May 18, 2010 | Marcus Varner | 7 Comments Few series had so much potential of filling the Lost-sized void that would soon fill ABC’s primetime lineup. It had an entirely intriguing premise. The science fiction was plausible enough. The characters were, well, good enough. It promised to give us that sci fi/drama fix so many of us seem to crave. And it was named after a plot device made famous by Lost. But, despite its season twin V (which, I would argue, is inferior) being renewed, Flashforward has been cancelled. Where did this promising show lose its way? Most of the show’s fans would tell you that most of the trouble started after the winter break. It was as if an entirely new regime stepped in and screwed everything up. We’ve broken the show down into its 5 biggest mistakes, the moves that cost it its second season: 1. Janis’ Baby – Why on freaking earth did this kid even become a plot point on this show? Put that question aside and contemplate how idiotic it was for the producers to make the father Demetri, who was in a happy relationship with his fiancé. One drunken night (not even a severely drunken night), Demetri casually offered to deliver a sperm payload so Janis could conceive on schedule and not via artificial insemination. In the course of one ill-scripted conversation, they turned one of our heroes into an unfaithful dog. He impregnates Janis and then it’s back to the investigation and getting married. I mean, how open-minded did the producers think their audience was? I think they found out the hard way. 2. Olivia and Lloyd – Okay, so it had to happen because they saw it in the flashback and now that autistic kid was saying it, and this had us wondering how it would happen. Surely, a level-headed woman like Olivia wouldn’t really betray Mark. But she did. In the course of one episode, she kicked Mark out of the house, ran into Lloyd by chance, sat down alone in an apartment with him, knew she should leave but didn’t, and finally ended up making out with him. All in one episode. Our smart, loyal female lead was reduced, in one episode, to a woman governed by passion. With her faithfulness went our sympathy for her. 3. Lesbians, multiracial couples, and woman doctors, oh my! – Diversity is a good thing. Cramming a show with every politically correct pairing you can possibly think of just comes across as, well, politically correct. Fake. Heavy-handed. Trying too hard. In one office you have an Asian man who is engaged to an African-American public defender, a Lesbian who is trying to conceive, and a white man who is married to a female ER doctor. Then there’s the white doctor who is destined to hook up with a Japanese musician. 4. Too Much Talk – For a show that started with a worldwide catastrophe involving crashing helicopters, massive car wrecks, and millions of people dead, Flashforward has been surprisingly heavy on talk. Most episodes are one dialogue scene after another with one action scene near the end to keep you watching the last ten minutes. You can literally just listen to this show and get 98 percent of what is happening. 5. Grumpy Mark – We sympathized with Mark at the beginning because he was a rehabilitated alcoholic. But even after seeing that he was going to lose his wife and sink back into his addiction, he still just kept being a jerk. He insisted on staying in LA even when he knew it would lead to this. Totally rejecting the usefulness of having a flashforward, he has done everything to make his flashforward come true.You could argue this says something philosophical about determinism versus free will. Whatever. The bottom line is we don’t see Mark Benford as some kind of modern-day Hamlet. We see him as a big idiot, hardly the protagonist we needed to carry the weight of a show this large. I’m not sorry to see Flashforward go. I am sorry they squandered its promise. They can lay it right next to Heroes in the cemetery for shows that could’ve been but never were. About the Author: Marcus Varner writes articles and blogs for Classes and Careers and numerous other sites. He earned a BA in English and a MBA in Marketing from Brigham Young University. He loves trivia, especially regarding comics, movies, books, science, and history.