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FlashForward: Part One Season One by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
ABC Studios DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B0031ZWZR2
Date: 27 February 2010 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Wikipedia - FlashForward (TV Series) / FlashForward (Book) / TV Series Update by Robert J. Sawyer / Show Official Info /

Loosely based on the 1999 novel FlashForward by Canadian Science Fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer, FlashForward, the 2009 TV series from ABC-TV is far more than simply the show's producers paying Sawyer for the rights to use the name. Not only did Sawyer visit the set during shooting of the show's pilot episode, he also had a brief cameo appearance and I understand he has continued consulting on the show. In the book the FlashForward is centered at CERN in Switzerland and is triggered when the Large Hadron Collider accelerator is being used to perform a search for the Higgs boson (also known as the "God particle") - the jump into the future is approximately 21 years. The time frame in the TV series is different as the FlashForward is triggered by unknown means and the jump into the future is approximately 6 months to 10:00 P.M EDT on April 29, 2010. But the questions remain - who are the people who triggered the FlashForward and how did they do it? We'll just have to watch and find out for ourselves.

Created by Brannon Braga
David S. Goyer
Based on the novel "FlashForward" by Robert J. Sawyer

Series Cast:
Joseph Fiennes ... Mark Benford
John Cho ... Demetri Noh
Jack Davenport ... Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary Knighton ... Dr. Bryce Varley
Peyton List ... Nicole Kirby
Brian F. O'Byrne ... Aaron Stark
Courtney B. Vance ... Stanford Wedeck
Sonya Walger ... Dr. Olivia Benford
Christine Woods ... Janis Hawk
Dominic Monaghan ... Simon Campos

"Creating Catastrophe: The Effects Of A Global Blackout" with David S. Goyer (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer / Director), Danny Weselis (Stunt Coordinator), Brannon Braga (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer), Jessika Borsiczky (Executive Producer), Allen Hall (Special Effects Supervisor), Michelle Latham (Location Manager), Kevin Blank (Visual Effects Supervisor), and Ken Niederbaumer (Special Makeup Effects).

This very cool featurette deals with the intensive preparations needed before shooting of the opening sequence of the pilot episode and some behinds the scenes footage. Imagine shutting down the 110 Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles -- the producers did just that. Both Shakespearian actor Joseph Fiennes and actor John Cho underwent intensive training in police procedures and Krav Maga before shooting began.

"FlashForward: A Look Ahead" gives you a well-timed sneak peek into what is coming up in the future, nicely interspersed with deliberately grainy sepia-toned flashbacks. After watching the first ten episodes of Season One, I realized how many subtle nuances and hidden clues I missed in the heat of the action, but this short featurette has me eagerly anticipating the show's return on March 18, 2010.

"Could", the 91-second featurette had me scratching my head in confusion and the only reason I can imagine it being separate from "FlashForward: A Look Ahead" is that "Could" gives you a sneak peek into the rest of Season One, while "FlashForward: A Look Ahead" covers only Episode 11.

Something that has me puzzled about Episode 11. Currently IMDB.com lists the title as Buddha in the Ruins, while Wikipedia lists it as Revelation Zero (Part 1) and Revelation Zero (Part 2). Apparently Wikipedia has the more current information: “On December 3, 2009, ABC placed the show on hiatus until March 18, 2010, explaining the break would allow the show to run the remaining 14 episodes uninterrupted, as well as avoid competition with the 2010 Winter Olympics. FlashForward is now scheduled to return on March 18, 2010 with a two-hour opener and a two-hour season finale on May 27, 2010, outside the traditional May sweeps period.” Regardless of what the title of Episode 11 is, I can’t wait for it to air on March 18, 2010.

Given that many recent Science Fiction shows like Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Battlestar Galactica, and Sanctuary all aired as seasons divided into two halves, doing the same with FlashForward makes perfect sense given the Olympic Break. While I know that many people have little fondness for the split season DVD sets, FlashForward: Part One Season One is an exception I heartily recommend.

Preview:

"Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time" is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Mike Newell (director of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"). Given that it's based on a very popular action-packed videogame and that Jerry Bruckheimer and Mike Newell have proven track records for their work on action films, is it any wonder that the sets (both real and greenscreen and/or bluescreen) are lavish and the action takes place in heroic quantities? Scheduled to open on May 28, 2010, it looks like a wonderful way to begin the Memorial Day Weekend and the "official" opening of the Summer film season. Bring on the popcorn and sodas, I'm ready.

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