One of the more intriguing series to debut in 2009, "FLASH FORWARD" has had part of its 1st season released on dvd, from ABC. The series has had many comparisons made to the network's more successful "LOST," but other than the sci-fi element to it and high production values, there isn't really any major similarity. Oh, wait! Dominic Mognahan, of "LOST" does play an important part as a mysterious, apparently sinister scientist, and various clues are laid out with each episode, ....so,....maybe the comparison to "LOST" is a fair one. However, "LOST," even from the pilot episode, is a tighter series that what's offered here. The concept of "FLASH FORWARD" is intriguing. For two minutes and 17 seconds, the everyone in the entire world experiences a complete blackout. Of course, this worldwide situation causes a lot of damage in a short time span, as cars and planes crash, along with other devastation occurring.
When everyone comes out of it, they share one common result, they all had a vision of events unfolding, specific to them in the future at the same time, April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. As the 10 episodes unfold, viewers become familiar with the central characters, FBI agents investigating the phenomenon and their families. Each episode also reveals more clues to what is to come. There is definitely a tantalizing aspect to the series, making it easy to take interest in the following episodes, but some of the absurdities within the pilot are hard to jump over. It's frustrating to believe, that in record time, so much is understood by so many about the actual event taking place in the first place! Sure, that may seem picky, but it's nevertheless frustrating!
Equally frustrating,..."PART ONE?" Wouldn't it have been more sensible to release the entire first season when complete? Well, perhaps this is a sure way to win new viewers and ensure it can continue, unlike other decent shows being cancelled without any resolution(SMITH).
ABC TELEVISION has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release. Colors are solid and the series' elaborate production design is well complimented with a generally slick, polished image. There are a few instances, within each episode wherein softness appears, but, overall this is a great looking transfer.
A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is provided. While some separation and surround effects add to the intended foreboding atmosphere, it's more subdued than we'd expected. The music is decent, but not memorable. Dialogue is always intelligible.
A short featurette examing the special effects, and an extended scene from a future episode, have been included as extras. Let's hope a blu-ray with an even sharper image and DTS-HD MA 5.1 comes out for the entire 1st season in the near future.