I am with all of you. I DVR it. I want to like it. But I just cannot get past how poorly plotted out this thing is. I want to see how it turns out and I celebrate the lousy ratings as I hope it means the show will be canceled soon and we can be given a proper ending to this mess.
As for last night's episode... sigh.
One of the central themes of the show is that your Flashforward is not just you viewing a scene. You actually feel everything you are experiencing in that moment. It is like you are actually there for that 137 seconds and you have all the memories, emotions, and knowledge of yourself as if you had lived and experienced everything up until that time.
The best demonstration of this is the intern who sees the Japanese woman walking into the restaurant. He knows her and has great emotions, love even, for her. So, how do you reconcile that with the fiance not knowing that she was at a funeral instead of a wedding? COME ON!!!!! What's more, in her FFwd there are many other people present-- friends, relatives, her fiance's parents. Are we supposed to believe that none of these people have contacted her or Kumar to say, "dude, I was at your funeral!!!" Are we supposed to think that his parents did not bother to tell him that they were at his funeral?!?!?! Are you serious!!!!!
It is these absurd departures from logic and the previously established facts of the show that are driving me crazy. Well, that and the fact that the overall plot of "who did it and why" are going nowhere.
Why hasn't Shakespeare spoken to his daughter about what she knows of D Gibbons? Why hasn't the FBI flown to freaking Somalia to investigate the towers? What on Earth was that ridiculous press conference where the scientists announced they had caused the Flash Forward but they did not even begin to explain what had happened or why or how their wave experiment (or whatever) had caused the planet to move forward in time-- I mean, come on people!?!?!?! Give the audience credit for having some brains, please!!!!
This show is starting to make Heroes (which I am proud to say I finally gave up on this season) seem like a well-constructed program.
What I find really unconscionable is that all these plot mistakes are totally unnecessary. All you have to do is decide on what your story is in advance and then TELL THAT STORY!!! Making it up as you go along, which is what I am convinced this show is doing, is never going to work in a mystery kinda show like this.
Do any of these show creators/show runners pay attention to the countless interviews given by JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelhoff where they talk about the fact that they plotted Lost out in advance? Lost continues to steam along as one of the best unfolding mystery show in TV history while these idiots are making stuff up as they go along. It is so frustrating.
You know what I think the problem is? If you plot things out in advance, as Lost did, then you put an outside limit upon how long you can tell your story. The Lost dudes knew they had about 4 or 5 seasons of story to tell. At the beginning of season 3, they went to ABC and begged the network to let them end the show in a few years. All these other shows are probably so eager to develop a story that will never end that they create something so lousy that the ratings tank and it goes away after 1 or 2 seasons.
Sad, it is just plain sad.
--Jason "anyone wanna bet that a certain out-of-work FBI agent will start hitting the bottle soon and that his wife will start thinking about leaving him as a result?" Evans