Flashforward: A561984

I’m beginning to believe that the only reason that I still watch Flashforward is to complain about it on this blog. The episode began and ended with scenes from A Christmas Carol which is clever and stuff because it is almost Christmas and there are similarities between it and Flashforward obviously. Like, they are both about people seeing their future and changing their ways because of what they saw. I felt that it could have just been running in the background however, it seemed like the creators of the show were trying too hard to make sure people saw that they worked to find that similarity. I’m probably over exaggerating, but that’s the way I felt.

Lloyd finally revealed what they were experimenting on that may have caused the blackout. They were trying to recreate the big bang. That’s kind of interesting, I would have been more interested if the overall storyline moved faster though.

I don’t know about you, but if I was wanted dead by millions of people for killing millions of people I would not go into a public hospital, just saying. And, for some reason when Lloyd goes to the hospital, Olivia decides to stop being all cautious about talking to him and she decides it would be alright if she flirted with him. Yeah, ok. It was funny when Lloyd was looking at that weird looking nurse lady. My brother and I both saw the whole thing where Lloyd was taken away by the bad ambulance drivers coming, it was too obvious. And I’m sure once Olivia helps save Lloyd, he Olivia and his son will all be very close just like in the flashforward.

In Japan, Mark and Mr. No were trying to find the Asian woman with the really deep voice and they did after Mark talked some guy into telling them where she was. Mark got the guy to talk by saying things like, “You will wish that you had helped.” The Asian woman said that Mark was going to kill Mr. No. Dun dun dun! Wow, he is going to kill him, but they are like best buddies. That’s just too extreme. It should be hard to make Mark turn on Mr. No and make it seem natural, not like it just happened because it would be interesting and because the Asian woman said so.

By the way, Japan looks very colorful and it has a lot of signs in the English language for some reason. And, speaking of Asians, what happened to my favorite new character. I thought Bryce found her in the last episode.

The whole thing with the laser being built before Simon designed it was kind of interesting. I guess the guy that was in the doll factory did it, but I don’t care enough to theorize how he built it before it was designed. The only explanation I can think of is time travel and I don’t see Flashforward going down that road.

There was a lot bad acting in this episode especially from Joseph Fiennes. He is really trying too hard to to seem super-cool and it makes him seem super lame. Sometimes I can’t tell if this show suffers more from bad writing or bad acting. But it looks like there is more of both to come from the promos at the end of the episode. My favorite part of the promo was when Mr. No’s girlfriend says, “Do you have some big, dark secret?” Wow! I wonder who she was talking to and if they have any secrets! Well, I guess I will have to wait until next week to find out, dang it!

Flashforward: Believe

This was the definitely one of the best episodes of Flashforward so far, however it still wasn’t great. I immediately liked the the new character, Keiko. She is venerable, sweet, driven, and a big Jimi Hendrix fan. I found out in this episode that Bryce is one of the best characters in this show and I cared most about his story than anything else going on in this episode.

I found the ring identification thing using the video to be kind of unbelievable, but I don’t know, I guess we might have technology advanced enough to do that. Anyway, they found that the ring had the Greek letter alpha which usually symbolizes the beginning of something since, I’m sure you know, it is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Another symbol that was in last night’s episode was the wheel that Keiko had on her shirt and that Bryce painted. The wheel is sometimes used as a symbol in Asian cultures to represent the wheel of Buddha. The wheel of Buddha represents Buddha’s teachings and laws. The movement of the wheel can represent rapid spiritual change. I feel that this could be symbolizing when Bryce drastically changed his view of life after seeing his flashforward.

I thought that the scene in which Bryce was listening to a woman on his computer translating the phrases “How are you feeling?” and “I hope you are feeling well,” as he vomits into his toilet to be kind of funny. I found that it was obvious that Bryce and Neiko’s flashforward would still happen after Bryce left Japan, but the scene was still satisfying. I found this episode to be an improvement, let’s just hope the improvement continues.

Flashforward: Playing Cards With Coyote

I felt that the quality of the first couple episodes were low, but the last few have been getting better. There have been less lame joke attempts but it still feels a little like a fancy FBI and medical drama. It seems like they keep going after clues from Mark’s flashback and none of it is paying off too much. Flashforward usually seems to do a good job with the first and last scene. I was interested in the stuff that happens between those scenes in this episode, though. I was interested in the relationship between Dominic Monaghan’s character, Simon and Lloyd. Also, the idea of a mole in the FBI is kind of interesting, I don’t know who it could be.
I found the acting in the scene between Aaron and his daughter, Tracy to be less then superb. The guy that plays Aaron (Brian O’Byrne) always speaks with a calm voice with some strange accent. And I don’t feel that the way Genevieve Cortese portrays Tracy’s recollection of what happened to her the right way. I feel that that memory would cause more fear then anger for Tracy.

Random Thought
I like how Janis was looking up “sperm donation” on wikipedia, like she didn’t know what it was or something. I think the writers wanted to show that she wants her flashforward to happen and that she believes it could, but I think that’s a funny way to do it.

The Big Reveal
The big reveal was that it is possible for more then one person on the planet to have the same tattoo, but everyone knows that, so big whoop. Sometimes when rings are made other rings like them are made as well. I guess that was more interesting. And then there was that fat guy that spoke like an English professor and who was some kind of a BA kingpen or something. For some reason that scene did not seem shocking to me. It could have been because of bad acting.

I do feel that this show is getting better but there is still a lot of room for improvement, hopefully next week’s episode will be better.

V: No Mo Normal

Ever since I got hooked on ABC’s Lost I’ve kind of had a thing for sci-fi dramas with large ensemble casts. Seeing as the final season of Lost is almost here I have to find a good replacement and to me these are huge shoes to fill. I hope that V may be able to fill this void for me and judging by the first two episodes it could be the one, maybe.

The second episode may seem slow after the fast-paced pilot, but I felt that was necessary. I feel that one thing that V has, and one thing that Flash Forward needs more of, is good acting. My cousin and I used to joke that Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet in Lost used the same serious look a bit too often. However, now I feel that she is a decent actress. I don’t have any complaints about any of the actors except that the reporter’s face kinda bugs me for some reason. I feel that Erica and Father Jack seem kinda close for meeting only once, but for the sake of moving on with the story, I’ll make myself believe that they are close because they dealt with a trauma at the secret anti-V meeting.

I liked the scene between Anna and her lizard-alien friend, Marcus. When shes looking through her holographic closet trying to figure out what to wear and she stops at the kimono and says ”I’m told in Japan this both conveys the respect of tradition and the allure of submission.” And then Marcus says: ”I’m not sure that’s the message you want to send.” And then Anna says: ”You still don’t understand humanity,” while wearing her creepy face.

I feel that the writing has been pretty good in the first two episodes, however there was a very lame, corny line in the newest one. At the end of the scene where Tyler and his friend are talking to the hot V girl about getting Tyler into the V ambassadors program and hot V girl says that she’ll try to get Tyler’s chubby friend to the front of the line, Tyler’s chubby friend says “Two words! Awe-some!” and that just really made me mad. Speaking of Tyler’s friend, and Tyler, I don’t really care about them yet. I find it hard to relate to Tyler. Yes, I agree that hot V girl is hot but, Tyler just seems to be a flat, stereotypical, angsty, and defiant teenager as of the first two episodes. I hope they flesh out his character.

One thing I didn’t understand about this episode is, why Ryan is staying with his woman. He should leave her to keep her safe, if he cares about her. I guess Ryan wants to make the show more interesting by letting his wife get kidnapped, though. So, I guess thats ok then, go ahead Ryan.

I have kind of come to expect shocking cliffhangers at the end of shows like Lost, Flashforward, and V. The reveal of Erica’s evil alien partner being alive and on the V torture table wasn’t that shocking to me. By the way, did anyone else find V’s method of torture a little silly. I would expect this to happen in a campy show from the 60’s, well, I know V is based on a campy show from the 60’s but, still I think they should have gotten rid of the snake torture. I don’t even know if that happened in the original show, but if it didn’t, that would be worse.

I feel that V has promise, I am interested to see if the change in producers will change the quality of the show to a large degree. I would not say this will be the next Lost that Lost fans are looking for, but it could be a pretty good show.

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