Is FlashForward The Next LOST?

Jon Lachonis September 24, 2009 39

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Warning: Some minor spoilers within.

We LOST fans have been targeted, with a vengeance by FlashForward. ABC Has spared no expense in attracting us to their latest epic sci-fi/drama series FlashForward, and – whether you like the overt tactics or not – it was for good reason. FlashForward is, in fact, the type of television show that LOST fans can appreciate. I’ve seen the pilot for FlashForward, so I thought it would be appropriate at this time for a [humble] LOST fan to opine on ABC’s widely publicized comparison to our show of choice, apple to apples.

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  • FlashForward

    After you watch FlashForward, talk about it on Facebook: http://bit.ly/4vneT4 or on FlashForward Live Chat on ABC.com where all questions and comments are addressed during a real-time discussion with Executive Producers David S. Goyer and Marc Guggenheim!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Crazy Bearded Jack

    As someone who's read the book, I can say that FlashForward is NOT the new LOST. That's not a dismissal of the book or the show. Both are entertaining. But the show is not an original premise – something LOST is. The show is taking a concept of the book and bending it to make it palitable for an average TV audience. Very infrequently, if ever, has LOST attempted to dumb itself down for it's viewers. FlashForward is doing it from the start.

  • http://www.twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Crazy Bearded Jack

    As someone who’s read the book, I can say that FlashForward is NOT the new LOST. That’s not a dismissal of the book or the show. Both are entertaining. But the show is not an original premise – something LOST is. The show is taking a concept of the book and bending it to make it palitable for an average TV audience. Very infrequently, if ever, has LOST attempted to dumb itself down for it’s viewers. FlashForward is doing it from the start.

  • FlashForward

    After you watch FlashForward, talk about it on Facebook: http://bit.ly/4vneT4 or on FlashForward Live Chat on ABC.com where all questions and comments are addressed during a real-time discussion with Executive Producers David S. Goyer and Marc Guggenheim!

  • MsDee

    What I want to know is where and what the easter eggs are so I can be on the lookout and get a little Lost fix. Any chance of you sharing that info?:) pretty please

    • http://www.tvovermind.com Jon Lachonis

      There is one around 6 minutes in. Look for billboards! Watch it here: http://www.tvovermind.com/flash-forward-tv-news/w

      • MsDee

        My daughter also suggested the kangarro is an easter egg because it symbolizes Australia and also I htink the corpses in the water were sort of lost-ish

  • MsDee

    What I want to know is where and what the easter eggs are so I can be on the lookout and get a little Lost fix. Any chance of you sharing that info?:) pretty please

    • http://www.tvovermind.com/ Jon Lachonis

      There is one around 6 minutes in. Look for billboards! Watch it here: http://www.tvovermind.com/flash-forward-tv-news/w

      • MsDee

        My daughter also suggested the kangarro is an easter egg because it symbolizes Australia and also I htink the corpses in the water were sort of lost-ish

  • Critic

    Wow, spoiler alert for Flash Forward.

  • Critic

    Wow, spoiler alert for Flash Forward.

  • Scott

    Ok Flash Forward is not the next Lost because it did not grab me and force me to watch every single episode to see where the story goes. I like the Flash Forward story, I like some of the characters, but I don't care that much. Perhaps I will if I keep watching it. But Lost got me and made me a fan from day one and I have not missed an episode yet and won't even watch it DVR delayed. With lost I need to watch as soon as I can. I think the creators of Flash Forward made some mistakes with there Pilot and were not as skillful in spinning the tale as the Lost story tellers are and were.

    I am giving Flash Forward one more week. I like the idea and found it fun but I feel they are moving some of the plot to fast and revealing to much. I feel some of the big discoveries in Flash forward could have been held back. Some times the tease, surprise and the suspense is better than getting all the answers so quickly, as Lost fan well know. Flash Forward, is treating it's audience like they have the patients of a 2 year old. I think they may have been listening to critics of Lost that say they don't reveal enough and that answers come to slow. The Journey of Lost and it characters are what make it what is is. Flash Forward needs to slow down let us meet the characters, make us care,

    • Di

      I agree with Scott, Flash Forward didn't grab me like Lost grabbed me. When we discovered Lost DVD about a year ago, I would have watched the entire series without stopping for anything if that had been possible. Somehow, Lost made us care or be very curious about the characters immediately, I didn't feel the same connection with the Flash Forward characters, at least not yet. Finally, I think the characters got to the "everybody on the planet passed out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and we all had visions of our future 6 months from now" conclusion really, really quickly. So, we missed the "what on earth is going on here" suspense that also makes Lost so great and was so prevalent at least in the first 3 seasons.

    • JD

      Wow, and you know how the show will progress from just the pilot episode?

  • Scott

    Ok Flash Forward is not the next Lost because it did not grab me and force me to watch every single episode to see where the story goes. I like the Flash Forward story, I like some of the characters, but I don’t care that much. Perhaps I will if I keep watching it. But Lost got me and made me a fan from day one and I have not missed an episode yet and won’t even watch it DVR delayed. With lost I need to watch as soon as I can. I think the creators of Flash Forward made some mistakes with there Pilot and were not as skillful in spinning the tale as the Lost story tellers are and were.

    I am giving Flash Forward one more week. I like the idea and found it fun but I feel they are moving some of the plot to fast and revealing to much. I feel some of the big discoveries in Flash forward could have been held back. Some times the tease, surprise and the suspense is better than getting all the answers so quickly, as Lost fan well know. Flash Forward, is treating it’s audience like they have the patients of a 2 year old. I think they may have been listening to critics of Lost that say they don’t reveal enough and that answers come to slow. The Journey of Lost and it characters are what make it what is is. Flash Forward needs to slow down let us meet the characters, make us care,

    • Di

      I agree with Scott, Flash Forward didn’t grab me like Lost grabbed me. When we discovered Lost DVD about a year ago, I would have watched the entire series without stopping for anything if that had been possible. Somehow, Lost made us care or be very curious about the characters immediately, I didn’t feel the same connection with the Flash Forward characters, at least not yet. Finally, I think the characters got to the “everybody on the planet passed out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and we all had visions of our future 6 months from now” conclusion really, really quickly. So, we missed the “what on earth is going on here” suspense that also makes Lost so great and was so prevalent at least in the first 3 seasons.

    • JD

      Wow, and you know how the show will progress from just the pilot episode?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tsfogg Scott Fogg

    To the casual viewer of either show, there are many other comparisons to be made. The opening sequence of Mark Benford waking up and discovering the wreckage is eerily similar to Jack's waking up and discovering the wreckage. Then you can go on to character-to-character comparisons (doctors, police officers, wanted fugitives, oh my!). The episode is largely told in flashback. But my favorite, "Are they trying to be next LOST" moment came with the obviously-out-of-place animal.

    I haven't read the book, but so far, I would say the creators of the pilot were consciously trying to make the next LOST.

    • Jon Lachonis

      … and more! Yet, none of it is really proprietary 'LOST.' There was definitely a conscious effort to crack the 'LOST' code in the execution/content of the beats, but I think it is still its own story – imho, of course. It reminded me of the whole Blake Synder/Syd Field thing done amok, where some script consultant looked at LOST with a 'story' slide-rule and said "strange animal should show up on page 11."

      • http://www.facebook.com/tsfogg Scott Fogg

        LOL! Exactly!

        • http://www.tvovermind.com/ Jon Lachonis

          Bulfinch would serve them better, me thinks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsfogg Scott Fogg

    To the casual viewer of either show, there are many other comparisons to be made. The opening sequence of Mark Benford waking up and discovering the wreckage is eerily similar to Jack’s waking up and discovering the wreckage. Then you can go on to character-to-character comparisons (doctors, police officers, wanted fugitives, oh my!). The episode is largely told in flashback. But my favorite, “Are they trying to be next LOST” moment came with the obviously-out-of-place animal.

    I haven’t read the book, but so far, I would say the creators of the pilot were consciously trying to make the next LOST.

    • Jon Lachonis

      … and more! Yet, none of it is really proprietary ‘LOST.’ There was definitely a conscious effort to crack the ‘LOST’ code in the execution/content of the beats, but I think it is still its own story – imho, of course. It reminded me of the whole Blake Synder/Syd Field thing done amok, where some script consultant looked at LOST with a ‘story’ slide-rule and said “strange animal should show up on page 11.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/tsfogg Scott Fogg

        LOL! Exactly!

        • http://www.tvovermind.com/ Jon Lachonis

          Bulfinch would serve them better, me thinks…

  • Mark O. Estes

    I have to disagree with Scott. While I, like him, am a fan of LOST from day one, I have seen so many of my friends and family stop viewing the show because of the intricate plotlines and new twists. They just got fed up. I am not going to judge FlashForward by just two episodes. That's basically not fair at all. And the 'discoveries' that Scott said could have been held back, what sense would that have made? Unlike LOST, this show involves the entire human race and of course they would piece together things rather quickly with access to the Internet, cell phones, and news reports. LOST started of with a group of survivors in the middle of nowhere without any of that stuff, which (IMHO) totally separates the two. I think we as an audience have gotten spoiled and are looking for the next LOST and any scifi show with a clever, intriguing logline will try its best to fill that void. But I doubt any show, in the near future or ever, will ever match the appeal that LOST has.

    Now with that said, I just want to say that while I am a devoted fan of LOST, I want to point out that LOST itself is not wholly original as a lot of the masses believe. I came across a radio serial from back in the day called "Magic Island" that is eerily similar to LOST, but when I bring this up I am either ignored or it's not talked about again. Here goes the Wikipedia page for it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Island_(radio)

    And here goes another cartoon show that has a similar plotline.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_Island

    And finally the Jules Verne book called Mysterious Island, which LOST itself has referenced in the show. Not trying to be a negative nancy, but I feel that Darlton took a previous idea and improved it greatly, but in the end the show is not as original as everyone thinks. Just a smart breath of fresh air from all of the procedurals, crappy reality shows and other genres of TV shows that dominate our television

  • Mark O. Estes

    I have to disagree with Scott. While I, like him, am a fan of LOST from day one, I have seen so many of my friends and family stop viewing the show because of the intricate plotlines and new twists. They just got fed up. I am not going to judge FlashForward by just two episodes. That's basically not fair at all. And the 'discoveries' that Scott said could have been held back, what sense would that have made? Unlike LOST, this show involves the entire human race and of course they would piece together things rather quickly with access to the Internet, cell phones, and news reports. LOST started of with a group of survivors in the middle of nowhere without any of that stuff, which (IMHO) totally separates the two. I think we as an audience have gotten spoiled and are looking for the next LOST and any scifi show with a clever, intriguing logline will try its best to fill that void. But I doubt any show, in the near future or ever, will ever match the appeal that LOST has.

    Now with that said, I just want to say that while I am a devoted fan of LOST, I want to point out that LOST itself is not wholly original as a lot of the masses believe. I came across a radio serial from back in the day called "Magic Island" that is eerily similar to LOST, but when I bring this up I am either ignored or it's not talked about again. Here goes the Wikipedia page for it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Island_(radio)

    And here goes another cartoon show that has a similar plotline.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_Island

    And finally the Jules Verne book called Mysterious Island, which LOST itself has referenced in the show. Not trying to be a negative nancy, but I feel that Darlton took a previous idea and improved it greatly, but in the end the show is not as original as everyone thinks. Just a smart breath of fresh air from all of the procedurals, crappy reality shows and other genres of TV shows that dominate our television

  • Madge

    Well, FF can't be the new Lost but it can be an interesting and enjoyable replacement for when Lost is over. I enjoyed the first ep and am really looking forward to the series. I wouldn't want a complete "This is Lost only in LA (is it LA?)and with a kangaroo instead of a polar bear" but if they can keep the parts that we like (the research) and still keep their own identity, than I'm good with it.

  • Madge

    Well, FF can’t be the new Lost but it can be an interesting and enjoyable replacement for when Lost is over. I enjoyed the first ep and am really looking forward to the series. I wouldn’t want a complete “This is Lost only in LA (is it LA?)and with a kangaroo instead of a polar bear” but if they can keep the parts that we like (the research) and still keep their own identity, than I’m good with it.

  • numbersarebad

    did the billboard say Perfect Safety Record for Oceanic?

  • numbersarebad

    did the billboard say Perfect Safety Record for Oceanic?

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  • John

    First of all this show just have the character to compete with lost. Lost hit the motherload with Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and Locke–even though Terry was already well established. If anyone thinks that show succeeded because of the story–boy you have never watched scifi. The actors/director make the individual scenes work–if they dont–story means nothing.

    I dont one actor yet in FF that makes the screen pop. I hear no interesting voices. Story will not make or break this. Character interaction on screen from moment to moment is what makes people keep the channel on. What happens is you like the way people say things, you like the looks they give, how they move through the screen—do you see anyone like I mentioned above?

    So, sorry..I will watch–but they made some huge cast mistakes and as far a presentation goes they basically forgot that the world was burning and hundreds of thousands had died in the worst disaster in human history and they are just lying in bed playing footsy as if everything had already been resolved. Sorry..an FBI agent works at least a double on that day–so that was a big miscalculation which completely minimized the event. The first show could be nothing but action or it was going to look absurd and it did.

  • John

    First of all this show just have the character to compete with lost. Lost hit the motherload with Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and Locke–even though Terry was already well established. If anyone thinks that show succeeded because of the story–boy you have never watched scifi. The actors/director make the individual scenes work–if they dont–story means nothing.

    I dont one actor yet in FF that makes the screen pop. I hear no interesting voices. Story will not make or break this. Character interaction on screen from moment to moment is what makes people keep the channel on. What happens is you like the way people say things, you like the looks they give, how they move through the screen—do you see anyone like I mentioned above?

    So, sorry..I will watch–but they made some huge cast mistakes and as far a presentation goes they basically forgot that the world was burning and hundreds of thousands had died in the worst disaster in human history and they are just lying in bed playing footsy as if everything had already been resolved. Sorry..an FBI agent works at least a double on that day–so that was a big miscalculation which completely minimized the event. The first show could be nothing but action or it was going to look absurd and it did.

  • Anon

    Surely the biggest difference is that Flashforward is good TB, whereas Lost was sloppy, boring, lazy and tedious.

  • Anon

    Surely the biggest difference is that Flashforward is good TB, whereas Lost was sloppy, boring, lazy and tedious.