TV on DVD Review: FlashForward: The Complete Series

Hold on to your seat as you experience a show like no other. “The ride you are about to take will be worth every minute,” raves Newsday.

Out of nowhere, a mysterious flash causes nearly everyone in the world to lose consciousness and gain a glimpse of his or her life six months into the future. As one elite FBI unit attempts to solve the mystery, the rest of the world’s population soon discovers, that when it comes to destiny, nothing is set in stone.

Uncover the answers and delve even deeper into the mind-bending story with riveting bonus features, including an in-depth look at the entire series from pilot to final episode and inside stories from cast and crew. Relive every brilliant twist of the groundbreaking show’s complete series – uninterrupted – in this 5-disc collection. It’s a must-have for any FlashForward fan!

It’s been a challenge to find things to keep Natalie distracted while she waits to find out what the next stage of treatment will be, but FlashForward: The Complete Series on DVD has fit the bill perfectly. I’ve already seen the first half of the series, so I have been re-watching as I type lesson plans, and have gotten completely sucked into the series again. I was a bit hesitant to watch any further, because I know that the series was canceled after only one season, but a friend has assured me that it ended with a semi-satisfying conclusion, so I’m excited to watch to the end.

One of the best things about FlashForward is the casting. Joseph Fiennes heads up the FBI task force attempting to figure out the cause of the blackout, based on what he saw during his own flash. Sonya Walger (Penny from Lost) plays his wife, a surgeon, whose own flash is a bit confusing – she saw herself with another man – Lloyd Simcoe, played by the dashing Jack Davenport (will someone find him another series already?!), who is a quantum physicist who may or may not be responsible for the event.

While you have an intriguing science fiction premise, you also have a meta-physical dilemma: are the flash forwards destined to happen? Or are they simply one possible future? Is there any way to avoid a fate you’re afraid of – or bring about more quickly a future you are anticipating? What if your flash seems completely impossible – like in the case of gay FBI agent Janis Hawk, who saw herself 17-weeks pregnant and getting a sonogram?

This series is addictive television – mutli-layered storytelling with fantastic characters and terrific writing. I only wish it could have lasted longer than one season!

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6 Responses to TV on DVD Review: FlashForward: The Complete Series

  1. I’m a massive fan of Flash Forward. I haven’t quite finished the series, but am loving it so far. It is the only show that comes close to the magic of 24!! I’m pleased to see that you enjoyed it too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jackie – did you know that it is based on a novel? I really want to read it!

  2. Michelle says:

    I watched the beginning of this series when it debuted on TV but quickly lost interest. I’m not sure exactly why I did perhaps it was a timing thing. I missed a couple of episodes and felt like it would be difficult to pick it back up. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – it is definitely one that is easier to follow if you watch one episode after another!

  3. My husband and I made it through about half way before we called it quits. I do want to go back and catch up one of these days as I hate to leave things hanging. I enjoyed what I did watch of it, anyway.

    I actually have come to prefer watching TV on DVD. My husband and I, especially in the summer since we don’t really follow many shows, watch about an episode a night of whatever series were are enjoying at that moment. It’s a great way to watch–no long waits between episodes, watching when is convenient, and no commercials.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – we are the same way – we actually canceled our cable and watch TV strictly on DVD through Netflix now! My husband hates commercials and we like to be able to watch one episode after another without waiting through weeks of reruns. Best way to watch TV, in my opinion!