'FlashForward' Showrunners Explain the Idea Behind Show - Featured

Since FlashForward just premiered, we've already got plenty of questions for it.

What made the phenomenon occur? How can it be solved? Can people actually change their futures now that they know about them? While the writers can't exactly spoil the series for you, they can give us a little background on how it came about.

MTV talked to showrunners Brannon Braga and David Goyer about Flash Forward, and found out how exactly the series was born. Believe it or not, the idea of a global event inducing fear in everyone came from the 9/11 attack.

"I remember, I was in Paris on 9/11," Goyer revealed. "There was... this huge outpouring of sympathy for Americans suddenly. I found myself in bars and bistros... talking to complete strangers, saying 'Well where were you when it happened? What were you doing?'"

He went on to explain how this is incorporated in Flash Forward. "We definitely have that in our series. What we call the 'Blackout Day'-- everyone in the world experienced it, so what you get is, suddenly, all these people from different walks of life, different social strata... saying 'What did you see? What did you see?' Some people saw bad things, some people saw good things."

It's that certain bit of hope that these writers want audiences to feel when they watch the show. "I think that you usually see an uptake in science fiction and fantasy when times are uncertain," Goyer said. "Afghanistan and Iraq and the economy-- people want escapism. Also people want hope. So a show that traffics in the future, and possibly a brighter future, I think is something that people find appealing."

As for Flash Forward characters changing their futures, the writers revealed that it's one theme to be explored throughout the show's run. "We'll get into that answer kind of midway through the first season. The first season will catch up to the end of those six months and all of the flash-forwards we see with our main characters, we'll know whether or not they came true."

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