Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (157)

  • Mark: I didn't just lose consciousness; my consciousness went somewhere else.

  • Aaron: Even if this future stuff is real, maybe it's a blessing in disguise... Ghost of Christmas future crap.

  • Mark: I was drinking again in my flash forward and, in my head, I knew it wasn't just a one-time thing.

  • Nicole: I think God did this. Mark: Why? Nicole: To punish us.

  • Aaron: You're worried your future's gonna come true. I'm worried mine won't.

  • (A medical expert is being interviewed on TV) Medical Correspondent: When the world-wide blackout occured, earlier today, people were undergoing brain scans at that exact moment. Interviewer: So, like MRIs, or PET scans, that kind of thing? Medical Correspondent: Exactly, and in each of these cases, the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, was actively engaged for the entire two minutes and seventeen seconds. These thought patterns are consistent with a waking experience. People were not asleep, they were not dreaming. Interviewer: So then, what is it that they were experiencing? Medical Correspondent: Well, by all appearances, memories of events that haven't occurred yet.

  • Stan: So you're saying what? Everyone's consciousness just jumped forward six months to April 29th? Mark: Crazy as that sounds, yeah.

  • Nicole: Sweetheart, are you okay? Charlie: I had a bad dream. I dreamt there are no more good days.

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Notes (68)

  • Special Thanks to: Jeff Betancourt, Jessika Borsiczsky, Brannon Braga, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Joseph Fiennes, David S. Goyer, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Dominic Monaghan, Brian F. O'Byrne, Mark H. Ovitz, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger, Christine Woods, Lee Thompson Young

  • This special aired at 10/9 central on its premiere.

  • International Airdates: Canada: March 16, 2010 on ATV Czech Republic: April 5, 2010 on AXN Australia: April 6, 2010 on Channel 7 Norway: Available one month online on TV2 Sumo from April 28, 2010 Slovakia: January 31, 2011 on JOJ

  • The episode won an Emmy Award forĀ Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

  • Injoke: David S. Goyer and executive producer Marc Guggenheim chose the name "D. Gibbons" in tribute to comic book artist Dave Gibbons, best known for illustrating the acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen.

  • Injoke: Before the blackout, while Mark and Demetri are taking photos of the mysterious woman and the men with her, a billboard can be seen in the background which advertises Oceanic Airlines. Oceanic is the airline company which the castaways were flying on before it crashed in ABC's hit show Lost.

  • ABC's site about the Mosaic Collective specifies that the blackout happened on October 6th, 2009.

  • International Airdates: Canada: September 24, 2009 on A Channel Australia: September 28, 2009 on Channel 7 UK: September 28, 2009 on FIVE Russia: October 2, 2009 on Channel One Belgium: October 4, 2009 on BeTV Singapore: October 4, 2009 on MediaCorp Italy: October 5, 2009 on FOX Spain: October 5, 2009 on AXN Portugal: October 7, 2009 on AXN Norway: October 8, 2009 on TV2 Estonia: October 16, 2009 on Fox Life Sweden: October 30, 2009 on TV4 Poland: November 14, 2009 on AXN Czech Republic: November 16, 2009 on AXN Bulgaria: November 18, 2009 on AXN Finland: January 7, 2010 on Nelonen Germany: March 1, 2010 on ProSieben Latin America: February 23, 2010 on AXN India: October 11, 2010 on Zee Cafe Slovakia: January 3, 2011 on JOJ

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Trivia (62)

  • Episode's key word: Fated

  • Trivia: When Mark is on the way to the hospital he stops when a taxi almost hits him. Behind him almost all the letters of Desperate Housewives can be read.

  • New parts of the Mosaic Collective: - Calendar sheets going from September 2009 to April 2010. - A post-it note that reads "D. Gibbons". - A post-it note that reads "Blue Hand". - A post-it note that reads "Friendship Bracelet". - A post-it note that reads "Baby Doll Photograph". - A drawing of 3 stars on a post-it note. - Pictures of the meeting between Alda Hertzog, Khalid and Omar on October 6th, 2009. - The picture of a mysterious man and the title of an upcoming episode, "137 Sekunden". - A menu of "The Crown Cheese Steak" with the words HELP US written in blood. - A drawing of a multi-headed creature. - Mark Benford's note written on April 29th, 2010. The note reads "Who Else Knows".

  • Episode's title image: Charlie's father's bracelet.

  • In the scenes where Dimitri is talking to the woman in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong skyline in the background is lit up at night - apparently the same time as where Dimitri is. This can't be as Hong Kong is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles. If it were 8 pm in LA, it would be 11 am in HK and bright. If it were midnight in LA, it would be 3 pm in HK. The only possibility would be if it were about 5 am and just before dawn in LA, it would then be 8 pm in HK and just past dusk but the scene didn't seem to be set at those times.

  • In the first episode, when Olivia had a vision with another man, she goes to the stairs and says, "Hi, babe." Here, she remembers the same vision, but this time she says, "Hi, honey."

  • When Demetri was in the FBI office with Janis Hawk, he mentioned that he met a woman that day who didn't have a vision and five minutes after that, she was shot and killed. He was referring to Sheriff Keegan. However, earlier in the show, when Sheriff Keegan told Demetri and Mark she didn't see a vision, it was during the day where it's bright and sunny. She was only killed at night in the doll factory where it was very dark outside. It is definitely more than five minutes from the time Sheriff Keegan told them about her not having vision to the time she was killed.

  • Episode's key word: He

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Allusions (21)

  • Everyone in the world was unconscious for exactly two minutes and seventeen seconds. This could be an allusion to a passage in the Bible (ACTS 2;17) which reads: "... And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesize, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams".

  • Oceanic Airlines: Before the blackout, while Mark and Demetri are taking photos of the mysterious woman and the men with her, a billboard can be seen in the background which advertises Oceanic Airlines. Oceanic is the airline company which the castaways were flying on before it crashed in ABC's hit show Lost. This is most likely a reference to the fact that FlashForward is considered to be the next Lost.

  • Title reference: White To Play is a term used in chess when the board has been set up for a chess problem, to indicate whose move it is to start the solution of the problem. Generally, for the most common variety of problems, there is only one way to accomplish the result from the given starting point in a specified number of moves.

  • March 15th The mysterious caller at the end of the episode tells Demetri that he is going to be murdered on March 15th, 2010. Julius Caesar, the Emperor of Rome, was also murdered on March 15th and, in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, he was also warned of his future murder.

  • Janis: Based on what, Mark, your Spidey-sense? Referencing the comic book hero Spider-Man. In the Marvel comic, Peter Parker is bit by a radioactive spider and gains superhuman powers. One of them is the sense of coming danger, which is referred to as "spider-sense."

  • Senator Clemente: If you sit by the river long enough, you'll see the bodies of your enemies float by. Stan: Sun Tzu. Senator Clemente: Get ready to float, Stanford. Sun Tzu is the author of "The Art of War", a book about different military strategies.

  • Title reference: Give Me Some Truth is a song by John Lennon.

  • Mark: Don't say a word, Obi-Wan. This is a reference to Aaron's costume. Aaron is dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi was mentor to Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels and his arch-nemesis in the Original Star Wars trilogy after Anakin turned to the Dark Side of the Force and became Darth Vader. In the series, Jedi were capable of the technique known as "Jedi Mind Trick", which allowed them to manipulate the thoughts and actions of "weak-willed" individuals.

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