This week on FlashForward, the series settles into its "one bad episode to follow every great one" rhythm, everyone wonders (again) whether they've definitely seen the future, and Charlie from Lost demonstrates why he's a crappy villain. Spoilers!
It seems that every week I get a Friday off, the previous night's FlashForward will be good. Last week's episode finally had someone try to change everything by killing themselves, thereby ensuring that their FF won't come true. Sadly, this week's episode struggled to play catch-up to what that meant.
Look at what's going on with Mark and Olivia; the FBI's most flat agent is so inspired by the suicide of colleague Al Gough (Yes, the show is killing off creators of Smallville; we can only hope that Miles Millar is watching his back as we speak) to prevent his future from coming true that he shoots a suspect who may or may not be one of the men who were coming after him in his FlashForward, killing him. Of course, he also buys his wife the lingerie that she's wearing in her FF (and which she opens at work, because... Actually, I have no idea. Am I missing some kind of American tradition of holding lingerie up in the air at the workplace?) and learns that his AA sponsor Aaron's daughter really is alive, as per Aaron's own FF, which seems to throw his "Maybe it won't come true!" thing into some doubt after all.
Aaron's daughter's return seems to open up another subterfuge subplot for the show, as she explains that she was ambushed by some Blackwater-esque "good guys" in Afghanistan, which led to her leg being blown off and presumption of her death (The leg, by the way, was the explanation for how the corpse they exhumed earlier in the season had her DNA, which seems... unlikely, to say the least. Did they only test the leg for DNA?). I hope that this subplot actually connects with the rest of the show, because otherwise, what's the point? There's too much going on with the rest of the show for us to really care about a completely separate plot about corrupt warzones that could be (and likely has been) done better elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Charlie's apparently-supposed-to-be-bad guy Simon continues to disappoint with almost every scene he's in. This week, after Lloyd tells... someone (his fellow scientists?) that they have to own up to having caused the FFs in the first place, Simon tells him that they can't, and then surreally decides that they'll play cards to decide whether or not to go public. A stupid idea, you think? Well, yes, but it gets better: Lloyd wins, as you'd expect, and then admits to Simon that he cheated, and Simon doesn't even say that he wants a rematch, or that Lloyd can't go public, he's just "Oh, you sly devil." Simon, seriously: What the fuck kind of bad guy lets himself by conned, and then doesn't even get upset when he's told that he's been conned? You're a disappointment to your evil brethren.
Just to make something about the episode worthwhile (Because, really? Janis deciding that she's going to have a baby because her FF told her to doesn't cut it), the Feds get an enhanced version of the photo of Suspect Zero, and see that he's wearing a ring, which seems pointless until the end of the episode where a case of rings is delivered to a man talking about Robert Oppenheimer, who comments that it's missing a ring, and then shoots the delivery man dead. What do the rings mean? Besides cute shoutouts not only to episode co-writer Marc Guggenheim's Green Lantern movie script and Dominic Monaghan's Lord of The Rings past, I mean. Maybe we'll find out soon - I just hope it happens on a week when I do a recap.