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Flash Forward

Jan Mayrhofer By Jan Mayrhofer on
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Flash Forward, the science fiction/drama series on the ABC network Thursday nights, is based loosely on a novel by Robert J. Sawyer, published in 1999 of the same name, and Sawyer is actually on the writing staff for the series.

At the exact same time, everyone in the world blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds while each person dreams about their own individual future. Some people see each other in their "Flash Forward", and some don't "see" anything when they black out.. It is assumed that the reason they don't have a "Flash Forward" is because they will be dead and therefore have no future to "see".

The main characters are members of an FBI task force that are investigating the blackout for the purpose of preventing another one. They set up a website for people to post what they saw while blacked out in order to hook up with people who either had the same vision or were in their vision.

Along with the agents are their families and friends whose lives have all been affected by this improbable incident, showing how sometimes the smallest act of ours can have a ripple effect on the lives of those around us.

There are a lot of interesting characters and the acting if terrific. When I watch the show, I can't believe how quickly the hour passes and the show always ends with a cliffhanger. I hate that! But I'm always right there watching it the following week.

When I hear "Science Fiction", I tend to think of aliens and such. But the precept of the blackout incident is based on quantum physics or something, so it has a scientific basis, I guess. No aliens here.

Flash Forward offers drama, mystery, suspense, and romance.

If you haven't seen the show, I recommend you check it out for some good, dramatic entertainment.