Monthly Archives: October, 2009

Flash Forward: Senator Joyce Clemente (Spoiler Alert!)

Senator Clemente

Episode 5 of Flash Forward started at the end of the episode and then flashed backward 39 hours to tell us how we got there (taking a cue from LOST by traversing time in all directions).

The episode opens with FBI agents Mark Benford (Fiennes), Demetri Noh (Cho),  Stanford Weddick (Courtney B. Vance) , and Agent Vreede (Barry Shabaka Henley) in Washington, D.C. getting into their car after exiting a Karoke bar when their car is suddenly rammed and then shot at by a group of Asian men.

39 hours earlier, the guys are in Washington to testify at Senate hearings and hopefully get funding for the Mosaic project. We get a few humorous moments where other people are giving testimony at the hearings suggest aliens or Chinese involvement in the blackout. Mark and his team are now focused on the dead crow event that occurred in 1991 in Somalia. During Mark’s lie detector test, he talks about the two men in masks with flashlights. However, he does not mention he was drinking too.

Mark’s partner, Janis Hawk (Christine Woods) is seen taking a karate class and kicks the stuffing out of the guy she is sparring with. Not to be put off, he asks her out on a date which she rebuffs. As we soon learn, Janis is more interested in her chef classmate Maya (played by Numb3rs star Navi Rawat), in a development the series has been hinting at since the visit to Germany. So Janis is “out-ed” to the viewers but will stay closeted on the show because, “I work for the federal government, and they’re not too big on trusting gays with guns.”

Southern SomaliaJanis is given a flash drive (no pun intended) with 18 years worth of imagery from southern Somalia. In reviewing the photos, Janis notes an asphalt road and mysterious pylons around 100 feet tall under construction there just before the dead crows event.

 In another development, it seems that Stan is the man. We catch him playing basketball with the President (Peter Coyote). He tells Stan the Senate hearings will be closed. Stan asks him if he’s made his choice for the new Vice President since the old one was killed during the blackout. The President also tells Stan about his flashforward. He is sleeping in bed and a secret service agent walks in, wakes him, and tells him “Mr. President, something happened.”

The President also asks Stan if he would be interested in becoming the Director of Homeland Security. He also informs Stan that his nemesis, Senator Joyce Clemente (Barbara Williams) will be conducting the hearings.

In other developments, Mark’s wife Olivia is talking with Mark’s AA sponsor, Aaron and expresses her concerns about the possibility of Mark drinking again.

Stan has words with Senator Joyce Clemente, who is chairing the hearings. She chastises Stan for “what he did with that woman.” She also is still bitter about his helping the President get elected instead of her. However, she does drop the bombshell by telling us that, in her flashforward, she saw herself as President in 6 months. She is also unhappy with Mark’s explanation of his flashforward and wants to question him at the hearings.

The next day, Mark is on the stand at the hearings and goes over what he knows. He discusses the dead crows, the Los Angeles FBI office being the center of the blackout investigation in the future, and the two masked gunmen who try to kill him. He may have also been on the phone. He refers to the event as “impressionistic flashes of reality.”

The problem is, Mark’s flashforward on covers 30 seconds not the 137 seconds everyone was blacked out for. Plus, most people have vivid memories and his seem hazy and disoriented. Senator Clemente wants to know about the other 107 seconds of Mark’s flashforward. Joyce calls his story voodoo or fraud.

Janis meets her girlfriend, Maya, at an art gallery and Maya starts questioning her on her sexuality. It seems Maya’s flashforward was of her wearing a wedding band. She has also “Mosaic-ed” Janis and found out she is pregnant in six months. Janis gets freaked out by this and leaves.

Stan visits the President at the Oval Office. It seems Stan was the “bag man” for the then presidential candidate and covered up an affair the President had six years ago. Stan made the whole thing go away except his affair also produced a child. Stan shows him a picture of the girl and the boy (Stan visits them in Georgetown) and asks for him to get Senator Clemente off his back and give him the funding. He also tells the President that the girl’s flashforward has her living in Puerto Rico in 6 months. Stan leaves and the President makes a call stating “I have a problem I need you to take care of.”

cellphoneOliva is getting the house ready to go to bed when she receives a mysterious text message telling her Mark was drinking in his flashforward.

The guys are at a karaoke bar after the hearing. Demetri and Agent Vreede are getting loose single a few karaoke songs while Stan and Mark have a heated discussion. Mark finally tells Stan he was “loaded” in his flashforward. He tells Stan he has been sober 7 years and has no intentions of having another drink again. Stan feels that he put his career on the line for Mark and now he learns he was impaired.

In a news announcement, we learn that the President has selected Senator Clemente as his choice for Vice President. Stan tells Mark there are trade-offs to getting the funding.

The episode ends with the same attack seen in the opening of the episode. We see the FBI agents having a shootout with the Asian men to a karaoke version of the song “Like a Rolling Stone.” Most interesting is how Demetri shows no fear in standing up and walking toward his attackers while shooting at them.

At the same time, Janis is ambushed by an assailant and shot (in the stomach?). However, she is able to kill him before she falls down. The last scene shows her possibly dying, having visions of her being told at the ultrasound that she is having a little girl. So, if Janis does end up dying, we need to answer the question: Why did she have a flashforward of being pregnant if she is going to be dead in 6 months?

New things we learned this week:

It is now three weeks since the blackout.

“Mosaic-ing” is the new Google.

7S - 8487The license plate of the van leaving the shootout is 7S – 8487 (See photo to the right).

I love how they keep throwing out famous quotes at us. Here was one from this episode as stated by Senator Clemente to Stan.

“If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by. ”  — Japanese Proverb, also quoted in the movie Rising Sun.

China had a low amount of casualties during the blackout since it was 2:00 am there.

The construction of the pylons in southern Somalia were completed in April 1991.

Zombie Indiana Jones: Last Day to Enter our Zombie Contest!

Zombie Jones

Today is the last day you can submit entries for our 1st Annual Toy Anxiety Halloween 1:6 Scale Zombie Contest. Submissions can be made until Midnight tonight. Don’t miss the DEADline!

To enter, post your custom zombie images on one of our two sites:

Sideshow Forum site

OneSixthWarrior Forum site

 Be sure to mention which category your image is being entered in. Anyone wishing to participate in this contest may have 1 entry per category. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Winners will be chosen based on the concept behind the entry, and how much effort went into making it. Just know that popping a Sideshow’s The Dead zombie head on any particular body isn’t going to win you any prizes. We want to see some thought and creativity here. Use your BRAAAAINNNSS!

The prize, for the winner in each category, will receive a $50 Toy Anxiety eGift Certificate!

If you have any questions about the contest please email us at customerservice@toyanxiety.com. Thank you and good luck boils and ghouls!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sells for $60 Million

Source: Mondo Media

Twenty-five years? It all started in 1984 with the first issue by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, with an initial print run of 3,000 B&W comics.

Twenty-five years? It all started in 1984 with the first issue by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, with an initial print run of 3,000 B&W comics.

Over the years, we’ve reported on some record-breaking sales involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but never one quite this big. The Nickelodeon cable network has acquired global intellectual property rights to Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, paying a total of $60 million (or $15 million for each of the “Heroes in a Half Shell”).

According to industry news site ICv2.com, 4Kids got $9.75 million for giving up their licensing rights and Mirage Group got the rest. Reportedly the current TV show will continue through 2010, and other licenses should continue with their original arrangements.

Nick said they will debut a new CG-animated TMNT series in 2012, along with a new feature film that same year.

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Our Zombie Contest DEADline is Approaching Fast!

TheGroomJust a final reminder of the upcoming DEADline to enter our 1:6 Scale Zombie Contest. There are only 4 days left to post your custom Zombie entries. At Midnight, the night of October 24th, we’ll post a Contest Closed message. All qualifying entries must be posted before this time. We hope to see more by then, and thanks to all who participate!

Subject 193: The Military BioChemical Engineer – Zombie Contest Entry

Subject 193

Here is Saintsyn’s entry into our Zombie Contest.

There are only 6 days left to submit your entry!

We want to see your best Zombies!

There are three categories in our contest. There will be a winner for each category, plus fame, fortune, and fans wanting to meet you worldwide. Here are the categories:

1. Original Concept: Zombies in this category are of a completely original design. You want to make a Dentist zombie, a Cowboy zombie, anything you can think of as long as it’s not based on any specific license.

2. Nazi Zombies: For all you Military enthusiasts and/or fans of Call of Duty World at War, we want to see your best Nazi Zombie. The closer to the look of the game, the more likely you’ll have a chance at winning.

3. Celebrity Zombie: Enter in this category if your Zombie is designed after a particular Celebrity or a character from a movie or TV show. What if Indiana Jones stumbled upon some zombie natives and got bitten? That’s the type of stuff we want to see here. No recreations of existing Zombie characters!

To enter, post your custom zombie images on one of our two sites:

Sideshow Forum site

OneSixthWarrior Forum site

 Be sure to mention which category your image is being entered in. Anyone wishing to participate in this contest may have 1 entry per category. Entries will be accepted through midnight, Saturday October 24th, 2009. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Winners will be chosen based on the concept behind the entry, and how much effort went into making it. Just know that popping a Sideshow’s The Dead zombie head on any particular body isn’t going to win you any prizes. We want to see some thought and creativity here. Use your BRAAAAINNNSS!

The prize, for the winner in each category, will receive a $50 Toy Anxiety eGift Certificate!

If you have any questions about the contest please email us at customerservice@toyanxiety.com. Thank you and good luck boils and ghouls!

Flash Forward: The Curious Case of Edward Ned (Spoiler Alert!)

Edward Ned

The fourth episode of Flash Forward opens with a somewhat surreal sequence where everyday people are strolling in the park. All of a sudden, they all blackout. A few seconds later, a city bus casually careens into a lake in the park and begins to submerge set to Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” that served as a quiet reminder of the devastation going on during the blackout. We are introduced to the character of  Edward Ned (Keir O’Donnell) or simply “Ned Ned” as he likes to refer to himself, who calmly rescues a women and himself from the now submerged and water filled bus. Fade to a 14 days later, Ned is now at the hospital getting examined by Olivia (Sonya Walger) for some pain he is feeling.

Asked by Olivia’s previously suicidal fellow surgeon Bryce (Zachary Knighton) about what Ned saw in his flashforward, Ned tells them that he saw himself at a trendy club and that in his vision he was an African American. Plus he was finally cool and “rocked in leather pants.”

In previous episodes we have seen Olivia struggle to deal with what she saw in her own flashforward, in which she appeared to be having a relationship with the father, Lloyd Simcoe (Jack Davenport), of another of her patients, Dylan. When Bryce suggests that Ned’s vision could indicate that he has Addison’s Disease, Olivia refuses to allow possible information from Ned’s flashforward to influence her decision to operate.

Sidenote: Symptoms of Addison’s disease develop insidiously, and it may take some time to be recognized. The most common symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness, weight loss, difficulty in standing up, vomiting, anxiety, diarrhea, headache, sweating, changes in mood and personality, sudden drops in blood pressure especially when going from and seated position to standing, and joint and muscle pains. Some have marked cravings for salt or salty foods due to the urinary losses of sodium.  Adrenal insufficiency is manifested in the skin primarily by hyperpigmentation.

Oliva discovers that Ned has a hematoma and requires immediately surgery. However, Bryce thinks Ned’s Addison’s Disease could kill him by doing the surgery procedure. Oliva disregards this theory and moves forward with the surgery. Perhaps, killing Ned on the operating table will be her way of starting to change history.

The surgery starts to go south, but Olivia is resistant to doing what is needed to save Ned. Finally, she remembers her Hippocratic oath and tells the crew that he has Addison’s Disease, and tells them to give him some injections. This saves Ned, but leaves Olivia with knowing Ned’s future to come.

After the operation, when told of his touch and go situation in surgery, Ned states “The future saved me.”

Meanwhile, Demetri Noh (John Cho) questions the terrorist suspect he and Mark  Benford (Joseph Fiennes) captured the day of the blackout. She claims to be Alda Hertzog (Rachel Roberts), though we’re not sure how many of her multiple fake passports actually bear that name. Alda throws the feds a bone when she mentions something called Customer Choice Restaurant Group located in a town called Indio, which has had multiple wiretaps in the past. Alda unnerves Demetri by making an offhanded comment about him running out of time. You just know Demetri’s still anxious about that ominous anonymous phone call he received.

Against Mark’s wishes, Demetri talks Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance) into letting them go to Indio where they investigate a restaurant that is supposedly owned by Customer Choice Restaurant Group. A shady looking man bolts out of the place when he hears Mark and Demetri are with the FBI. When they catch the runner, he turns out to be nothing more than a lowlife Russian drug dealer. Demetri is beyond frustrated. He gives the loudmouth dealer a little tune up until Mark jumps in. Then Demetri starts in on him, giving Mark a bit of a smackdown. Mark thinks Demetri’s real issue is that he didn’t have a flashforward and he’s losing perspective. Demetri finally tells his partner about the anonymous call he received saying that he’s going to be murdered on March 15th. Mark tells him that’s why the Mosaic investigation is so important. He says, “We can use what we saw to stop what we saw.”

Nicole Kirby (Payton List) apprehensively decides its time to go back to work for the Benfords as their babysitter. However, Nicole wants to atone for something she hasn’t done yet. She visits her Priest and wants to volunteer. Later we find out that in her flashback, she saw herself being drown by a man. She gets a quick glimpse of his face, then slowly succumbs drifting down in the water.

Jesus ShirtI want to show you something I thought was interesting here. When Nicole first enters the Priest’s office, we see a T-shirt hanging on the coat rack (see photo on the right). In Taleb’s book on Black Swan Theory, he discusses the non-philosophical epistemological approach. Now look at the writing on the shirt. Is there some connection here? Just a curious sidebar.

 As the episode drew to its close, Lloyd Simcoe receives a phone call from someone named Simon (Dominic Monaghan, our buddy Charlie from LOST) who proceeded to state “we’re responsible for the greatest human disaster in history.”

Other things we learned this week:

Olivia’s previously suicidal fellow surgeon Bryce has been drawing sketches of a girl who is important in his future.

Olivia’s future main squeeze, Lloyd Simcoe, has the same flashforward that Oliva did, but in his flashforward he did not see the face of the women on the staircase.

Olivia tries to get Dylan transferred to Physical Therapy, but Physical Therapy send him back since they cannot handle his antibiotics. Later, Olivia watches Lloyd doing magic tricks for Dylan and he calls him Dad.

Aaron Stark (Brian F. O’Byrne) does a search on Mosaic on “Celia.”

Mark grills Alda Hertzog. She states she has never been to Somalia, Detroit, or Utah. She brings up the Black Swan Theory (see my previous blog on Black Swan Theory). Then she brings up a Sufi Parable. The parable is about a man and a boy in a room with a candle. The man asks the boy where the light comes from. The boy blows out the candle and says, “if you tell me where the light went, I will tell you where it came from.” Sufism is defined as a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God. It is a Zen like mysticism associated with Islam.

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