Canceled Too Soon – Flashforward
FlashForward is a science-fiction/drama created by Brannon Braga (Star Trek, Salem) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and is based on a novel of the same name written by Robert S. Sawyer. FlashForward ran for a single 22-episode season, airing its first episode on September 24th 2009, and its last on May 27th, 2010. On IMDB, the show charts well boasting a respectable 7.6 out of 10 from over 54, 000 votes and metacritic has the show ranked at a 71 (based on 26 critics) with a user score of 7.4 from 129 ratings.
Originally, the show was developed for HBO, but executives thought that it would work better on network television. ABC took over and ordered a pilot and 13 episodes in May of 2009. That October, ABC extended the order to 22 episodes. ABC eventually adjusted the order again, finally settling on 24.
FlashForward lost its showrunner (Marc Guggenheim) and co-creator Goyer stepped in. In February of 2010, Goyer decided to end his time as showrunner to shift his efforts to writing and directing feature films. His wife Jessika stepped in to helm the ship.
A special FBI task force is created after a worldwide phenomenon happens when every person on the planet blacks out at the exact same time for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. While unconscious people are given a short glimpse 6 months into the future. The job of the task force was to investigate the causes and origins of the global blackout and determine whether the events people witnessed in their premonitions came true or not and to try and understand if the event would/could happen again.
The show starred Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, head of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, and the team lead in charge of the investigation.
Next up is Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, an FBI agent who is a recovering alcoholic and father.
Then there’s Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, a scholar at Stanford University who lost his estranged wife during the blackout and Lloyd believes that he and his colleagues were partially responsible for the blackout.
Zachary Knighton plays Dr. Bryce Varley, a surgical intern.
We’ve also got John Cho (Harold and Kumar) as Special Agent Demetri Noh, a man who did not have a vision into the future when the blackout happened, leading him to he fear that he will die.
Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord Of The Rings) plays Simon Campos, a quantum physicist.
And lastly, Peyton List plays Nicole Kirby, a young woman who’s flash forward shows her being held underwater by a stranger.
During the title sequence of each episode, there is an image hidden in the logo. The hidden image gives you a glimpse of what the episode’s plot will be. To see the hidden image you have to pause the sequence at just the right moment. You can do this by pausing it when the title shows up and scrub through frame by frame.
In May 2010, it was announced that ABC would not be renewing the show for a second season because of a decline in viewership. The announcement came after the final episode of the season had already been shot. The final episode showed another flash forward happening 20+ years into the future which was the setup for season 2. It’s a shame the show lost its steam because it was a unique and innovative concept that deserved more attention. Who knows, maybe the Gods over at Netflix could give it another shot. Fingers crossed!