DVD Review: FlashForward Part 1 Season 1

On February 23rd, ABC’s hit series, FlashForward Part 1 Season 1 releases on DVD!

Release Date: February 23, 2010
Rated: TV-14
Run Time: 430 minutes

Chaos reigns in Los Angeles after a mysterious event causes everyone in the world to lose consciousness at exactly the same moment. Was it an act of nature? Something man-made gone wrong, or something even more sinister? Whatever it was, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn’t seem to exist.

Knowing their fate will alter each person’s life in one way or another and poses the questions: Can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others? Viewers will be able to catch up on the first ten episodes of ABC’s thrilling new drama “FlashForward” before it resumes airing in March 2010.

Adapted from the 1999 novel by Robert J. Sawyer, FlashForward is an incredibly intriguing drama that in the first season asks the question, “Is there just fate or fate and free will that shapes the future?” The series is written with just as much mystery as ABC’s other hit series, “Lost” and is just as suspenseful too. Every episode gets even more thrilling than the last as all of the main characters are (loosely) connected, some who are at peace with their flash forward, but for the majority, their flash forward creates immense tension and stress in their lives.

Lies lead to infidelity, fear of no way out of the future seen leads to suicide, the FBI investigation of the blackout leads to the hinting of partners turning against each other, and there is so much more to learn about the cause and effect of the worldwide phenomenon. The ensemble cast is fantastic, leaving the viewers emotionally connected from the Pilot episode. There is solid chemistry among each cast member and the guest stars as well. These 10 episodes were very well written and the storytelling is done at a steady pace which will leave viewers anticipating unraveling the rest of this mystery in the second half of the season. Viewers will also love the visual tone of the show as well as the music which sets the dramatic tone so well. With such a fascinating sci fi premise, the chaos is never ending and will entertain and intrigue you in every moment.

Bonus Features:

Creating A Catastrophe: The Effects of a Global Blackout (7:06) –
This feature takes viewers behind the scenes of the Pilot episode, specifically the freeway disaster scene. On location interviews are conducted with co-creator/executive producer/writer/director, co-creator/executive producer/writer, Brannon Braga, stunt coordinator, Danny Weselis, executive producer, Jessika Borsiczky, special effects supervisor, Allen Hall, location manager, Michelle Latham, visual effects supervisor, Kevin Blank, and special makeup effects artists, Ken Niederbaumer and Todd Masters. Viewers get to see how the destruction was created and the challenges the freeway scene caused while filming. There are interesting facts shared along the way, including that show shut down 6 lanes of traffic, a freeway, and there were 200 extras. There is lots to be fascinated by in the Pilot episode and this feature does a swell job at breaking it down to the viewers.

Flash Forward: A Look Ahead (4:48) – This teaser to episode 111 gives snippets of each of the main characters’ story lines, which is quite cool to watch even though there are only two revelations at the very end…where Simon stands at this point with the FBI, and where Mark & Olivia’s relationship is headed. It might surprise people that this feature lasts for almost 5 minutes, but because there are no major revelations, it is easy to understand why.

Could (1:32) – This is a sneak peak at the second half of Flash Forward Season 1, narrated by Dominic Monaghan which uncovers some truth, shows infidelity in the present and not future, and shares the hinting at of another black out. What a very well edited sneak peak! This will leave viewers in even more anticipation for what’s to come in the latter half of Season One.

“FlashForward” stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Brían F. O’Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.

Own FlashForward Part 1 Season 1 on DVD & Blu-ray February 23, 2010.

FlashForward returns Thursday March 18, 2010 at 8/7c on ABC.