I've been seeing the promos for 'FlashForward' on ABC almost nonstop for the last month or so. The idea sounded pretty cool, the entire world blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During that "black out" almost everyone has memories from six months in the future....
Now, this could have gone either way. David Goyer co-created, writes and directs the first episode. Going into this that's before and AWESOME thing and , well, a not so awesome thing. As a writer Goyer can be top notch. I mean, come on, his was the brainchild behind "The Dark Knight", "Batman Begins", "Blade" and "Blade 2" not to mention "Dark City". Yeah, he's written some stinkers too but we have proof that the man's got some writing talent. This lends itself to the AWESOME I mentioned a moment ago. My fear came into play when I read the "directed by" slot that had his name in it also. Here Goyer's track record is less "awesome" and more "really? that's the same guy that wrote Dark Knight?" I'm very happy to say that Goyer can now add his first solid notch on his directing belt.
As for the rest of the crew comprising the show, everyone has dedinitely brought their "A game." Joseph Fiennes is solid as the show's lead FBI agent who quickly finds himself square in the middle of trying to untangle the story behind this global event. Goyer surrounds him with a top tier cast. I was expecting a heavy handed mess but the show plays off very assured in it's execution. The fact that they managed to cram at least the framework of this global event and introduce the major players without feeling rushed or forced was great.
ABC has managed to drag me into another hour of tv viewing because I really do want to see how this all plays out. They've already established characters I'm interested in and set up a possible future that has the possibility to be absolutely facincating and heart breaking. If you're a fan of "Lost" or (let's go back a bit) loved the first 3 season of X-files then you'll probably enjoy "FlashForward."
....if you don't like it, that's fine....not everyone likes fun or awesome things. I hear there's a "Murder She Wrote" marathon over on TNT that should be right up your alley.