity and I'll have no excuse to take time out for 45 minutes to relax and enjoy the show.

  • Gillianz123 Dec 13, 2009

    Yes indeed the show needs a recheck.It can be done i 2 weeks I presume and there is no need to wait 'til March.

  • AckrosGliceas Dec 13, 2009

    this is a brill, show, no idea what ye are on about needs fixing.. thats just nonsense, and in no way shouls it end its like a new LOST BUT WITHOUT THE ANNOYING NEVER ENDING END

  • LadyInque Dec 13, 2009

    I like the show...

    XO XO


  • ma_liky Dec 08, 2009

    It is not the British version it is the original. I didn't know that there is US version, but then again you have your own version of everything. I think it is really stupid to wait until March, but what can you do when finally we have a show that is intelligent and with a great story but only US numbers and viewers count. That is stupid!!

  • FeliciaWatts Dec 08, 2009

    I want to like this show. I am trying to like this show. I watch every week, in fact. But I can't help but feel let down each and every week. I hope this break is used wisely. Fix this show!!

  • Starprincess13 Dec 07, 2009

    I really wanted to like this show but I couldn't make it past the first four episodes. It looks like ABC is panicking and trying to figure out what to do with the show.

  • daggerfall2 Dec 07, 2009

    thank you tim, your articole is awesome!

  • bellagirl_008 Dec 07, 2009

    i like it

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