Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Secret of "Flash Forward" Revealed

ABC's new show "Fast Forward" is a sort of secular version of the series of "Left Behind" novels. Seemingly everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, and most of them see visions of the future- April 29, 2010. Some see that they will pregnant, some see that they'll be cheating on their spouse, some see that they'll be having an alcoholic relapse, and some see nothing at all.

These are all rather traditional ideas of anxiety about sin.

The recovering alcoholic's wife leaves him notes around the house telling him he's a bad husband-- painfully judgmental, especially in light of the fact that she's told him that if he ever relapses, she will leave him. Why then does he feel as if he's the failure when his vision shows him drinking again? Doesn't the fact that everyone on earth has blacked out, and he's one of apparently only three people investigating it, along with the burden of being married to a woman who constantly tells you what a failure you are, give you enough reason to "relapse"?

The woman who sees herself getting the sonogram comments in a non-sequitur "I don't even have a boyfriend." What has that to do with anything? Especially in 2009-2010? Haven't women learned they don't even need a boyfriend to procreate?

And why does the woman who leaves her alcoholic husband post-its telling him he's a bad husband feel so bad about her vision showing her with another man?

These are the real questions of "Flash Forward."

But let's get to the secret. Since it's so obviously inspired by the "Left Behind" books, I went to the Bible for answers. First, everyone blacks out for 2 minutes 17 seconds, so of course I went straight to Numbers chapter 2 verse 17:

Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards.

The mystery man at the Detroit ball park (the one person who apparently didn't lose consciousness during the blackout) is a member of "The Tabernacle," or whatever they're going to call it on the show. It's these people who will "set forward" every man in "his place by their standards."

What's the place, and what are the standards? Enlightenment!

From 1 Kings, chapter 4, verse 29 (April 29):

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

Why "1 Kings"? The star tattoos that the main character sees on the arms of the men breaking into the FBI office. The stars represent the breaking up of the ten tribes of Israel-- with the odd star representing royalty.

Below is the trailer for the movie version of the first "Left Behind" book. It's remarkably similar to the trailer for "Flash Forward":

Anyway, now that I've solved that little mystery, I plan on turning my attention to solving the riddle of The Beautiful Life: TBL. With characters with names like "Isaac," "Christopher," and "Shepherd," you just know there's some deep Biblical stuff going on in that show.

Well I see that it just got cancelled. I had a whole big reveal about it, but never mind.


A.Jaye said...

Channel 5 showed that cack over here on Monday night. If channel 5 have got it it means the 4 other major channels didn't want it.

I watched it.

I'll never watch it again.

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