Season 1 Episode 18

Course Correction

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Simon turns to a reluctant Mark for help finding his missing sister Annabelle. Meanwhile, Demetri and Agent Banks join forces in the hunt for a killer but learn that escaping a flashforward destiny may not be as easy as they thought. Nicole learns where Bryce's flashforward love Keiko is to be found, but is reluctant to tell him given her own feelings. And the FBI finally learn who Suspect Zero is.moreless

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  • The title Course Correction is an apt name for an episode predominantly focused on determinism and avoiding a fate prophesied. Another few pieces of the jigsaw slot into place for both the audience and the Mosaic investigation.moreless

    The title Course Correction is an apt name for an episode predominantly focused on determinism and avoiding a fate prophesied. Another few pieces of the jigsaw slot into place for both the audience and the Mosaic investigation. Old sub-plots are re-addressed, some possibly unnecessarily, but they stimulate some interesting ideas and continue the theme of the meandering flow of time.

    We begin with some welcome insight into the fabled experiment which is clearly a nod to the real world Hadron Collider. I've always enjoyed that link to reality, especially with the furore that existed before it was finally switched on after several breakdowns. It's an excellent way of sparking 'what if' questions in the viewer's mind and even though the premise of global blackouts is rather ridiculous, somehow the show manages to pass off the events as scientifically plausible. I'm glad they are taking the time to layer some technical flamboyance to the story, even if it can't stand up to scrutiny.

    A flashback shows an early interaction between Simon Campos and Lloyd Simcoe that explains Simon's absence on the day of the experiment. Dominic Monaghan is superb in this scene and his delivery of some arguably hollow lines results in quite a tense moment. This particular trip down memory lane continues with a look at ground zero and the origins of the quantum blast which caused the entire world to blackout. We are given a countdown and some quite impressive special effects, not usually seen on the small screen, as the machine punctures space time and shifts the global population to an alternate consciousness.

    When we return to the present, Lloyd Simcoe is in a television studio trying to quell panic surrounding the Flashforward. You have to give credit to the producers for their decision to avoid using a 'meanwhile, back in the present' subtitle and instead use some intelligently placed dialogue to orientate its viewers. This scene also acts to introduce the theme of determinism and being unable to escape ones fate, or as many may call 'that thing what happens in Final Destination'. A woman we faintly remember from earlier in the season, Celia Quinones (the woman that was going to be killed by Al Gough before he jumped to his death) acts as a second guest on the talk show, to discuss her escape from the grave. From here we are also reminded of the Blue Hand Group (your thinking of the other blue group aren't you?), which provides an example of the individuals who instead of avoiding their 'final destination' have simply made a slight 'course correction'. (I think it's quite obvious what I did there, and yes I am mildly ashamed).

    This whole technique of bringing in a theme of ones predetermined fate, was interesting and it did link up well with earlier scenes in the series which I hadn't picked up on till now, but it was all a little too neat and convenient. It's nice to tie off loose ends, but we had Celia, the MI6 agent, the Blue Hand Group and its organiser all meshed together like some kind of Kevin Bacon sandwich (patent pending).

    The other main plot line we follow in Course Correction surrounds Simon Campos and his younger sister's kidnapping, which was being used by the mysterious evil organization as leverage to secure his co-operation. To be brutally honest, I had all but forgotten about this, especially after the thrill ride that was Garden of Forking Paths and I would have welcomed a little more background information about Simon's sister so that I could empathise with the conflict he is clearly trying to resolve. This does lead to some great moments however, and we are left feeling deeply uncertain over what Simon will do next; although it's very apparent he's planning something significant.

    Although Gabriel doesn't get that much screen time, what we do see is a real highlight in the episode. Like a slightly more comedic version of Rainman, he manages to achieve the first real piece of humour we've seen in the show. His reaction to the Burger is brilliant and full credit goes to James Callis for pulling that off so perfectly.

    The only other development of note, is within the Bryce, Keiko, Nicole love triangle, with Nicole stumbling across the identity andlocation of Bryces's mystery Japanese love. Now that her feelings are becoming stronger she is left with the dilemma of what to do with the information. This is quite intriguing, nothing mind-blowing, but I was wondering where they were going to go with this storyline and this twist is a satisfying progression.moreless
  • Flash-forward meets Final destination

    I guess once your destiny has been set, no matter what you do, you just can't avoid it and that was exactly what was happening this in this episode. It was cool spin on a borrowed idea (the final destination movies anybody?) that I know must have Agent Demetri feeling very nervous, although he did look it.

    I would qualify this episode as a gap filler between the more action packed ones; give the smaller arcs time to catch up with the rest of overall story. For instance the hot intern at the hospital (Nicole) finds out where Keiko is, but before she can tell Bryce, he decides to have a change of heart, get it? I am funny aren't I? Lloyd and Olivia's relationship seems to be growing, and Simon's baby sister is rescued from her kidnappers while Simon himself disappears with the QED ring. This would have been a good time to check on the progress of our urban ninja dad also…but oh well, another time.

    The whole point of this episode was that if you are marked for Death, no matter where you hide or run, you are going to die, in a sort of similar fashion that you were supposed to. That would mean that Demetri still might get shot by Mark. This episode won't have you jumping out of your seat or anything but it wasn't bad either. I just hope this show doesn't get killed for a second season.moreless
  • Interesting developments!

    This was another great episode of FlashaForward, and this one definitely developed nicely!

    I thought the various storylines all went well in this episode, and the show is shaping up for an interesting finale, in th(e)ree episode's time.

    I loved the ending to this episode, as well, and this show continues in its excellent tradition of epic episode endings! I'm reall y enjoying that factor!

    Can't wait to see just how this show is going to finish! It's a great show, and this is a great episode, that I would highly recommend!

    Keep it up FlashForward, and I hope this show ends on a high and positive note!moreless
Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie


Guest Star

James Frain

James Frain

Gordon Myhill

Guest Star

Tim Rock

Tim Rock

Michael Zamperion

Guest Star

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia Addai-Robinson


Recurring Role

Ryan Wynott

Ryan Wynott


Recurring Role

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Agent Vreede

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After Agent Vreede brings Gabriel his lunch, Vreede and Oliva are seen discussing Gabriel's condition, while in the background Gabriel is seen between them taking the wrapper completely off his food. The scene then cuts directly to Gabriel who is now holding a fully wrapped lunch again. He starts to unwrap it again and then pauses with it still partially wrapped, as he listens to Vreede and Olivia talk. The scene cuts back to Vreede and Olivia, and Gabriel is again seen between them, now holding the unwrapped food in his hands. He pulls the food up to his mouth to take a bite, as Vreede asks Olivia if he can question Gabriel. Vreede turns back to talk to Gabriel, who is now seen unwrapping his lunch yet again.

    • Episode's title image: Gabriel's drawing of the Mosaic board.

    • While rat poison is lethal to humans, it does not have the near-instantaneous effects shown here: drinking a cup of coffee and dropping dead an hour or so later. Rat poison is specifically designed to take time to occur (so that rats don't realize their food is poisoned), and a human would take days to die from it while suffering from a variety of obvious, painful symptoms.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Brian F. O'Byrne and Christine Woods are credited but don't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 6, 2010 on ATV
      UK: May 10, 2010 on FIVE
      Finland: May 20, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 24, 2010 on AXN
      Australia: June 3, 2010 on Channel Seven/7HD
      Sweden: June 5, 2010 on TV400
      Norway: July 8, 2010 on TV2
      India: November 8, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: February 28, 2011 on JOJ