"They saved us."
"Who? Who saved us?"
Last year's unfortunate experience with FlashForward has made me leery of any new high concept show with a convoluted plot that bills itself as 'the new Lost'. I like the old Lost, thank you very much.
So you can say I went into this with more than a modicum of doubt. I wasn't all that interested in Sean Walker, our lead average guy schmuck. I was definitely not amused by all of the jumping around, either; I groaned out loud when we got the fifth or sixth "eight days earlier" or whatever. Would it have hurt them to put the flashbacks in chronological order, at least within one episode? Do they really, truly want to confuse their audience? It made me feel like taking notes, although I resisted the impulse.
But then we got to the last five minutes, and something intriguing finally happened. Who saved the President and/or Laura Innes? Was it aliens? a wormhole? a time blip? beings from an alternate reality? mutated X-Men incarcerated in Alaska? It was also an interesting surprise that Sean's prospective future father-in-law was flying the plane, clearly sacrificing himself for his daughter and/or granddaughter. Although if so, I wonder why Sean was trying to stop him.
None of the actors stood out for me yet, although I'm encouraged by the presence of Laura Innes, Tony Todd and the always fabulous Blair Underwood. I noticed many homages to Lost, Heroes, 24, even North by Northwest. Mount Inostranka in Alaska felt very X-Files. Greg and Vicky, the obvious plants who were after Sean and Layla, reminded me of a Timothy Olyphant movie that Dan forced me to watch (A Perfect Getaway).
Some of the imagery was interesting, too. Lots of images of water, rain, and snow. A blood stain in the shape of a teddy bear. AviasAir flight 514, huh? Why not go all the way and make it Oceanic?
So. Could be cool. Could be FlashForward. Right now, I'm just planning to review the premiere; I refuse to watch this episode a second time and do any deeper analysis. And I won't commit to reviewing every episode until and unless I fall in love with it.
But I'm definitely intrigued enough to tune in next week.
Two out of four secret facilities in Alaska,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.