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FlashForward Breakdown, "White to Play"

FlashForward Breakdown, "White to Play"

FlashForward's sophomore episode packs as much punch as its pilot: more action, questions raised, and lives on the line. As the FBI continues to investigate what caused the blackout, the world's residents find themselves united in their shared experience. They may never be able to look at life the same way again, but as Aaron says, "We're all prophets now."

Last week I broke down the episode by character, but this time around I'm focusing on the biggest questions of the night and even sharing a few of my own predictions. To get down to the nitty-gritty (spoilers ahead, of course), just


  • Who is D. Gibbons?
    Knowing that one of Mark's vision cards says "D. Gibbons," Mark and Demetri start to discuss the person in question when a woman with a box of cupcakes shows up, and — you guessed it! — her name is Deedee Gibbons! Seems simple enough, but as it turns out, there's another D. Gibbons. Mark and Demetri track him to his creeptastic doll factory in Utah, where he tries to administer death by explosion. Later we learn that D. Gibbons is in contact with "Agent Zero" (aka the Detriot stadium walker) during the two-minute blackout.

  • Can Demetri avoid his fate?
    Demetri continues to wrestle with his vision (or lack thereof), and is seemingly comforted to find a policewoman with the same experience. That is, until she's dead five minutes later. Mark tries to convince him that he may be asleep in the future, but Demetri gets an anonymous call at the end of the episode bearing the worst news: On March 15, 2010, he will be murdered.

  • Will Mark's actions throw his vision off course?
    I have to admit that throughout the episode, I was kind of mad at Mark for a lot of reasons. First of all, he acts cold towards Olivia because of her adulterous flash-forward when he's not being truthful about his own. She took a big risk by revealing her vision to her husband; the least he can do is lay off of her a little. My other major gripe is that Mark seems to be actively fulfilling his vision. He arranges the cards in his office exactly how they were in the flash-forward, and heads to the dollhouse factory because it appears in his vision. If Mark is trying to avoid his prophecy, couldn't he be more active about moving in a new direction? (Demetri agrees with me, mostly because he doesn't want to believe his own fate). By the end of the episode, Mark finally tries to break the pattern by tossing his friendship bracelet into the fireplace. But will a butterfly effect take place?

  • What did Charlie see in her vision?
    The episode opens to a very creepy rendition of children singing "Ring Around the Rosie" as we see Charlie's playmates re-enacting the blackout on the playground (later we get a reprise of the haunting tune). Charlie is the only kid in school who doesn't want to talk about her vision, prompting her teacher to worry about Charlie's psychological well-being. Later we find out that she had a "bad vision" and that Lloyd Simcoe's son Dylan is a part of it. The episode ends on a chilling note as she tells Mark, "D. Gibbons is a bad man."
    My prediction: D. Gibbons kidnaps Dylan and Charlie at some point, which causes Mark's and Olivia's relationship to unravel. Charlie gets a glimpse of her imprisonment in her vision.
    Other major points:

  • "He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over" — D. Gibbons mutters this line shortly before blowing up the factory.
  • Olivia recognizes Lloyd from her vision, but not vice-versa.
  • Is Bryce sketching Olivia in the hospital?
  • Am I the only one who noticed a little bit of sexual tension between Demetri and Janis? Could Demetri be the father of her child?

I've given you my two cents, now I want to hear yours! Sound off the comments below!

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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i'm really enjoying this show, but i have to say that when the Nine debuted a few years ago, i was just as amped about it and then it was cancelled. i hope that doesn't happen here. there are just too many things to think about ! i like the theory of the kidnapping, but i wonder how d Gibbons really gets into their lives if that's the case, since the kids didn't have a relationship aside from the hospital...but i guess we'll see. i wonder if it has anything to do with mr simcoe.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I too had the same 'vision' about Demetri and Janis! This show is SO good!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
lol I'm dedicated to Torchwood and Doctor Who. This show is good though.
cordata cordata 7 years
umm, sorry, but this is WAY better than Torchwood! The low budget sci fi effects on that shows are hilarious. Time travel shows are tricky. I hope they manage to maintain the suspense without venturing into really improbable scenarios
zeze zeze 7 years
It is tv land, people do seem to get over things pretty quickly.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Ah zeze, you make a good point — but either way, it seems pretty much confirmed that while Olivia is in her silky pjs, Charlie is elsewhere with D. Gibbons and Dylan... I guess we'll just have to wait and see :)
zeze zeze 7 years
I also thought the crying meant the daddy could be Demetri...but that means he does die and doesn't change anything...and what is up with his fiancee in the promo clip telling him she saw him in her vision at their wedding. The 10pm ultrasound thing is annoying, they should have noticed that....but maybe she had an emergency and went to an ER and they checked up and told her the baby was fine and saw the sex at the same time and that's why she was crying, because she was afraid there was something was wrong with the baby. And I don't blame Mark, he is scared and annoyed and it sucks that he is kinda taking it out on Olivia, but I can see myself doing the same thing just because the situations is so frustrating. Buzz, the kidnap story sounds like it would work, but would Olivia be walking around in silky pajamas wanting evening romance with her kid missing recently and ending a marriage?
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I'm still bugged that everyone had a vision at 10pm, except for Olivia who is clearly in a doctors office not an ER having her ultrasound. Where is she? Is she in India or China? Or is her vision of another time?
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I like this show, but I'm waay too hard on American sci-fi type shows. I don't know why. I can't really watch this show without thinking 'Torchwood should just be called.' I can't watch this show anymore because that is all I'll think about. I'll definitely be reading these things just because I want to know what happens.
mndmay mndmay 7 years
I guess I'll have to watch it again for the 3rd time, but I thought D. Gibbons would have died in the explosion. I cant imagine him escaping without a cell phone and such, but I suppose that there is no other explanation for Charlie's seeing him. . . unless she just knows of him in the dream. I'm dying to know where the babysitter "disappeared" to, as Olivia mentioned. I was also mad at Mark about keeping his vision from Olivia, especially at the end when he said that they shouldnt have secrets. Cant wait until next week!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I never thought about Janis and Demetri together...but I think you raise a very interesting point. It doesn't help that his fiancee is in Seattle and he's probably not in the most stable of emotional states with death looming over his shoulder. And why do kids always sound creepy when they sing? So excited for next week's episode! Dominic Monaghan is supposed to be on!
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
I totally think that Lloyd knows who Olivia is, but isn't letting on. And I really want to know what Charlie saw!
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