I'm surprised there hasn't been a thread about this. I can't be the only one curious enough to watch this. (Although I guess the NBC comedy threads are indicative of what everyone chose to watch instead...)
I liked the show up until the blackout. The pace felt rushed after that happened. It seems to me that the fallout from everyone blacking out should have taken more effort, especially given that two of the leads are in law enforcement and medicine. Or at least, more effort than Mark running down the street and seeing a kangaroo and Olivia helping one kid. For all the chaos they showed, I don't understand how Mark was able to get home that night for his daughter to give him the friendship bracelet. At least Demetri and Janice were up late working. The LA FBI office is clearly nothing like the LA CTU office.
The other thing that bothered me was how Mark immediately knew he saw the future. It was amazingly convenient how everyone had a calendar or newspaper that they focused on in their two minute future vision. Seth MacFarlane's weak posulate that it was a hallucination didn't make much sense. Why not just dismiss it as a dream? I did like how they had the two people corroborate each other's visions of the bird hitting the window to establish that the visions were shared. But then they raced from seeing the future to setting up a website. And why is the LA FBI office in charge of investigating a global phenomenon? Shouldn't the president or someone much higher on the food chain be dictating that?
Also, other than Mark's vision, the other visions all felt secondary. I don't know why we got Mark's vision during the blackout, and everyone else's only when Mark asks them what they saw. Mark's vision seemed to be the most intense, but everyone else's visions were just as valid. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Demetri since his death seems imminent. If I were Mark though, and I saw myself under seige by trained assassins, I would not 1) be as concerned about apparently falling off the wagon, and 2) be so determined to make sure that what I saw came true. Him putting the papers on the board where he remembered them being was an interesting little bit of self-fulfilling prophecy. I wonder how many events will happen explicitly because people saw them happen. If Olivia doesn't want to leave Mark, when she meets the kid's father, she should get the hell away from him and leave it at that. I don't expect that will happen.
What with Penny already on the show (and not sounding British!), the Oceanic sign felt gratuitous. Did anyone else hope that when Olivia said she saw a man she didn't recognize in her vision, it would turn out to be Desmond? Sonya Walger needs to stop doing shows that feature dead LOST castmates...
The part at the end with the guy in the ballpark in Detroit was interesting. I'm curious to see where this goes. Hopefully now that the awkward pilot is out of the way the show won't feel so clunky.
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I agree, there's a lot of potential shown in the pilot, but the drama/mystery elements felt a bit forced ... Shows like "Lost" (just got started on the second season, BTW) have a much more "natural" feel - for lack of a better term - when it comes to getting the viewer emotionally involved and truly interested in where everything's going to wind up. This pilot felt more like the writers wanted to grab people's imaginaton with a neat idea, but weren't really sure how to execute it properly.
Oh, and the one thing that kinda bothered me ... None of the characters (I mean NONE) should have ever used the term "flashforward" on the air. It's a so-so title for a TV program, but just sounds absolutely ridiculous as "real-world" terminology as to be laughable. I mean, who would've actually came up with that term, and why would it be adopted so rapidly by everyone?
Santino continued his tradition of coming down to the ring, being ten times funnier and more interesting than the other guy, and then getting his ass beat. He said to Rey Rey "anyone who a wears a mask eesa either incredibly ugly, incredibly stupid or...eesa the batman!" Man, if this guy could only wrestle he'd be King Korn Karn by now. Homeslice doesn't even have a finisher. -- Matt Fowler
I thought it might have potential, but was a bit ambivalent. It's definitely something that ABC wants to be the next Lost. (Shouldn't we all be out googling "Red Panda"? I liked the Oceanic billboard in the background, but thought the Desperate Housewives ad on the side of the bus was a bit heavy-handed.) I'm just not so sure that the producers/writers can actually pull off the level of detail that's crucial to the Lost mythos.
Another inconsistency for me was with the young doctor-guy. For all the mayhem in the ocean when he woke up, he got all that handled & got into work awfully quickly.
I'm skeptical that they can pull it off, but I'll give it a few more viewings & see how things go.
Originally posted by AlessandroOh, and the one thing that kinda bothered me ... None of the characters (I mean NONE) should have ever used the term "flashforward" on the air. It's a so-so title for a TV program, but just sounds absolutely ridiculous as "real-world" terminology as to be laughable. I mean, who would've actually came up with that term, and why would it be adopted so rapidly by everyone?
This was done just so Peter Griffin would proclaim the show awesome.
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The piece in Esquire is a pretty great read. Ebert is one of the last of his kind in terms of understanding the role of a film critic (or the role of any critic, for that matter) and relaying the necessity of that role to the general public.