FlashForward: "A561984" Review Episode 10


Yes. It's true. You all actually heard a CIA agent say to Benford, "You're just a speck. A flake of dandruff on the nape of this thing's neck." That actually happened. Someone wrote that. We joked here in the office that Benford should have actually retorted, in a semi-meta manner, with "Wow. That sounded natural."


You all know my gripes about his show and how I can't even dwell on single absurdities all that all that long before something new crops up that infuriates me even more. Again, in the same manner that we all question Benford's (Joseph Fiennes) assumption that there was only one special forces soldier out there with a three-star tattoo on his arm, Shohreh Aghdashloo's foreign operative automatically assumes that Benford is the one who shoots Noh (John Cho) because she has the serial number of the gun and it's Benford's gun. Again, these are FBI agents and they're nowhere close to being as intuitive as the audience for this show. This show needs to be steps ahead of us, not behind. No one at that table actually brought up the notion that, possibly, someone else could have used Benford's gun? It's never even mentioned? These aren't laymen. They're supposed to be the smartest and most intuitive characters on the series. And yet they're the dimmest and most frustrating. And Benford doesn't even think to, jeez - I don't know - throw his gun in the ocean? Get rid of it? Of course, by the end, he's turned over his gun and badge but by that point we as viewers were just waiting for the show to catch up with what we already knew was inevitable.


Like I said, just after I had finished rolling my eyes because they chose to open this episode with the Jacob Marley scene from A Christmas Carol, I was bombarded with a barrage of nonsensical dialogue and behavior that made me forget that the Marley scene had no direct tie-in to anything I was watching. Why is Wedeck so angry with his agents for following up a lead regarding Noh's death? Why does he seem so hell-bent on thwarting every single investigative step? And what kind of press conference happens in a manner where it seems like police security is in place in the case of a giant dangerous revelation and yet our conspirators, Lloyd (Jack Davenport)and Simon (Dominic Monaghan), are able to quickly vanish afterwards? And how are authorities not able to immediately figure out where Lloyd's son is? How is there a window of non-capture? It seems like anyone with Google could have immediately tracked down the newest "most hated man on the planet."


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