FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes of ‘Shakespeare in Love’) is about to have one of those days. In fact everyone on the planet is about to have one of those days. When Mark and his partner Demetri (John Cho of ‘Star Trek’) are chasing suspects along a freeway, everyone in the world blacks out.
Mark and Demetri wake up to find the Freeway and the whole city of LA in chaos, Mark’s wife is a surgeon who blacked out during an operation, their babysitter Nicole blacked out while fooling around with her boyfriend and Olivia’s brooding colleague Bryce blacked out just as he was about to kill himself.
As they investigate why they blacked out, they all realise they had visions of the future. The 29th April 2010 to be exact. Except Demetri didn’t have a vision which he takes to mean he’ll be dead. Mark was in a bad way in his future, drinking again and paranoid.
Life resumes normality a bit too quickly. Mark and Demetri are assigned to investigation the blackout mostly because they were investigating the blackout in Mark’s vision. But doesn’t knowing your own future mean it can be changed? At least according to the film ‘Minority Report’? So Olivia’s dreams of shacking up with Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport of ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) instead of her husband might not come true, especially since Lloyd Simcoe is a massive prat. And what of Mark’s AA sponsor Aaron having a vision that his dead daughter Tracy is alive?
Mark starts to worry that the future is fixed when his daughter Charlie gives him the friendship bracelet he saw in his vision. Meanwhile Demetri and colleague Janis see footage that suggests someone was awake during the global blackout and didn’t seem surprised by what was happening.
This was okay and intriguing enough so that one can overlook the fact that Brannon Braga is involved with this. It was a bit talky and had too much scene setting but the sight of a blood caked Mark seeing a Kangaroo hoping around a devastated street is the sort of hook to make you keep watching.
Who is the mystery blonde? Since when does New Scotland Yard have offices with a view of the London eye? I like the song ‘Islands in the Stream’. How did Demetri get so far from the car? How does this show plan to continue into a second season? I’ve read the book this show was based on and didn’t the visions in that book come from decades in the future not just a few months? Who was Suspect Zero and why was he/she awake? Was casting Joseph Fiennes former sister in law Alex Kingston in a guest role meant as a sneaky in joke?
“Memories of events that haven’t occurred yet.”
“I think God did this.”
“To punish us.”
Creepy kids play the Blackout game. Charlie throws tantrums and demonstrates some horrible child acting. The FBI sets up a website called The Mosaic Collective so people can post information on their visions.
Charlie’s school principle (Lisa Darr of ‘Profit’ and ‘Popular’) wonders if everything is all right at home. Charlie whines. Lloyd is smug and doesn’t seem to recognise Olivia though his autistic son Dylan does know her. Charlie also knows Dylan. The Mark/Olivia break up may be a self fulfilling prophecy as Mark acts like a hypocrite.
Meanwhile in hilarious fashion Mark’s boss reveals what his vision was of and that after the vision he found a colleague drowning in a urinal and well he did what a man has to do: “Gave the poor bastard mouth to mouth.” That was hilarious.
Mark and Demetri trace a man running a credit card scam, all they know about him is the fake name ‘D Gibbons’. This leads them to Pigeon, Utah and a creepy doll factory. Demetri gets a phone call informing him that he’ll be murdered on March 13th. Then even more creepy stuff happens. This was okay.
“I saw a pony!”
“We’re all prophets now.”
“D Gibbons was talking to Suspect Zero.”
“D Gibbons is a bad man.”