Guy Davis knows what will happen in the future – a lot of people are going to be watching the new series FlashForward.
Time is running out on Lost, with the compulsively watchable Seven drama on the verge of its fi nal season on the air.
It’s been hinted that the many riddles the show has posed over the years will fi nally be resolved, which is great for those of us who’ve frequently been left scratching our heads by its twists, turns and strange developments.
But the eminent ending of Lost raises another question altogether: where will devotees of mind-bending mysteries turn for their weekly fi x once it’s all over?
Well, get ready to get hooked all over again. Because the upcoming FlashForward, scheduled to premiere on Seven later this month, looks set to become one of the year’s most addictive new shows.
At its core, it has an idea that’s instantly compelling and deceptively straightforward: for two minutes and 17 seconds, every person on the planet blacks out.
Naturally enough, this results in absolute chaos – car accidents, plane crashes and fatalities and injuries of all kinds. But there’s something far more disturbing at play here as well.
During the blackout, nearly everybody has a vision of their life six months in the future. Their life on April 29, 2010, to be precise.
For some people, it’s an indication that their worst fears will come to pass. For others, it provides a reason to keep on living. But what kind of repercussions does knowing the future hold? And if you wanted to change what lies ahead, could you?
“ We are the only species that thinks about the future,” says Batman Begins and Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer, executive producer of FlashForward. “ It’s the blessing and curse of being human.”
And while it does pose its share of big questions ( even in the pilot episode I recently caught), it’s the human drama that really drives the show.
Whether it’s the strained but loving relationship between FBI agent Mark Benford ( Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Olivia ( Sonya Walger), an emergency room surgeon; the torment suff ered by Benford’s partner Demetri Noh ( John Cho, best known as the former in the Harold & Kumar movies) when he reveals that he had no vision of his future during the blackout; the various psychological and philosophical crises facing the show’s gallery of characters – everything comes together to form a mosaic that’s intriguing, moving and thoughtprovoking.
“ It’s 100 per cent a character-based show,” said executive producer Marc Guggenheim ( Brothers & Sisters).
“ I mean, it’s basically a character drama. It’s set against this big scope. And yes, it has mystery elements to it but at the end of the day, all the mystery elements are all about illuminating our characters and their specifi c problems.”
And while the talented ensemble cast helps keep you engaged in these aspects of FlashForward, the overriding mystery looks set to prove just as gripping. And it’s a mystery that will gradually be revealed.
“ Nothing is put in the show randomly,” said Guggenheim. “ There’s meaning behind everything. There are answers to questions that you don’t even know are questions.”
Come on, with a hook like that, how could you not be interested in seeing what happens next?
Call to action: Joseph Fiennes stars as FBI agent Mark Benford in the compelling drama series
which features an impressive ensemble cast ( inset).