Season 1 Episode 21

Future Shock

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 27, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

It's April 29, 2010, and the world waits to see if their flashforwards will be fulfilled. Meanwhile, Simon and Demetri try to stop the next Blackout from occurring.

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  • Lovely

    Love this show
  • Genial

    Me gusta mucho la serie

  • A real shame this show is cancelled

    After the first block of episodes I was left underwhelmed. After being heavily promoted as the next LOST I thought great, a new mysterious sci-fi show but the pilot episode was so-so and the subsequent episodes were average. Compared with the debut season of LOST and this is extremely disappointing. After the long hiatus, the show finally came out of its shell especially after Janis being revealed as mole which is still the best episode overall of the series IMO. But then it was revealed she was a double agent and the series kinda stmbled a bit. But the last three episodes especially this one as a finale really brought home the potential this show still has. A second season is definitely off the cards and THIS is the most disappointing of it all. This SEASON finale due to the very teasing cliffhangers was fantastic and is my second favourite episode. I love the slight deviations of everyone's flashforwards but I didnt like the following:

    Thank God Olivia and Lloyd didnt sleep together with the kids in the house - although you could tell theyve fallen for each other - somehow! Seems random to me. Anyway whats more random is how Bryce could possibly be IN LOVE with someone he has only seen for 137 seconds. It must be the idea of her and should wear off soon. Mark was stupid for not listening to the blonde guy in the suit. I hate stubborn people.

    But I loved the second blackout and its flashforwards and who simulated it. I loved the timespan on the flashforwards, the bomb explosion in the FBI, Janis being kidnapped - OMG and finally Charlie's flashforward. Is Mark dead or just gone into hiding - for five years! The overall movement of this episode outweighs the flaws which makes it harder to say goodbye to the show.moreless
  • Sorry, last one deleted.

    Flashforward is no longer with us. Doomed from birth and neglected by promiscuous parents with a penchant for lizard people, the show really never had a chance. But as the season finale demonstrated, the series is not one to go down without a fight, with Future Shock bringing the story full circle and ultimately leaves us teased with the hint of things never to come.

    The episode continues from where Countdown left off. It's April 29th, the day foretold in the original global blackout and we are 78 minutes from the actual moment prophesied in the visions. But many are yet to take their assigned places on the crowded stage. Mark Benford is in jail, Tracy Stark is dead and Keiko is awaiting deportation. Oh don't worry my anxious friends, because fate (read writers) have a way of nudging all the moving parts into their predetermined place, it's only the smaller details they like to mess around with, like a plagiarizing writer disguising old for new.

    Some of the course corrections aren't the most fluid of adjustments, but they were arguably necessary to reach the only destination that would have made any sense. Mark Benford's re-deployment is one such an example of a strange turn of events. After being suspended from the FBI for battering the head of the mysterious evil organization, he continued to spiral downhill; his exploits culminating in a drunken bar fight and incarceration. This is where the odd U-turn occurs, as Assistant Director Wedeck realizes that after getting drunk and punching some faces, that Mark is ready to have his badge and gun back. I wish my boss was that understanding, but I'm not even allowed to photocopy my groin in the office, then again I do work in a school. It's no surprise that Mark eventually finds himself alone in the FBI with masked gun men on their way to trade bullets and possibly anecdotes (mostly bullets). However, this misdirect was a little unnecessary and ended up creating a somewhat unbelievable series of events. Tracy Stark, provides perhaps the oddest bit of backtracking. As you'll remember, Tracy died near the end of the last episode in one of the biggest contrasts to the proposed time line. Well yeah, she's not dead because the guy was just a bit wrong. The Afghan doctor thought that when people are really still, then it's game over and time for a funeral. In a separate pending court case, he stands accused of burying sixteen sleeping children and one of the Queen's guards.

    Although many of these maneuvers did feel quite forced, many were satisfying answers to questions I had been asking since the pilot. Why is the FBI headquarters empty in Mark's Flashforward? Well there are four bombs in the building so everyone has been evacuated. Why is somebody trying to kill sexy Nicole and what does she feel so guilty about? She's actually being saved from drowning and had been hiding Keiko's location from Bryce (you would have thought that in two minutes and seventeen seconds she would have known the outcome to her underwater escapades, but I'm nitpicking). Simply put, the episode acted as a dot connecting exercise and no one would have been surprised to see almost every character in their predetermined place. The season finale was never going to provoke any shocking twists and needed only to explain the preceding events that led to each of the conveniently significant moments. In this respect, the episode was a triumph, with the writers doing an excellent job of attending to each story and sub-plot, whilst maintaining focus on the more prominent chain of events inside the FBI building. It had appeared as though Janice would not fulfill her flashforward, but in fact her journey to the hospital room was as believable as it was satisfying. Wedock also ends up in a bathroom stall, but he isn't taking care of the same kind of business anymore.

    One thing that needs to be addressed was the decision to change some of these lesser details from the original Flashforward. Janice's baby is now a boy, Simcoe is no longer post-coital, Mark Benford isn't drinking and Charlie doesn't hear Vogel tell someone her father is dead (although this was a bit of a lame: "he's dead.... because he did go into the building after all"). These alterations were obviously added to freshen up the scenes that we are now all too familiar with, but it didn't make sense for a seemingly predetermined set of events to vary so much from those prophesied. Surely ones fate is either determined or it is not, it can't be a bit of both. Another problem with the time-line was the apparent paradox occurring in Bryce and Keiko's meeting. They share loving feelings for one another that originate in a premonition of that very moment. 'Chicken and egg', eat your heart out.

    Future Shock finishes as expected, with a second global blackout and a spectacular series of special effects and images of sleeping bodies in a selection of famous landmarks. It's an excellent way to finish a series but a frustrating conclusion to the show. Obviously, this is through no fault of the writers, who have clearly much more of the story to tell, but the main questions of what the purpose of these Flashforward's is and what future the conspiracy is trying to avoid, is left unanswered?


    A satisfying conclusion to the season, if not slightly predictable. All the major plot-lines are attended to and most, if not all, result in a realization of the events witnessed in the first flashforward. Even though we knew we'd get here eventually, it's still fulfilling to witness the events that led each person into position and the forced aspect of some of the maneuvering does little to derail the excitement. Flashy and expertly paced, the final episode in the ill-fated series goes out with a literal bang and lets everyone know what it'll be missing.

    Oliver Humemoreless
  • Quite a random ending, in my opinion.

    This was a pretty good finale for FlashForward. Well, at least the beginning of the end was!

    I thought the storylies developed nicely, and I did enjot Bryce's, Nicole's and Aaron/Tracey's futures panning out nicely, but I though t that they rushed through the ending wsay too quickly.

    I thought that those last few scenes were immensely rsushed and they were pretty difficult to understand, which was my main chriticism of this episode. I wished all that was done separately as a episode on it's own, but unfortunately, it was very rushed and condensed.

    Overall, it was interesting for the most part. Not the finale I'd imagined but it was good, nevertheless! This show will definitely be missed a lot! I loved it!moreless
Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish


Guest Star

Patrick J. Adams

Patrick J. Adams


Guest Star

Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins


Guest Star

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Tracy Stark

Recurring Role

Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

Lucas Hellinger

Recurring Role

Dominic Rains

Dominic Rains

Kahmir Dejan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bryce: Listen, this Keiko--I've never met her. But I saw her in my flashforward. I--I started drawing her. I have 20 canvasses in my house of her. She was wearing this t-shirt of a sushi restaurant just outside of Tokyo. So I flew to Japan. I flew to Japan because of a t-shirt. But I didn't find her. I didn't find her, and I thought that was my only shot. I know that she's here in LA, and now maybe you have a phone number. She changed my life just because I saw her.
      Immigration Holding Guard: That was really your flashforward?
      Bryce: Yeah, it was.
      Immigration Holding Guard: That's amazing. Because in my flashforward... I had $100 in my pocket and I couldn't figure out for the life of me how it got there.

    • Mark: No, no, no, no, no. Hear me out. Wait. hear me out. Whoever put those bombs in there is targeting something specific. So we need to figure out what.
      Stan: So help me, Mark, all the glorious choirs of Heaven, if you step out of this car, I will have your head on a plate.

    • Mark: I just kind of lost it. And then... and then I started to drink.
      Aaron: You know... sometimes what happens in the world makes us forget it's all up to us. We have choices--you, me... Tracy. You choose what's next, and you'll wind up right where you're supposed to be. Take care of yourself, Mark.

    • Simon: Your friend asked you to trust me.
      Demetri: Janis wanted me to help you. I do not trust you.

    • Olivia: The answers will come.
      Lloyd: You sound so certain.
      Olivia: At 10:00 p.m., the answers will come... because they will. It's not about equations. It's not about the two of us just physically being here. It's about this moment... right here. I've fought it and resisted it, and yet here it is. It happened. The future happened.

    • Demetri: You lying son of a bitch.
      Simon: Hey, I didn't do this, Demetri, not then and certainly not now! I'm not going to let them do this to me, Demetri. I won't let them turn me into a monster, to use my machine, my mind. Millions of people, Demetri--millions of people don't deserve to die. You know what? You want to stop me? You want to stop me from doing what I'm doing, which is trying to shut down this machine? Then you're going to have to shoot me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: The Funeral (Band of Horses)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 27, 2010 on ATV
      UK: May 31, 2010 on FIVE
      Czech Republic: June 14, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: June 17, 2010 on Nelonen
      Australia: June 24, 2010 on Channel 7
      Sweden: July 3, 2010 on TV400
      Norway: July 29, 2010 on TV2
      India: November 15, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: April 3, 2011 on JOJ