Please be aware that this review includes spoilers…
Unfortunately it seems as though we’re in for a, one week on one week off, scenario where for every decent episode, we have to sit back and wade through a poor one. Their are times during the inconsequential jabbering, when I forget that everyone in this programme is mind numbingly stupid. Going back to Gough, the agent who sacrificed himself last week in order to save a woman he may have been destined to kill. A week later she is found and left burdened by a suicide note written by a complete stranger who has left his friends and family in mourning. Stupid.
This sacrifice was also meant to “change the game” giving those who did not like what they saw in their flash forward, hope to change the future. Benford takes this advice and grabs the future with both hands and an itchy trigger finger.
The latest image from the magic board of clues comes from an eye witness to a murder. Hiding behind a car as a man is shot and his case stolen, a woman manages to film the event on her Blackberry and sends the video to the FBI. Still shots pulled from the video reveal a man with three stars tattooed on his arm, the same tattoo Benford sees when he has guns pointed at him in is flash forward. Suspecting a mole in the FBI, Benford uses the witness as bait in an attempt to ensnare the criminal and pre-empt his future attack. Classic, Bauer!
The plan comes together perfectly until, when coming face to face with Mr Tattoo man, Benford reacts by shooting him dead, in fear for his own safety. Or at least that’s how it will sound on the internal report.
So we’re done, the future is saved! Well done Agent Gough, well done Agent Benford. Except for a glaring oversight that Bauer would laugh at and shoot in the leg and one which will make everyone look a bit stupid in a few months time. Shockingly the man is not the only one in his militia with a tattoo of three stars on his arm, in fact everyone has one, kind of like an ipod but it only comes in one colour. This is also forgetting for a moment that Benford was being hounded by several gunmen in his flash forward and by killing one of them he has only killed, ONE of them. Any moderately serious organisation, the kind that tries to kill witnesses and has something to do with the largest global catastrophe since ‘Jedward’ became a word, will probably be able to get a replacement, so interrogation might have been the better option.
Lloyd feels guilty about being responsible for the flash forwards and urges Simon to go public and tell the world. The decision is settled by a game of poker about half as tense as watching a slug fight a snail. It is mostly ruined by the ‘science banter’ spewing out of Simon’s mouth. Their is no such thing as ‘science banter,’ that’s why nobody uses it anywhere, let alone while playing poker. Poker conversations are supposed to be about cool things like killing and world domination and unless it involves blowing something up or pet dinosaurs, science is not cool.
Beardface, AKA Aaron, is stunned to find his daughter alive and well, minus a leg, and is desperate to know what happened to her. Tracy believes the attack was an attempt to silence her after she saw members of a private security firm hired by the US army, slaughtering women and children in an Afghan village.
If only more time was spent on this sub-plot and less on whether or not two people who hardly ever talk to each other might or might not break up. It’s simple, Olivia, if you’re ever in a situation where you might have sex with Lloyd, don’t. Actually I don’t care but someone can’t just jump off a roof every week to remind you, stupid. With the flash forward conspirators set to tell all, next week should provide some major developments but then again we have been disappointed before.