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02 October 2009 @ 07:21 am
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The new fall season is kicking me around. So much to watch! Haven't even gotten around to discussing Heroes yet.

Anyone out there been watching FlashForward? If so, is it worth watching?

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P Sunshine: botherp_sunshine on October 2nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
I watched the first half of the first episode of Flash Forward and lost interest, which was a disappointment because it was a great concept and I really wanted to like it, but it felt like it was trying really hard to be Lost. It didn't help that the announcer came on just before every commercial break and pointed out what we should have noticed while watching and how it might be important later in the series. If they don't trust the audience enough to catch things like a kangaroo in the middle of traffic lanes, then that doesn't give me a whole lot of faith going forward.
Race Dowlingeracerhead on October 2nd, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
The pacing is a bit slow. A lot of it seems to be focused on (ugh!) relationships, rather than mystery. It's almost like they're trying to appeal to both single men and soccer moms. If things don't pick up in the next two episodes, I don't think it will last the season.
D.L.Takaaltakaal on October 2nd, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I've been watching FlashForward, and I adore it. Since I'm desperately trying to stay to under 5h/week of TV (including stuff on iTunes), I actually gave up The Mentalist in its favor, and I'm a Simon Baker fan.

It's that much interesting/fun!
squishydishsquishydish on October 2nd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I caught the first episode and thought it had a good mix of action, intrigue and emotion. I'm definitely continuing, even though I'll have to catch it all on Hulu because of a schedule conflict.
I saw the second hour of the season premiere of Heroes and didn't care enough to go back and watch the first hour or the next episode.
I've been watching the National Parks series on PBS all this week. A bit preachy at times, but the history has been fascinating.
MsCongeniality: Fayemscongeniality on October 2nd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode and enjoyed it. I didn't watch last night because 8pm is an awkward time for us right now (that's when visiting hours end) but I am planning to catch it online.

It helps that the cast is awesometastic.
blackflame2180blackflame2180 on October 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
re: FlashForward

So far, so good.

One of the things I like about the show is that it is /really/ good about using kids being kids to creep you the fuck out. I won't spoil stuff, but the show is really effective at taking what should otherwise be innocent childhood behavior and, through juxtaposition with what's going on in the world, making that childhood innocence the bearer of soul-chilling portents of doom.

It's also really good at showing a world where everything is changed because of a monumental world event, and about talking about the consequences thereof. The 'blackout' turns out to be a good way of examining the post-9/11 mindset, if you ask me.

Like most television, there's also a serious investigative bit-- but what I like about this whereas I generally find it boilerplate schlock in most other shows is that they're trying to investigate something that's going to happen in the future, and piece together what's happening in the present and in the past based on that. Which is a kind of unique reversal in terms of writing.
Titaniasummer_queen on October 2nd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the first episode of Flashforward, but found last night's ep a bit on the slow side. I'm willing to give it a try for a while longer, to see where it goes.
joechummer: She-Hulk miffedjoechummer on October 2nd, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Watching this show pissed me off that stuff like like this gets made but The 4400 gets canceled.

The only thing I liked about it was the city being on fire and John Cho as an FBI agent (he needs more serious roles like this!).
joechummer: She-Hulk miffedjoechummer on October 2nd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Also, about halfway through, a kangaroo hops across the road, and at the commercial break ABC is like, "Did you notice the kangaroo? It could be important!" They did stuff like this throughout the show, at each commercial break.

And then later one of the characters mentioned setting up a website. FlashForward Alternate Reality Game, here we come.

SERIOUSLY? Don't manufacture intrigue like that. It's just smacks of amateurism.
shannonlj2shannonlj2 on October 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I love it. Shawn loves it. I saw the comments about the announcing and I don't think they have been doing that up here. Weird. But, I am glad - I think I would hate that.