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[[caption-width-right:350:"What did you see?"]]

->''He who foresees calamity is doomed to suffer it twice over.''

Two FBI agents, Mark Benford and Demetri Noh, are investigating a terrorist cell when an event called "the Blackout" occurs. Everyone on Earth blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds. Twenty million people die. And more than that: during the two minutes and 17 seconds, the people didn't just black out, they had visions of what they were doing six months ''in the future''.

Janis Hawk, their co-worker at the FBI, has a vision of herself pregnant. Olivia, Mark's wife, sees herself with another man. Demetri doesn't have a vision at all, leading him to believe that [[YourDaysAreNumbered he will be dead in six months]]. Mark himself has a vision of his own RoomFullOfCrazy with clues about what caused the Blackout (as well as him falling off the wagon). And Mark's daughter Charlie says there will be "no more good days."

The series built a nice MythArc with a great {{HSQ}}. Based on the 1999 [[TheFilmOfTheBook sci-fi novel]] by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer (who gets a blink-and-you-miss-it CreatorCameo in the pilot), though it shared little with the book other than the flashforward concept and a character name or two. This show is not to be confused with ''Series/FlashForward'', which is totally (and tonally) different.

Character sheet can be seen [[Characters/FlashForward2009 here]].

If you're just getting started on watching this show, know the WildMassGuessing page for this show has been divided into folders letting you read theories as you go without being spoiled.

Despite having a strong start, ratings progressively dwindled throughout its run until it ended up with about a third of its original viewers, [[CutShort and it never made it to a second season]], leaving fans pondering the season-ending CliffHanger. [[http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/s56/flashforward/news/a236830/flashforward-is-most-missed-axed-show.html Zap2It declared [=FlashForward=] the most missed show]] after a poll determined that 46.3% of voters would miss it the most (by comparison, the runner-up, ''GhostWhisperer'', had 17.1% of the vote), and there were rumours that Starz might pick the show up for a second season, but it appears this has come to naught.
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!!This show contains the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Janis Hawk, who knows tae kwando and manages to [[spoiler:shoot an assassin dead even while bleeding from a gut wound]] in "Gimme Some Truth."
* ActorAllusion: In episode four, Olivia calls Mark "The Creator/WilliamShakespeare of children's stories," which is probably a reference to Joseph Fiennes's role in ShakespeareInLove.
** In the previous episode, Demetri accidentally knocks over a bong at a suspect's house, and says, "It's OK, I know what a bong is", in reference to Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese theme song is called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvYkUjYog0A "Sisyphus"]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Double subverted. At first, the fact that most characters have visions of themselves in the future seems to show that none of those characters are going to die before April 29. But after the [[spoiler:Self inflicted death of Al Gough, it is now believed that the future can be changed and that anyone without a flash forward can still live, and likewise, any with a flash forward can still die]].
** Triple subversion, actually. Sure, [[spoiler:Al's death]] proved this theory, but with the exception of [[spoiler:Dyson Frost and (maybe) Mark Benford]], all the main characters have PlotArmor thicker than a brick wall.
* ArcWords: Mark's whole RoomFullOfCrazy.
** [[spoiler: Frost's whole warehouse wall full of batshit crazy.]]
* ArcNumber: 12/12/2016.
** And 6th October 2009 - the date of the flashforward).
** And 29th April 2010 - not just the date that people experienced in their flashforwards, but also originally meant to be the airdate for the final episode, until its scheduling was changed.
** And 2 minutes, 17 seconds... keeps getting mentioned moreso even than the others (in the intro voiceover for every episode, as well as being mentioned in-episode multiple times) - 137 seconds, 137 Sekunden (the German - also used as one episode title). A lot of importance was originally attributed to the number by characters early on, but later this stopped being treated as important. One theory is that it is because 137 is very nearly the reciprocal of the universal Fine Structure Constant. (137.0359990...)
* TheArtifact: Zoe. Her role was originally supposed to increase later in the season, and in the second season that never got to be, due to Demetri's death as expected. Instead, the new showrunners decided to keep him alive since John Cho had become popular following the release of the 2009 ''Star Trek'', and the ratings needed all the help they could get. As a result, Zoe has little to do after Demetri survives his would-be death beyond break up with him, and is gone from the series by the season/series finale.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Lloyd]] doesn't start out this way, but [[CharacterDevelopment becomes one as the series goes on.]]
** The same goes for [[spoiler:Dyson Frost]]. It even results in [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath his death]]]].
* BenevolentBoss: Though he does not allow himself to be taken advantage of, Wedeck ''really'' cares about his employees. He most definitely comes off as AFatherToHisMen after [[spoiler: Janis]] is shot, and sheds sincerely touching ManlyTears when [[spoiler: Al Gough kills himself]].
* BerserkButton: Agent Noh and Olivia Benford do NOT care or want to hear what your flashforward was about, because [[spoiler: neither of them want theirs to happen.]]
** Demetri also REALLY doesn't like it when people tell him that he can't fight fate.
** Don't accuse '''anyone''' of blabbing secrets to Olivia.
** Simon is capable of anything when someone tries to manipulate him into doing something he doesn't want to do. [[spoiler: Even murder.]]
** Aaron does NOT like people messing with his daughter.
** Call Mark a failure, question his self-belief and he WILL try to end you.
* BigBad: It seemed at first that it would be [[spoiler:D. Gibbons, aka Dyson Frost]], but it actually turned out to be [[spoiler:Lucas Hellinger]]. Although, the finale implies that he was just a middleman and the ''real'' BigBad was someone else.
* BlackBraAndPanties: Mark buys this as a gift for Olivia. [[spoiler: She throws them away, since [[ScrewDestiny she had been wearing them in her flash forward.]]]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Alas, poor Al Gough.]]
* BlueOniRedOni: Mark and Demetri, respectively.
* BriefAccentImitation: Mark Benford's laughingly over-the-top English accent while playing with the egg in the kitchen with Charlie (don't forget that Joseph Fiennes who plays Benford actually is English, see FakeAmerican below).
* BreakoutCharacter: Attempted with Demetri Noh. Originally he was indeed supposed to die midway through the season, and his fiancee Zoe would have gotten a larger role in the second season due to her belief that the FBI failed to prevent Demetri's death. But with the ratings slipping, and the showrunner replaced by three people early in the season, the writers decided to keep him alive instead in the hope that the extra popularity John Cho had gained from playing Sulu in ''Star Trek'' would help the show's ratings. Cho and Demetri ''were'' popular, but not enough to save the show.
* BreakTheCutie: Keiko, after graduating from the reputedly finest university in Tokyo and being employed at the workplace of her dreams, ends up having to serve tea because tradition demands a woman has to serve the tea and she is the only woman employed at the company.
** And don't forget her mother's tantrum over Keiko's refusal to deal with an arranged marriage or put up with being turned into a waitress by her employer.
** Also, upon arriving in the US to start her new life, she gets employed at a car workshop, only to be [[spoiler: busted by the ISA on her second day at work.]]
* BrickJoke: When Mark is taking Charlie trick-or-treating, they see a wild kangaroo show up from nowhere and then disappear. In the finale, [[spoiler:shortly after the blackout]], the kangaroo shows up again...from nowhere...[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and then disappears]].
* BulletproofHumanShield: A variant on this. Janis shoots a man on a motorcycle in the chest from head-on and kills him, but the woman riding right behind him is left untouched.
* BuryYourGays: Janis is revealed to be a lesbian, and by the end of the episode [[spoiler: has been shot and left for dead]]. However, this is later partially subverted when [[spoiler: she survives, but is left unable to bear the child she now desperately wants]].
** Might have been completely subverted now that [[spoiler: she [[strike:might be]] is pregnant with Agent Noh's child]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: Mostly averted, since the show is set there, but Southern Somalia looked suspiciously like Southern California...
* CardCarryingVillain: Flosso, a SmugSnake who regularly smokes cigars despite his crippling emphysema [[ContractualGenreBlindness because that's what a villain is supposed to do]]. He even outright says that he's a villain when introducing himself.
* TheCastShowoff: The brief moment of karaoke in one episode seemed one part RuleOfFunny, one part a brief showcasing of John Cho's singing ability.
* ChekhovsGun: Flosso's [[IncrediblyLamePun killer]] emphysema.
** Mark's pistol, the one that [[spoiler: was even predicted to murder Demetri Noh on March 15th]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Dyson Frost's white queen, which contains the ring he used to stay awake during the blackout.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Alda Herzog. Captured in the pilot, appears a few times throughout the series, then finally takes a major role in "The Garden Of Forking Paths" where we learn she was part of the group responsible for the blackout. She then escapes from custody and kills Dyson Frost.]]
* TheChessmaster: Played with (briefly) then subverted at the end of the 2 hour recommencement special. In one of the scenes with [[spoiler:Simon's 'Uncle']], the quick can notice a chessboard on a computer screen being panned off-screen. He later [[spoiler: ends up dead after admitting to being only the middleman, not quite the guy in control after all.]]
** Played completely straight by D. Gibbons, who has seemingly planned for every single thing that's happened in the series [[spoiler:because he's seen them all in his many flashforwards]]. And apparently, he became a grandmaster when he was fifteen.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: Implied. Mark is there in his flash forward, and he sees people coming to get him. [[FridgeLogic One would assume they would grill the entire building staff from top agents to the janitors emptying the trash to see if anyone else was at the building and saw anything that may clue them in to these soldiers]], but instead it seems the viewer is left to assume this trope.
** Ultimately justified in that [[spoiler: the entire building has been evacuated due to a bomb inside of it, set to go off immediately after the flash forwards were going to happen]]. It's never fully explained how no one else realized this would happen, though, given the number of extras who must have had flash forwards about it.
* CreepyChild:
** Charlie, in some ways.
** Most of her classmates veer into this when they're playing "Blackout".
** So does Dylan.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Believe," which focuses solely on Bryce Varley and his [[MeLoveYouLongTime Asian girlfriend Keiko]] in their quest to find each other.
* DeathTrap: [[spoiler: Dyson Frost puts Demetri into one.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Dyson Frost]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: You know that second blackout everyone spent 22 episodes trying to prevent? Happens anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: Wasn't completely a downer though, as they did manage to save millions by getting the warning out before it happened.]]
** It was intended to be just the ''season'' finale, with [[spoiler: the second blackout and the tantalizing glimpses of both the blackout itself and several flash forwards]] setting the stage for the second season. Which, as we now know, ain't gonna happen.
* DramaticIrony: The episode "Let No Man Put Asunder" begins with [[spoiler: a flashback of Demetri, Marcie, Janis and Al's first day in FBI. Mark greets them with a speech about how they're going to give their lives to people who might not even know them, at which point the camera focuses on Al.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: "Dear Celia..." Goodbye, [[spoiler:Al Gough]].
* EnhanceButton: Strongly averted and lampshaded - even the NSA couldn't reconstruct a face from a blurred security camera picture under a month.
** Wedeck seems to believe in it, when he demands a few blurry pixels be enhanced into an identifiable ring. That had better not work.
*** It did work and they spent quite a while trying to justify why the tiny ring could be enhanced when the face could not. It's still unbelievable.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: John Cho and Jack Davenport have both gotten [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]]. Joseph Fiennes is all broody and not bad on the eyes either.
** Simon Campos got a ShirtlessScene too. With a [[FetishFuel fedora.]]
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Simon seemed to be this initially as he claims responsibility for the Blackout, but then in "A561984" he starts co-operating with the FBI, and his claim is thrown in doubt when he reveals he had no knowledge of the pylons in Somalia. Now possibly double subverted when we've seen that he was (albeit unhappily) working with the people responsible for the blackout as TheMole.]]
** There's also [[spoiler:Lucas Hellinger, the show's apparent BigBad.]]
* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:Simon vs. Flosso in Revelation Zero, Part 2. Simon wins.]]
* FakeAmerican: Definitely a few of them.
** English Joseph Feinnes as Mark Benford
** English Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford
** Irish Brían O'Byrne as Aaron Stark
*** O'Byrne is [[OohMeAccentsSlipping a particularly egregious example]].
* FalseReassurance: Inverted: A Nazi war criminal is able to secure his release from prison by telling the main characters that, in his flashforward, a murder had been his GetOutOfJailFreeCard. Once the paperwork had been filed, he then told them that he saw a dead ''murder of crows'' outside his window when he came to.
** Subverted when it turns out that the murder of crows is indeed a clue that points to the possibility that [[spoiler:a mass blackout has occurred before.]]
** [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain "Oh, we've had training."]]
* FanService: [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Janice and Maya making out]] in "Gimme Some Truth".
** The brief CatFight in "Queen Sacrifice" between two [[ActionGirl Action Girls]]. Both wearing fairly light blouses. In a pond.
** Whenever Janis goes into full ActionGirl mode the camera ''never'' ignores her tight pants or blouse.
* {{Fauxshadow}}: Did anyone else think, based on the contents of his vision, that [[spoiler: Vogel]] had to be TheMole, until it turned out to be someone else?
* FlashForward: The entire show is ''built'' around this premise.
* FlatEarthAtheist / SkepticismFailure : Several people are shown to be skeptical of the flash forward despite ''overwhelming evidence'' to the contrary, calling them meaningless "visions" and getting angry at people who are considering the visions as true ''just in case'' because they could possibly ''save lives''. Explained in that these characters were shown to have ''really awful futures'' they don't want to be true.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: December 12, 2016. The End.]] Whatever that would have meant.
* ForTheEvulz: Generally assumed to be the motivation of the people who caused the global blackouts [[spoiler: and is planning on doing it again,]] at least until their motivation becomes more clear.
* GenreSavvy: ''Dylan'', of all people, as he seems to be the ''only'' one who thought of leaving messages to his past self in his flashforward.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Have you heard of the double-slit theory?" "Well, I did a little experimenting in college..."
* AGodAmI: This is Simon's viewpoint on the fact that [[spoiler: his experiment maybe caused the blackout.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Invoked by [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] after Demetri tells him "YoureInsane."
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Flosso [[CardCarryingVillain intentionally invokes this.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Simon]].
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Al Gough]] commits suicide so that the woman he found he accidentally killed in his flashforward can live.
* HeyItsThatPlace: The [[Film/BladeRunner Bradbury]] [[Music/{{Genesis}} Building]].
* HostageSituation: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] [[spoiler:Flosso kidnaps Simon's teenage sister to use as a bargaining chip to control Simon. [[GenreSavvy Simon decides to just kill Flosso and then hunt down his sister.]]]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Janis says this word-for-word after [[spoiler: revealing her double mole status to Mark]].
* IdiotBall: Come on, Mark, you don't recognize a unit tattoo when you see one?
** Then we have anyone who thinks Tracey is dead.
*** Speaking of Tracey, it takes an idiot ball of exceptional size to tell someone that your daughter, who is thought by most to be dead and is in fact hiding from badass army types, IS STAYING AT YOUR HOUSE.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The mooks in the final episode. [[spoiler: Mark runs in front of the group of mooks who are firing like crazy, and Mark manages to take out at least one of the mooks, and gets nary a scratch himself.]]
* InMediasRes
* InsufferableGenius: Simon
* IKnewIt: A rare InUniverse example. A member of the CIA in "Gimme Some Truth" has a theory that China is behind the blackouts with an incredibly shaky basis, which both the Mosaic team and the U.S. Senate dismiss outright. At the end of the episode, however, [[spoiler: the Mosaic team is attacked by a group of Chinese gunmen, seemingly proving the agent's theory correct.]]
** [[spoiler: They seem to be dressed and acted more like gangbangers than professional hitmen, even the way they held the guns. More likely they were hired by Monaghan and Davenport to cover up the ones who are getting close.]]
*** [[spoiler: And yet the autopsy of the few of them the Mosaic team manage to kill suggests that these men are trained professionals.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: The second episode opens with "Ring Around the Rosie" and images of children lying completely still on the ground. Later on, the fake D. Gibbons has dolls which also sing the song. [[NightmareFuel It's creepy.]]
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Poor Demetri...
* IronicEcho / PreMortemOneLiner: Mark in the finale. "What did [[{{Mook}} you]] see?" * BLAM*
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A [[TearJerker truly touching moment]] between Mark and Gabriel in "The Negotiation". (No, [[HoYay not like that!]] ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Anyone involved in the global blackout apart from Dyson Frost, who's dead, and Hellinger, who's still in FBI custody as of the end of the series. Alda Herzog and Evil Pet Shop Lady are still on the loose, and no one apart from Aaron even knows about Jericho's involvement.]]
* KudzuPlot
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Switch "characters" with "factions" and you got it. There is the FBI, the Blue Hand, the men with the three stars tattooed on them, the man who acquired [[spoiler: seven rings]] from them and promptly killed one of them, Simon and Lloyd who are part of a larger group, [[spoiler: the Jericho Private Military Contractors]] and, judging from the woman from Hong-Kong who [[spoiler: phoned Demetri]], the Chinese. [[MindScrew All these groups may or may not be connected]].
** There ''are'' quite a lot of characters too.
* LuckyTranslation: The [[spoiler: "murder of crows"-pun]] only works in English. Luckily for the international dubs, the [[spoiler: crows]] ''were'' technically murdered. This way, the old Nazi's deception revolves around [[spoiler: the fact that the murder-victims are not human, as opposed to the meaning of the word "murder"]].
* MagicalDatabase: Well, the FBI are trying to create one with the Mosaic website, which tracks people's visions and cross-references them.
* MeLoveYouLongTime: Bryce and Keiko (seeing as she is repelled by her Japanese suitors and prefers him).
** And inverted with Demetri and Zoey.
* MessianicArchetype: Simon accuses Lloyd of trying to be one.
* MindScrew: You may have a tough time in the first episode differentiating the flashforward from the real world if you start watching when it happens.
** The ending, thanks to its cancellation.
* MisplacedWildlife: The [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia kangaroo]], though it's probably intended to appear as a zoo escapee.
** An escapee of ''the'' most incompetent zoo in the world, apparently, as it's ''still'' running around in "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps".
*** Well, the LA Zoo is currently defending themselves from a lawsuit alleging they abuse their animals, so...
** [[spoiler: And it's ''still'' running around in the series finale! [[FridgeLogic How the hell did no-one do anything about that kangaroo in six months?]]]]
*** Well, during Hurricane Andrew, much of Miami Metro Zoo was destroyed and lots of animals escaped. Some, including a ''giraffe'' were never recovered. Dead or alive. If you can lose something as big and prominent as a giraffe, a kangaroo is child's play.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: RunningGag to Bryce and Keiko.
** An incredibly sad running gag.
* TheMole: The audience is led to believe this is someone who [[RememberTheNewGuy was apparently working with Mosaic all this time but was never given so much as a name before this.]] [[spoiler: Subverted. [[TheReveal The mole is Janis Hawk.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Double subverted in that Janis is actually [[TheInfiltration working for the CIA to spy on her unknown employers]].]]
** [[spoiler:Simon]] could also be called this. As could [[spoiler:Mike, who was spying on Aaron on behalf of the Jericho PMC]].
* MythologyGag: Frost's RoomFullOfCrazy Conspiracy Wall has CERN in block letters, a reference to the Large Hadron Collider's involvement in the original book.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The Blue Hand group uses Mosaic to track down people who didn't have a Flashforward and convinces them to join a suicide club.]]
** Nice job [[spoiler:killing the man who would eventually lead war-torn Somalia to peace, Vogel.]]
*** [[spoiler:Vogel is CIA. It could be taken that once he learned Abdi was going to be a peacemaker, he began looking for an opportunity to kill him. Cause', you know, [[StrawmanPolitical that's what the CIA does.]]]]
--->'''???''': ''[[ArcWords What did you see]], Vogel?''\\
'''Flashforward''': ''[[spoiler:Mark Benford is dead.]]''\\
'''Vogel''': ''I was [[strike:[[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]]]] doing my job.''
* NietzscheWannabe: Dr. Raynaud, the highest ranking Blue Hand we've met so far.
** Possibly lampshaded by Mark when he asks Raynaud what made him turn from an ordinary nice guy into Friedrich Nietzsche.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Olivia invokes this one in non-humorous context.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mark delivers one to [[spoiler:Hellinger]] in the penultimate episode.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Nicole's knowledge of Japanese language and culture.
** Or it could be YouDidntAsk.
** Various characters seem to remember New Flash Forwards As The Plot Demands, or at least new parts of the one they had, on a regular basis.
* NewspaperDating: That's how they find out that the visions are supposed to show the future.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Strongly, ''strongly'' averted. One of the reasons for the investigation into the flash forward is that 20 million people died in the blackout due to car crashes, train derailments, doctors passing out during surgery, and plane crashes.
** Actually, it could be argued that even 20 million is a rather '''low''' number of casualties considering the event...,
*** Well, the number of injuries are presumably much higher. People can survive some pretty brutal things. And China is mentioned to have suffered little damage due to it being past midnight there. Presumably same goes for India, sparing the two most populous countries the worst of the catastrophe. It is a strech but it is possible to have [[AMillionIsAStatistic ''just'' 20 million dead]].
** Played straight at other times, though because it is firmly established that the entire LA area was one big traffic accident because of the flash forward. ''Every car on the road'' was in a fender bender at the least. However all the cars you see in the series are all pristine - there should have been plenty of cars with dents, scrapes and scratches (the body shop Keiko works in six months after the event should have been still cleaning up by doing body work!). And the long shots of streets and freeways - everything looks fine - no dented light poles, etc that weren't damaged enough to be replaced.
* NoEnding: Due to the cancellation of the series after a cliffhanger in the finale.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The head of the Senate committee in "Gimme Some Truth" is practically the embodiment of this trope.
* OfficeLady: Keiko.
* OhCrap: When Demetri's fiancee realizes [[spoiler: that what she saw wasn't a wedding, it was a funeral.]]
** "Hello, Demetri. My name is [[spoiler: Dyson Frost. I'm recording this in 1991. Got your attention, didn't I?"]]
* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: Some of the characters didn't like the implications of their glimpses of the future.
* OpeningNarration: Starting with the third episode, there's a quickie explanation of The Blackout.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Brían F. O'Byrne as "American" Aaron Stark.
* TheOtherDarrin: Dylan Simcoe was recast in the middle of filming the pilot. Some scenes feature Dylan #1 and some Dylan #2; one of them took over for the series proper.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The President, as played by [[{{The4400}} PeterCoyote]], is halfway between President Personable and President Jerkass.
** Don't forget he's also President[[spoiler: Playboy. It's how he gets blackmailed by Wedeck into keeping Mosaic open.]]
* PapaWolf: Aaron Stark.
** Mark can turn into this if you talk about his daughter in a way he doesn't like.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: The event that kicked off the MythArc.
* TheRainman: Gabriel [=McDow=]
* RealLifeRelative: An interesting case in that Alex Kingston used to be Joseph Fiennes' sister-in-law (she was formerly married to one of his older brothers, Ralph).
** And John Cho's wife Kerri guest-starred in "Queen Sacrifice".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] was trying to redeem himself, but he got shot by a sniper working for the BigBad [[HeKnowsTooMuch before he could tell Mark what he needed to know.]]
** [[spoiler: Al Gough qualifies as well. He killed himself so that he wouldn't inadvertently kill a woman he didn't even know.]]
*** [[spoiler: Who then gets killed anyways.]]
* RedHerring: Brilliantly [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] in "Queen Sacrifice."
* RedshirtArmy: The Red Panda escorts. They even lampshade it, when the Somali warlord explains that the purpose of the Red Panda guys ''was'' to die in order to intimidate the hostages.
* RedStringOfFate: Three characters (Bryce, Keiko, and Olivia) see themselves in love with someone they haven't met yet in their flash forwards leading two of them (Bryce and Keiko) on a quest to find each other and Olivia doing everything she can to avoid her apparently-fated love interest. The recurring question of fate versus free will is never really resolved and it is heavily suggested that Olivia avoiding her match with Lloyd might actually doom the entire world.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Hey guys, remember Marci? [[spoiler: You know, the mole?]]
** Done rather well as her motivator was that - as a wallflower - nobody ever paid any attention to her in the first place.
* RetiredBadass: Aaron Stark, as of "Blowback."
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Simon]] is Suspect Zero.
** [[spoiler: Marcy is a mole.]]
*** [[spoiler: The twist is that so is Agent Janis Hawk.]]
**** [[spoiler: A double twist is that Hawk is actually working for the CIA as a mole in the organisation of whomever wants her as a mole in the FBI.]]
* RingOfPower: A set of seven rings worth killing for in "Playing Cards With Coyote". [[spoiler:It turns out they were what kept people awake during the blackout.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Mark Bedford has one.
** Nicole Kirby's mother spends her spare time gluing pennies to the wall in one room of her house. All of these pennies are from the year Nicole was born.
* RunningGag: Simon constantly hitting on Janis.
* SceneryGorn: The first 17 minutes of the pilot is dedicated to showing what would happen to downtown Los Angeles if everyone blacked out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds. Helicopters sticking out of skyscrapers, freeways full of twisted metal and bodies... it's pretty darn Gorn-iffic. Gorn from around the world is mentioned through the rest of the episode, but not shown (700 plane crashes?!).
** And it continues through the subsequent episodes. The earlier episodes had establishing episodes of damaged skyscrapers and burnt buildings. The number of these slowly reduced as episodes progressed and they were repaired but every now and then, there are still damaged buildings visible even in the most insignificant of background shots.
* ScrewDestiny: What Mark's trying to do by [[spoiler:burning the friendship bracelet]].
** In episode 7, Al Gough does this by [[spoiler:killing himself]].
** Olivia gets in on the act in episode 8 by [[spoiler:throwing out the lingerie she saw herself wearing in her flashforward]].
** Mark again by [[spoiler:getting himself fired]] in episode 10. Considering what he did [[spoiler:(went to China against his boss's orders, then kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and got arrested and deported by Chinese authorities)]], it's not likely he'll get his job back in the next few months.
*** Oh, Nevermind.
** He is successful in [[spoiler: not killing Demetri]].
* ScienceMarchesOn: In [[http://tinyurl.com/ylgy9bw the 1999 novel on which the television show was based]], the flashforward was caused [[spoiler: partly by the activation of the Large Hadron Collider]].
** In-universe example:
-->'''Simon:''' What I designed was theoretical. It could only be done in the future. And yet, it's been standing here for 18 years.\\
'''Janis:''' Well, welcome to the future.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Who doesn't already believe that Mark and Olivia's marriage is going to fail? They seem to have grown distant already just at the thought that she will cheat on him. [[spoiler:Even more so now that he knows she's met the man in her vision and she knows he was drinking in his FlashForward.]]
** The Blue Hand,[[spoiler: not having flash forwards, realized they will be dead in six months and begin committing suicide]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Make of that what you will]].
** Demetri would do well to learn that [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda one often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.]]
*** For that matter, so would [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]].
** The Finale goes to town on this one. [[spoiler: So the second blackout was predicted by Gabriel's modifications to the board, who modified the board because he modified the board, because he modified the board, because he modified the board? Come again?]]
* SenselessSacrifice: Most likely [[spoiler:Al Gough's. He kills himself in order to save a woman he would inevitably kill by accident if he had stayed alive. But several episodes after his death, she gets hit by a car, and the doctors say her chances of living are slim. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never did find out if she lived or died]], but she most likely succumbed to the wounds.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Gabriel is visibly distraught that Lloyd and Olivia aren't together, as them not being together affects the fate of the world. [[MindScrew Somehow.]]
* ShootOutTheLock: how Mark gets into the building where [[spoiler: Demetri is stuck in a DeathTrap]] in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
* ShootTheDog: Mark engages in this pretty heavily in "A561984".
* ShoutOut: D. Gibbons could be a shout-out to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]]. There was also a poster advertisement in the first episode for [[Series/{{Lost}} Oceanic Airlines]].
** There's also an ad for Lost's final season on a briefly seen bus. [[FridgeLogic So, uh,]] who [[CelebrityParadox plays Charlie and Penny]] in this show's Lost?
** "Revelation Zero, Part 1" has mention of a Detective [[RobLiefeld Liefeld.]]
** [[spoiler: D. Gibbons/Dyson Frost "talks" to Demitri from a video recorded decades in the past.]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E10Blink Sound familiar?]]
** There's also a character called [[DoctorFate Kent Nelson]] on the show.
** Some of the items on Dyson Frost's [[RoomFullOfCrazy Chalkboard Full Of Crazy]] are [[UrsulaKLeGuin "Ansible Theory",]] [[DivineComedy "Maestro Di Color",]] and [[TheSarahConnorChronicles "Strange Things Happen At The One Two Point".]]
*** The chalkboard itself could be a reference to Rip Hunter's in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.
** [[Creator/JorgeLuisBorges "The Garden of Forking Paths"]].
** I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Al Gough is played by the guy who played Cyborg on Smallville which was developed by Alfred Gough.
** The first thing that Mark sees after the epic tragedy of the blackout is [[Film/TheGodfather an orange]].
* SmugSnake: Heroic variant in Marshall Vogel of the CIA. Most infuriatingly, he's most often right.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Queen Sacrifice" where Mark, Demetri and Janis all tell him to **** himself at different times whenever he suggests one of them could be [[spoiler: TheMole . Turns out he was right about Janis, too.]]
*** [[spoiler: Of course he was. SmugSnake that he is, he was the one who recruited her to be TheInfiltration in the first place.]]
** And in the villain corner, Carline, [[spoiler: Janis's contact within the mysterious conspiracy]] is one full-stop.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: A trumpet player in the foot chase scene in "Black Swan".
* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of "Like A Rolling Stone" by The Rolling Stones. How does it feel?!
** In "Black Swan", the flashforward occurring in Echo Park (with all the carnage that implies, specifically, [[spoiler: an out-of-control city bus heading straight into a lake, ''running over several unconscious people in the process'']]) set to Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet".
* TheSponsor: Aaron Stark, who is Mark Benford's AA sponsor. As the series progresses, his focus shifts from helping Mark with his addiction to finding his daughter.
* StableTimeLoop:
** Several, including the stuff that was on Mark's [[RoomFullOfCrazy wall of crazy]]. It'll drive you mad just thinking about the reason he put up those cards: he put them on the wall because he had a vision of them on the wall.
** In the second episode, Mark puts up a picture of the burned doll on the wall. But the doll wouldn't have been burned (and he wouldn't have gone into the doll factory at all) if he hadn't had the vision of the burned doll picture in the first place. [[AustinPowers Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed.]]
** Also, the Nazi war criminal from "137 Sekunden", who would never have [[spoiler: been released]] if he hadn't seen that happening in his blackout.
*** However, it looks like this is about to be shaken up, now that [[spoiler: Al Gough killed himself because of what he saw in his flashforward, where he was very much alive.]]
* StealthPun: When the agents have to give cover stories about what they saw in their flash forwards, Janis says she was baking bread. Actually she was having a pre-natal sonogram, or in other words [[spoiler: she had a bun in the oven.]]
* StringTheory: Mark's Blackout wall.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: In "Queen Sacrifice".
* TimeyWimeyBall: Some of the events in the flashforwards were themselves caused by the flashforwards (see above). However, apart from a throwaway line mentioning a party in Times Square, none of the visions show any awareness that this was the moment they all foresaw. [[spoiler:And now someone has apparently died despite the fact that he was alive in his flashforward.]]
** Except Bryce, he says, "so you're really here" to Keiko, referencing that this is the moment he saw.
* TokenMinority: Mostly averted, as there are three of the six regular cast members playing FBI agents are black, as is Demetri's fiancee. Lynn Whitfield and Gina Torres have also appeared. Still only one Asian regular, but he's co-lead and has been getting CharacterDevelopment, so...
** Now the Japanese girl in Bryce's vision, Keiko, seems to be getting a bigger role.
* TookALevelInBadass: Aaron Stark, in "Blowback,". [[spoiler:When his daughter is kidnapped by Jericho, he proceeds to beat information out of the mole, tap the phone in the head honcho's house, and leave the mole TIED UP AND HANGING FROM THE CEILING in the BigBad's house...with "Happy Birthday" written on his chest.]]
** Also, to many, Mark Benford. In the first block of episodes, it wouldn't be a stretch to say he was in the running for most hated character. After the hiatus, he has become much more level-headed, proactive, decisive and mature about his responsibilities.
* UnfortunateName: Flosso? ''Really''?
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: All the time.
* WhamEpisode: "The Gift." If you don't cry at the end... you probably left your soul at a bus stop somewhere.
** About half the episodes qualify, to one degree or another. "A561984" is probably the biggest one yet, even more so than "The Gift". Just about every point of the meeting with [[spoiler: the woman in Hong Kong]] is its own mini-wham, and then you have [[spoiler: Simon working with the Good Guys]] and the things he reveals, plus what happens to Lloyd (and his son and Olivia!) at the end.
** "The Garden of Forking Paths". [[spoiler:Dyson Frost ''isn't'' actually the BigBad. And now he's dead. And Demetri's successfully managed to ScrewDestiny by not dying on March 15th. Or has he?]]
** "Countdown". Oh, boy. Where to begin? [[spoiler: Everyone's future goes severely downhill and strays ''very'' far away from the flash forwards: Mark is expelled from the bureau after beating up Hellinger (something the latter had just predicted it would happen), starts drinking again, gets in a bar brawl and is thrown in jail for good measure. Zoey departs for Hawaii alone after Demetri tells her he impregnated Janis, who in turn might have lost her baby while handcuffing Simon. Lloyd can't complete the tachionic equation since Olivia decided not to let her flash forward become true. Nicole reveals Bryce she knew where Keiko was, but he misses her (again) because she's returning to Japan on immigration agents' watch. All of this mere hours before the moment of the visions. What else? Oh right. Too bad for Aaron, ''Tracy is dead''.]]
*** [[spoiler: And then all of that gets totally reversed [[strike: soon]] immediately after. Except for Demetri.]]
* WhamLine: "Message received." [[spoiler:Spoken by Janis, revealing that she's a second mole in the FBI.]]
** The episode before: [[spoiler:"Hello Demetri. My name is Dyson Frost. I am recording this message in 1991. [pause] Got your attention, didn't I?"]]
** [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] again: [[spoiler: "Hello, Charlie! :)"]]
** Evil Pet Shop Lady to Janis: [[spoiler: "We need you to kill Mark Benford."]]
** Series Finale: [[spoiler: "They Found Him!"]] [[AbortedArc Whatever that meant.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic - The New York Times review of the pilot included a list of historical events tied to the flash forward date of April 29, 2010, and suggesting speculation over the date's significance would be more fuel for EpilepticTrees. In actuality, it's just the 50th birthday of Robert J. Sawyer, author of the ''Flash Forward'' novel, which coincidentally falls close to the airing of the first season finale.
** [[spoiler: December 12, 2016- The End. ]] [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Hurm...]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse - Early episodes mentioned the Vice President being the new president in her flash forward, implying the old one would die. However, the April 29th episodes focused entirely on LA and Somalia, and even then, you'd think we would have heard if the president died.
** Or get his impeachment. We saw her flashforward, it was a little unclear. What more interesting - what about Arabian boy who was seen by Wedeck's wife? Did writers forget about him or something?
* WhatTheHellHero: Janis, Olivia and Wedeck have all given this treatment to Mark. Demetri has gone as far as punching Mark in the face, although that was more his BerserkButton going off.
** [[DesignatedHero He seems to attract a lot of this..]]
** And now Aaron, Mark's AA sponsor, has given him the same treatment.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Especially in the early season, episodes would be split between new footage, flashbacks of the flashforwards, and flashbacks of scenes from the 'present day' timeline.
* WireDilemma: In "The Garden of Forking Paths", [[spoiler: the DeathTrap Demetri's in]] involves one of these.
* WrenchWench: Keiko
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:In the finale, Lloyd and Mark discover when the second blackout will take place. Unfortunately, it's due to happen just minutes from when they found out, so they're unable to stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Slightly subverted in that they managed to save millions of lives by getting the last-minute warning out.]]
* YouCantFightFate: They're not sure if this is true yet, but it looks like it might be.
** Special Agent [[spoiler:[[strike:Jett Jackson]] Al Gough]] just proved you can fight it and ScrewDestiny [[spoiler:by killing himself, even though he had a vision of himself six months in the future after he had accidentally killed a young mother]].
*** However, [[spoiler: in episode 19 she [[strike:dies]] suffers massive injuries in a freak car accident. Chance? No: The universe correcting itself. It is implied that the she will still die on April 29 and the events of Al's flashforward will happen to someone else.]]
*** On the ''other'' hand, [[spoiler: Demetri survived]] so you ''can'' fight fate, but have to overcome a sort of historical "inertia" to do so.
* YouKilledMyFather, PrepareToDie: [[spoiler: Simon does this, twice.]]
* YoureInsane: Demetri to D.Gibbons in "The Garden of Forking Paths". Gibbons' reply: [[MadOracle Most oracles are]].
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->''He who foresees calamity is doomed to suffer it twice over.''

Two FBI agents, Mark Benford and Demetri Noh, are investigating a terrorist cell when an event called "the Blackout" occurs. Everyone on Earth blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds. Twenty million people die. And more than that: during the two minutes and 17 seconds, the people didn't just black out, they had visions of what they were doing six months ''in the future''.

Janis Hawk, their co-worker at the FBI, has a vision of herself pregnant. Olivia, Mark's wife, sees herself with another man. Demetri doesn't have a vision at all, leading him to believe that [[YourDaysAreNumbered he will be dead in six months]]. Mark himself has a vision of his own RoomFullOfCrazy with clues about what caused the Blackout (as well as him falling off the wagon). And Mark's daughter Charlie says there will be "no more good days."

The series built a nice MythArc with a great {{HSQ}}. Based on the 1999 [[TheFilmOfTheBook sci-fi novel]] by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer (who gets a blink-and-you-miss-it CreatorCameo in the pilot), though it shared little with the book other than the flashforward concept and a character name or two. This show is not to be confused with ''Series/FlashForward'', which is totally (and tonally) different.

Character sheet can be seen [[Characters/FlashForward2009 here]].

If you're just getting started on watching this show, know the WildMassGuessing page for this show has been divided into folders letting you read theories as you go without being spoiled.

Despite having a strong start, ratings progressively dwindled throughout its run until it ended up with about a third of its original viewers, [[CutShort and it never made it to a second season]], leaving fans pondering the season-ending CliffHanger. [[http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/s56/flashforward/news/a236830/flashforward-is-most-missed-axed-show.html Zap2It declared [=FlashForward=] the most missed show]] after a poll determined that 46.3% of voters would miss it the most (by comparison, the runner-up, ''GhostWhisperer'', had 17.1% of the vote), and there were rumours that Starz might pick the show up for a second season, but it appears this has come to naught.
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!!This show contains the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Janis Hawk, who knows tae kwando and manages to [[spoiler:shoot an assassin dead even while bleeding from a gut wound]] in "Gimme Some Truth."
* ActorAllusion: In episode four, Olivia calls Mark "The Creator/WilliamShakespeare of children's stories," which is probably a reference to Joseph Fiennes's role in ShakespeareInLove.
** In the previous episode, Demetri accidentally knocks over a bong at a suspect's house, and says, "It's OK, I know what a bong is", in reference to Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese theme song is called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvYkUjYog0A "Sisyphus"]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Double subverted. At first, the fact that most characters have visions of themselves in the future seems to show that none of those characters are going to die before April 29. But after the [[spoiler:Self inflicted death of Al Gough, it is now believed that the future can be changed and that anyone without a flash forward can still live, and likewise, any with a flash forward can still die]].
** Triple subversion, actually. Sure, [[spoiler:Al's death]] proved this theory, but with the exception of [[spoiler:Dyson Frost and (maybe) Mark Benford]], all the main characters have PlotArmor thicker than a brick wall.
* ArcWords: Mark's whole RoomFullOfCrazy.
** [[spoiler: Frost's whole warehouse wall full of batshit crazy.]]
* ArcNumber: 12/12/2016.
** And 6th October 2009 - the date of the flashforward).
** And 29th April 2010 - not just the date that people experienced in their flashforwards, but also originally meant to be the airdate for the final episode, until its scheduling was changed.
** And 2 minutes, 17 seconds... keeps getting mentioned moreso even than the others (in the intro voiceover for every episode, as well as being mentioned in-episode multiple times) - 137 seconds, 137 Sekunden (the German - also used as one episode title). A lot of importance was originally attributed to the number by characters early on, but later this stopped being treated as important. One theory is that it is because 137 is very nearly the reciprocal of the universal Fine Structure Constant. (137.0359990...)
* TheArtifact: Zoe. Her role was originally supposed to increase later in the season, and in the second season that never got to be, due to Demetri's death as expected. Instead, the new showrunners decided to keep him alive since John Cho had become popular following the release of the 2009 ''Star Trek'', and the ratings needed all the help they could get. As a result, Zoe has little to do after Demetri survives his would-be death beyond break up with him, and is gone from the series by the season/series finale.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Lloyd]] doesn't start out this way, but [[CharacterDevelopment becomes one as the series goes on.]]
** The same goes for [[spoiler:Dyson Frost]]. It even results in [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath his death]]]].
* BenevolentBoss: Though he does not allow himself to be taken advantage of, Wedeck ''really'' cares about his employees. He most definitely comes off as AFatherToHisMen after [[spoiler: Janis]] is shot, and sheds sincerely touching ManlyTears when [[spoiler: Al Gough kills himself]].
* BerserkButton: Agent Noh and Olivia Benford do NOT care or want to hear what your flashforward was about, because [[spoiler: neither of them want theirs to happen.]]
** Demetri also REALLY doesn't like it when people tell him that he can't fight fate.
** Don't accuse '''anyone''' of blabbing secrets to Olivia.
** Simon is capable of anything when someone tries to manipulate him into doing something he doesn't want to do. [[spoiler: Even murder.]]
** Aaron does NOT like people messing with his daughter.
** Call Mark a failure, question his self-belief and he WILL try to end you.
* BigBad: It seemed at first that it would be [[spoiler:D. Gibbons, aka Dyson Frost]], but it actually turned out to be [[spoiler:Lucas Hellinger]]. Although, the finale implies that he was just a middleman and the ''real'' BigBad was someone else.
* BlackBraAndPanties: Mark buys this as a gift for Olivia. [[spoiler: She throws them away, since [[ScrewDestiny she had been wearing them in her flash forward.]]]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Alas, poor Al Gough.]]
* BlueOniRedOni: Mark and Demetri, respectively.
* BriefAccentImitation: Mark Benford's laughingly over-the-top English accent while playing with the egg in the kitchen with Charlie (don't forget that Joseph Fiennes who plays Benford actually is English, see FakeAmerican below).
* BreakoutCharacter: Attempted with Demetri Noh. Originally he was indeed supposed to die midway through the season, and his fiancee Zoe would have gotten a larger role in the second season due to her belief that the FBI failed to prevent Demetri's death. But with the ratings slipping, and the showrunner replaced by three people early in the season, the writers decided to keep him alive instead in the hope that the extra popularity John Cho had gained from playing Sulu in ''Star Trek'' would help the show's ratings. Cho and Demetri ''were'' popular, but not enough to save the show.
* BreakTheCutie: Keiko, after graduating from the reputedly finest university in Tokyo and being employed at the workplace of her dreams, ends up having to serve tea because tradition demands a woman has to serve the tea and she is the only woman employed at the company.
** And don't forget her mother's tantrum over Keiko's refusal to deal with an arranged marriage or put up with being turned into a waitress by her employer.
** Also, upon arriving in the US to start her new life, she gets employed at a car workshop, only to be [[spoiler: busted by the ISA on her second day at work.]]
* BrickJoke: When Mark is taking Charlie trick-or-treating, they see a wild kangaroo show up from nowhere and then disappear. In the finale, [[spoiler:shortly after the blackout]], the kangaroo shows up again...from nowhere...[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and then disappears]].
* BulletproofHumanShield: A variant on this. Janis shoots a man on a motorcycle in the chest from head-on and kills him, but the woman riding right behind him is left untouched.
* BuryYourGays: Janis is revealed to be a lesbian, and by the end of the episode [[spoiler: has been shot and left for dead]]. However, this is later partially subverted when [[spoiler: she survives, but is left unable to bear the child she now desperately wants]].
** Might have been completely subverted now that [[spoiler: she [[strike:might be]] is pregnant with Agent Noh's child]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: Mostly averted, since the show is set there, but Southern Somalia looked suspiciously like Southern California...
* CardCarryingVillain: Flosso, a SmugSnake who regularly smokes cigars despite his crippling emphysema [[ContractualGenreBlindness because that's what a villain is supposed to do]]. He even outright says that he's a villain when introducing himself.
* TheCastShowoff: The brief moment of karaoke in one episode seemed one part RuleOfFunny, one part a brief showcasing of John Cho's singing ability.
* ChekhovsGun: Flosso's [[IncrediblyLamePun killer]] emphysema.
** Mark's pistol, the one that [[spoiler: was even predicted to murder Demetri Noh on March 15th]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Dyson Frost's white queen, which contains the ring he used to stay awake during the blackout.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Alda Herzog. Captured in the pilot, appears a few times throughout the series, then finally takes a major role in "The Garden Of Forking Paths" where we learn she was part of the group responsible for the blackout. She then escapes from custody and kills Dyson Frost.]]
* TheChessmaster: Played with (briefly) then subverted at the end of the 2 hour recommencement special. In one of the scenes with [[spoiler:Simon's 'Uncle']], the quick can notice a chessboard on a computer screen being panned off-screen. He later [[spoiler: ends up dead after admitting to being only the middleman, not quite the guy in control after all.]]
** Played completely straight by D. Gibbons, who has seemingly planned for every single thing that's happened in the series [[spoiler:because he's seen them all in his many flashforwards]]. And apparently, he became a grandmaster when he was fifteen.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: Implied. Mark is there in his flash forward, and he sees people coming to get him. [[FridgeLogic One would assume they would grill the entire building staff from top agents to the janitors emptying the trash to see if anyone else was at the building and saw anything that may clue them in to these soldiers]], but instead it seems the viewer is left to assume this trope.
** Ultimately justified in that [[spoiler: the entire building has been evacuated due to a bomb inside of it, set to go off immediately after the flash forwards were going to happen]]. It's never fully explained how no one else realized this would happen, though, given the number of extras who must have had flash forwards about it.
* CreepyChild:
** Charlie, in some ways.
** Most of her classmates veer into this when they're playing "Blackout".
** So does Dylan.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Believe," which focuses solely on Bryce Varley and his [[MeLoveYouLongTime Asian girlfriend Keiko]] in their quest to find each other.
* DeathTrap: [[spoiler: Dyson Frost puts Demetri into one.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Dyson Frost]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: You know that second blackout everyone spent 22 episodes trying to prevent? Happens anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: Wasn't completely a downer though, as they did manage to save millions by getting the warning out before it happened.]]
** It was intended to be just the ''season'' finale, with [[spoiler: the second blackout and the tantalizing glimpses of both the blackout itself and several flash forwards]] setting the stage for the second season. Which, as we now know, ain't gonna happen.
* DramaticIrony: The episode "Let No Man Put Asunder" begins with [[spoiler: a flashback of Demetri, Marcie, Janis and Al's first day in FBI. Mark greets them with a speech about how they're going to give their lives to people who might not even know them, at which point the camera focuses on Al.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: "Dear Celia..." Goodbye, [[spoiler:Al Gough]].
* EnhanceButton: Strongly averted and lampshaded - even the NSA couldn't reconstruct a face from a blurred security camera picture under a month.
** Wedeck seems to believe in it, when he demands a few blurry pixels be enhanced into an identifiable ring. That had better not work.
*** It did work and they spent quite a while trying to justify why the tiny ring could be enhanced when the face could not. It's still unbelievable.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: John Cho and Jack Davenport have both gotten [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]]. Joseph Fiennes is all broody and not bad on the eyes either.
** Simon Campos got a ShirtlessScene too. With a [[FetishFuel fedora.]]
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Simon seemed to be this initially as he claims responsibility for the Blackout, but then in "A561984" he starts co-operating with the FBI, and his claim is thrown in doubt when he reveals he had no knowledge of the pylons in Somalia. Now possibly double subverted when we've seen that he was (albeit unhappily) working with the people responsible for the blackout as TheMole.]]
** There's also [[spoiler:Lucas Hellinger, the show's apparent BigBad.]]
* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:Simon vs. Flosso in Revelation Zero, Part 2. Simon wins.]]
* FakeAmerican: Definitely a few of them.
** English Joseph Feinnes as Mark Benford
** English Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford
** Irish Brían O'Byrne as Aaron Stark
*** O'Byrne is [[OohMeAccentsSlipping a particularly egregious example]].
* FalseReassurance: Inverted: A Nazi war criminal is able to secure his release from prison by telling the main characters that, in his flashforward, a murder had been his GetOutOfJailFreeCard. Once the paperwork had been filed, he then told them that he saw a dead ''murder of crows'' outside his window when he came to.
** Subverted when it turns out that the murder of crows is indeed a clue that points to the possibility that [[spoiler:a mass blackout has occurred before.]]
** [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain "Oh, we've had training."]]
* FanService: [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Janice and Maya making out]] in "Gimme Some Truth".
** The brief CatFight in "Queen Sacrifice" between two [[ActionGirl Action Girls]]. Both wearing fairly light blouses. In a pond.
** Whenever Janis goes into full ActionGirl mode the camera ''never'' ignores her tight pants or blouse.
* {{Fauxshadow}}: Did anyone else think, based on the contents of his vision, that [[spoiler: Vogel]] had to be TheMole, until it turned out to be someone else?
* FlashForward: The entire show is ''built'' around this premise.
* FlatEarthAtheist / SkepticismFailure : Several people are shown to be skeptical of the flash forward despite ''overwhelming evidence'' to the contrary, calling them meaningless "visions" and getting angry at people who are considering the visions as true ''just in case'' because they could possibly ''save lives''. Explained in that these characters were shown to have ''really awful futures'' they don't want to be true.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: December 12, 2016. The End.]] Whatever that would have meant.
* ForTheEvulz: Generally assumed to be the motivation of the people who caused the global blackouts [[spoiler: and is planning on doing it again,]] at least until their motivation becomes more clear.
* GenreSavvy: ''Dylan'', of all people, as he seems to be the ''only'' one who thought of leaving messages to his past self in his flashforward.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Have you heard of the double-slit theory?" "Well, I did a little experimenting in college..."
* AGodAmI: This is Simon's viewpoint on the fact that [[spoiler: his experiment maybe caused the blackout.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Invoked by [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] after Demetri tells him "YoureInsane."
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Flosso [[CardCarryingVillain intentionally invokes this.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Simon]].
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Al Gough]] commits suicide so that the woman he found he accidentally killed in his flashforward can live.
* HeyItsThatPlace: The [[Film/BladeRunner Bradbury]] [[Music/{{Genesis}} Building]].
* HostageSituation: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] [[spoiler:Flosso kidnaps Simon's teenage sister to use as a bargaining chip to control Simon. [[GenreSavvy Simon decides to just kill Flosso and then hunt down his sister.]]]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Janis says this word-for-word after [[spoiler: revealing her double mole status to Mark]].
* IdiotBall: Come on, Mark, you don't recognize a unit tattoo when you see one?
** Then we have anyone who thinks Tracey is dead.
*** Speaking of Tracey, it takes an idiot ball of exceptional size to tell someone that your daughter, who is thought by most to be dead and is in fact hiding from badass army types, IS STAYING AT YOUR HOUSE.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The mooks in the final episode. [[spoiler: Mark runs in front of the group of mooks who are firing like crazy, and Mark manages to take out at least one of the mooks, and gets nary a scratch himself.]]
* InMediasRes
* InsufferableGenius: Simon
* IKnewIt: A rare InUniverse example. A member of the CIA in "Gimme Some Truth" has a theory that China is behind the blackouts with an incredibly shaky basis, which both the Mosaic team and the U.S. Senate dismiss outright. At the end of the episode, however, [[spoiler: the Mosaic team is attacked by a group of Chinese gunmen, seemingly proving the agent's theory correct.]]
** [[spoiler: They seem to be dressed and acted more like gangbangers than professional hitmen, even the way they held the guns. More likely they were hired by Monaghan and Davenport to cover up the ones who are getting close.]]
*** [[spoiler: And yet the autopsy of the few of them the Mosaic team manage to kill suggests that these men are trained professionals.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: The second episode opens with "Ring Around the Rosie" and images of children lying completely still on the ground. Later on, the fake D. Gibbons has dolls which also sing the song. [[NightmareFuel It's creepy.]]
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Poor Demetri...
* IronicEcho / PreMortemOneLiner: Mark in the finale. "What did [[{{Mook}} you]] see?" * BLAM*
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A [[TearJerker truly touching moment]] between Mark and Gabriel in "The Negotiation". (No, [[HoYay not like that!]] ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Anyone involved in the global blackout apart from Dyson Frost, who's dead, and Hellinger, who's still in FBI custody as of the end of the series. Alda Herzog and Evil Pet Shop Lady are still on the loose, and no one apart from Aaron even knows about Jericho's involvement.]]
* KudzuPlot
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Switch "characters" with "factions" and you got it. There is the FBI, the Blue Hand, the men with the three stars tattooed on them, the man who acquired [[spoiler: seven rings]] from them and promptly killed one of them, Simon and Lloyd who are part of a larger group, [[spoiler: the Jericho Private Military Contractors]] and, judging from the woman from Hong-Kong who [[spoiler: phoned Demetri]], the Chinese. [[MindScrew All these groups may or may not be connected]].
** There ''are'' quite a lot of characters too.
* LuckyTranslation: The [[spoiler: "murder of crows"-pun]] only works in English. Luckily for the international dubs, the [[spoiler: crows]] ''were'' technically murdered. This way, the old Nazi's deception revolves around [[spoiler: the fact that the murder-victims are not human, as opposed to the meaning of the word "murder"]].
* MagicalDatabase: Well, the FBI are trying to create one with the Mosaic website, which tracks people's visions and cross-references them.
* MeLoveYouLongTime: Bryce and Keiko (seeing as she is repelled by her Japanese suitors and prefers him).
** And inverted with Demetri and Zoey.
* MessianicArchetype: Simon accuses Lloyd of trying to be one.
* MindScrew: You may have a tough time in the first episode differentiating the flashforward from the real world if you start watching when it happens.
** The ending, thanks to its cancellation.
* MisplacedWildlife: The [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia kangaroo]], though it's probably intended to appear as a zoo escapee.
** An escapee of ''the'' most incompetent zoo in the world, apparently, as it's ''still'' running around in "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps".
*** Well, the LA Zoo is currently defending themselves from a lawsuit alleging they abuse their animals, so...
** [[spoiler: And it's ''still'' running around in the series finale! [[FridgeLogic How the hell did no-one do anything about that kangaroo in six months?]]]]
*** Well, during Hurricane Andrew, much of Miami Metro Zoo was destroyed and lots of animals escaped. Some, including a ''giraffe'' were never recovered. Dead or alive. If you can lose something as big and prominent as a giraffe, a kangaroo is child's play.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: RunningGag to Bryce and Keiko.
** An incredibly sad running gag.
* TheMole: The audience is led to believe this is someone who [[RememberTheNewGuy was apparently working with Mosaic all this time but was never given so much as a name before this.]] [[spoiler: Subverted. [[TheReveal The mole is Janis Hawk.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Double subverted in that Janis is actually [[TheInfiltration working for the CIA to spy on her unknown employers]].]]
** [[spoiler:Simon]] could also be called this. As could [[spoiler:Mike, who was spying on Aaron on behalf of the Jericho PMC]].
* MythologyGag: Frost's RoomFullOfCrazy Conspiracy Wall has CERN in block letters, a reference to the Large Hadron Collider's involvement in the original book.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The Blue Hand group uses Mosaic to track down people who didn't have a Flashforward and convinces them to join a suicide club.]]
** Nice job [[spoiler:killing the man who would eventually lead war-torn Somalia to peace, Vogel.]]
*** [[spoiler:Vogel is CIA. It could be taken that once he learned Abdi was going to be a peacemaker, he began looking for an opportunity to kill him. Cause', you know, [[StrawmanPolitical that's what the CIA does.]]]]
--->'''???''': ''[[ArcWords What did you see]], Vogel?''\\
'''Flashforward''': ''[[spoiler:Mark Benford is dead.]]''\\
'''Vogel''': ''I was [[strike:[[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]]]] doing my job.''
* NietzscheWannabe: Dr. Raynaud, the highest ranking Blue Hand we've met so far.
** Possibly lampshaded by Mark when he asks Raynaud what made him turn from an ordinary nice guy into Friedrich Nietzsche.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Olivia invokes this one in non-humorous context.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mark delivers one to [[spoiler:Hellinger]] in the penultimate episode.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Nicole's knowledge of Japanese language and culture.
** Or it could be YouDidntAsk.
** Various characters seem to remember New Flash Forwards As The Plot Demands, or at least new parts of the one they had, on a regular basis.
* NewspaperDating: That's how they find out that the visions are supposed to show the future.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Strongly, ''strongly'' averted. One of the reasons for the investigation into the flash forward is that 20 million people died in the blackout due to car crashes, train derailments, doctors passing out during surgery, and plane crashes.
** Actually, it could be argued that even 20 million is a rather '''low''' number of casualties considering the event...,
*** Well, the number of injuries are presumably much higher. People can survive some pretty brutal things. And China is mentioned to have suffered little damage due to it being past midnight there. Presumably same goes for India, sparing the two most populous countries the worst of the catastrophe. It is a strech but it is possible to have [[AMillionIsAStatistic ''just'' 20 million dead]].
** Played straight at other times, though because it is firmly established that the entire LA area was one big traffic accident because of the flash forward. ''Every car on the road'' was in a fender bender at the least. However all the cars you see in the series are all pristine - there should have been plenty of cars with dents, scrapes and scratches (the body shop Keiko works in six months after the event should have been still cleaning up by doing body work!). And the long shots of streets and freeways - everything looks fine - no dented light poles, etc that weren't damaged enough to be replaced.
* NoEnding: Due to the cancellation of the series after a cliffhanger in the finale.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The head of the Senate committee in "Gimme Some Truth" is practically the embodiment of this trope.
* OfficeLady: Keiko.
* OhCrap: When Demetri's fiancee realizes [[spoiler: that what she saw wasn't a wedding, it was a funeral.]]
** "Hello, Demetri. My name is [[spoiler: Dyson Frost. I'm recording this in 1991. Got your attention, didn't I?"]]
* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: Some of the characters didn't like the implications of their glimpses of the future.
* OpeningNarration: Starting with the third episode, there's a quickie explanation of The Blackout.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Brían F. O'Byrne as "American" Aaron Stark.
* TheOtherDarrin: Dylan Simcoe was recast in the middle of filming the pilot. Some scenes feature Dylan #1 and some Dylan #2; one of them took over for the series proper.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The President, as played by [[{{The4400}} PeterCoyote]], is halfway between President Personable and President Jerkass.
** Don't forget he's also President[[spoiler: Playboy. It's how he gets blackmailed by Wedeck into keeping Mosaic open.]]
* PapaWolf: Aaron Stark.
** Mark can turn into this if you talk about his daughter in a way he doesn't like.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: The event that kicked off the MythArc.
* TheRainman: Gabriel [=McDow=]
* RealLifeRelative: An interesting case in that Alex Kingston used to be Joseph Fiennes' sister-in-law (she was formerly married to one of his older brothers, Ralph).
** And John Cho's wife Kerri guest-starred in "Queen Sacrifice".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] was trying to redeem himself, but he got shot by a sniper working for the BigBad [[HeKnowsTooMuch before he could tell Mark what he needed to know.]]
** [[spoiler: Al Gough qualifies as well. He killed himself so that he wouldn't inadvertently kill a woman he didn't even know.]]
*** [[spoiler: Who then gets killed anyways.]]
* RedHerring: Brilliantly [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] in "Queen Sacrifice."
* RedshirtArmy: The Red Panda escorts. They even lampshade it, when the Somali warlord explains that the purpose of the Red Panda guys ''was'' to die in order to intimidate the hostages.
* RedStringOfFate: Three characters (Bryce, Keiko, and Olivia) see themselves in love with someone they haven't met yet in their flash forwards leading two of them (Bryce and Keiko) on a quest to find each other and Olivia doing everything she can to avoid her apparently-fated love interest. The recurring question of fate versus free will is never really resolved and it is heavily suggested that Olivia avoiding her match with Lloyd might actually doom the entire world.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Hey guys, remember Marci? [[spoiler: You know, the mole?]]
** Done rather well as her motivator was that - as a wallflower - nobody ever paid any attention to her in the first place.
* RetiredBadass: Aaron Stark, as of "Blowback."
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Simon]] is Suspect Zero.
** [[spoiler: Marcy is a mole.]]
*** [[spoiler: The twist is that so is Agent Janis Hawk.]]
**** [[spoiler: A double twist is that Hawk is actually working for the CIA as a mole in the organisation of whomever wants her as a mole in the FBI.]]
* RingOfPower: A set of seven rings worth killing for in "Playing Cards With Coyote". [[spoiler:It turns out they were what kept people awake during the blackout.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Mark Bedford has one.
** Nicole Kirby's mother spends her spare time gluing pennies to the wall in one room of her house. All of these pennies are from the year Nicole was born.
* RunningGag: Simon constantly hitting on Janis.
* SceneryGorn: The first 17 minutes of the pilot is dedicated to showing what would happen to downtown Los Angeles if everyone blacked out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds. Helicopters sticking out of skyscrapers, freeways full of twisted metal and bodies... it's pretty darn Gorn-iffic. Gorn from around the world is mentioned through the rest of the episode, but not shown (700 plane crashes?!).
** And it continues through the subsequent episodes. The earlier episodes had establishing episodes of damaged skyscrapers and burnt buildings. The number of these slowly reduced as episodes progressed and they were repaired but every now and then, there are still damaged buildings visible even in the most insignificant of background shots.
* ScrewDestiny: What Mark's trying to do by [[spoiler:burning the friendship bracelet]].
** In episode 7, Al Gough does this by [[spoiler:killing himself]].
** Olivia gets in on the act in episode 8 by [[spoiler:throwing out the lingerie she saw herself wearing in her flashforward]].
** Mark again by [[spoiler:getting himself fired]] in episode 10. Considering what he did [[spoiler:(went to China against his boss's orders, then kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and got arrested and deported by Chinese authorities)]], it's not likely he'll get his job back in the next few months.
*** Oh, Nevermind.
** He is successful in [[spoiler: not killing Demetri]].
* ScienceMarchesOn: In [[http://tinyurl.com/ylgy9bw the 1999 novel on which the television show was based]], the flashforward was caused [[spoiler: partly by the activation of the Large Hadron Collider]].
** In-universe example:
-->'''Simon:''' What I designed was theoretical. It could only be done in the future. And yet, it's been standing here for 18 years.\\
'''Janis:''' Well, welcome to the future.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Who doesn't already believe that Mark and Olivia's marriage is going to fail? They seem to have grown distant already just at the thought that she will cheat on him. [[spoiler:Even more so now that he knows she's met the man in her vision and she knows he was drinking in his FlashForward.]]
** The Blue Hand,[[spoiler: not having flash forwards, realized they will be dead in six months and begin committing suicide]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Make of that what you will]].
** Demetri would do well to learn that [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda one often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.]]
*** For that matter, so would [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]].
** The Finale goes to town on this one. [[spoiler: So the second blackout was predicted by Gabriel's modifications to the board, who modified the board because he modified the board, because he modified the board, because he modified the board? Come again?]]
* SenselessSacrifice: Most likely [[spoiler:Al Gough's. He kills himself in order to save a woman he would inevitably kill by accident if he had stayed alive. But several episodes after his death, she gets hit by a car, and the doctors say her chances of living are slim. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never did find out if she lived or died]], but she most likely succumbed to the wounds.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Gabriel is visibly distraught that Lloyd and Olivia aren't together, as them not being together affects the fate of the world. [[MindScrew Somehow.]]
* ShootOutTheLock: how Mark gets into the building where [[spoiler: Demetri is stuck in a DeathTrap]] in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
* ShootTheDog: Mark engages in this pretty heavily in "A561984".
* ShoutOut: D. Gibbons could be a shout-out to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]]. There was also a poster advertisement in the first episode for [[Series/{{Lost}} Oceanic Airlines]].
** There's also an ad for Lost's final season on a briefly seen bus. [[FridgeLogic So, uh,]] who [[CelebrityParadox plays Charlie and Penny]] in this show's Lost?
** "Revelation Zero, Part 1" has mention of a Detective [[RobLiefeld Liefeld.]]
** [[spoiler: D. Gibbons/Dyson Frost "talks" to Demitri from a video recorded decades in the past.]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E10Blink Sound familiar?]]
** There's also a character called [[DoctorFate Kent Nelson]] on the show.
** Some of the items on Dyson Frost's [[RoomFullOfCrazy Chalkboard Full Of Crazy]] are [[UrsulaKLeGuin "Ansible Theory",]] [[DivineComedy "Maestro Di Color",]] and [[TheSarahConnorChronicles "Strange Things Happen At The One Two Point".]]
*** The chalkboard itself could be a reference to Rip Hunter's in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.
** [[Creator/JorgeLuisBorges "The Garden of Forking Paths"]].
** I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Al Gough is played by the guy who played Cyborg on Smallville which was developed by Alfred Gough.
** The first thing that Mark sees after the epic tragedy of the blackout is [[Film/TheGodfather an orange]].
* SmugSnake: Heroic variant in Marshall Vogel of the CIA. Most infuriatingly, he's most often right.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Queen Sacrifice" where Mark, Demetri and Janis all tell him to **** himself at different times whenever he suggests one of them could be [[spoiler: TheMole . Turns out he was right about Janis, too.]]
*** [[spoiler: Of course he was. SmugSnake that he is, he was the one who recruited her to be TheInfiltration in the first place.]]
** And in the villain corner, Carline, [[spoiler: Janis's contact within the mysterious conspiracy]] is one full-stop.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: A trumpet player in the foot chase scene in "Black Swan".
* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of "Like A Rolling Stone" by The Rolling Stones. How does it feel?!
** In "Black Swan", the flashforward occurring in Echo Park (with all the carnage that implies, specifically, [[spoiler: an out-of-control city bus heading straight into a lake, ''running over several unconscious people in the process'']]) set to Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet".
* TheSponsor: Aaron Stark, who is Mark Benford's AA sponsor. As the series progresses, his focus shifts from helping Mark with his addiction to finding his daughter.
* StableTimeLoop:
** Several, including the stuff that was on Mark's [[RoomFullOfCrazy wall of crazy]]. It'll drive you mad just thinking about the reason he put up those cards: he put them on the wall because he had a vision of them on the wall.
** In the second episode, Mark puts up a picture of the burned doll on the wall. But the doll wouldn't have been burned (and he wouldn't have gone into the doll factory at all) if he hadn't had the vision of the burned doll picture in the first place. [[AustinPowers Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed.]]
** Also, the Nazi war criminal from "137 Sekunden", who would never have [[spoiler: been released]] if he hadn't seen that happening in his blackout.
*** However, it looks like this is about to be shaken up, now that [[spoiler: Al Gough killed himself because of what he saw in his flashforward, where he was very much alive.]]
* StealthPun: When the agents have to give cover stories about what they saw in their flash forwards, Janis says she was baking bread. Actually she was having a pre-natal sonogram, or in other words [[spoiler: she had a bun in the oven.]]
* StringTheory: Mark's Blackout wall.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: In "Queen Sacrifice".
* TimeyWimeyBall: Some of the events in the flashforwards were themselves caused by the flashforwards (see above). However, apart from a throwaway line mentioning a party in Times Square, none of the visions show any awareness that this was the moment they all foresaw. [[spoiler:And now someone has apparently died despite the fact that he was alive in his flashforward.]]
** Except Bryce, he says, "so you're really here" to Keiko, referencing that this is the moment he saw.
* TokenMinority: Mostly averted, as there are three of the six regular cast members playing FBI agents are black, as is Demetri's fiancee. Lynn Whitfield and Gina Torres have also appeared. Still only one Asian regular, but he's co-lead and has been getting CharacterDevelopment, so...
** Now the Japanese girl in Bryce's vision, Keiko, seems to be getting a bigger role.
* TookALevelInBadass: Aaron Stark, in "Blowback,". [[spoiler:When his daughter is kidnapped by Jericho, he proceeds to beat information out of the mole, tap the phone in the head honcho's house, and leave the mole TIED UP AND HANGING FROM THE CEILING in the BigBad's house...with "Happy Birthday" written on his chest.]]
** Also, to many, Mark Benford. In the first block of episodes, it wouldn't be a stretch to say he was in the running for most hated character. After the hiatus, he has become much more level-headed, proactive, decisive and mature about his responsibilities.
* UnfortunateName: Flosso? ''Really''?
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: All the time.
* WhamEpisode: "The Gift." If you don't cry at the end... you probably left your soul at a bus stop somewhere.
** About half the episodes qualify, to one degree or another. "A561984" is probably the biggest one yet, even more so than "The Gift". Just about every point of the meeting with [[spoiler: the woman in Hong Kong]] is its own mini-wham, and then you have [[spoiler: Simon working with the Good Guys]] and the things he reveals, plus what happens to Lloyd (and his son and Olivia!) at the end.
** "The Garden of Forking Paths". [[spoiler:Dyson Frost ''isn't'' actually the BigBad. And now he's dead. And Demetri's successfully managed to ScrewDestiny by not dying on March 15th. Or has he?]]
** "Countdown". Oh, boy. Where to begin? [[spoiler: Everyone's future goes severely downhill and strays ''very'' far away from the flash forwards: Mark is expelled from the bureau after beating up Hellinger (something the latter had just predicted it would happen), starts drinking again, gets in a bar brawl and is thrown in jail for good measure. Zoey departs for Hawaii alone after Demetri tells her he impregnated Janis, who in turn might have lost her baby while handcuffing Simon. Lloyd can't complete the tachionic equation since Olivia decided not to let her flash forward become true. Nicole reveals Bryce she knew where Keiko was, but he misses her (again) because she's returning to Japan on immigration agents' watch. All of this mere hours before the moment of the visions. What else? Oh right. Too bad for Aaron, ''Tracy is dead''.]]
*** [[spoiler: And then all of that gets totally reversed [[strike: soon]] immediately after. Except for Demetri.]]
* WhamLine: "Message received." [[spoiler:Spoken by Janis, revealing that she's a second mole in the FBI.]]
** The episode before: [[spoiler:"Hello Demetri. My name is Dyson Frost. I am recording this message in 1991. [pause] Got your attention, didn't I?"]]
** [[spoiler: Dyson Frost]] again: [[spoiler: "Hello, Charlie! :)"]]
** Evil Pet Shop Lady to Janis: [[spoiler: "We need you to kill Mark Benford."]]
** Series Finale: [[spoiler: "They Found Him!"]] [[AbortedArc Whatever that meant.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic - The New York Times review of the pilot included a list of historical events tied to the flash forward date of April 29, 2010, and suggesting speculation over the date's significance would be more fuel for EpilepticTrees. In actuality, it's just the 50th birthday of Robert J. Sawyer, author of the ''Flash Forward'' novel, which coincidentally falls close to the airing of the first season finale.
** [[spoiler: December 12, 2016- The End. ]] [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Hurm...]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse - Early episodes mentioned the Vice President being the new president in her flash forward, implying the old one would die. However, the April 29th episodes focused entirely on LA and Somalia, and even then, you'd think we would have heard if the president died.
** Or get his impeachment. We saw her flashforward, it was a little unclear. What more interesting - what about Arabian boy who was seen by Wedeck's wife? Did writers forget about him or something?
* WhatTheHellHero: Janis, Olivia and Wedeck have all given this treatment to Mark. Demetri has gone as far as punching Mark in the face, although that was more his BerserkButton going off.
** [[DesignatedHero He seems to attract a lot of this..]]
** And now Aaron, Mark's AA sponsor, has given him the same treatment.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Especially in the early season, episodes would be split between new footage, flashbacks of the flashforwards, and flashbacks of scenes from the 'present day' timeline.
* WireDilemma: In "The Garden of Forking Paths", [[spoiler: the DeathTrap Demetri's in]] involves one of these.
* WrenchWench: Keiko
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:In the finale, Lloyd and Mark discover when the second blackout will take place. Unfortunately, it's due to happen just minutes from when they found out, so they're unable to stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Slightly subverted in that they managed to save millions of lives by getting the last-minute warning out.]]
* YouCantFightFate: They're not sure if this is true yet, but it looks like it might be.
** Special Agent [[spoiler:[[strike:Jett Jackson]] Al Gough]] just proved you can fight it and ScrewDestiny [[spoiler:by killing himself, even though he had a vision of himself six months in the future after he had accidentally killed a young mother]].
*** However, [[spoiler: in episode 19 she [[strike:dies]] suffers massive injuries in a freak car accident. Chance? No: The universe correcting itself. It is implied that the she will still die on April 29 and the events of Al's flashforward will happen to someone else.]]
*** On the ''other'' hand, [[spoiler: Demetri survived]] so you ''can'' fight fate, but have to overcome a sort of historical "inertia" to do so.
* YouKilledMyFather, PrepareToDie: [[spoiler: Simon does this, twice.]]
* YoureInsane: Demetri to D.Gibbons in "The Garden of Forking Paths". Gibbons' reply: [[MadOracle Most oracles are]].
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16th Dec '12 7:52:39 AM ArkadyDarell
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* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: Some of the characters didn't like the implications of their glimpses of the future.
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* RedStringOfFate: Three characters (Bryce, Keiko, and Olivia) see themselves in love with someone they haven't met yet in their flash forwards leading two of them (Bryce and Keiko) on a quest to find each other and Olivia doing everything she can to avoid her apparently-fated love interest. The recurring question of fate versus free will is never really resolved and it is heavily suggested that Olivia avoiding her match with Lloyd might actually doom the entire world.
1st Dec '12 3:34:25 PM tdgoodrich1
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*** [[ItGotWorse Also]], upon arriving in the US to start her new life, she gets employed at a car workshop, only to be [[spoiler: busted by the ISA on her second day at work.]]

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*** [[ItGotWorse Also]], ** Also, upon arriving in the US to start her new life, she gets employed at a car workshop, only to be [[spoiler: busted by the ISA on her second day at work.]]
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** Triple subversion, actually. Sure, [[spoiler:Al's death]] proved this theory, but with the exception of [[spoiler:Dyson Frost and (maybe) Mark Benford]], all the main characters have PlotArmor thicker than a brick wall.



* BrickJoke: When Mark is taking Charlie trick-or-treating, they see a wild kangaroo show up from nowhere and then disappear. In the finale, [[spoiler:shortly after the blackout]], the kangaroo shows up again...from nowhere...[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and then disappears]].



** Also the kangaroo.


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* SenselessSacrifice: Most likely [[spoiler:Al Gough's. He kills himself in order to save a woman he would inevitably kill by accident if he had stayed alive. But several episodes after his death, she gets hit by a car, and the doctors say her chances of living are slim. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never did find out if she lived or died]], but she most likely succumbed to the wounds.]]


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* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of "Like A Rolling Stone." by The Rolling Stones. How does it feel?!

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* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of "Like A Rolling Stone." Stone" by The Rolling Stones. How does it feel?!
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* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of a karaoke-version of "Sister Christian." Motoring!

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* SoundtrackDissonance: A massive shootout (and [[spoiler:Janis bleeding out]]) all to the tune of a karaoke-version of "Sister Christian."Like A Rolling Stone." Motoring!by The Rolling Stones. How does it feel?!
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* ActorAllusion: In episode four, Olivia calls Mark "The {{Shakespeare}} of children's stories," which is probably a reference to Joseph Fiennes's role in ShakespeareInLove.

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* ActorAllusion: In episode four, Olivia calls Mark "The {{Shakespeare}} Creator/WilliamShakespeare of children's stories," which is probably a reference to Joseph Fiennes's role in ShakespeareInLove.



* ShoutOut: D. Gibbons could be a shout-out to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]]. There was also a poster advertisement in the first episode for [[{{Lost}} Oceanic Airlines]].

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* ShoutOut: D. Gibbons could be a shout-out to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]]. There was also a poster advertisement in the first episode for [[{{Lost}} [[Series/{{Lost}} Oceanic Airlines]].
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** Simon Campos got a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scene]] too. With a [[FetishFuel fedora.]]

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** Simon Campos got a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scene]] ShirtlessScene too. With a [[FetishFuel fedora.]]



* HeyItsThatPlace: The [[BladeRunner Bradbury]] [[Music/{{Genesis}} Building]].

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* HeyItsThatPlace: The [[BladeRunner [[Film/BladeRunner Bradbury]] [[Music/{{Genesis}} Building]].



** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Queen Sacrifice" where Mark, Demetri and Janis all tell him to **** himself at different times whenever he suggests one of them could be [[spoiler: [[TheMole the mole]] . Turns out he was right about Janis, too.]]

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Queen Sacrifice" where Mark, Demetri and Janis all tell him to **** himself at different times whenever he suggests one of them could be [[spoiler: [[TheMole the mole]] .TheMole . Turns out he was right about Janis, too.]]
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** In the previous episode, Demetri accidentally knocks over a bong at a suspect's house, and says, "It's OK, I know what a bong is", in reference to HaroldAndKumar.

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** In the previous episode, Demetri accidentally knocks over a bong at a suspect's house, and says, "It's OK, I know what a bong is", in reference to HaroldAndKumar.Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle.
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