EPISODE REVIEW: Flash Forward: “White to Play” (Season 1, Episode 2)

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We now join FlashForward... LOST for people with communication skills...
Spoilers follow..... Spoilers go on 'vettes...

LIke R3, I'm trying to find a good reviewing style for this show. The traditional play-by-play seems a bit redundant when you can go watch this on ABC.com or Hulu... so I'm going for a more impressionistic style, similar to the LOST reviews I did earlier this year. Let me know what you think, okay?

Creepy kids scene...
It's kind of interesting how kids play "Blackout"... it was extraordinarily creepy, and it struck Charlie (Mark and Olivia's kid) as such. This scene was so well composed; Charlie fleeing fantasy and running smack into the reality of the military overflights and cordons... It seems that everybody is dealing with the intersection of what seems and what is.

Roll those Opening Credits with the completely unimpressive theme music!!!

"How do you live one day at a time when the future is breathing down your neck?" The question that Cameron (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Pay Attention, folks. Too many people to keep track of, I'm NOT going to remember all the character names unless they show up for at least three episodes...) Everybody is dealing with the future, all the time... the idea of universal common ground is now concrete: "We're all prophets now"

Mark and Olivia's child, Charlie, is having flashforward difficulties at school because she doesn't want to do creepy role playing. Maybe they can come up with an alternate activity, like singing praise hymns to Obama.

An undersecretary of the Department of Homeland security comes to see what our local FBI folk are up to--- and why they've appointed themselves 'point' on the blackout investigation. Our heroes soon impress upon her why they are key to this investigation... in spite of already spending a couple of mil on this without clear authorization. Nice to know someone in this (now obviously fictional) administration is watching the budget.

Olivia meets Lloyd Simcoe, the man in the vision....

...And he doesn't recognize her. It really depends on where you are looking, I suppose. The concept of personal perspective in assembling this mosaic apparently is going to drive this show.

The big board is frustratingly empty, but it has some promise when one of the persons of interest from the board walk in with interesting, but fairly irrelevant details.

The Field Office Director also has details, that Mark would rather not have known.

"We don't know what 'never' means anymore".

We meet someone else who didn't have a flash-forward. Too bad for her, no?

Conspiracy theorys are comforting, says the Homeland Security Undersec, but they aren't necessarily so.... well, until they are validated. We get a lead on one of the board people that leads to a doll factory in Utah.

It's rather fascinating that some people are panicked by the flashforwards; others comforted. The Suicide Guy from the first episode finds them to be "A gift in the knowing"- that there is something beyond what is now.

A Very Creepy doll factory in Utah, with dolls hanging from the ceiling- somehow this really evoked the playground scene from the teaser. And for the second time this episode, "Ring around the Rosie" is heard.

"He who forsees calamities suffers them twice over." and with that, D. Gibbons (we presume) activates a Rube Goldberg device and...

Ba-Da-Boom. Big Ba-da-boom.

Mar 15,2010, Demitri dies.

"D. Gibbons is a bad man"

Questions and Observations for this episode:
Why do the children seem to know much more about the future than the adults? They are veritable founts of info- knowing the names of people in their future

Elaborate connections rule this series, from the Doll Factory Device to the Mosaic Website, to Mark's Big Board o' Clues. How deep into the web are we going to have to go before we get an answer?

How many people were awake during the flashforwards? We now have two, but they only seem connected to each other.

I'm still struck with the deft use of contrast in this episode- determinism vs. freewill, vision vs. reality, working as if the visions must be true while living as if they mustn't.

The presence of the military and guard, and helicopter overflights was a well thought out touch.

Okay. I must admire the Director, he gave mouth to mouth to a man drowning in a urinal. Not for everybody.

I really like all the characters--

So far, I'm REALLY impressed with this show. It seems to be moving forward, and the fact that the characters actually communicate with each other and relay information differentiates it from it's big brother, LOST. In fact, the whole point of the show seems to be about connections between people.

So.... what did you guys think?