An early review of ABC's Flash Forward: Promising, but not flashy?

One of the first reviews of ABC's much-anticipated sci-fi series Flash Forward has popped up on Time magazine's Tuned In blog, and the verdict: great potential, but not very fresh. Click through to read a few quotes.

Some quotes from Tuned In's James Poniewozik:

"Like many of ABC's post-Lost attempts at serials, this one has a great premise with tremendous potential, but I wish more attention had been paid to fleshing out the characters and generally bringing a fresher voice to the dialogue. (Someday, I want someone to bring a cool high-concept like this to a producer like Jason Katims, who can play it out realistically through rounded characters, as he did on Roswell.) ..."

"How will the writers complicate the story—as they must, since April 29, 2010, gets them only to the end of the first season, and the producers claim to have a map for the entire series? ..."

"Visually, the pilot looks great (with the caveats that I watched in Blu-ray on a movie-theater-sized screen, and presumably the pilot was costlier than later episodes will be), with sweeping visuals of destruction and chaos, as well as the occasional eccentric touch."

Based on the novel by Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer, Flash Forward begins when every person on Earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, during which time each has a vision of his or her future six months from now.

The show comes from executive producers David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga (Threshold); March Guggenheim (Eli Stone) will be the show runner along with Goyer (The Dark Knight), who also directed the pilot.

Flash Forward premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will air on Thursdays.

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