FlashForward 1.01 No More Good Days (2009, Mystery Serial Drama) – 5/10 review

Joseph Fiennes: Mark Benford
John Cho: Demetri Noh
Jack Davenport: Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary Knighton: Bryce Varley
Peyton List: Nicole Kirby
Brían O’Byrne: Aaron Stark
Courtney B. Vance: Stan Wedeck
Sonya Walger: Olivia Benford
Christine Woods: Janis Hawk
Creator For Television: David S. Goyer
Creator For Television: Brannon Braga
Alex Kingston: Fiona Banks
Barry Shabaka Henley: Agent Vreede
Lee Thompson Young: Agent Gough
Rachel Roberts: Alda Hertzog
Genevieve Cortese: Tracy Stark
Executive Producer: David S. Goyer
Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Writer (Screenplay): David S. Goyer
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Writer (Screen Story): David S. Goyer
Writer (Screen Story): Brannon Braga
Director: David S. Goyer
Writer (Original Novel): Robert J. Sawyer

FlashForward 1.01 No More Good Days (2009)

For two minutes and seventeen seconds, everybody on Earth blacks out and experiences "a memory of a future event." FBI Agent Mark Benford reveals he was investigating the phenomenal event in the future and is so tasked with investigating it in the present. Everyone has their own flash-forward but, remarkably, they all seem to be of the same time in the future: April 29, 2010 at 10pm PDT.

5/10

This pilot episode only just does enough to pique your interest and a desire to watch episode two is more about the promise of the premise than the quality of the show. The knowledge that it’s based on a novel makes one hope that the series will be have a distinct resolution and be self-contained and not the drag-it-out-a-thon that Lost turned into. The acting is fine, the writing and direction are okay but using off-the-shelf characters such as an unconvincing family (endlessly saying ‘I hate you,’ even if you don’t mean it, does not contribute to a successful relationship) and creepy all-knowing kids ("there are no more good days" and "I know, Olivia") just wearies the heart (children are not insightful or wise).

This FlashForward episode contains unpleasant scenes and a sex scene.

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