It wasn’t our fault, promise. Well, at least we don’t think so.
FlashForward officially entered lame-duck status last week, making “The Negotiation” awkward to watch, despite it finally putting its’ players, as Gabriel would say, “where they need to be.” For the first few minutes, watching Wedeck rally the troops – and credit to Courtney B. Vance for making this speech shiny yet not-saccharine – I thought this was the finale. Gang, your thoughts?
Andrea: As much as I had patience with the show to establish itself, another part of me wonders if the creatives thought they had more time to develop the show, considering that far worse shows have been picked up. I guess they forgot they were on ABC, not the CW (or whatever the hell it’s called nowadays). Mahsino: No Andrea, it wouldn’t have lasted that long on the CW, too many people of color. But yeah, I kept checking IMDB to see if this was the season finale. Arturo: Y’know, I’m not so sure. The CW lusts after the younger demos enough to think it would’ve been more likely to accept J-Cho as a lead actor vis-a-vis J-Fiennes. And while Smallville is positively bad, the network’s shown a steady hand in letting that fandom develop over the past 10(?!) years. jen*: It did seem like the finale. But I’m not thinking the CW would go for a show with so many old people … playing old people. Continue reading →
Not to say “Course Correction” was perfect, but it was definitely pretty good. If this is to be FlashForward’s only season – and there’s still a chance it might not be – then at least the creative team appears headed toward a stronger finish than we could’ve expected. In a very nice touch, we got both callbacks to Al’s suicide and another fresh team-up for Demetri, this time with the returning Fiona (between this ep and her guest stint on Doctor Who, it’s been nice seeing Alex Kingston on a regular basis again). This freed up Mark to finally break thru on one major clue while resolving another. So, fellow Roundtablers, where was this ep in the first half of the year?
Mahsino: Probably with the rest of the straws they were grasping at. Diana: Couldn’t say it better, Mahsino. Andrea: Ha! Get it, Mahsino. jen*: Word.
Interesting to see that the more you pull Mark away from the rest of the ensemble (save Wedeck; Fiennes and Vance have developed some chemistry) the more it benefits everyone. Case in point: Demetri & Fiona just work as a team. And the callbacks to Al really resonated through these two characters. Your thoughts? Diana: I miss Al. Demetri and Fiona do make a good team. I like Demetri with just about anyone other than Mark. Andrea: Well, it just goes to show what we’ve been saying all along: Joseph Fiennes and his character really doesn’t –and can’t — serve as the show’s center. As much as I love looking at the man, I know he doesn’t have that leading-man “it-ness.” If anything, Al and his suicide seems to hold the show because it continues to play against the wall of his suicide and if it really changed people’s fates. Now, if the writers can actually get with that, this show just may sweep May. Mahsino: I agree, Mark doesn’t act as a good lead character, and I don’t think the show needs one main character to constantly save the day. My favorite episodes so far have been the one’s where they mainly focus on one character and let the others act as supporting stories. The better episodes remind me of Heroes: Season 1, the Mark-centered ones are more reminiscent of Heroes Season 2: Benetrelli Boogaloo. Diana: LOL, Mahsino. Benetrelli Boogaloo = Mark “Meh”-ness jen*: I definitely prefer episodes that decentralize Mark’s story. I almost feel like the savant is our voice inside the show – “you should be with Lloyd! Not that other guy.” Continue reading →
He smokes, he sings, he stares down paranoids … “Let No Man Put Asunder” was all about Demetri. Kind of odd, in that an ep named after something you hear at weddings focused nearly exclusively on the groom, but what the heck – the Roundtable didn’t mind him being the focal point of an episode. Mark who?
I guess we should’ve known something big was up when Demetri both talked down *and* shot up the Lone Gunman there all by his lonesome. Andrea: Demetri is full of awesome sauce, full stop, with a caveat. (I’ll address this shortly.) And it’s about time the writers start realizing who the show’s emotional center is….and it isn’t Mark Shakespeare. jen*: Dem is awesome – no doubt. I could definitely see him carrying the show from here on. Diana: Dem’s the man. Mahsino: I dunno, I hate reckless, illogical thought processes more than I love Dem. When he was doing that I could help but think, wouldn’t it be a bitch if he gets shot here and dies the next day? Continue reading →
Call it injury piled onto insult: not only did ABC choose to bring Flash Forward back opposite the opening day of the NCAA Tournament, but it ended up being arguably the best – and by best, I mean “bracket-shredding” – NCAA opening day in history. Seriously, my particular bracket looked like L.A. on Blackout Day.
That said, the two-part “Revelation Zero” gets points for at least trying to seem important, as the creative team busted out seemingly every narrative trick at its’ disposal and brought in more characters to bolster its’ biggest revelation: that the man we’d come to identify as Suspect Zero was in fact Charlie The Hobbit – which made the shot of him wielding a ring somewhat funnier than it probably should have been. But what did your Friendly Neighborhood Roundtable make of all these revelations? Well, we’re glad you asked …
I’ll say this about these episodes: at least the show looked more forceful than it had been before its’ extended hiatus. Even if very little of the plot holds up if you think about it for a minute (more on this later). What’d you think? Diana: I was surprised to see the Hobbit’s storyline step up a bit. But honestly, I’m not sure if the show is going to last for much longer. Andrea: I agree, Diana, that Charlie Hobbit’s storyline is stepped up, but his villiany–and to a lesser extent, Lloyd’s–make my eyes glaze over because their evil, be it intentional (Hobbit) or by abbetting (Lloyd), seems to stem from the fact that they have British Isle accents and are erudite. That makes spotting Teh Baddies just that much easier ’cause ya, know, that’s how stereotypes rock. jen*: Evil Brit tropes might be tired, but they’re more fun to watch than what-really-should-be-side-story-Benford (IMO). Maybe that’s why I was more into the first half than the second. I’m not really into the Hobbit, but I can’t not love Steve. Continue reading →
You know it’s sad when even the good episodes of Heroes spur a lukewarm response. Somewhat amazingly, there’s actually a campaign going to save the show from cancellation – no, really. More tellingly, even the little bits of good on the show don’t hold much water anymore, as we’ll see here …
Like I said in the review, the Hiro & Tadashi storyline was very strong when it could’ve been very badly handled by other writers *cough*TimKring*cough* … what’d you make of it?
Mahsino: It made me crack a smile a bit in spite of myself. I wish he would’ve thrown in the towel a bit sooner, but that’s just me. Unfortunatley I feel that at this point, any glimmers of good writing are just a horrible set up for a bad filler episode. Remember, for every decent story, there’s about 6=2 0episodes of filler-y crap. Diana: Quite frankly, I wanted to go through my tv screen an push Tadashi over the edge myself. This could have been an opportunity to make Hiro’s character grow more seriously, but frankly the source of Tadashi’s “shame” was so trivial it mad me ill. Maybe it was an effort at humor, but I didn’t think it was funny. I would rather they had spent more time on Hiro confronting his sister over his illness. Continue reading →
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