Please be aware this review contains spoilers….Woohhh scary!!
So this was supposed to be the week. Finally after two months of perseverance and plummeting expectations, we were supposed to be treated to some major developments that would make it all worthwhile. Instead, and you knew their would be a ‘but’ coming and ‘instead’ is just a fancy ‘but’, instead what we have is the hospital and law enforcement from The Simpsons and show drowning in it’s own homemade pool of disappointment. I feel obliged to keep watching as I did decide to write this weekly column but those who are doing so of their own feel will should be commended, gold stars and medals all round people.
This week we follow the story of Bryce and his repressed Japanese soul mate from his flash forward epiphany. Not why 20 million people are dead but Bryce and his repressed Japanese soul mate. Insert “yawn” here. The reason why he tried to kill himself in the moments leading up to the black out was because he had been living with terminal cancer. It would have been another outrageously public suicide, with Bryce blowing his brains out onto the promenade decking right in front of families on their weekly casual stroll along the pier. Surprisingly for a man working in a hospital alongside geniuses such as Olivia Benford, nobody noticed. None of these doctors noticed the regular days off from work after painful, life altering chemotherapy sessions that had been going on for a year.
An impatient Bryce ignores the offer of experimental treatment to fly to Tokyo and search for the woman he saw in his flash forward, without much luck. Keiko, who is a bit of a free spirit, escapes her conservative mother and sexist work place, coincidently on the same plane as Bryce’s return flight. They haven’t met yet but they soon will. How exiting.
Back to the comically organised FBI and their investigation. Nothing to see here. No progress on enhancing the photo pulled from the baseball ground, no progress on D Gibbons and no progress on anything else at all really.
The NSA have been tapping Demetri’s phone and intercepted the ‘death’ call he received a few weeks ago, which can be traced to China. The same China that were accused of causing the black outs by the C.I.A. Despite Wedeck’s protestations, Benford and Demetri decide to go to Hong Kong anyway.
You might have noticed their hasn’t been much of a mention of Benford so far and this is partly because he didn’t have much screen time. However, he featured just long enough to force his name into the hat for, Most Confusingly Smug Man Of The Year 2009. Irked after stumbling on Olivia’s motivational “Mark was drinking in his flash forward” phone screensaver, he goes on to accuse the only two people he told about it.
The first round of accusations didn’t go too well, his AA sponsor Aaron was so offended he started throwing chairs about. Okay that was a set back, change of tact Benford next time. You’re an FBI agent, maybe try a different approach when you confront Wedeck, you must have learnt all sorts of subtle ways to get information out of people in the academy? Or just say this: “Did you send my wife a text telling her I was drinking in my flash forward?” This gets him kicked out of another room and fractures yet another relationship. His response is to smile as if this was all part of his plan to let off a silent fart without getting caught.
By my count there have been a total of five people working on the black out case. Benford and Demetri who are about to leave for China, Janis who was shot and out of action for a few weeks, Wedeck who doesn’t do anything and Gough who didn’t want to do anything so badly, he killed himself. No wonder things are moving so slowly.