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FlashForward - (S01E07)

Sci-Fi . Mystery . Drama

Mark, Demetri, Gough and MI6 agent Fiona Banks investigate a Blue Hand club and its possible connection to some recent suicides. Meanwhile, Aaron receives a surprise visit from a former army buddy of his late daughter's, Demetri comes clean with Zoey about his lack of a flashforward, and Nicole helps Bryce uncover the mystery of his flashforward while volunteering at the hospital.

Episode Title: The Gift
Airs: 2009-11-5 at 08:00 pm
  • Verne Gay

    It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    If you like big-screen-level thrills and complicated plot structures, you'll opt-in to FlashForward. And you'll be rewarded. Here's hoping it stays strong and compelling as it heads to April 29.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    ABC knows that "Lost" is coming up on its last season, and it wants to ease the transition for you with this sci-fi grand-mystery series. On the basis of one episode, it's hard to say whether it will live up to its promise. But there is promise.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kris King

    If FlashForward can keep the momentum it set in its premiere episode, the show's apocalyptic tone and fate-bending intrigue should prove deeply fascinating.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show combines sci-fi-ish conspiracy suspense with excellent prime-time-soap drama. And I like the fact that, post-blackout, people don't Google each other; they say, ''I Mosaic'd you.'' A good sense of humor humanizes this grand puzzl

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It's an intriguing, mind-bending concept that's mostly well executed, with a built-in payoff cleverly timed to coincide with the May rating sweeps.

    Variety Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Well-cast and full of expensive-looking special effects, FlashForward should hook a respectable number of viewers with its combination of surprise and suspense.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Like so many contemporary television thrillers, FlashForward works just as powerfully as a domestic drama as it does as a mechanism of apocalyptic intrigue.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    It's smart, richly textured, complex and filled with suspense and intellectual challenge--in short, it has all the things network television is supposed to have abandoned in favor of cheap reality shows.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    ABC's new FlashForward requires concentration and endurance. It's well worth the investment of both.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    That's a diverse enough crowd to interest almost anybody. Combine it with the fascinating plot and the action and emotional turmoil it promises, and you don't need to flash forward to see a show finally giving Survivor a Thursday-night ratings run for the money.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Whether a fantastic series follows tonight's strong pilot, well, it would take a flash forward to know for sure. But the show does offers a strong premiere that brims with future possibility.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Assuming FlashForward can tone down a tendency toward pomposity and create a mythology and characters worth following, it may well be a worthy addition to the roster of sci-fi tinged TV programs.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Whether ABC's new series, FlashForward, will catch on is anyone's guess. I can tell you, though, that it has a compelling concept and a solid cast.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    FlashForward may not keep you hooked for years or even months, but chances are good tonight's episode will bring you back next week. For now, that's as far forward as we need to flash.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joanna Weiss

    FlashForward is a good idea, and while that’s no guarantee of a good series, the first hour gives us reason to hope.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    With such a knockout concept at its core, Flash Forward may still be on our minds six months from now--that is, if we're not too busy piecing together global mysteries or cheating on our husbands to notice.

    Salon Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    It's only when the action (and the torrential cross-cutting) slows that you start getting to know some of the capable cast....And it's only when the characters begin revealing what they saw while unconscious that FlashForward turns interesting as it examines the interconnectivity of the human experience.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Even critics and fans who are intrigued (as I am) by the often riveting pilot--which ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger twist--can’t help projecting a bit into our own future, one that’s informed by a past that’s littered with ambitious pilot episodes that ultimately didn’t measure up.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's a decent but not brilliant beginning.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • If the procedural plotting in FlashForward was ordinary, all the conversations about destiny and free will--and what any of it means for the poor sap who didn’t see anything during the blackout--made the first episode feel vibrant, engaged with heady concepts and questions.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    If Guggenheim can deepen the personalities and show how the flash forward really impacted them, then they might have a show here. Because right now, there's an interesting idea, some good production values and a cool cliffhanger, and not much else.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Like many of ABC's post-Lost attempts at serials, this one has a great premise with tremendous potential, but I wish more attention had been paid to fleshing out the characters and generally bringing a fresher voice to the dialogue.

    Time Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The pilot for FlashForward, by contrast [to "Lost"], feels more like deja vu, with characters who could've been rounded up from a disaster miniseries, tied to a mystery that's only compelling if we care what happens to these people.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The new series seems to share a perhaps fatal flaw of that now-canceled show, which is that the premise becomes so byzantine and the complications so arcane that eventually people just give up on trying to make sense of the darn thing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Fantasy plots require fantastic details, but the show, rolling steadily downhill from a compelling premise, is utterly casual about the particulars of its speculative time-tripping and post-catastrophe atmospherics.

    Slate Full Review

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