Season 1 Episode 11

Revelation Zero

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 2010 on ABC
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While Demetri teams up with CIA agent Vogel to track down Lloyd, Mark must meet with a therapist to get back his badge. Meanwhile, Janis investigates Simon, and the identity of Suspect Zero is revealed.

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  • A Good Episode

    As usual some things require a suspension of disbelief, but this episode had some good twists and built on existing storylines. Generally it moves at a good pace and you look forward to finding out how things link together.
  • And the Suspect Zero is...

    Awesome episode! It tied up a lot of loose ends at a very good pace. The episode just got better and better every minute, and I admit, I'm really beginning to like Simon Campos (Dominic Monaghan); I loved him when he first came on, so self-assured and badass with all that information, but now... just wow.

    All in all I think there was just enough moving forward at a right pace. A few new characters (especially Timothy), who bring new ideas to the show. I'm not into all that religious stuff, but it was only a matter of time before they brought that into picture. I'm still not sure if I like Marshall Vogel, who joins us from Hong Kong, but I guess that will be seen.

    I can't wait to see the next week's episode. This week added a lot more twists into the show, picking up the pace after it had slowed down recently.

    And we had more looks at the blackout and the destruction it caused! I always love that. So, yeah, a definite improvement to the overall good episode, that.moreless
  • There is one line in this episode that really ruins it for me...

    That one line uttered by the "bad guy", talking to Simon about making up what he sees in his "Flash Forward" toward the end of the episode at the arena. To me, this is completely sloppy writing due to the fact that in this point and time in the history of the show, these Flash Forwards are just occurs as they speak, and no one has actually coined the phrase for them yet.

    The rest of the episode was watchable, though the whole "middleman" plot angle and character was laughable. Terrible acting, terrible dialogue, a terrible uninteresting character all around.

    I really did have high hopes for this show, but if this is the garbage they are going to throw to us after such a long break, it honestly deserves to just wrap up at the end of the season and leave us with a whisper.moreless
  • A really great return that actually kept me interested for the first time since the first couple episodes.

    I certainly will not be the first to admit it: Flashforward has disappointed me quite a lot this year. I was really looking forward to finding a show that could replace the massive gaping hole that Lost will leave in my television schedule, but after the premiere, it became difficult to stay interested and I soon stopped watching about seven episodes into the show. However, during the hiatus, I rewatched the entire first half of the season and actually found myself interested again. Who's Suspect Zero? Who are the big players in this thing? Where the hell is D. Gibbons? I was finally ready to invest some time into the show, even if it was severely flawed. The spring premiere of this show is much better, much faster and answers a lot of lingering questions from earlier in the season. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it's too little too late, as the ratings have continued to plummet and the fanbase is dwindling. However, I'm compelled enough to stick around for the duration of the season.

    Two important things occured in this episode: the writers thankfully poured more of their focus onto under-developed characters and focused a lot less on the marital dramas of Mark and Olivia. It was interesting when they first revealed it, but it's been beaten to death over the first ten episodes, so seeing Mark on his own, following his own investigation and seeing the new memories he remembered made every single one of his scenes much more interesting. Secondly, in the second hour of the episode, we learn quite a lot about Simon, a character who has seemed to have no purpose up until these two hours. I really hadn't grown on to him at all, but the premiere (especially the second hour) really made me see him as a clever, somewhat annoying, but ultimately good guy who is trying to find the people using his technology for evil. It was interesting to see his flashforward play out the way it did, and it shows the writers are capable of misleading the audience without really irritating them. And the final scene? Superb acting all around.

    I'm interested in Nicole and Bryce's relationship, and how this whole "Sanctuary" deal will turn out. Since when has a cult religious group ever lead to any good? I'm assuming she'll get invested in it as this window washer turned religious nut gets more famous.

    Overall, this was a really good way to return to TV for Flashforward. They needed a shot of adrenaline, and even if it wasn't the most perfect episode in television history, it was able to accomplish what they spent ten episodes last winter trying to do. Hopefully they can learn from their mistakes and keep the pace moving and not letting it grow stagnant.moreless
  • I great comeback... Simon Campos simply the man of the hour, Nicole story boring, and there is something big behaind Lloyd's actions...

    The cheesy overacted scenes frome the first half of season one get better in this episode, but the writers really need help with the lines of Olivia and Mark, they are just ...duh... Anyway, the Nicole and Bryce thing kind of friendship and something else.... booorinng, just a filler. On the other hand the Simon character simply great, I never saw that coming, really a mutly dimensional persona, hope writers do not do the same thing that hapens in LOST (i.e. Simon kills his uncle to know cut the middle man, just to find out that above hime there hare four hundred fifty two middle men and D. Gibbons dies before telling anyone evereything) sound familiar? Finally, Lloyd's flashorward, I remember a while ago someone complaining about any of the people in the show aware that they were living in their flashforward what they supposedly saw 6 months ago, in any case, thats not the point, but i dare to say that the messege tant Lloys recieve from Simon in his flashforward has something to do with it ... what do you say?... maybe thar explains his strange behavior regarding his vision...moreless
Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse

Mrs. Kirby

Guest Star

Michael Massee

Michael Massee

D. Gibbons

Guest Star

James Cosmo

James Cosmo


Guest Star

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia Addai-Robinson


Recurring Role

Ryan Wynott

Ryan Wynott


Recurring Role

Lennon Wynn

Lennon Wynn


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: The blackout lasted 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The passage that Nicole's mother read before burning the Bible was Genesis 2:17.

    • When Nicole Kirby spots the guy she saw drowning her in her flashforward, she is carrying two or three large binders in her left arm as she begins to run after him. She runs towards the camera with the binders still in her left arm but the view turns to a rear view when she catches up with the wrong guy and the binders have switched to her right arm as she reaches out to turn him around with her left arm. As she does turn him around, the view again changes to her facing the camera and now the binders have totally disappeared.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Timothy: Each one of us is unique. But we are being stitched together to form a tapestry. Something larger that can't be understood until we step back to see the whole thing... At some point, we all wake up, and then we have to choose. Do we walk in hope, believing that what God is doing is good, or do we stumble around, resigning ourselves to chaos?

    • Simon: Excuse me! I know America was a country founded by Puritans, but is there really not a single beer in this entire place?
      Mark: I think you got us confused with the ATF, Dr. Campos.

    • Lloyd: Who are you?
      Flosso's Man: You actually don't want to know the answer to that question.
      Lloyd: Go to hell.
      Flosso's Man: You have no idea what hell is, but I guess you're gonna find out.

    • Simon: Could you get me a beer from the refrigerator, please?
      Janis: We're here as your security, Mr. Campos, not your servants.
      Simon: I'm trying to brute force an encryption here. I don't have time to get up. I have even less time for explicating why said request should be obvious. So why don't you toddle off, get me a beer? It'll help me cogitate. That means "think."
      Janis: That's a big word for such a little man.
      Simon: I'm wounded. But I still want my beer.

    • Flosso: I have emphysema. I contracted it through years of habitual smoking. Disgusting proclivity, isn't it? Only villains smoke. We know this, right?
      Simon: I'm sorry. You are...?
      Flosso: You may call me Flosso. And I'm a villain.

    • Dr. Langer: Well, therapy is a lot like AA. The first step in Recovery is admitting you have a problem.
      Mark: This gonna hurt?
      Dr. Langer: Truth always does a little.

    • Simon: Well, can I go home first, at least?
      Janis: Dude, you live in a hotel.
      Simon: It's got this amazing shower and it sprays water on you in all directions.
      Janis: Oh, you have got to be...
      Simon: And the towels--white, fluffy, warm.
      Janis: Are you serious? Does that crap actually work on women?
      Simon: My attempt is not to seduce but to disarm, in the physic sense.
      Janis: Oh.
      Simon: An unstable element transforms.
      Janis: Huh.
      Simon: I find that people are a little bit more honest when you... disarm them.

    • Janis: Did you really think you could leave the country without being noticed?
      Simon: "Country" is such a loose term. It's Canada.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode aired as a two-hour "combined" episode, merging what were previously intended as two separate episodes, "Buddha in the Ruins" and "Kairos."

    • Music: Beloved Son (Shanti Shanti), The Hop (Radio City (featuring Bajka)), What You Gonna Do (The Staples Singers)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: March 18, 2010 on CTV
      UK: March 22, 2010 on FIVE
      Czech Republic: April 5, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: March 25/April 1, 2010 on Nelonen
      Sweden: April 16, 2010 on TV4
      Norway: May 6/13, 2010 on TV2
      Germany: May 10/May 17, 2010 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: January 31, 2011 on JOJ


    • Simon: Can we dispense with the "This is your life," please?
      Referencing the TV series, starting in 1952 and based on a prior radio series, that has appeared in various incarnations in the U.S., England, New Zealand, Australia and Israel. Arguably the best known version in America was hosted by Ralph Edwards and featured a celebrity who is surprised by Edwards and informed "This is your life." The guest, typically a celebrity, would then have their life reviewed, and family and friends arrive to pay tribute to them.

    • Lorraine Campos: So we'll go no more a roving, so late into the night, though the heart be still as loving and the moon be still as bright...
      Referencing Byron's poem, "So, we'll go no more a roving." Penned in 1817, it was later published in 1830 in Letters and Journals of Lord Byron.