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YMMV / FlashForward (2009)

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  • Awesome Music: Practically every other piece of music played in "Revelation Zero" is pure audio bliss.
  • Designated Hero: Mark is shaping up to be this way. It's actually Lampshaded in a conversation with Mark's federally mandated therapist.
    "Something happened in your flash that made you believe you were the center of the universe."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: There are a few, but none are more popular than Demetri Noh and Magnificent Bastard Simon Campos.
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  • Epileptic Trees: These will inevitably result now that 3 people's flashforwards have been revealed to not match up as neatly as first suspected — Zoey saw what she thinks is her and Demetri's wedding, but he is supposed to be dead by then. Aaron saw his daughter, but DNA evidence confirms she is already dead as well.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Special Agent Janis Hawk at the end of "Queen Sacrifice." Until we find out she's actually a double mole.
  • Foe Yay: Demetri and Vogel.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In "The Gift", Al Gough sacrifices himself to keep a woman from dying. In "Course Correction" the head of the LA Blue Hand group, Raynaud, turns out to be after the same woman to kill her to make certain her death comes true. If this had never happened, Celia would have lived due to Al's Tear Jerker Heroic Sacrifice.
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  • Growing the Beard: About the time of Revelation Zero, the beard was fully in play.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Al's suicide after his actor Lee Thompson Young committed suicide himself in 2013.
  • Ho Yay: Some between Simon and Lloyd. When Lloyd asks Simon is there was anyone he ever truly cared about, Simon looked at him rather shiftily and then changed the subject.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The last minute of every episode, tops, and you have what's called a "Last second plot-twist." Viewers are instantly alerted to the impending plot point as soon as the camera cuts that last time. The only time the "last-second plot twist" was averted was during "Blowback," which chose to devote the time to a Moment of Awesome instead.
  • Narm:
    • Joseph Fiennes' acting drew much criticism, with many moments intended to be dramatic or profound instead coming across as unintentionally hilarious. A back-and-forth with his boss after a Senate hearing has become particularly infamous:
    Mark: Because I was LOADED!
    • This resulted in at least one Stupid Statement Dance Mix.
    • Don't forget Janis talking about how her baby is a friend she hasn't met yet.
    • An abandoned doll factory? If you try that hard for creepy, it just becomes silly.
    • Some of the scenes involving Gabriel. Such as when he was complaining about his hamburger in the hospital:
    Gabriel: "I don't like pickles! I don't like lettuce! I HATE onions! ...I like tomatoes."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The doll factory and the children singing "Ring Around the Rosie".
  • Toy Ship: Dylan and Charlie
  • What an Idiot!: Olivia spends the entire series being the only sane person who realizes that DUH! You can avert your flash forward by knowing where it happens and making sure you're as far away from there as possible on April 29th. Come April 29th and she kisses Lloyd for no other reason than Because Destiny Says So, even though it's already been proven multiple times in-universe that despite it being rather difficult, you can fight fate.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • 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 Epileptic Trees. 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.
    • December 12, 2016- The End. Hurm...
  • The Woobie:
    • Bryce: The poor bastard contemplates suicide because he's got terminal cancer, Stage 4 Renal Carcinoma, then sees himself in his flash forward meeting a beautiful Japanese girl (Keiko) with whom he is apparently in love, then spends an episode trying to find her in Japan where he actually DOES figure out who she is and where she lives, only to have her angry mother disavow any knowledge of her and goes back to LA a dejected wreck. And did we mention he has CANCER so he's dealing with the dreadful side effects of chemotherapy??
    • Keiko: Can't catch a break: she gets a job at a prestigious Japanese company, only to be treated as little more than a waiter to serve tea (she's an engineer) since they won't hire another woman just to serve tea. She quits in disgust, causing a rift with her family who thinks she's being ungrateful. Goes to America, gets a job as a Wrench Wench at an auto garage with a tough-but-friendly guy who tries to make her feel at home, gets swept up when ICE raids the garage under suspicion of hiring illegals, is put into the system and bound for transport back to Japan.
    • Al Gough. Suffering from guilt over killing a woman he's never met; he decides the only way to change this fate is to kill himself. The letter he writes just breaks your heart.


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