For Flashforward fans all over the world, today is an important day. April 29th was the date the Flashforward characters saw in their future and although they haven’t yet reached this date on the show, Flashforward fanatics have today been celebrating it all over the internet! In honour of this special day – which is also Robert J. Sawyer’s birthday – I wanted to share my Top 5 Flashforward episodes so far!
1.No More Good Days (Episode One) – It is perhaps obvious that the first ever episode of Flashforward makes my favourites list. It was this amazing opener that caught the attention of millions of viewers and is one of the reasons so many have stayed loyal to the show through its first season.
No More Good Days showed the entire world losing consciousness and getting a glimpse of their futures. It introduced us to the much loved characters and threw up many questions, some of which are still awaiting an answer. What followed was the chaotic aftermath of this global disaster, and the struggle to find out what caused it as well as trying to make sense of their visions, or lack of. The heart-stopping moment that clinched this show as being brilliant came right at the end, with Agent Janis Hawk showing Agent Demetri Noh some video footage she found of a baseball stadium. After the moment everyone in the stadium blacked out, an unknown man was seen to be walking out of the stadium, unaffected.
2. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (Episode Six) – Scary Monsters and Super Creeps always stays in my mind as one of the best episodes because it began to open up new clues to the Mosaic investigation and led to a turning point in Mark and Olivia Benford’s marriage.
After getting shot in episode five, Janis Hawk was hospitalised. Demetri Noh and Al Gough began trying to find out more about her attack and after spotting a blue hand symbol on one of her attackers in the morgue, they followed a series of clues, which led to a whole new chain of events in a later episode.
While taking his daughter Charlie trick or treating, Mark Benford got a call from their babysitter Nicole asking him to come home. When he got back, he found Dylan Simcoe in his living room repeating the words, “It’s my house too”. Dylan’s father, Lloyd came to collect him and as he spoke with Mark, he began to realise the connection to Olivia and the unfamiliar house he saw in his flashforward. The moment when they all realised what was happening was absolutely unforgettable.
3. Revelation Zero (Episode 11) – Revelation Zero was the first episode after the three month Flashforward hiatus, and what a brilliant way to return!
This two-hour long episode gave us a whole bunch of answers, alongside a few more questions and some Simon Campos back story. It was a great moment when the identity of Suspect Zero was revealed, but that wasn’t the only dramatic event in the episode. Mark Benford underwent therapy in order to help him remember the whole of his flashforward and gathered some important clues which led to him saving Lloyd and Simon. Nicole and Bryce began to get closer after Nicole took him home to meet her mum, and we were introduced to Timothy, a former window washer who created a group called Sanctuary to help people understand their visions.
The action didn’t stop for a moment during Revelation Zero and was exactly the kind of episode that made the fans remember why they loved the show so much in the first place.
4. Queen Sacrifice (Episode 15) – This Flashforward episode was one of the most brilliant in terms of plot twists!
After another lead on Dyson Frost’s possible whereabouts was killed, the hunt for the FBI mole was stepped up. Every member of the Mosaic team was put into a room, and were called out one by one to be interviewed. Janis Hawk tipped off Mark Benford and Marshall Vogel that Agent Marcie Turoff may have a hidden secret and after a little digging, they realised that she was the mole. The big twist came at the end of the episode when it was revealed that a very well known series regular was the second mole in the FBI office.
The shock waves of this revelation spread far and wide, and very few could boast that they knew who the true mole was all along!
5. The Garden of Forking Paths (Episode 17) – This is the most recent episode and was epic in so many ways!
Dyson Frost, who kidnapped Demetri Noh at the end of the previous episode, had hooked Demetri up to a complex device which had Mark Benford’s gun pointing at his chest, threatening to fire if he moved. The date was March 15th, the day Demetri was predicted to die and Dyson Frost explained that he was trying to closely recreate the predicted “path” while still allowing for the chance that Demetri could find a way out. Behind Demetri was an enormous blackboard with many paths written in coloured chalk. This was the Garden of Forking Paths, and they charted all the things that had or could have happened depending on the decisions Frost made. Frost set up an elaborate game to make Mark Benford meet with him, but unbeknownst to all of them, terrorist Alda Hertzog escaped custody to mess with Frost’s plan by shooting him. The episode ended when, after Demetri’s escape, water cascaded down over the blackboard erasing all of Frost’s information. The only thing Mark Benford could remember of the information were the words “The End – December 12th 2016”.
This was the most tense episode of Flashforward so far, once again opening up another enormous amount of questions to ponder. What is “The End”? What is it the end of? What will happen now Dyson Frost is dead?
The list above is just a small example of the brilliance of Flashforward. The story is complex, yet understandable, fast paced but not too fast. It has suspense, excitement and characters people can relate to. With great writing and an awesome cast, it truly deserves to be given many more seasons!
Happy Flashforward Day, everyone!