FlashForward 1.02 White to Play (2009, Mystery Serial Drama) – 5/10 review

Joseph Fiennes: Mark Benford
John Cho: Demetri Noh
Jack Davenport: Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary Knighton: Bryce Varley
Brían F. 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
Shohreh Aghdashloo:
Lee Thompson Young: Agent Gough
Lynn Whitfield:
Marina Black:
Michael Massee:
Alan Ruck:
Executive Producer: David S. Goyer
Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Marc Guggenheim
Producer: Mark H. Ovitz
Writer (Screenplay): David S. Goyer
Writer (Screenplay): Marc Guggenheim
Writer (Story): Brannon Braga
Writer (Story): David S. Goyer
Director: David S. Goyer
Writer: Robert J. Sawyer

FlashForward 1.02 White to Play (2009)

Using Benford’s flash-forward as their impetus, the FBI investigation starts in earnest but with thousands of D. Gibbons which one is the one referenced on the Mosaic board? Perhaps the one that just walked in the door with some cupcakes.

5/10

I’ll give this one more week as, just like Lost, the makers are proving expert at the final five second hook that makes you want to see the next episode. However, the body of the show is merely competent with no peaks and troughs and the D. Gibbons story element is a naughty impossibility. The episode isn’t about anything or, rather, what it is about is not made clear. I can’t even remember the lead character’s name which is a dreadful sign after two episodes. There’s also a distractingly shocking moment of photography later when a light in the bedroom has an actor pass underneath it. That said, Courtney B. Vance does get the only fun or interesting scene when he reveals what happened during his flash-forward (SPOILER He was on the toilet when the flash-forward occurred and was on the toilet in his flash-forward and, when he returned to consciousness, had to mouth-to-mouth resuscitate a dude who was drowning in an urinal).

This FlashForward episode contains adult dialogue and violence.

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