So one of the new shows I started watching this season has been FlashForward.
And even though we’re seven episodes into the series, I’m still undecided on whether I like it or not.
For those who have never seen it, it’s about what would happen if everyone in the world passed out at the exact same time, and saw the exact same time period six months into the future.
Some see themselves doing mundane things, such as reading the newspaper or sitting on the toilet. Others see themselves killing someone, or actually being killed.
Because everyone passed out at the exact same time and with no warning, millions of people are killed (cars get into accidents, buses crash into lakes, planes go down, etc.).
So the FBI created this website, called Mosiac, so everyone can enter what they see. Through that, common stories are found that can connect people.
The problem is there are a few little details that have been gnawing away at me since the show started that haven’t been answered yet, even though they should be by now.
For example, we learn that people who die within the next six months (before the time of the flashforward) never had a vision. But what about people who were sleeping? What did they see? Did they see their dreams? That’s never answered, although by this point, it should be.
So for these people who never had a vision, by now they should know they’re going to die. Yet no one seems that concerned about these people. Sure, some of them will have heart attacks, or die of other natural causes. But if you knew you were going to die within the next six months, wouldn’t you be out doing crazy things?
And wouldn’t everyone? If you knew for sure that six months from now, you’d still be alive doing whatever, wouldn’t you be living life to the fullest now? You’d be doing all those dangerous things you’ve always wanted to do. Skydiving, bungee jumping, robbing a bank, etc.
And if anything were to happen to change your future (you go to jail, for example, when your vision never saw that), then that means you can change the future.
But that would probably defeat the purpose of the whole show.
And that’s what’s bothering me. Little things that aren’t explained at this point because they’ll probably defeat the purpose of the show.
The last thing is about what this would do to the news, sports and entertainment world. Wouldn’t celebrities be asked constantly about their future? It would be big news all over the place. And if you knew your star basketball player was to get injured in a certain game, wouldn’t you just keep him out of that game?
That’s my final point. If you know at a certain time in the future, something is going to happen to you that you don’t want, wouldn’t it be so easy to change it? If you know you were going to break an arm skiing two weeks before the flashforward, wouldn’t you just not go skiing that day?
See, little details that could be explained by now. It wouldn’t take much. Maybe something that someone did try to change it (instead of going skiing, the guy stays home, but breaks his arm falling down the stairs). So that when he gets to the direct point of the flashforward, his arm still broken.
But because of these gnawing points, I’m unable to get fully into the show. I still like it, and I think the concept is a good one, but I don’t know if it’s being executed well.