Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review - FlashForward Season 1 Episode 19 Course Correction

Dare I say FlashForward has become interesting? I'll say it. FlashForward is interesting. Robert J. Sawyer, the author of the novel the show is based on, wrote "Course Correction," yet another decent, watchable episode. That's two in a row! Now I don't want to get ahead of myself and unequivocally call the show a booming success when a vast majority of the season sucked, but I'll take a small improvement in spades. At least the ideas driving the show are about 20 times better than those of V.

The greatest improvement has been the reveals about the nature of the FlashForward. Weaving together a rather loose narrative, Sawyer manages to convey the idea in a fluid manner (comparably, of course). He uses the idea of a human course correcting for the universe as a means of showing that the universe, ultimately, will fix itself and finish what was intended in the flashforwards regardless of what actually happened. This new angle puts the characters in a different position where there is no longer the choice in believing the future will be the flashforward or not. The flashforwards have become a microcosm of the larger issue that the universe will push back against people trying to break free. But they can still try. It's better than nothing.

And a FlashForward episode wouldn't be complete without relationship drama. Olivia and Lloyd get awfully cozy, kissing for the second time before Mark shows up at Lloyd's door and spots Olivia sitting there. Bryce finds out his cancer is in remission and goes to kiss Nicole, who had just found out where Kiko is. She's faced with the choice of hiding this from Bryce so she can be in a relationship with Bryce or telling Bryce and throw everything in disarray.

Score: 8.8/10
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