FlashForward Flaw.

October 25th, 2009 by Chris

So K & I have been watching the show FlashForward. We just watched the latest two episodes. We’re not quite hooked yet, although the last few minutes of the most recent episode may be putting us over the top.

So for those of you who are not watching, the premise is that at one particular moment everybody on Earth passes out at exactly the same time. During the time when they are unconscious, they have a vision of a particular date and time six months into the future. It’s unclear whether the visions are going to happen or are just one possible future, but none of them have been violated yet.

So here’s my primary flaw with this concept… and it’s a pretty big flaw in my mind. Why doesn’t everybody imagine themselves celebrating the fact that what they saw has come true?

If I had a concrete vision of some point in my future and I knew exactly what point in time that was, I would have every alarm clock in my life set to go off at exactly that time so I could validate my vision. I’d anticipate that date and time with pretty much every fiber in my being. If it were a global phenomenon, I’d expect the media to be whooping it up and partying like it was 1999…

Yet, everyone’s vision that we’ve seen so far, is pretty much ordinary… like they had no vision of the future at all. Not that the visions were necessarily business as usual,[1] but they were just regular daily activities.

I’d be pretty certain to be out of the office, or out of town or out of the country if I saw a particular bad thing happening, but most likely I would have expected to be staring at my watch saying: “Look, I’m staring at my watch just like I knew I would be!!”

  1. I won’t go into details for fear of spoilers. []

3 Responses to “FlashForward Flaw.”

  1. Bill Ruhsam Says:

    You’ll be happy to know that this very thing gets discussed by the characters in the book.

    Not that I thought the book was spectacularly good, but it’s worth the read just to see how the author deals with stuff.

    We’re about two episodes behind right now. I don’t think this one is going to be a keeper. [sigh]

  2. Chris Says:

    We were saying the same thing (not sure about being a keeper) until the last episode. Now we’re at least hooked for one or two more.

    I guess I’ll have to check out the book, unless that’s going to give me unrealistic expectations of the show.

  3. John Says:

    I just deleted the last two episodes from the DVR without watching them. I liked the idea but there’s too much meta-drama, which tends to happen with shows that feature characters who know about their dystopic futures.

    I’ve whittled this season’s watchings down to Stargate Universe (go, Scalzi!) and Primeval – as if I have time to watch anything, anyway. I don’t know what’s going to give first – TV, the two books I have going, magazine reading, off-season training, sleep, or time with Kath and the boys – the last of which has a grayed out radio button next to it on the picklist – not that I’ve tried to click it, mind you 😉