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An important episode that addressed the unanswered question of the mole, which was really the cliff-hanger we were left with last year. This has remained largely untouched since the hiatus and personally I had all but forgotten about its significance. To the writers credit, they appear to be focusing on resolving some of the strange plot holes that existed in the first ten episodes. However, even though we are being treated to some tying up of frustrating loose ends, it all feels a little too tidy for me. This is obviously a conscious move by the writers to maintain pace and direct the story towards some of the key events, but the timing seems to be a little too impeccable for my liking. Now, this really doesn’t effect the compelling nature of the story which is developing nicely, mostly with the intrigue that the Simon Campos character brings, but it does occasionally remind the viewer that they are watching science fiction, cleverly disguised as an action drama.
It’s important for me to draw attention to how much Simon Campos as a character, enriches the story line. Dominic Monaghan’s portrayal of this deeply conflicted character really raises the quality of the show in a significant way and the more screen time he gets the better as far as I’m concerned.
The focus of the episode is certainly uncovering the FBI mole, but we also spend time with Keiko ( Bryce’s mystery future love), now in the US as she searches for the man she was in love with for just 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The idea that she would find work in a chop-shop was a little hard to swallow and not the episode’s finest hour, but what was interesting was the way contrary to the flashforward, Bryce seems to be quickly falling for Nicole. I am totally undecided which way I would rather the story develop and it’s likely the writers are in the same position.
My biggest complaint is probably a minor thing to most, but it’s quite an issue for me and it appears to be getting worse. The show seriously patronises the audience in that every little clue is flashed in their face over and over again. This also happens with dialogue, in the repetition of key phrases to ensure the audience is following Marks detective work. I personally like to feel like I am discovering things for myself and am quite capable of noticing items that I have seen before on Mark’s wall, I really don’t need an extreme close-up and exclamation from Mark whilst he taps his finger on the clue in question.
The mole story was dealt with eloquently, the second revelation not so much. I will have to see it develop, but I just don’t buy it right now, especially with all that came before (I’m trying hard not to spoil anything). It just does not add up to me, although I will wait for next week before I pass judgement.
A satisfying episode that moves several plot lines forward, albeit in slightly surprising ways. The results of these decisions will make for an interesting watch in future episodes and the show has definitely settled on a direction and set course. There are still some flaws in the way the show is produced, more than likely to allow it to appear more viewer friendly, but as long as Dr Simon Campos continues to slide down the rabbit hole then I will continue to subscribe to the strange action Sci-Fi medley that is Flashforward.