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Monday, September 28, 2009

WOTF Judge Robert J. Sawyer's Book - Flash Forward is a new HIT TV show

Dear All,

I urge you to tune into ABC next week on Thursday night
at 8:00pm for this wonderful adaptation of Robert J. Sawyer's
bestseller, Flash Forward. They did a wonderful job, I loved the
show personally. It was Number 1 in its time slot last week and
the reviews are rave as well. I selected a review all the way from
the UK which I've posted below! Congratulations Rob!!!!! - Joni

Review from the UK:

In this compelling new sci-fi thriller everyone in the world blacks out at the same time while their consciousness leaves their bodies and travels six months into the future - allowing us to glimpse in the very first episode what’'s going to happen to the show’'s characters. A very risky formula indeed, for a weekly tv drama.

But FlashForward isn't a typical Hollywood product. Based on award-winning Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer’s's novel of the same name - Mr. Sawyer also works as a series writer - it creates great promise that future episodes will be as good as the premier show.

The plot revolves around the work and personal lives of a team of FBI agents in Los Angeles. The lead character Mark, played by British actor Joseph Fiennes, is a recovering alcoholic who is married to a surgeon.

Mark and partner Demetri, played surprisingly but well by comedian John Cho, go on a destructive car chase to capture terrorist suspects in a black SUV.

The cacophony of car crashes and squealing rubber sets the stage for more chaos and then abruptly the blackout occurs - not just on the LA freeway but everywhere in the world.

Characters begin sharing their stories of the future and that's when the real fun begins. Mark, disturbingly, sees himself drinking again while working on a top-secret case called Mosaic.

But even more disturbingly, Dimitri has no future vision. The woman FBI agent is heavily pregnant and having a sonogram done of her baby girl. In real time, she doesn't even have a boyfriend. Mark's doctor wife is deeply involved in a romance but with an unknown man who isn’'t her husband.

Mr. Sawyer has a lot of explaining to do. Can the future be changed? If there are no visions does it mean death in six months? What's the significance of six months and two minutes seventeen seconds anyway?

Is Mark's AA sponsor's soldier daughter really dead or alive in Afghanistan as he envisioned? And who is the one conscious man captured on tape walking in a sports stadium in Detroit during the blackout?

There's one sure thing that is going to happen in the future: DVRs will be whirring to record every episode of this wonderfully provocative show.


  • At September 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM , Anonymous Alastair Mayer said...

    Yep, I loved the first episode, even if the details are quite different from the novel where Sawyer's premise made its first appearance.

    As for what caused the flash-forward? I figure somebody on a mysterious island in the Pacific turned that wheel the wrong way. ;-)

  • At October 14, 2009 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Joni Labaqui said...

    Dear Alastair,

    Right you are, and Robert is not in the least upset about that. The show is promoting his book and that is what he is happy about.


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