After the mundane drivel that was week six, episode 7 sees a “change in the game,” as FBI Agent Gough takes destiny into his own hands in an overdue attempt to cast doubt on the certainty of the flash forward theories. Light entertainment is provided by the Blue Hand Club from Benford’s magic board of clues, not to be confused with the Blue Man Group who incidentally are a lot scarier but not quite as stupid.
Those who were unfortunate enough not to have a flash forward and thus believe they are destined to die have formed secret death club, with Russian roulette as the entry policy and, We Might Die Soon So We Might As Well Try and Kill Ourselves, as the Monday night fancy dress theme. “Like a book club but with bullets,” says Benford with all the humour and comic timing of rich tea biscuit. With undercover experience, Gough joins Demetri and Benford to investigate and finds willing torture victims who would rather experience unbelievable pain rather than spend time with their loved ones? Odd, but maybe that’s just me.
In the middle of the night, instead of a foam or balloon party, one reveller is chosen to die. To be honest I don’t blame them, foam parties are rubbish and balloon parties are pointless. Tonight however Benford, who is faster than a speeding bullet, stops the vulgar act just as the latest ‘victim’ is about to pull the trigger.
A rant about not being able to escape the inevitable encourages Gough to confront his own demons as we find out he causes the accidental death of mother named Celia in his flash forward. Unwilling to accept this fate, Gough offers the ultimate challenge to his unwanted future, with an excessively spectacular suicide from the top of the FBI roof. I suppose this is TV Drama after all. I was half hoping/expecting him to land on poor Celia right in front of her precious twins, killing her but escaping largely unharmed, left wondering what might have been had he chosen a more community friendly way to die.
His death does however change everything previously accepted by the flash forwards. It is hard to believe that he’s the only person out 7 billion people to try and change their future but nevertheless, things have just got a lot more interesting.
So, the Benfords don’t have to split up, Demetri doesn’t have to die and most poignantly of all, Wedeck doesn’t have to be on the toilet!
The sub plot involving Benford’s sponsor and his alleged dead daughter also gains some legs, no pun intended. You see, her ex army buddy arrives in town letting Aaron know that she can’t be alive because he saw her die in an explosion. He didn’t, he saw her leg blown off and she was unconscious because apparently things like that hurt a bit. Episode cliff-hanger sees daughter, Tracy, sitting at the dinning room table. Dream? Look-alike? Wedeck in a Mission Impossible mask? I’m not sure.
The series has a clunky script, characters I don’t really care about and moments of truly bad acting, Fiennes’ attempt at looking sad or stupid or whatever in this episode was one of the funniest moments ever filmed. He looked like he just heard his book club ‘joke’ while biting into a lemon and thought, “oh that was just awful.” Yet I’m still watching it, waiting for episodes such as this one. Next week it will be interesting to see who will be the next to kill themselves and how? I’d go for Aaron, drowning in his own beard.