FlashForward

Season 1 Episode 3

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2009 on ABC
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Mark and Janis arrive in Germany to discuss the past events regarding the blackouts. Demetri fears about his future. Meanwhile, Aaron tries to get Mark to help him with an appeal.

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  • Looking for answers!

    8.0
    A little slower this episode and not quite up to the level of the previous episodes, but still enjoyed it and was waiting for the next twist in the plot. Still not sure where it is going or why. left me wanting more!
  • Aight.

    8.5
    Mark and Janis arrive in Germany to discuss the past events regarding the blackouts. Demetri fears about his future. Meanwhile, Aaron tries to get Mark to help him with an appeal. This episode was an average episode, I found it kind of boring but I guess you have to get them at some point in a series plus it's just trying to explain the storyline more. My favourite character so far is Demetri he is cool and his storyline is very interesting! The only part I found myself enjoying was the ending with the crows dying and that it may have already happened before. I can't wat for the next episode hopefully it's better than this one.moreless
  • Zero action. Miniscule intrigue.

    6.0
    There is really very little going for this episode in terms of action or intrigue. It just serves as a platform to facilitate a little more explanaion of the FF event, a little more characterisation - mostly to add a little more forward momentum to the individual events central to the main characters lives. Though this is achieved you wont walk away with any sort of feeling that you were entertained.



    There is very little pace to the screenplay. I suppose the conflicts between Janis and Benford, Stark and his wife are supposed to up proceedings. Yet they fail. The central plotline revealed by the Nazi is just so underplayed it doesnt rise a notch above the ice-cool pulse of 007. So with little other conflict, the episode just feels very, very flat. As with the previous two episodes this one reveals another morsel of main plot arc at the very end, hoping to tempt us to watch on. Though this falls pretty flat too. Maybe if they'd made that final scene a little more ominous looking and feeling, it would have worked.



    As it is, the episodes are falling to the same sorts of pattens. Though nothing in the plotlines is standing out from the mundane nature that almost every part of the show is emitting. Unfortunately, what seemed like an excellent and interesting concept is looking to slide into mediocrity. Hope Im wrong.moreless
  • Best episode so far.

    10
    I really enjoyed this episode. Here we get little glimpses of what can, may or may not happen. The war criminal uses his knowledge to basically create the self-fulfilling prophesy. Mark compromises to let a Nazi war criminal go for what was seemingly dubious information, but might be more useful than expected. Next Demtri dies in March but is married (to a hot Gabriel Union) in April. This dichotomy that is set up is a great twist. How can Demtri be dead and at his wedding? We'll have to stay tuned to find out. Also, did Demetri change the future? I don't know if he busted the guy for the bong. If so, no Customs job. And, how can Mark's sponsor see the vision of his daughter alive yet the remains in the grave be hers? Another mystery! The Director's wife sees a young boy calling her "mom" and there he is at the memorial service. This is a great episode because is gives us just enough to want to see more. It doesn't give away too much and at the same time it doesn't leave us screaming "That's a wasted hour I'll never get back (or 45 minutes if you use a DVR)." It gives us mysteries that make us wonder. It even gives inside jokes (the bong) and gives us a good laugh. And you had to love the speech the director gave. Probably one of the best eulogies ever!



    So, great pacing, more revelations, 2 solid mysteries, a self-fulfilling prophecy, and a clue to not just look to the future but also the past. Can't wait till the next episode.moreless
  • bad episode

    1.0
    i cannot believe how bad this episode was. In general the first three episodes were bad, characters are flat as a table, and someone should say to the writers what "exposition" means and why is that bad

    the show looks like a poor attempt to merge lost and fringe.

    The show is keep repeating all the time what did everyone saw, again and again, how about it's boring, how about we want to see how incredible screwed the life would for pretty much everyone, the raise in suicides would be tremendous, riots in the streets ( oh hey i'm dead in six months so does it matter, let's rob a bank, )leftist and nihilistic believes would go through roof, and the rest of the world would be think its a sign of God and America would run to Sarah Palin for help, or who over nutcase religion fanatic would be there.

    and i don't even want to mention what Al Qaeda benefits would be... ( guess what ahmed, in six months usa will be burned to the ground, Allah told me...)

    And the writers showed that their research is non existent on FBI and police procedur. An old Nazi guy says that he can tell you what happened, you make the deal (with no lawyer for the American side) and he says something about the crows, oh the crows died, and that's it. he's free. the fbi agents realize that they made a mistake, they can't let him free, but oh what do you, he made a DEAL and deal is a deal right.

    How about the person who wrote that is an idiot. Half of prisoners would be free if that happened. and the others would be drafting their ideas

    And about the funny moments: there not there.

    it seems that 75% of scenes per episode are useless, characters saying to each other the same things over and over again. and the scenes where there is some dramatic tension of valuable information are executed poorly with a "lost" effect hanging about.

    sloppy work.



    p.s

    it makes me wonder how much money does the writers take for this kind of crap...moreless
Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Debbie

Guest Star

Mike Cochrane (I)

Mike Cochrane (I)

Bar Patron

Guest Star

Anna Khaja

Anna Khaja

Older Woman

Guest Star

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Zoey Andata

Recurring Role

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Agent Vreede

Recurring Role

Amy Rosoff

Amy Rosoff

Marcie Turoff

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The skyline of Munich shown at the beginning of the episode is incorrect. The position of the Alps in the background indicates a southerly viewing direction. The Olympic Tower, here seen southwest of the churches in the city, actually is located northeast of the city. Furthermore, only the town's famous landmarks are shown, while all other skyscrapers are missing. The second shot of Munich later during the episode shows an incorrect city, with four of the town's famous landmarks randomly located between other houses.

    • When Zoey writes a message to Demetri from the plane, the letters that she presses on her phone don't match what she is actually writing.

    • Trivia: Tracy Stark, Aaron's daughter, was born on December 22, 1984 and was reported to have died on October 16, 2007.

    • When Demetri meets Zoey in the airport, she comes forward with a trolley topped with a piece of hand luggage. After they hug, a long shot shows the hand luggage is on the floor. In the next shot, it's back on top of the trolley.

    • Episode's key word: Murdered

    • When Felicia and Olivia are talking in a cafeteria, the amount of Felicia's dark-colored drink in her cup changes. Also, when the shot changes, you see she then has an almost full cup of a light colored drink.

    • New parts of the Mosaic Collective:

      - Rudolf Geyer's picture.

    • Episode's title image: Birds in the sky in Somalia

    • When collecting the data on the crow population, Janis tells Mark that the CDC had requested additional funding from DHS to investigate a mass die off of crows in Somalia in 1991. However, the DHS was not actually formed until November 2002.

    • Trivia: We learn that 137 seconds is the same as the sum of the numerical equivalents of the Hebrew letters in Kabbalah. (5+30+2+100)

    • The prison in Munich detaining Geyer does not exist as shown in this episode, but there actually is a prison with former Nazi-detainees in Stadelheim near Munich (JVA Stadelheim). The most recent Nazi to be put into this JVA is John Demjanjuk. The JVA Stadelheim is also the same prison in which Adolf Hitler was detained after the failed Munich-revolt in 1923.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Demetri: (answering cell phone) This is Demetri.
      Caller: I'm sorry to disturb you, but I'm calling in response to your Mosaic board posting.
      Demetri: Who is this? How did you get this number?
      Caller: I can't divulge that, but I can tell you that my vision involved you.
      Demetri: Go on...
      Caller: In my flash forward, I was reading an intelligence briefing, and... I am sorry, there is no delicate way to say this, but on March 15th, 2010, you are going to be murdered.
      Demetri: What? What the hell are you talking about?
      Caller: I understand why you are upset, but my hope is that, by telling you what I know, you will be able to prevent your murder from happening.
      Demetri: Your briefing, did it say who killed me?
      Caller: I'm afraid not.
      Demetri: What did it say, then?
      Caller: That you were an agent from the American FBI and that you were shot three times in the chest.

    • Mark: (looking at the worldwide crow population graph) There, see that dip? The day of the blackout. Geyer said that crows died outside his cell but it wasn't just in Germany, it was all over the world, during the blackout.
      Janis: (sighs) Mark, and I say this with love, who gives a damn?

    • Mark: (About making a deal with Geyer) I have to ask myself if the ends don't justify the means here.
      Janis: They never do, Mark.

    • Stanford: One of the agents here repeated to me something that a friend had mentioned to him and he said, We're all prophets now. And, you know, I can't think of a prophet worth a damn that didn't suffer. And I also can't think of a prophet that God didn't love.

    • Janis: How can I have faith in something I'm not even sure is real?
      Mark: Then you've got a problem because that's what faith is.

    • Janis: There are a lot of ghosts, here. Isn't this where Sophie Scholl and the rest of the White Rose Nazi Resistance group were executed?
      Stefan Krieger: For what mistake did your country eradicate its indigenous population and practice institutionalized slavery for over 250 years?
      Mark: We also gave the world Britney Spears.

    • Mark: We gotta follow up on this.
      Janis: Based on what, Mark, your Spidey sense?

    • Zoey: (after sleeping with Demetri) That's the second time I blacked out this week.

    • Janis: There's no statue of limitations on evil.

    • Aaron: (To Mark) If you want to prevent the future and save your marriage, first step isn't keeping secrets from your wife. Take that from a guy who's already been divorced, right?

    • Mark: Janis, we've been so worried the blackout might happen again, we haven't stopped to ask ourselves what if it happened before.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Peyton List and Zachary Knighton are credited but don't appear in this episode. Jack Davenport only appears in archive footage.

    • Music: Lover, You Shoud've Come Over (Jeff Buckley), Boogie Shoes (KC & The Sunshine Band), To Sheila (Smashing Pumpkins)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 12, 2009 on Five
      Australia: October 12, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: October 22, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: November 30, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: January 21, 2010 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 8, 2010 on ProSieben
      Latin America: March 9, 2010 on AXN
      India: October 13, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Sweden: November 13, 2009 on TV4
      Slovakia: January 3, 2011 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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."

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