FlashForward: "Believe" Episode 9 - Review

It just can't be a good thing when a character that you basically introduce in your ninth episode is more interesting, and feels more vital and alive, than all of the people you've been following so far. Keiko (Yuko Takeuchi) just wants to play her guitar and marry a man with imagination. Her storyline was sweet and engaging enough, but it also might just have felt more appealing because it was so separate from the usual contradictory nonsense that we put up with on a regular basis. I think the fact that she wasn't one of the regular dour self-important pricks that we're usually subjected to instantly made her fresh and appealing. Her story also happens to work without the FlashForward premise. It actually kind of stands alone in that sense, and it makes me wonder if I'm just longing to watch a different show all together.

I think that Bryce (Zachary Knighton) is a touching character, but I just can't fully jump into his life when this show wants me too. Again, it's taken eight episodes to get an explanation regarding his situation on the pier in the pilot episode. This show just isn't paced well enough to make us care about the second tier of characters the way we should. I'm dreading the episode when we actually spend more time with Nicole (Peyton List) because at this point I have no interest in doing so. She hasn't been established enough as someone I should care about in the least. The same can be said of Bryce, although I think he's benefited more just by being around and having more scenes with Olivia (Sonya Walger). The notion of a man with terminal cancer suddenly getting re-inspired about life is fine, but I'm still not exactly sure why his vision inspires him so much. Is it the prospect of love? That doesn't mean he still won't drop dead on April 30th.

And if Bryce is so set on singling out his vision as the reason that he's no longer suicidal, then why does he head out and try to sabotage it? In his vision aren't he and Keiko meeting for the first time? Wouldn't trying to meet her early just ruin his entire future prospect? Would that mean that he's opening himself up the possibility of having a not so bright future? Yeah, Keiko's trying to meet him too, but she's also got that extra reason for heading to Los Angeles since she wants to play classic rock for drunks in bars in Temple City or something. Also, it's interesting to note that the two of them seem to be very happy and relieved to have found each other in their future vision, because those vision selves had also seen themselves meeting in the same manner.

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