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  • TheTVCritic
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    Do you care about the characters? Link to this post

    I would like to know if anyone out there cares about the characters in flashforward? Aside from Bryce, I don't feel any real attachment to any of them. Am I missing something? What is making you care about them?

  • soldoutmatinee
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    Re: Do you care about the characters? Link to this post

    i don't care for any of these characters at all. this is why i stopped watching after 7 episodes. for a show to succeed you have to care for the characters as well as the plot/premise. this is where shows like LOST balance story and characters so well. In LOST, for every Nikki & Paulo there is a Ben & Locke. Meaning you're bound to like some of the characters. Flashforward has a big cast like LOST, this leads to viewers being able to connect with at least one character, if not more. Unfortunately, FF doesn't have any characters worth anybody's time. Flashforward is all story with bland characters who are just there and I couldn't connect with the characters. It's a shame because there are so manny characters to choose from.

    Now that I think about it, it's not so much that the characters are bland but it's the lack of chemistry between the actors. Could that be it? Again, it feels like these people are just there for the sake of being there. Kinda like an afterthought. The characters feel like an afterthought. Yup, that's it.

  • TheTVCritic
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    Re: Do you care about the characters? Link to this post

    Yeah I agree. Thanks for posting. I read a discussion between Alan Sepinwall and some other TV critics where they said something pretty interesting about this. One of them pointed out that Lost season one was almost like a procedural show.

    Each episode would be the same in its basic structure, which was "How did this person end up on the plane." So each week was like a little detective story building up to some revelation which explained their current behaviour.

    Only in later seasons did the show become mostly about the mystery. Where as Flashforward has jumped straight to the mystery part without building up the characters so that we will care about them.

    I'm thinking about stopping my flashforward podcasts. I'm not sure fans of the show will really enjoy me criticising it and my time may be better spent elsewhere.

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