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FlashForward Going Too Fast For Its Own Good

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FlashForward began with the promise of being the next Lost. After the first few episodes, however, it’s obvious that it’s not.

More in Television | October 15th, 2009

FlashForwardFlashForward is quickly becoming a soup of random clues that are delivered too quickly for any of us to process. Shows like Lost (which this show is trying to be), at least for the first season, took things a bit slower and let us bask in the mystery for a while. Now I understand the predicament of potentially falling the habit of asking too many questions and not answering them (ahem… X FILES! LOST!), but if you give me a clue, give it at least a little time before you answer the question.

Half way through the last episode I thought, “maybe I’m really not that into this show.” I always get the feeling that it takes itself too seriously. Alias, for example, wasn’t a flawless show, but I still watched it because it was enjoyable and it didn’t promise to be something amazing. It didn’t take itself too seriously. FlashForward thinks it’s something profound. Right now it doesn’t know what it wants to be, semi-good show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, or a solid show that does. You can’t have both.

The show is assuming that its viewers are idiots reminding them of every flash forward every character saw every 4 minutes or so. Yes, I know that Agent Mark Benford saw himself in an office with lots of pictures and men were coming to kill him. You remind me about 6 times per episode. Can we move on?

I don’t know… I just don’t know. Also, the ratings have been tanking, and for good reason. I don’t think this show will last for very much longer.

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