December 28, 2009
During the semester break I decided that I wanted to get into a new TV show and, of course, I choose FlashForward. This is how I feel about it…
Not only does FlashForward have some of the same writers and actors but it also shares a lot of similarities. The first episode is especially similar to the first episode of Lost.
Here’s how both series start off…
The opening scene opens with a close-up of someone’s face (Jack on Lost and Mark on FF) as they are awakening from blacking out (due to the plane crash on Lost and due to the worldwide black out on FF). The character awakens to discover themselves in the middle of a catastrophe (the plane crash on Lost and the post-blackout devastation on FF) with a woman hysterically screaming in the background (Shannon on Lost and a random lady on FF). The main character is confident and capable enough to help those who are hurt (on Lost Jack is a doctor and Mark is an FBI agent on FF) around them but just as he begins to help there is an explosion that takes him by surprise (the plane engine explodes on Lost and a helicopter hits a building on FF) but after a few seconds he gets back to business.
I was really surprised by how similar the two series’ premieres were. But don’t get me wrong, I think I’m in love.
October 20, 2009
According to Lost executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (via TVguide.com):
If there is a theme to Lost‘s sixth and final season, it might be “things coming full circle.”
“[In the first season, the characters] were running around the jungle, things felt intense and surprising,” the Hollywood Reporter quotes Cuse as saying. “We have a way that we’re going to be able to do that in the final season, too.”
The return of familiar faces — including the decidedly dead and presumed dead — will also come into play, with both Jeremy Davies and Elizabeth Mitchell set to reprise their roles as Faraday and Juliet. And based on the dramatic timing of Dominic Monaghan’s last-moment arrival on the dais, Charlie would seem a safe bet to (somehow) resurface as well.
“There’s a good chance you’ll be seeing many characters you haven’t seen since the first season,” said Lindelof.
Some tropes will be absent from Season 6. Time-travel is so yesterday, the producers indicated, and flashbacks/forwards are long gone. Instead, Lindelof said, “We’re going to do something different” to tell the final 18 hours’ worth of story.
October 17, 2009
Interview with Sonya Walger via DigitalSpy:
Having worked on both Lost and FlashForward now, what do you make of the comparisons between the shows?
“I think they’re only valid in that they’re both big ensemble shows with one big concept or premise. But after that, they part ways really quite rapidly. FlashForward is definitely not a sci-fi show. It doesn’t have the mythology of Lost. We have one major event that happens that you are asked to buy into. After that, you’re dealing with very human ripple effects – how people deal with it and how they come to terms with it. There are six-and-a-half billion people that have blacked out, so that’s potentially six-and-a-half billion stories to tell! Believe me, we’re not telling all of them. But we’re about to start [filming] episode eight and I’m so surprised by how far the ripple has been felt.”
Are the FlashForward scripts kept equally as secret?
“These scripts are kept very, very secret. Each script has a watermark on it with your name. My script has my name on every single page, so if it was found in a trash can or on a website, it would have my name on it so it would be directly my fault if that script leaked. We have to hand our scripts in when we’re finished with them so that they can shred them! There is very tight security – they hand-deliever my scripts to my house as well. The essence of this show is the element of surprise and the gradual discovery of it, so it would be a tremendous shame if the secrets got out before the show had even launched.”
Will your involvement in the final season of Lost affect your role on FlashForward?
“I don’t know if I’m in the final season of Lost – no-one tells me anything! My hunch is that you’ll see Penny again because I can’t believe that they would just never refer to her again, but I have no idea. Luckily, they’re both ABC shows, so it’s in-house. I’m not being traded across party lines!”
When Lost ends, do you think fans of the show will jump on-board FlashForward?
“I hope so. I think Lost is like losing a friend or a relative or someone. You can’t replace it with another one. Lost holds a very special place in people’s hearts and I wouldn’t presume to say that FlashForward will replace Lost. I think it provides a lot of the same adrenaline and fascination and entertainment. It will help ease the pain of losing Lost! I think it will appeal to the very same audience.”
Do you think that’s why yourself and Dominic Monaghan were brought on board?
“It’s hard to say. On the one hand, I hope I was chosen because I was the best person for the part. I don’t think it hurt that I was on Lost and people liked my character and people want to see what else Penny is up to. And I think the same is true for Dominic. It doesn’t hurt that either of us were on Lost and it doens’t help that John Cho was on Star Trek. It doesn’t hurt that Joe Fiennes has done many great films! Any time you cast an actor, you don’t just cast that actor; you cast all their other performances as well. Nobody assumes that just because I’m in it, the whole of the Lost audience will watch it.”
How has it been working with Dominic again? How do your characters come across each other?
“It’s funny because I’m actually filming with Dominic for the first time – our paths never crossed. We had one scene together where I was on a small TV screen, so we actually shot that apart – he was in Hawai’i and I was in Broadway doing Frost/Nixon. We never actually met until he came to do FlashForward. This far, we still haven’t done a scene together! I met him on the set and we’ve hung out at some photoshoots but I’ve yet to do a scene with him. He seems great. I’m sure he’s a lovely guy!”
April 29 has been mentioned as a key date for the show. Can we expect a big, climactic episode on that date?
“I would imagine so, yes. But I have no idea! You’ll be fed stuff throughout the season – I think that’s what’s interesting about the show. You don’t have to wait five seasons to find out what’s going on! There will be mysteries solved all the way through. You’ll be surprised how quickly you get information about who’s doing what. It’s a very gratifying show.”
FlashForward begins Thursday at 8/7c on ABC.
To see how I feel about the FlashForward / Lost duo visit the Theories page!