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FLASHFORWARD The Complete Series

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  989 minutes, featurettes, Mosaic Collective interviews, deleted scenes, audio commentary, bloopers

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  ABC Studios/ HBO Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  8-31-2010

 

DISC 1- NO MORE GOOD DAYS/ WHITE TO PLAY/ 137 SEKUNDEN/ BLACK SWAN/ GIMME SOME TRUTH

DISC 2- SCARY MONSTERS AND SUPER CREEPS/ THE GIFT/ PLAYING CARDS WITH COYOTE/ BELIEVE/ A561984

DISC 3- REVELATION ZERO Part 1 & 2/ BLOWBACK/ BETTER ANGELS

DISC 4- QUEEN SACRIFICE/ LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER/ GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD/ COURSE CORRECTION

DISC 5- THE NEGOTIATION/ COUNTDOWN/ FUTURE SHOCK/ featuretets/ deleted scenes/ bloopers

On October 6, everyone in the world blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds, and experiences a glimpse of their future on April 29, 2010.   Some see nothing.   Special Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) heads a special investigation into the blackout called Mosaic based on a vision he had of gunmen coming to the Los Angeles FBI building for what he knows.  His partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho), saw blackness and learns he will be murdered on March 15, 2010.   FLASH FORWARD follows the lives of many people as they try to deal with what could be the future while others want to find out what caused it.

 

FLASH FORWARD poses interesting questions about whether we can change our fates if we knew what was going to happen in the future.   The people who see nothing decide to find death in their own ways while one character’s sacrifice may prove everything isn’t written in stone when it comes to the future.   The show is sometimes a little too much like a soap opera.   FLASH FORWARD is at its strongest when the show focuses on the investigation into the blackout even though the vision that Mark’s AA sponsor had proves to be one of the interesting storylines outside of the investigation.   

 

The second half of the season takes the concept of what the characters experience and their flash forwards don’t go as planned which means the future isn’t set in stone and the experience of knowing the future alters it.   They did build up one bad guy only to underused him by the end.   A few surprises do pop up and it helps keep the momentum up.  The season finale which turned out to be the final episode of the series (ABC cancelled the show sadly enough) brought the viewer to the day the people witnessed in their flash forwards.  

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

DISC 2- a featurette on the effects for the pilot episode of FLASH FORWARD, the beginning of episode 11, and a preview of the second half of season one.

CREATING CATASROPHE: THE EFEFCTS OF A GLOBAL BLACKOUT-

 

DISC 3- Audio commentary for REVELATION ZERO by actor Dominic Monaghan and Executive Producer Jessika Borsiczky.

 

DISC 5-

10 deleted scenes from various episodes

A so-so blooper reel

ARCHITECTS OF DETSINY-   a featurette that focuses on the series from the pilot to the final episode

MEET YUKO-   tag along with Japanese actress Yuko (cast as Kieko) as we experience her life on the set of the show

FLASHFORWARD ON SET- five behind-the-scenes featurettes

KANGAROO?-  all about the kangaroo you see in a few brief scenes in the series

INTERVIEWS FROM THE MOSIAC COLLECTIVE- interview of four different people who had Flash Forwards and how they react after (Tokyo, Los Angeles, London)

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  FLASFORWARD is a series I will miss.  It had a few missteps only to make up for it.  With the show being cancelled after one full season, its future will never play out.  

 

This DVD review is 9-10-20010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com