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went nowhere. term of art, austerian or austere? i wonder if the novel did. why must the wiki tell me lloyd simcoe was 47 in the novel?

glad i wasn't invested. rarely get invested anymore.

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nightspore
Jun. 14th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
It didn't live up to its premise, but was certainly good enough to be renewed (I thought). They weren't ready to wrap it up when it wasn't.
jones_casey
Jun. 14th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
spoilers! (for anyone else)



everything that happened in the flashforwards actually occurring was way too pat and easy ("i know that i get into a car accident at 10pm tonight based on my flashforward, so gee, why don't i get into a car and drive somewhere and see what happens?"); with minimal exception no one did anything with their foreknowledge. "mark benford is dead" was a huge cheat for dramatic effect (again, not bothered because not invested, but still disappointing). the setup of another blackout was just an excuse to reset the character storytelling, okay, but nothing was accomplished with the character storytelling in season one. as an example i didn't buy olivia benford falling for simcoe and ditching mark; even if there'd been some chemistry i didn't see, i don't think a story was told where that actually happened (although obviously such a story could have been told).

as for not being ready to wrap it up, that's the main problem with episodic storytelling when you want conclusions--they want to make as many episodes as possible but they don't actually know how many episodes they'll get to make. that's why i avoid getting invested if possible, or skip series altogther, like daybreak, which i'm only watching now because all_unnecessary vouched for the satisfactoriness of the conclusion in its limited run. with something like firefly where it's just weekly adventures with an overarching story, and it's canceled, less of a problem. but canceling series like flashforward is like showing only the first 3 parts of a 4-part miniseries of murder on the orient express.
nightspore
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Exactly so. I sort of think they had some ideas for next season. "Mark Benford is dead" was stupid: far better to have him say it intentionally so that it doesn't ahve truth value. "I'd better say 'Mark Benford is dead' now so that I don't have to worry that I'm going to say it because he is dead." And the Lloyd-Olivia romance just didn't work -- nor did a lot of the other ways that people just went and did what they wanted not to do. But some of it was clever, in particular Lloyd saying he had to be in her house because he had to see what was written on the mirror. Still, yes, a disadamnppointment, as someone once called Bill Clinton.
all_unnecessary
Jun. 17th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
can't touch this
The only bright spot to that series was James Callis hamming it up. Apparently he's joined the cast of Eureka, which I never much cared for (insofar as the town putting the planet [and sometimes the universe] in mortal danger every single week got wearying).

Will report back with findings when I finish Charlie Jade
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