I thought this was a good concept for a TV Show, but...

Alright lets set aside any Lost similarities that people are seeing and all that jazz for a moment and just look at the show for what it is. When I first heard about this show I wanted to watch it and so I watched the pilot intently and enjoyed it. I thought "Wow, this is actually quite a good concept for a TV show why hadn't people thought of it before?" Episode two came along and it just seemed like they were trying to keep the pace going and keep the watchers intriguied. I was still enjoying it. Now when I watch a new show I give it a trial run, I'll watch the first four to five episodes and give it a fair chance to develop the story.

Well I've just watched episode four and I'm not sure whether I want to continue. Episode 3 was rather slow but I quite liked that it sort of calmed the story down a bit and made it easier to take in, not everything has to be fast paced in order to keep the audience engaged, a good story has that. Now they have a good IDEA for a story, but in their haste to develop the story and get everyone asking all these different questions they have fallen into so many cliches and plot holes that they are in serious danger of killing a show that has some serious potential.

For instance, we've been learning everyones different FF's and it's been interesting to see what is going to happen to everyone. And they've gone with the "let's try to figure out our FF's to stop them happening!" approach. Sticky situation right there, if they're stopping the FF's from happening then they are changing the future, that's cool I can dig it, they're saving people. But there is a strong possibilty that in their FF's they have already had the FF and so they're seeing a FF of what would happen if they try to prevent the FF. Agent Bentford would never have been put on the case to solve the FF crisis, except for the fact that in his FF he was solving the FF crisis. Olivia and Bryce would have never saved Mr Ned if he hadn't had his FF because Bryce wouldn't have looked for an explanation for the fact that he turned Black and so he would have died in surgery. It's all getting a bit too much too early on.

The 'profound' questions and lines are starting to get annoying as well. The script writier's are putting in lines like "We were so worried about the FF happening again, we never stopped to think that it might have happened before!" Cue the actors saying it the emtionless, 'shocked', gasping voice that is starting to grate on me. Then in episode four with the blonde terrorist lady, "you're so fixed on finding what caused the blackout and who caused the blackout, you're not concetrating on why?" Oooh profound, except for the fact that in order to find out why it happened they need to find whoever or whatever caused it. The fact that they keep piling all these on each week it's getting annoying trying to keep up, one second they're looking at this then the next its at that.

BLACK SWAN! Ok, this episode was quite bad (IMO, you may have enjoyed it I have no problem with that). The acting was poor across the board, don't get me wrong it wasn't quite as bad as most of the crap on TV today but considering the past few eipsodes have been fairly ok I was quite dissappointed. Yet another week with an awful accent, last week the Nazi prisoner, this week the drug dealer. That pissed me off so much, rather than have a cliche eastern-european speak english just do it in english. The whole chase as soon as he heard FBI was awful as well. Cliche to the max! Why didn't he leave caustiously through the back exit? It's not like anyone would have noticed. But he had to cause a scene so the FBI would chase him.

Dominic Monaghan was in at the end though, one of the reasons I'm tempted to keep watching along with Michael Ealy. Jack Davenport is tied in with it all but, lets be honest, who was shocked at that? I had a feeling he had soemthing to do with it. Mark is pushed to drink by his FF, Davenport is a baddy who is told that Olivia's husband is working the case, the marriage is rocky and having already developed a relationship with her he is sent in to woo her while Marky is killed? Possible. Would also explain why Charlie knows that "D. Gibbons is a bad man" as the chances are she may have met him. As people have already expressed, they didn't just see but they felt how they would feel six months from then, so Charlie may have felt like D. Gibbons was a bad man.


Those are my problems with the show. I'm seriously tempted to give it at leats a few more episodes till I make my final decision but it's not looking good for me, how about you guys?

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Oct 16, 2009 11:54PM EDT

Frankly, I like the show... but the whole "I am so in angst over my flashforward because I'm cheating on my husband 6 months from now" plot point is super tiresome.

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Oct 17, 2009 11:47AM EDT

I mean, its not perfect, parts are tiresome (re: Olivia's complaining and worrying is taking too much of a forefront). But, overall, I like it quite a bit. Its interesting. Also, if someone has a problem with the idea of can they change their future, they need to realize that that is a natural question in that situation and the show has not even proved that it may be possible, actually they have started proving the opposite (the doll picture, the rocky marraige, Davenport's character, the friendship bracelet, making the mosaic file board, etc.) On top of that, the show may very well go all Oedipus on us and say that in fact the characters efforts to change the future are thedirect path to the future they saw (Oedipus runs from home to prevent the future he heard, but in doing so he made it come true). In the end, we don't know what theory of the future this show holds (is it inevitable, is the butterfly effect relevant, has it all already changed?) and the only way to find out is to keep watching and I am sure we will at least have a better idea by the end of the season.

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Oct 26, 2009 1:55PM EDT

I'm more interested in the not-dead-apparently female soldier storyline. Unfortunately I'm not sure the series will last long enough for us to find out what happened.

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Oct 31, 2009 11:39PM EDT

I'm enjoying the show, but in altering it from the book (and by alter I mean pretty much change the entire story except for character names and the fact that people glimpsed the future) they did lose some valuable explanations. For example, in the tv show they had recordings of the 137 minute period when people blacked out. If they'd stuck with the book explanation, they could've had an amazing tie in with Simon's explanation of Schrodinger's cat. In the book there was no recording, all the recording devices blanked out. Explained using quantum mechanics, everything that could have did happen in those 137 minutes. When it stopped, the universe decided on the most likely outcomes. Random, but that did disappoint me.
And I have to admit with the comment about Oedipus, though he didn't run away from home. His father heard the prophecy and sent him away when he was a baby, thus setting in motion the events that led to the fulfillment of the prophecy. Mark is only on the case because he saw himself on the case creating a causality loop and self-fulfilling prophecy. But everyone else is doing normal stuff at that time. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be sitting on the can at that precise moment if I had seen the future. I mean, since everyone remembers what they though and felt as well as did during that moment, don't you think people would remember the flashforward while it was happening in the future? But no one did, except for Mark. Which, come to think of it, could raise a very interesting situation if Mark is the only one who saw the future which included the flash forward and everyone else saw the future in which the flashforward never happened. Though to be honest, I don't think that's going to be the case.
And while we're at it, why don't we check records of recent suicides and cross-reference those with visions on mosaic. Surely there were some people so dissatisfied with their futures that they chose to kill themselves. That would be the first thing I'd think of if I were Demitri. Oh well. Anyway, the concept and idea are really interesting, but I feel like they sort of disregard a lot of questions that they should be asking themselves. But I'm still willing to give it a shot, considering the appalling lack of even relatively thought-provoking shows on TV.

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