Episode Title: "A561984"
Written By: David S. Goyer & Scott M. Gimple
Synopsis: Agents Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and Demetri Noh (John Cho) travel to Hong Kong to track down a mysterious woman (Shohreh Aghdashloo) who knows about Demetri's eventual murder — but the answers they seek come with grave consequences. Meanwhile, Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport) and Simon Campos (Dominic Monaghan) reveal their culpability in the blackout during a public press conference, which also comes with unintended and deadly results.
Serial Killer: Bad news for both Benford and Noh, as the former is allegedly going to kill the latter in the future. How do we know this? The aforementioned enigmatic woman, Nhadra Udaya, has foreseen it — and she knows the serial numbers on Mark's handgun, so we know her warning has to be true, right? Come on, I don't buy it for a second. People are falling for the inevitability of the future far too easily. When you consider Udaya's connection to the mysterious and presumably deadly D. Gibbons (played by the always watchable Michael Massee), it's more than likely that she's trying to turn the two agents against each other.
The Blackout Boys: Simcoe's public speaking could use some work, don't you think? Due to a stuttering, stammering speech about his and Simon's role in the blackout, the entire world is out to get him — and some very dangerous people have gotten him and his son by episode's end. Simon, meanwhile, is cool as a cucumber as he tries to assist the Mosaic Team in finding the true cause behind the blackout, which will ultimately clear his name. His scientific knowhow is matched only by his egocentricity, which makes Simon an incredibly entertaining character to watch.
Dangerous Faces: We got to know both Udaya and Gibbons a little bit better this episode, and while they are certainly characters to keep an eye on, there's another to watch out for as well — Marshall Vogel, the CIA agent played by Michael Ealy. Some weeks ago, David Goyer mentioned that Ealy "effectively becomes a series regular" in the tenth episode and has plenty of feathers to ruffle with Benford. As deadly as Udaya and Gibbons are, I wouldn't count Vogel out as a dangerous adversary for Benford and the rest of the Mosaic Team.
Best Quote: "If he had anything to do with the blackout, I'll do everything I can to help you find him. At the very least, I'd like to give his testicles a squeeze for sharking my plasma afterburner design." — Simon Campos
Verdict: With plenty of action, excellent character work and intriguing new plot reveals, tonight's episode of "FlashForward" stands out as one of the very best. The cliffhanger involving the abduction of Lloyd and Dylan Simcoe was the perfect way to cap off the former's deadly mistake of revealing his role in the blackout to the world at large — it's just too bad that we won't see the fallout of his actions until March 2010 when the show returns.
The Future: When "FlashForward" returns in March, a whole lot will go down — including the potential death of Demetri Noh and, if Mark is to be trusted, another possible blackout.
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