Why tonight's episode of FlashForward is the best new pilot of the fall season
But tonight's debut of ABC's trippy science-fiction drama FlashForward is easily the best pilot of the new season, and could yield the next Lost; a deliciously twisted story based on a single, jarring moment.
In tonight's episode, all of humanity blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds; just long enough to experience a vision of what their life will be like in six months. But like Lost, this is revealed slowly; we start with the aftermath, as Joseph Fiennes' stalwart FBI agent Mark Benford wakes up in an upside down vehicle, wondering what just hit him, then the city, then the world.
After the world recovers from the plane crashes, car wrecks and assorted deaths which you would expect if everyone blacked out at once, the questions really begin. If you see a future that you don't like -- Benford's vision is dangerous and personally tragic -- can you change it? If you don't have a vision, does that mean you're dead? And what could possibly make this happen in the first place?
Along the way, producers tap into the apocalyptic, post-9/11 feeling that has fueled so many recent disaster movies, showing major cities in crisis. Benford, who has a vision of working on why all this happened, makes it a reality by leading the FBI's effort to crack the most important case in human history.here)
They've even got a way-cool Web site based around a company formed to collect the visions of as many people as possible, called The Mosaic Collective. And here's a clip featuring the producers explaining a clue about the date everyone Flash Forwards to in their visions.
If this doesn't get you geeked for tonight, then you've got no geek in you.