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?