THE SHOW "FlashForward"
REASON TO WATCH The best new drama of the fall season.
SPECIAL BONUS The American TV debut of Joseph Fiennes - brother of Ralph - who's spent most of his career on the London stage. He's famously picky about roles and is best known for "Shakespeare in Love" (he played the Bard).
WHAT IT'S ABOUT On a bright and lovely morning in downtown Los Angeles, FBI agent Mark Benford (Fiennes) suddenly emerges from . . . what? He (and you) can't exactly say. But Benford was unconscious, upside down, while a dozen lemons rolled around his head. Someone screams. He drags himself out from under his ruined car, and there, before him stretches almost unimaginable devastation. The world - it would appear - has been destroyed.
And then, the flashback, to four hours earlier . . . a scene of domestic bliss as Benford says goodbye to his doctor wife, Olivia (Sonya Walger, "Lost"), daughter Charlie (Lennon Wynn), and welcomes the baby-sitter as he heads off to work. We meet other characters - each experiencing their lives in their own ways, when zzzzaaapppp: They and everyone else in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds.
After they awake, they realize the dreams they had were actually visions of a precise moment six months hence: 10 p.m. April 29, 2010. Why did they black out, and what did they see in the future?
Will it? Produced by "The Dark Knight's" David S. Goyer and other A-list talent, the pilot is almost a poster boy for promise. It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.