One step forward


YOU HAVE to give ABC Network great credit for the series FlashForward. From its incredible start to its startling finish, FlashForward might just be classed as one of the best drama series you will watch this year.

It kicks off with the entire world blacking out at the same time, for exactly two minutes and 17 seconds. The date is given as 6 October, 2009. In this short period, people get a glimpse of their lives, six months into the future, which is 29 April, 2010.

When the blackout occurs, we are shown scenes of carnage and mayhem including bus crashes, car and plane incidents and doctors slumped over patients in operating theatres – that is the selling point of the show. We are then introduced to the FBI agents Demetri Noh, played by John Cho, and Mark Benford, played by Joseph Fiennes (lead agent); who takes charge of the situation and leads a team of FBI investigators to find out the cause of the black-out.

Some people see their futures and others see nothing at all. Unusual story line, but very but well written and beautifully shot. The casting may not be so fantastic especially in the lead actor (a lot of the show is centred on Mark), but it is an exciting hour of suspense that makes you long for more.

Yet as captivating as FlashForward’s premiere episode is, you still wonder if it can hold your attention for 13 episodes or the full 24 episodes. The first hour does give us hope though, and if this series can keep up that momentum, the journey ahead should be quite fascinating.

–      Aninoritse Odeli

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