Comic book writer, actor and producer Stan Lee joins actor Mark Hamill to speak at panel discussion for Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, a newly introduced YouTube channel that will feature a podcast along with fan-dedicated content and narrative programming. “I’m happy as hell that Marvel’s doing so well,” he said. “The fun of what we do is that we’re always moving ahead.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter (thr.com)
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For two weeks in a row, FlashForward had their lowest ratings ever. Now I need to point out that they are going against the NCAA Basketball Tournaments in their time slot. You would have thought the network programmers would have been proactive and waited another month before bringing it back.
I think the two episodes this season have been very interesting. We learned that Simon was an unsuspecting “Suspect Zero.” at the stadium in Detroit. We also know that “D. Gibbons” stole Lloyd’s research and claimed it as his own. Also, we now know that Zoey actually was attending Demetri’s memorial service (he was shot by Mark three times).
Last weeks episode showed how bad ass Aaron really is.
I am hoping to see more, but the networks seem to give less time for a series to take hold. I think FlashForward is worth saving. Are you listening ABC?
Episode 5 of Flash Forward started at the end of the episode and then flashed backward 39 hours to tell us how we got there (taking a cue from LOST by traversing time in all directions).
The episode opens with FBI agents Mark Benford (Fiennes), Demetri Noh (Cho), Stanford Weddick (Courtney B. Vance) , and Agent Vreede (Barry Shabaka Henley) in Washington, D.C. getting into their car after exiting a Karoke bar when their car is suddenly rammed and then shot at by a group of Asian men.
39 hours earlier, the guys are in Washington to testify at Senate hearings and hopefully get funding for the Mosaic project. We get a few humorous moments where other people are giving testimony at the hearings suggest aliens or Chinese involvement in the blackout. Mark and his team are now focused on the dead crow event that occurred in 1991 in Somalia. During Mark’s lie detector test, he talks about the two men in masks with flashlights. However, he does not mention he was drinking too.
Mark’s partner, Janis Hawk (Christine Woods) is seen taking a karate class and kicks the stuffing out of the guy she is sparring with. Not to be put off, he asks her out on a date which she rebuffs. As we soon learn, Janis is more interested in her chef classmate Maya (played by Numb3rs star Navi Rawat), in a development the series has been hinting at since the visit to Germany. So Janis is “out-ed” to the viewers but will stay closeted on the show because, “I work for the federal government, and they’re not too big on trusting gays with guns.”
Janis is given a flash drive (no pun intended) with 18 years worth of imagery from southern Somalia. In reviewing the photos, Janis notes an asphalt road and mysterious pylons around 100 feet tall under construction there just before the dead crows event.
In another development, it seems that Stan is the man. We catch him playing basketball with the President (Peter Coyote). He tells Stan the Senate hearings will be closed. Stan asks him if he’s made his choice for the new Vice President since the old one was killed during the blackout. The President also tells Stan about his flashforward. He is sleeping in bed and a secret service agent walks in, wakes him, and tells him “Mr. President, something happened.”
The President also asks Stan if he would be interested in becoming the Director of Homeland Security. He also informs Stan that his nemesis, Senator Joyce Clemente (Barbara Williams) will be conducting the hearings.
In other developments, Mark’s wife Olivia is talking with Mark’s AA sponsor, Aaron and expresses her concerns about the possibility of Mark drinking again.
Stan has words with Senator Joyce Clemente, who is chairing the hearings. She chastises Stan for “what he did with that woman.” She also is still bitter about his helping the President get elected instead of her. However, she does drop the bombshell by telling us that, in her flashforward, she saw herself as President in 6 months. She is also unhappy with Mark’s explanation of his flashforward and wants to question him at the hearings.
The next day, Mark is on the stand at the hearings and goes over what he knows. He discusses the dead crows, the Los Angeles FBI office being the center of the blackout investigation in the future, and the two masked gunmen who try to kill him. He may have also been on the phone. He refers to the event as “impressionistic flashes of reality.”
The problem is, Mark’s flashforward on covers 30 seconds not the 137 seconds everyone was blacked out for. Plus, most people have vivid memories and his seem hazy and disoriented. Senator Clemente wants to know about the other 107 seconds of Mark’s flashforward. Joyce calls his story voodoo or fraud.
Janis meets her girlfriend, Maya, at an art gallery and Maya starts questioning her on her sexuality. It seems Maya’s flashforward was of her wearing a wedding band. She has also “Mosaic-ed” Janis and found out she is pregnant in six months. Janis gets freaked out by this and leaves.
Stan visits the President at the Oval Office. It seems Stan was the “bag man” for the then presidential candidate and covered up an affair the President had six years ago. Stan made the whole thing go away except his affair also produced a child. Stan shows him a picture of the girl and the boy (Stan visits them in Georgetown) and asks for him to get Senator Clemente off his back and give him the funding. He also tells the President that the girl’s flashforward has her living in Puerto Rico in 6 months. Stan leaves and the President makes a call stating “I have a problem I need you to take care of.”
Oliva is getting the house ready to go to bed when she receives a mysterious text message telling her Mark was drinking in his flashforward.
The guys are at a karaoke bar after the hearing. Demetri and Agent Vreede are getting loose single a few karaoke songs while Stan and Mark have a heated discussion. Mark finally tells Stan he was “loaded” in his flashforward. He tells Stan he has been sober 7 years and has no intentions of having another drink again. Stan feels that he put his career on the line for Mark and now he learns he was impaired.
In a news announcement, we learn that the President has selected Senator Clemente as his choice for Vice President. Stan tells Mark there are trade-offs to getting the funding.
The episode ends with the same attack seen in the opening of the episode. We see the FBI agents having a shootout with the Asian men to a karaoke version of the song “Like a Rolling Stone.” Most interesting is how Demetri shows no fear in standing up and walking toward his attackers while shooting at them.
At the same time, Janis is ambushed by an assailant and shot (in the stomach?). However, she is able to kill him before she falls down. The last scene shows her possibly dying, having visions of her being told at the ultrasound that she is having a little girl. So, if Janis does end up dying, we need to answer the question: Why did she have a flashforward of being pregnant if she is going to be dead in 6 months?
New things we learned this week:
It is now three weeks since the blackout.
“Mosaic-ing” is the new Google.
The license plate of the van leaving the shootout is 7S – 8487 (See photo to the right).
I love how they keep throwing out famous quotes at us. Here was one from this episode as stated by Senator Clemente to Stan.
“If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by. “ — Japanese Proverb, also quoted in the movie Rising Sun.
China had a low amount of casualties during the blackout since it was 2:00 am there.
The construction of the pylons in southern Somalia were completed in April 1991.
Tonight on Flash Forward, we got to meet three versions of D. Gibbons.
The first was Dee Dee Gibbons, age 45, from Anaheim, California. Her flash forward was of arguing with someone about pigeons and credit cards. Dee Dee owns her own business which specializes in fancy cupcakes. Soon we find out that Dee Dee credit card has been used to buy a bus ticket in Pigeon Lake, Utah. So Mark (Fiennes) and Demetri (Cho) head out to Pigeon Lake for a stakeout. Thinking things have gone bust, Mark looks across the street and spots D. Gibbons #2, which is the name of a mom and pop doll factory. They go inside and a man blows up the factory, but not before shooting the local female sheriff that is with them. Interestingly, she also had no flash forward dream just like Demetri. Her shooting proves fatal and we begin to feel the same ominous feeling that Demetri is feeling about his future. A photographer provides the burned doll photograph for Mark’s evidence wall.
Mark can’t sleep that night and stops by his daughter’s (Charlie) room after burning the friendship bracelet she gave him in the fireplace. She finally starts telling him about her flash forward; she has already revealed she knows Dylan, who is the son of Olivia’s future lover. But then, she introduces us to D. Gibbons #3 by saying “D. Gibbons is a very bad man.”
Other things we learned:
Mosaic is the Mosaic Collective Web site the FBI set up for people to tell their flash forward stores.
The blackout (the latest playground game) happened at 11:00am on the dot which has a 1 in 3600 change of happening at exactly that time.
The person in the baseball stadium in Detroit is now referred to as Suspect Zero. The FBI has determined it is a man, 5’8″ tall, 160 pounds.
The man who blew up the doll factory called Suspect Zero on his cell phone during the blackout.
We learn that a lady had a flash forward while she is reviewing the file of Demetri’s murder which occurs on March 15th, 2010.
I have read a lot of reviews of the show and they are very mixed. Some feel they are trying too hard to be LOST (e.g., same opening scene where Mark/Jack wake up and start trying to help in a catastrophe) or their use of animals in unusual places (e.g., polar bear on the island, kangaroo in the street). I did not read the early reviews of LOST, but I think people will become hooked very quickly to Flash Forward. Give it a chance and enjoy the ride. I am.