Flash Forward: Speculations After the 2nd Blackout

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Television

Considering that the series finale left a lot of unanswered questions, I thought it would be interesting to break down some of the mystery. The finale was actually written before the show was discovered to be cancelled. The writers had a 5-year story arc that would turn the show into the next Lost. Unfortunately it was cut short, leaving fans (like myself) to speculate what would have happened next.

First, here is a rundown of the events that closed out the series:

  • Mark discovered that a second blackout was coming only 14 minutes after the moment of the visions. While he survived the attack of the terrorists, the bombs planted in the building were set to go off before he had a chance to get out. Running toward a helicopter at the moment of the second blackout, he dropped to the ground just before reaching the balcony. Moments later, the building exploded. Wedeck and Vreede seemingly got out of the building before it exploded, but they were not shown outside of the building before the bombs set off. It is unclear who survived the blast.
  • Lloyd ended up at the Benford house on the night of the vision and uses a formula written on a mirror by his son with a formula send in a text by Simon to finally uncover a secret about the science of the blackouts. Unfortunately, this occurs too late to prevent the next one. Lloyd, Dylan, Olivia and Charlie collapse together in the living room when the blackout hits. Olivia had given herself emotionally to Lloyd but there is no telling what her reaction would be at the news of Mark’s fate.
  • Simon and Demitri break into the reactor control room and attempt to steal the information left on the server by Hellinger and his crew. Before leaving the room, the reaction is turned on remotely to engage the second blackout. Simon failed to break the code before it hit and both men fall unconscious during their new visions.
  • Bryce and Keiko seemed to be separated by fate but Keiko’s mother intervened to allow Keiko to make a run for it to meet with her supposed love. Bryce and Keiko finally meet in person and sparks fly. They are holding hands when the second blackout hit.
  • Nicole’s fight with Bryce is resolved, but she is left to drive away on her own. Distracted, she barreled through a fence and into a pond. A mysterious man dove in to save her, resulting in an opposite outcome to her vision (saved rather than killed).
  • After sending the photos to Wedeck and saving his daughter, he sat by her side as she struggled to survive the night. Thinking that she passed away, he almost gave up hope but stuck to the vision he believed in. Tracy reawakened and was finally reunited with her father.
  • Janis used herself as a decoy in the attempt to get Demitri and Simon into the facility, but actually fell ill and was transported. She arrived at the hospital to meet with the doctor from her vision, but learned that the child is actually a boy instead of a girl. When the second blackout happened, Lita (a henchman of Hellinger) carted Janis’s unconscious body off.
  

Several problems were still lingering from previous episodes:

  • The vice president’s vision had her sitting as president in the Oval Office. What was the fallout from Wedeck’s receipt of the pictures from Aaron? Was the president immediately impeached or was there an undisclosed murder plot that happened the day of the second blackout?
  • Zoey was left at the airport, seemingly leaving Demitri after his disclosure of his sexual encounter with Janis. Her vision had her on the beach mourning her relationship with their families and friends in the background. What happened to the result of her vision?
  • Gabriel McDow (James Callis) was vital to the investigation but is not really utilized in the series finale. What happened to him?
  • Hellinger was being escorted out of the building when Mark went running in. He was seemingly center to the terrorist plot, but was he really that significant of a player and where did he end up?
  • Jericho was revealed for its connection to the blackout trials. James Ermine (James Remar) appears to be at the center of Jericho. Would he have become central to the plot and was he in possession of one of the rings?
  • Who did the 7 rings go to?
  • The pillars were revealed to have caused the localized blackout in Somalia, and the villains highlighted that Simon and Lloyd were not solely responsible for their blackout. Are there other hidden pillars across the globe or was there something about the formula that had not been translated into English yet?
  • What was the true purpose of the blackouts, considering the individual trials at the mental institution?
  • What was up with the kangaroo being unaffected?
  

When the flashes occurred at the end of the series finale, there were a couple of significant differences. First of all, the flashes were from different time periods. There was not an effort to connect flashes to direct characters, except for Charlie as an adult saying that she found “him.” Individual people could experience more than one vision during the second blackout. With all of this in mind, here are some thoughts on what happened to the characters after the second blackout (just based on my own predictions):

  • Mark Benford: Although Mark survived the blast, he was captured by Jericho representatives who were in the helicopter and wearing rings at the moment of the blackout. Taken to a third world country, he was held captive in an attempt to keep him silenced but also be used as bait to distract the FBI away from their true mission. Charlie was devastated by the “death” of her father but did not realize that he was still alive until she was old enough to understand her vision. She and Dylan utilized their resources with the FBI and a board that she recreated using images of Mark’s case board to continue his work and track him down. Mark’s visions include the moment he was rescued by Charlie and his murder of president Clemente.
  • Olivia and Lloyd: Their storyline seemingly takes an interesting turn, as they began a new relationship together and Olivia experienced some similar struggles she had with Mark’s obsession with his work. Lloyd is recruited to stay with the FBI to become a key representative on the Mosaic case, now split in its focus between investigating Jericho, the effects of the blackouts and Mark’s disappearance (after Charlie encourages Wedeck that he is still alive). Olivia’s only vision included an argument with Charlie over her running off with Dylan to an unknown location. Dylan’s vision included an interaction with Gabriel in a detention center.
  • Demitri: When he left Zoey at the airport, he did not know that a second blackout was coming. Zoey’s plane was in the air at the time of the blackout and crashed into the ocean before reaching its destination. Not believing that she was actually gone, he became obsessed with finding her. He sacrificed his job and his relationships to discover the truth and rescue his love. Demitri sees a vision of a letter written to him dated 3/14/11 but then a period of nothingness like his first experience.
  • Simon: Though he is resistant of Hellinger, he is recruited as a double agent by Marshall Vogel to replace the now missing Janis. He stayed on with the FBI as a consultant but also returned to his job in research, with a focus on continuing to understand the blackouts at both the global and individual scales. He discovered that he could use Lloyd’s equations to perfect the technology to be weaponized on the smaller scale. Jericho took a keen interest and dispatched him after they got their hands on his notes and prototypes. Simon did not see anything during his flash forward.
  • Aaron & Tracy: While stuck in Afghanistan during Tracy’s recovery, they discovered that they were not safe to return to US due to Jericho’s surveillance. Constantly on the move, Aaron continued his relationship with Wedeck to send information when he was able to reach an ally. The stress takes its toll on Aaron and Tracy’s desire to drink eventually catches up with Aaron. Though nearly captured by Jericho, Tracy saved her father from both their attackers and his break from sobriety. While Aaron viewed several moments of his surveillance of Jericho, Tracy experienced one vision of Aaron striking her in a drunken stupor.
  • Bryce & Keiko: In her flash forward, Keiko learned that Bryce’s cancer returned but also that she was on the verge of discovering a possible new treatment to save his life. Feeling the strong connection but barely knowing each other, she struggled with her mother’s action catching up to her and resulting in her immediate deportation the next day after the second blackout. Bryce moved to Japan to be with her, but they both struggled with her family’s apprehensions with her relationship with an American. When Bryce’s cancer began to progress again, Keiko was able to return to the US and partnered with Nicole (now an attending surgeon) to research possible experimental treatments. A man named F. Walsh (from the second blackout visions) is patient zero in Keiko’s and Nicole’s medical trial (which appeared to both women in their visions).
  • Ed: Though he saved Nicole’s life on Flash Forward Day, her vision of Ed was repeated in a vision he experienced during the second blackout. He chose to share his vision with her immediately, stating that he believed that something happened to them in the future to cause him to act violently. Though he tried to stay away, Nicole believed that there would be no immediate complications in their relationship due to her success with medical school and research. Ed reluctantly sticks around but becomes increasingly agitated when Nicole spends more time with Bryce during his treatment and eventually admits to her feelings for him. When he sees her kiss Bryce in light of the good news about the treatment, he surprises her by running her off the road and drowning her in the same lake of their first meeting. Though Bryce had a vision of the crash, he did not know it was Nicole’s and Ed’s cars until it was too late to reach her.
  • Wedeck: With the assassination of the president in the wake of the near release of the Jericho evidence, Wedeck is offered a position on Clemente’s cabinet. While he accepts, he promoted Vreede to acting director of the LA branch of the FBI. He suspected Clemente’s acceptance of the activities of Jericho and conducted a secret investigation using his contacts at the FBI and CIA. Discovering that Clemente used Jericho to take out the president, Wedeck pushed too hard, leading to the death of his Georgetown affair. He eventually uncovered the information that led Charlie and Dylan to Mark’s aid but at the cost of his own life. Wedeck also sees Mark’s vision of the assassination of president Clemente.
  • Janis: Taken from the hospital during the second blackout, she is kept sedated during the rest of her pregnancy and her son is hidden from her after he is born. Hellinger appeared when she was finally allowed to be lucid again and gave her an ultimatum: reverse her double agent status to commit herself to Jericho or watch her son be killed and then be framed for the death of Demitri. She agreed to go along with Jericho but maintained communication with Marshall Vogel. She became a top FBI suspect after images were captured with her wearing one of the rings. Her vision included moments of her living in a quiet home with her son, which helped to sustain her during her activities with Jericho.
  • Hellinger and Ermine: Jericho is revealed to be central to the efforts to weaponize the blackout technology and hold the world hostage. While the FBI and CIA continually held Jericho at bay by keeping up with the activities, a series of additional blackouts are discovered through Mosaic, including the dates of 3/14/11 and 1/1/15. Ermine eventually sacrificed Hellinger in an attempt to make a statement to the agencies, but in doing so captured Gabriel McDow. Using McDow as a living representation of Frost’s timeline, Ermine engineered a final blackout to occur on 12/12/16 to set up a World War by setting off nukes during the flash forward period (at which time, all flash forwards appear to be blank like Demitri’s during the first global event). This final flash forward encourages mass chaos, leading to a newly sworn-in president to calm the masses while hiding his ring from the cameras.

Speculation is fun but I would rather find out from the writers what their plans were for the series. If anyone finds this out, please let me know. Thanks!

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