FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) and his LA FBI team are conducting Counter-Terrorist Operations ... when everyone in the world suddenly blacks out and has visions of their future. Yes, everyone knows what they will be doing in exactly 6 months time.
This starts the series with a vast number of questions. How will the characters' begin their path to an unlikely future? If their future is negative, how will they change it for the better? Who was responsible for the blackout, and how? And finally ... how come, even though the whole world was blacked out, one man was caught on CCTV still moving?
This is billed as "The new Lost ". It certainly has some of that show's strengths. There is an ensemble cast, with each character having an episode to explain their background and their flash forward, as they try to build their own personal future. Of course, there are several differences. The most important fact is that this show is actually based on a somewhat obscure novel (a loose adaptation, of course, to fit the episodic nature of a television series). Thus, the story arc is pre-planned and has an actual explanation and conclusion. This removes one of the complaints about Lost and other TV shows - their open-ended, make-it-up-as-we-go-along ethos.
The FBI team follow a lead linking the Moving Man to a small town. They investigate, and end up in a shootout ...
FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) and his female sidekick Janis visit Germany, and interview a Nazi War Criminal. He gives them a vital piece of info about the event - it kills crows. However, this encounter raises more questions than it answers. Can the FBI change the future by preventing someone from getting their new job? Is the slightly butch female Fed a closet lesbian?
The Lady doctor ( Sonya Walger ) is in denial about her Flash forward. She tries to convince herself that they are mere hallucinations, to the extent that she will ignore clues that might save a patient.
Janis the butch female Fed has a GF, Navi Rawat . But this still does not explain how she can get pregnant.
The main FBI unit (the men, that is) are called to Washington to testify. The CIA claims that Red China is responsible. And sure enough, a group of Oriental gunmen turn up and try to take out the Feds!
A Quantum Physicist Hobbit (Dominic Monaghan - Lord of the Rings ) is en route to LA. This is just a setup for further plot developments.
It is Hallowe'en. The autistic son of Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ) goes MIA from the hospital. It turns out that he wants to go to his new home from the Flash Forward.
The FBI start to investigate the Blue Hand people.
The token Black FBI Agent gets an episode. This leads to one of the most poignant scenes in the show so far. We get to see if the future is actually malleable. But as always, this asks more questions than it answers.
The Feds infiltrate the Blue Hand cult. It turns out that Demetri (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) the Korean Fed is not the only one who has realised that people who did not have flashes are going to die. And those who have nothing to lose are willing to risk everything ...
The Feds get a lead on one of the hit-men from Benford's flash. A man with similar tattoos is linked to a murder, so FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) and his team want to catch the hitter and change the future.
The Quantum Physics Hobbit (Dominic Monaghan - Lord of the Rings ) arrives in LA and meets up with his professional colleague. They have much to discuss - ethics, morality, pre-destination and cheating at poker.
The junior surgeon is trying to find the Japanese girl from his flash. She is trying to find him - but more importantly, she wants to find her own path in life.
Benford's FBI buddies have discovered that the Moving Man was wearing a ring with the Greek Alpha symbol on it. This helps Demetri (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) the Korean guy trace the woman who called him.
Davenport's press release provokes a negative reaction that everyone expected except him. The Hobbit (Dominic Monaghan - Lord of the Rings ) makes the most of it, and gets a job as an FBI consultant. He starts to make sense of the clues the Feds have assembled.
It turns out that Sonja Walger and Jack Davenport's flashes were not necessarily of the actual future, but of a parallel universe …
D. Gibbons (Michael Massee) makes a reappearance.
Returning after a hiatus of several months, the show starts with a recap of the global disaster narrated by Gil Bellows ( She Creature ), who has become a Cult leader.
FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) is suspended from the FBI. They make him see a therapist. But the shrink helps him remember blurry bits of his Flash Forward. And this is enough to push the investigation forward ...
Finally, we discover who Patient Zero is. He has been manipulated by The Conspiracy for decades.
The Hobbit (Dominic Monaghan - Lord of the Rings ) is a vicious little son of a bitch, and the villains have made a serious mistake in getting on his bad side. We know he took out Rodney Rowland ( Space: Above And Beyond ), but he takes out a couple more villains this episode as well!
Feinnes' A.A. Sponsor is an ex-convict and former Recon Marine. So when his daughter ( Genevieve Padalecki ) goes M.I.A. again, he does not hesitate to take on Jericho head honcho James Remar ( ).
Gabrielle Union is paranoid that her FBI BF will be killed. She takes all the steps she can think of - using Freedom of Information Act to access Mosaic Project data, agreeing to defend a suspected terrorist, and arranging the pre-emptive destruction of the murder-weapon.
The rest of the team, including the Hobbit (Dominic Monaghan - Lord of the Rings ), go to Somalia. Unfortunately the local warlord is Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire), and he is not a happy bunny. His vision was one of himself as a victorious politician. But despite his intentions and Internet access, he has never heard of the Mosaic website!
The tower holds a number of surprises, and asks more questions than it answers.
The FBI digs up D Gibbons' past, but as they get closer they cannot work out how he knows what they are doing. Even though he states he has flashed forward before, and thus can probably see what they did, the Feds assume there is a Mole. FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) and Vogel start a mole hunt.
The Japanese girl is in LA, looking for cancer intern. She befriends a Latino street-racer, while the intern is still hanging out with work experience girl ( Peyton List ).
Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ) makes progress on a cure for the blackout.
Jericho, the corrupt military contractor, has come to the attention of people in authority. Shakespeare's boss at the FBI takes an interest in the ex-Marine's revenge mission.
Agent Demetri Noh (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) is after the missing gun that the Mole gave to the villains. D. Gibbons (Michael Massee) is in town, on a revenge spree of some kind.
Dr Frost is holding Demetri (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) hostage.
Gabrielle Union is doing her duty as a lawyer and trying to get the suspected terrorist out of jail. In exchange for any info on Demetri, of course.
FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) works out what Frost's last message was. They recover a QED, which puts them one step nearer preventing the next blackout.
Simon (Dominic Monaghan - Lost ) is given a choice - retrieve the ring from the FBI, or his sister will be killed.
FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ) is getting ever closer to the truth. His wife ( Sonya Walger ) helps Commodore Norris AKA Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ) work out if the flashforwards caused brain damage.
Someone starts to kill off Blue Handers who have lived past their Death dates. Demetri (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) investigates (with Dr River Song ), and questions Callum Keith Rennie ( BSG 2003 ) again.
It is approaching the day of the Flash Forward.
In Afghanistan, the Jericho operation faces its greatest threat.
The Savant who is helping the FBI tells Demetri (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) that the timeline always fixes itself.
It is April 29th, the day of the Flash Forward. Everyone tries to live out their best possible future.
The Orderly goes in search of the Japanese girl. His American GF ( Peyton List ) has her much-ignored appointment with drowning.
Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ) the Doctor goes to her place, to re-enact his discovery of the secret. And Simon's text actually helps him solve the problem.
FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love ), now inebriated, goes to FBI HQ to examine his notice-board. The villains send a well-armed hit-squad in, wiping out the HRT in the process. Can a couple of field agents with hand-guns succeed where a SWAT team with body armour and automatic weapons did not? Well, this is the basis for Hollywood action films, so be prepared for an action-packed climax. Unfortunately the show was cancelled, so it all ends on a cliffhanger.