Flashforward has been suffering from a major problem as of late. Despite there being forward momentum, it still doesn't feel like enough. For every inch the show moves forward, three more questions arise in its place. And while I would tell myself to be patient if it were Lost or Fringe or any other show, Flashforward is making it extremely hard to care. The show's first five episodes or so were compelling and provided some genuine shocks. There was a lull, an incredible episode last week resulting in agent Gough's death, and now back to the same snail-crawl pace.
I've grown increasingly disappointed in Joseph Fiennes' performance. He's certainly a solid actor, but the writing hasn't given him much to work off of. He stands around with a brooding look upon his face and talks about his flashforward, but doesn't do much else. There's been a few episodes this season where his full potential is hinted at, such as "Gimme Some Truth," but for the most part, he hasn't performed at the level I thought he would.
And the poker game? That was just a waste of time, filler to make the episode reach its 43 minutes. The real tension was in the Ingrid storyline, with Janis, Benford and Noh all trying to protect her from the people Benford saw in his flashforward. I did enjoy watching to see how that panned out. And as for the ending, it gives us yet another question to ponder: who's the guy who took the briefcase? And what are those rings for?
My head's spinning, and we're not even ten episodes into the show. I hope it can balance itself out soon.