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FlashForward (Thursdays, 8/7 Central)


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There's more than a fine line between Lost and Heroes, there's a friggin' gulf. But despite its many faults, Heroes is the only sci-fi show in five years that's managed to replicate any level of Lost's success. And so, in an attempt to maintain the viewership they'll lose once Lost ends next spring, ABC has once again churned out another sci-fi serial, this time revolving around the mystery behind the entire world's population blacking out for just over two minutes and flashing forward to six months in the future.

Flash Forward crams a hell of a lot of information into its pilot, jumping right in and briskly introducing its sprawling cast (including Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Lost's Sonya Walger, and more), and there's enough movement in the first episode to hook viewers.

But many of the best bits are matched by elements that have already appeared in other shows—Lost had a polar bear, Flash Forward has a kangaroo; Heroes had "Save the cheerleader...," Flash Forward has "Who else knows?"

The initial episode works in enough questions to sustain the series through at least a full season—the question is whether viewers will care enough to go along for the ride. But if they'll tolerate Heroes, this ought to be a breeze. (

Author rating: 6/10

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