FlashForward: Worth the Hype?

The debut of the heavily-hyped FlashForward is just around the corner, and the show already has a lot of expectations to meet. Thanks to an early jump on marketing (ads first appeared last winter, during the fifth season of Lost), FlashForward is the show sci-fi fans have pegged as the best chance at seeing something good on television this fall.

What FlashForward has going for it is its simple-to-understand-yet-impossible-to-imagine premise: everyone on the planet passes out for a few minutes, and while they're unconscious, have visions of the future that lies exactly six months ahead. This raises several questions, both general ("what the heck just happened?") and personal ("why am I banging someone who isn't my husband six months from now?").

Such a structure will lead to comparisons with Lost (replace the plane crash with a worldwide blackout) -- but aside from time jumps, a similarly chaotic opening shot, and familiar faces (Sonya Walger, Dominic Monaghan), the comparisons should end there. That's not a slight, by the way; FlashForward is also good.

After everyone awakens from the "event," an FBI Agent (Joseph Fiennes) leads the charge to figure out what happened -- by compiling the world's "FlashForwards" into a database. Walger plays his doctor wife, whose vision could mean troubling times for their marriage. The intrigue unfolds slowly -- too slowly at some points -- but comes to a head during the final cliffhanging scene, and will definitely leave viewers wanting to know more.

Given that the show's strength is in its premise, expect to see some heavy-handed dialogue and too-quick character portrayals used to move the plot along. The acting, save for John Cho and Walger, is a bit under par as well -- though a lot of that statment is directed at Seth "Family Guy" MacFarlane, who for some reason is playing a government official.

FlashForward premieres Thursday, September 24, at 8 pm on ABC.

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love this show...i just hope it will be renewed for more seasons to come...also my grandma likes it too. Wonderful cast and great storyline
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Nothing to do with Lost, The story line for the first episode is very captivating.
A hole in the memory of the whole human civilization, and only few visions left from a future, and why all that..
That's a very very interesting start. I liked the acting, the direction, story line.
When the actor went off his broken car, just after the black out, I had really the feeling of something very big was happening. Well done! I really look flash forward to this series!
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I really liked it. I wish people would stop comparing it to Lost, its unfair to both shows I think. I felt the acting was fine, and Seth Macfarlane was in it for like 15 seconds, but I like him and think he'd actually fit in the big picture. I feel that the REAL good stuff is yet to come though, its gonna get interesting.
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I am looking forward to this show!
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Very weak, the show made little sense, but the acting and tone make me plan on watching it. But imagine 1% of the country killed or disabled, the effect on the economy, the effect on the survivors, the chaos in the emergency rooms, the use of every available building as an emergency ward. Imagine how people grossed out by their own future will be trying to change things, from getting tattoos that would have been visible but weren't to killing people who were in their vision.



Imagine it. Then wish the writers had.
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"...its simple-to-understand-yet-impossible-to-imagine premise..." What the hell does that mean? I can imagine the premise rather easily. Heck, I can imagine premises of such vast so-called 'impossibility' that the torque necessary to wrap your head around it would be truly impossible. "...its simple-to-understand-yet-impossible-to-imagine premise..." I don't get it.
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i liked it
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Hopefully this show can deliver and has staying power, and I'm so happy to see Dominic Monaghan back on TV. BTW, I love that picture, John's making such a Harold face. It's pure gold!
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I'd say no other show can compare to Lost in its genre, but I'll give this one a shot, since we have to wait until january for the final season of the Oceanic Six
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I have my hopes that this show will be successful for its premiere.
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Well! reading this comment make me want to watch it... Thanks for this.. tomorrow my review...
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Im hoping to be good...



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:):):):)
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I'm excited. I just want another serialized show with some depth and serious intrigue to ease the pain when Lost is gone. I'm sick of all these lame procedurals and crime investigation shows that are all the same and terribly bland.
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I hope it's good
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This better be worth thy Hype
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I loved the pilot episode. I can't wait to watch it again when it premieres tomorrow!! ahh.
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