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(Some Guy)   New series 'Flash Forward' to try and fill the void 'Lost' leaves. Everyone on Earth blacks out and experiences 2 and a half minutes of their lives 5 months in the future   (televisionaryblog.com) divider line 46
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2008-12-11 05:41:53 PM
Hmmm...sounds interesting.
 
2008-12-11 05:43:15 PM
Sounds pretty sweet, actually.
 
2008-12-11 05:47:34 PM
Except for the dead ones, probably, which becomes a huge plot point, as people off themselves making the prophecies self-fulfilling and some people lock themselves away to try to protect themselves.

And some guy or girl doesn't tell their significant other, they just make something up so they don't appear out of place. Then get all gloomy and agnsty while waiting to die.

And I wonder if anyone wins the lotto? Here's hoping that a million people are watching the numbers come in and win a hundred bucks each when they play the numbers.

Now, interesting would be if this kind of show managed a second season.
 
2008-12-11 05:50:10 PM
It had me right until I saw the name "Brannon Braga."

Eeeeeeeurgh.
 
2008-12-11 05:50:54 PM
They flash forward to April 20th.

hehehe. I know why they passed out.
 
2008-12-11 06:01:28 PM
This is why those bastards at the Large Hadron Collider have to be stopped.

/read the book
 
2008-12-11 06:07:20 PM
Premise sounds interesting, but I really don't trust Brannon Braga.

Also, I tend to be wary of shows where the plot sounds like it's built for one season (like Prison Break). If the whole "flash forward" occurs 5 months later, then wouldn't they catch up within the first year? Unless they make every episode 1 day or something.
 
2008-12-11 06:10:54 PM
Too gimmicky. Sounds like it might last half a season. Unless they include decent acting/writing/character development...
 
2008-12-11 06:11:47 PM
DamnYankees: Premise sounds interesting, but I really don't trust Brannon Braga.

Also, I tend to be wary of shows where the plot sounds like it's built for one season (like Prison Break). If the whole "flash forward" occurs 5 months later, then wouldn't they catch up within the first year? Unless they make every episode 1 day or something.


That's what I was thinking. In the original story I believe it's 21 years in the future. Of course people who would be dead then don't experience their future.

But I think the show is going to be really slow paced, like Lost. I mean that show has been on 4 years and up until the flashforwards they only covered a few months times on the island.
 
2008-12-11 06:14:06 PM
Roook: That's what I was thinking. In the original story I believe it's 21 years in the future. Of course people who would be dead then don't experience their future.

There's an original story this is based on?

Roook: But I think the show is going to be really slow paced, like Lost. I mean that show has been on 4 years and up until the flashforwards they only covered a few months times on the island.

Yeah, but the plot of lost never set you up for anything in the future, specifically. You weren't waiting for something to happen. Which I think makes a difference.
 
2008-12-11 06:15:09 PM
I'd like my 2 1/2 minutes back... in advance, please.
 
2008-12-11 06:20:34 PM
Damned entertaining book. Need to re read it now. Thanks Subby!
 
2008-12-11 06:21:09 PM
Funny how many people read "Brannon Braga" and immediately took a few steps back.

Yes Brannon, we will ALWAYS remember how you peed all over the Trek franchise ;)
 
2008-12-11 06:22:18 PM
DamnYankees: Yeah, but the plot of lost never set you up for anything in the future, specifically. You weren't waiting for something to happen. Which I think makes a difference.

yeah I can easily see them writing themselves into a corner. It'd be a hard show to change direction on or retool. Hopefully they can set a timetable for the show to finish out, like they should have with Lost from the start.
 
2008-12-11 06:25:48 PM
Roook: DamnYankees: Yeah, but the plot of lost never set you up for anything in the future, specifically. You weren't waiting for something to happen. Which I think makes a difference.

yeah I can easily see them writing themselves into a corner. It'd be a hard show to change direction on or retool. Hopefully they can set a timetable for the show to finish out, like they should have with Lost from the start.


Shows like this have a tendency to hurt themselves by actively and blatantly withholding information from the audience. Think of a show like The Nine, which had a similar premise. The whole point of the show was to find out what happened to these 9 people during a bank robbery. We know the writers have to tell us what happened, we know they must know what happened, and they are just not telling us for the sake of stretching out the story.

Lost (and most other good shows) are different. We know the writers are withholding information, but we don't know what information they are keeping from us. There's nothing they *have* to tell us and we're just waiting to see. At least, nothing at the level of "what the hell is this show about".
 
2008-12-11 07:13:45 PM
Zeiss_Ikon: Damned entertaining book.

x2
 
2008-12-11 07:20:53 PM
SpinStopper: Funny how many people read "Brannon Braga" and immediately took a few steps back.

Yes Brannon, we will ALWAYS remember how you peed all over the Trek franchise ;)


Pee doesn't smell that bad. Or have so much corn.
 
2008-12-11 07:47:44 PM
In the book, the flash forward is many years, not just months.

Still sounds interesting... to see how Braga will fark it up.
 
2008-12-11 08:41:05 PM
Want
 
2008-12-11 08:54:45 PM
Flash Forward... that was an old Canadian TV show with Jewel Staite and Ben Foster. They used to run it on Disney.
 
2008-12-11 08:56:29 PM
I'm too lazy to search.. but isn't April 20th, 2010 the date the Mayan calendar says the current era ends?

Or that something like 2012?
 
2008-12-11 09:06:36 PM
MatildaWormwood: Flash Forward... that was an old Canadian TV show with Jewel Staite and Ben Foster. They used to run it on Disney.

Tucker and Becca do not approve.
 
2008-12-11 09:07:31 PM
If five-and-a-half months ago I flash-forwarded into today, I'd find me sitting in my underwear playing video games.

And I would be satisfied that everything was gonna be ok.
 
2008-12-11 09:17:42 PM
waiting4godot: I'm too lazy to search.. but isn't April 20th, 2010 the date the Mayan calendar says the current era ends?

Or that something like 2012?


12/21/2012 is the day the world will end.
 
2008-12-11 09:26:48 PM
Sounds great and all, but...what would they do for a second season?

Problem with television production these days is that they have these high-concept series with mysteries and a concrete plot set in advance, and once the plot is solved, the series becomes left with zero direction, and sputters around aimlessly.
 
2008-12-11 09:31:09 PM
The great thing about a one-season premise like this is that in the second season they can have everyone flash-foward another five months.

/Rinse, repeat. Always repeat.
 
2008-12-11 09:40:45 PM
The last book that I REALLY liked that was transferred into another media was Jumper, so you'll understand how I'm nervous that this will be farked up...
 
2008-12-11 09:41:15 PM
Gunny Highway: MatildaWormwood: Flash Forward... that was an old Canadian TV show with Jewel Staite and Ben Foster. They used to run it on Disney.

Tucker and Becca do not approve.

Had a huge crush on Jewel Staite as a kid because of that show. Grew up to be fairly hot too.
/I'd twixt her nethers
 
2008-12-11 09:52:45 PM
DamnYankees: There's an original story this is based on?

Flash Forward (new window)
 
2008-12-11 10:29:02 PM
Sure, Brannon Braga is a pretty big pooball to be associated with what could be an interesting premise. But - can his pooball superpowers overcome the excellence of David S Goyer, Ralph Fiennes, Courtney B Vance, Jack Davenport and John Cho?
 
2008-12-11 10:34:29 PM
Sounds very interesting. They had me until they revealed that it was written by two really crappy hacks.

One of them would be bad enough, but David Goyer AND Brannon Braga? Pass.
 
2008-12-11 10:39:35 PM
Sounds like a cool idea, but if this were to happen in real life, most of us would see 2.5 minutes of us going to the bathroom or sleeping.
 
2008-12-11 10:41:17 PM
galactus5000: Sure, Brannon Braga is a pretty big pooball to be associated with what could be an interesting premise. But - can his pooball superpowers overcome the excellence of David S Goyer, Ralph Fiennes, Courtney B Vance, Jack Davenport and John Cho?

Yes. The moment Brannon Braga's name came into the picture a vortex of suck opened up.

Houses with bad foundations are more likely to become rubble sooner no matter how nice the fixtures (e.g. the Titanic). The acting talent won't save the show if the writing is the sort of mealy mouthed tripe that took down Star Trek.
 
2008-12-12 12:58:01 AM
I just came here to say I liked the book.
 
2008-12-12 01:03:36 AM
Came in here for pics of a severely misguided attempt at tweenage (whateverthefarkthatmeans...) humor some lame, lame, oh-my-farking-GOD incredibly lame show attempted to get away with sometime in the '90s when slackers walked the Earth.

Leaving horrifically disappointed and somehow elated.

I ART THE LAST BOY, I ART THE LAST BOY!
(Now that is obscure...)
 
2008-12-12 03:28:36 AM
Came for pics of Jewel Staite having sex with me 5 months from now and am leaving disappointed. The 2 1/2 minutes sounds about right, though.
 
2008-12-12 09:24:56 AM
HopefulNebula: It had me right until I saw the name "Brannon Braga."

Eeeeeeeurgh.


Came here to say Fark Brannon Braga. See you beat me to it. So, um, ditto dude. Big. Fat. Ditto.
 
2008-12-12 09:58:32 AM
Obviously very loosely based. They took the absic ideas of some of the main characters and put them into new people, law enforcement instead of scientists for the most part. And of course 5 months instead of 21 years.
 
2008-12-12 11:20:59 AM
junglegoddess:
Came here to say Fark Brannon Braga. See you beat me to it. So, um, ditto dude. Big. Fat. Ditto.

*bows*

(Though you got the "dude" part wrong.)
 
2008-12-12 11:33:28 AM
Time Quake? Kurt-Vonnegized?
 
2008-12-12 12:44:26 PM
nice link
 
2008-12-12 12:44:51 PM
TheBigBadCrystallineEntity: waiting4godot: I'm too lazy to search.. but isn't April 20th, 2010 the date the Mayan calendar says the current era ends?

Or that something like 2012?

12/21/2012 is the day the world will end.


Don't you mean July 5th, 1998?
 
2008-12-12 01:20:53 PM
Jewel Staite? I'm the Reaper!!!

NSFW

Link
 
2008-12-12 01:24:28 PM
There is only one Flash Foward and it's a Disney series.
 
2008-12-12 01:24:44 PM
HopefulNebula: junglegoddess:
Came here to say Fark Brannon Braga. See you beat me to it. So, um, ditto dude. Big. Fat. Ditto.

*bows*

(Though you got the "dude" part wrong.)


Meh. I call everyone dude.

Back to the topic at hand: If Rick Berman were involved, this project would have such a strong black hole of suck, it would likely end all life as we know it.

/will never forgive either of them
 
2008-12-12 01:33:44 PM
...I liked the book, but thought the ending was rather weak
 
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