109 – Believe

I remember that, when watching the Pilot, I got the feeling that some Flashforwards were getting too much exposition, whereas others got deliberately shrouded in mystery. I wondered what the cause for this could be: could these Flashforwards hold the key to the mystery, perhaps? One of the characters that intrigued me the most, was Bryce.

And now we finally know what was going on: cancer and a Japanese woman. At first, I was kind of disappointed: the flashforward was kind of lame, and didn’t really mean all that much. But by the end of the episode, I was completely sold on the idea of finding love over a flashforward and doing everything for it. And Keiko and Bryce, even if they didn’t share a single scene, were cute as a button and made it believable.

It’s strange to see Aaron’s daughter at home, and then having it turn into a drama instead of a mystery. I was thinking this would pull the plot forward – hey, it’s a complot against the military from inside said military – but instead we’re getting a “like father, like daughter” situation. I like it, it’s unexpected, but it’s strange to read how people can’t understand Aaron’s position in the matter. Guys, the man was an alcoholic, it’s like putting a bag of coke in front of a recovering addict. You don’t want to challenge him. I, personally, feel for him: if he’s not making the Hollywood choices, he’s surely making the human ones.

This episode was filled with little winks to other FBI/CSI/whatever series. You know the kind, where they can magically enhance a face, a finger or a turd and find out who killed Bambi. When they told us that they could enhance the smooth surface of the ring, immediately the question on our minds was asked: what about the face? Nice solution, nice little wink to the use of the magical computing thing while solving crime.

In All…

It’s episodes like this one that make me believe in this show. It’s wonderfully slow-paced, concentrated (e.g. it picks up certain elements that were left unsolved way earlier), focuses on characters and doesn’t take itself all too seriously (even if it tells the story in a serious way). Too bad the quality seems to be a bit of a roller coaster ride…