Season 1 Episode 4

Black Swan

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2009 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Olivia finds it difficult to take advice from Bryce. Mark and Demetri come to disagree with each other. While Nicole goes back to work and has a shocking premonition.

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  • The suspense continues

    The story line continue to build and we start to learn more about the I am impressed, and think the series is maintaining the momentum well.
  • Lucklustre but still trying.

    This episode is a marked improvement on the last. It still suffers from the same approach to screenplay as the previous 2/3 episodes. Not enough time is devoted to the central plot to make this much of a drama. Too many scenes are focused on the subplots which mean the action is substituted for characterisation. At least though these scenes are focused the FF seen by the relevant characters. Still everyone of these remains up-in-the-air. The overall impression is that nothing concrete seems to have happened since day 1. The show should have focused more on the investigation. Only touching on the portrayl of human to the event. While this is interesting, its just not enough to raise the overal score above good. Yes there is enough interest to keep watching, but most things seem airy. Which is a considerable shame given that this should be a conspiracy driven drama. Not one driven by the underlying philosphical concept. Personally speaking I would have kept Simcoe's involvement as a series clincher. But I guess that due to the flatlining intensity (for the most part), any jerk in the direction of action is welcome. Fingercrossed that this becomes more conspiracy driven than soap-esque.

    Its not even with commenting on the dialogue - which just isnt as good as so many other great shows. It just doesnt add nothing to proceedings. Though at least it doesnt detract from the show. Seriously though, if future episodes continue in this vein, its obvious why the show was cancelled. Which is a shame because with a few tweeks to the general format, it could have made a compelling drama. I suspect that the remaining true to the book, actually handicapped the entermainment value that was sought in production.moreless
  • Better

    Olivia struggles to accept Bryce's suggestion that a patient's flashforward holds the key to a correct diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, Demetri accuses Mark of waiting for the future he saw in his flashforward to come true without incident, while Mark feels Demetri is letting his fear of what he witnessed envelop his life; and Nicole returns to work as Mark and Olivia's daughter's babysitter, and discloses her shocking future vision -- involving a murder. Like i said in the last review for the last episode this was much better than episode 3 and we saw our first glimpse of doms character simon.moreless
  • Much better.

    Olivia finds it difficult to take advice from Bryce. Mark and Demetri come to disagree with each other. While Nicole goes back to work and has a shocking premonition. In my opinion this episode was so much better than last weeks, which is obviously a good thing. There is a lot of intense moments in this episode, my favourite part no doubt about it was the ending where Dominic Monaghan came on, I have a theory about him he is the man who was walking around in the baseball stadium - I'm sure he is evil anyway. I found Nicole's flash forward was really good, I think she is a great part of the plot. I can't wait to see what happens next episode after the finsh of this episode.moreless
  • Much better.

    After last week's dip, I am relieved that this episode went back to form. It seemed to be better written, acted and directed. There are still a few glitches, but it is good nonetheless.

    I liked how they blended the stories together this week- with Demetri freaking out about his supposed murder, and Nicole scared someone is going to drown her, and Mark taking a quite likable role as he played with his kid, and comforted both Demetri and Nicole.

    On the other side, Bryce believing good things were going to happen to him, and the story with Ned were very well handled, as were the scenes with Olivia and Simcoe. The character development was done a lot better than all of the previous episodes- and the opening scene was brilliant in my opinion.

    The cliffhanger at the end reminded me of the first Season of Heroes- it was very well done, and opened a lot of doors by the clever device of asking more questions! I do hope the writers don't forget the ones they have already posed, however.

    Overall, this lived up to the promise that the premiere showed- I hope they keep it up to this standard. Excellent.moreless
Sean O'Bryan

Sean O'Bryan

Father Seabury

Guest Star

Justin Dray

Justin Dray


Guest Star

Rizwan Manji

Rizwan Manji

Maneesh Sandhar

Guest Star

Lennon Wynn

Lennon Wynn

Charlie Benford

Recurring Role

Ryan Wynott

Ryan Wynott

Dylan Simcoe

Recurring Role

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Agent Gough

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Olivia: Well, Mr. Ned...
      Ned: You can call me Edward.
      Olivia: Edward.
      Ned: You know, call me Ned. My friends call me Ned.
      Olivia: Ned Ned?
      Ned: Yes yes.

    • Mark: Where is Demetri?
      Agent Gough: He brought that hot blonde terrorist over from Holding. He's questioning her now.
      Mark: Why?
      Agent Gough: I don't know... because she's hot?

    • Mark: I can't believe I didn't want to come here today. I mean, the intel. They're adding frozen yogurt.

    • Bryce: It's incredible, isn't it?
      Lloyd: Temporal anomaly in global consciousness. Yeah, I think that qualifies.
      Bryce: So, what did you see?
      Lloyd: I suppose this is the new how's the weather?

    • Zoey: Speaking of work, can I ask you something work related? Are you guys Gitmoing a suspect downtown?
      Demetri: No.
      Zoey: Some blonde? Arrested the day of the Blackout. Bin Laden in Prada?
      Demetri: (smiling) I can't confirm or deny this, so... (leaving it hanging)
      Zoey: I think you just did, sweetie.
      Demetri: Woooow!
      Zoey: Look, professionally, if the Bureau is denying someone's due process, that's uncool. But personally, if that woman has anything to do with the Blackout, I really hope you're getting all Dick Cheney on her ass.

    • Alda Hertzog: I'm truly flattered that you still feel the need to talk to me after all that's happened, but I've done nothing wrong. It's my associates who you want.
      Demetri: Honey, your associates died on the day of the Blackout. They were super dead. So you wanna give me somebody else?
      Alda Hertzog: Customer Choice Restaurant Group.

    • Alda: You're wasting your energy on what caused the Blackout, who's responsible and you're ignoring the most profound question of all, why? (Mark nods) Do you know what a black swan is? It's a metaphor, used to describe a high-impact event, something so rare it's beyond the normal realm of human expectation. It comes from the 17th century when scientists assumed that all swans were white. They were wrong.
      Mark: (mocking her) Fascinating.
      (Alda says a quote in Persian)
      Mark: (translating what Alda said) There's a room, ahhh, with a small boy in it with a candle. What is this, a bedtime story?
      Alda: It's a Sufi parable. The man in the room, referring to the candle asks, tell me where this light comes from? and the boy blows out the candle and replies, You tell me where this light went, I'll tell you where it comes from.
      Mark: Cute.
      Alda: Your partner is right about one thing. I commune with some very dangerous people. I am friends with those willing to don suicide vests in the name of ideology. I know when a man is willing to sacrifice anything for his cause and you're not that kind of man, Agent Benford. Even if you were to start asking the right questions, you're not willing to do what it takes to get the answers. You're that little boy, Agent Benford... alone in the dark.

    • Vladimir Petrov: You can't be fightin' fate, yo.

    • Simon: (Speaking to Lloyd Simcoe on the mobile) Talking to me is one of those little inconveniences you're going to have to put up with, now that we're responsible for the single greatest disaster in human history.

    • Ned: Six months from now I see myself and I'm like this invincible, fearless black guy... like Shaft or Bryant Gumbel.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Injoke: Olivia's line about Mark being "the Shakespeare of cheesey Dad humor" refers to Joseph Fiennes playing the role of William Shakespeare in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.

    • Christine Woods is credited but doesn't appear. Gabrielle Union appears but is not credited.

    • Music: It's Oh So Quiet (Bjork), Atomic Dog (George Clinton), Look What You've Done To Me (IKO)

    • This episode marks Dominic Monaghan's first appearance in the series, even though he has been previously shown in advertisements for the show.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 19, 2009 on Five
      Australia: October 19, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: October 29, 2009 on TV2
      Sweden: November 20, 2009 on TV4
      Czech Republic: December 7, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: January 28, 2010 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 15, 2010 on ProSieben
      India: October 14, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: January 3, 2011 on JOJ