February 27, 2013

Flash Backwards

Don’t you hate it (κουβέντα να γίνεται) when every time a new show with slightly more complicated plot structures than the average TV series starts (other than the “boy likes girl but girl likes somebody else” shit) it is labeled as “the next LOST”? The Invasion, The Event, Persons Unknown, V, Alcatraz, Revolution, to name a few. Good shows, yet not good enough – Revolution being slightly better than the rest.

Flash Forward was a 2009 series which only run for one season, only to get cancelled after 22 episodes, because ABC wasn't satisfied with the ratings (too confusing for the viewers to follow: a great promo for people like me).
The show was about the entire world losing consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds (seventeen, yes) and seeing a glimpse of their future in six months’ time while out. The world was a different place when they came around, you guessed it.

The chaotic opening sequence does ring a bell and the Oceanic billboard yet another (and there’s also that 23 thing again) but it’s not annoying, it’s not forced (like let’s say on Once Upon a Time where there are a zillion LOST references for no reason at all, just for the –manipulating- hell of it. I only watch it for Robert Carlyle, by the way).

And there’s also Sonya Walger (Penny, Penny, Penny) who’s a doctor in this universe and Dominic Monaghan who’s also a doctor of sorts (scary monsters, super freaks indeed).

I am writing this after having watched the pilot, hence the excitement. I am going to finish this review as soon as I finish the season, just to compare thoughts -that would be on the next paragraph. In the meantime, here’s a video from the first (drug-like) episode.

Hmm... If I compare the pilot to the next let’s say 8 episodes, I would say it got slow and weak (by either the acting or the writing – I haven’t decided yet). Then around the middle, it takes off again and manages to keep you on your toes for a while.

I think what bugged me the most was the fact that the characters were one-dimensional. Real people are not like that at all (at least not in my head). Making something believable, no matter how extreme it might be (whether that’s a situation or a person) is the key to good television and writing in general - I‘ll keep that in mind when I write my own series! Overall, the show had potential and it did deserve more seasons but with a more passionate (acting and writing) team. Not different actors/writers, simply more driven.

And something irrelevant to all of the above, yet relevant to television laws and the rest : How the hell did Desperate Housewives run for a 150 seasons and Awake for barely a half?