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FlashForward Cancelled – The Ultimate Blackout

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Published May 14, 2010 by:
Robert Dougherty

Flashforward cancelled rumors were quite persistent all spring. The Flashforward cancelled outcome looked likely, given the free falling ratings ever since its premiere. However, since it was doing better overseas, some thought it had a good shot to return and cause more blackouts. But in America, the audience was shrinking and shrinking, as hopes were fading for the show to become the new Lost. Now that experiment is over, with Flashforward cancelled after just one year – which none of its infamous blackouts could foresee.

The Thursday night show premiered with a lot of promise, as the premise of the whole world seeing six months into the future intrigued many. But these days, no show other than Lost has been able to follow through on a big mystery premise. The problem wasn’t an inability to provide answers, but that less and less people cared about the endless “destiny vs. free will” debates, or the people having them.

Now with Flashforward cancelled, the Season 1 finale on May 27 will serve as the end of the show. Since the show should definitively answer if everyone’s visions come true on April 29 – and if another blackout will come afterward – there may indeed be nowhere to go after that. However, if the episode does have teasers for a Season 2, they will forever go unanswered.

Once again, ABC failed to develop the next Lost, as they had to give up just before Lost ended. With Flashforward cancelled, it may be another cautionary tale of how mystery shows are harder to make work than they look, if that’s possible.

But although Flashforward is cancelled, the network still has hopes for other mystery programs. V was their second shot at developing a new Lost, although it too met with mixed reviews and backlash after the pilot. However, they have enough faith in this sci-fi remake to give it a second season, unlike Flashforward.

Although V escaped the chopping block, others joined Flashforward in being cancelled. Scrubs’ one-year stint on ABC is over, while the critically acclaimed but low rated Better Off Ted was fired, and the short-lived Monday night comedy Romantically Challenged was let go.

With ABC’s decisions, the final cuts for fall 2010 are now under way, as shows find out if they still have a future, or have to close up shop. As one TV season ends with a slew of big finales, another is just on the horizon.

Since Flashforward is cancelled, it won’t have to see anything else on the horizon anymore – even though that was the show’s whole premise. This leaves just two episodes left for the season and series on May 20 and 27.

Flash Forward: Quantum Entanglement Device (QED) SPOILER ALERT!

Wow! What a shocker. Janis Hawk is a double mole. And, me thinks, will become impregnated by Simon. But that is not my topic of the night. We seem to have misinterpreted what QED means, so I will blog a bit on Quantum Entanglement.

Quantum-mechanical phenomena such as quantum teleportation, the EPR paradox, or quantum entanglement might appear to create a mechanism that allows for faster-than-light (FTL) communication or time travel, and in fact some interpretations of quantum mechanics such as the Bohm interpretation presume that some information is being exchanged between particles instantaneously in order to maintain correlations between particles. This effect was referred to as “spooky action at a distance” by Einstein.

Nevertheless, the fact that causality is preserved in quantum mechanics is a rigorous result in modern quantum field theories, and therefore modern theories do not allow for time travel or FTL communication. In any specific instance where FTL has been claimed, more detailed analysis has proven that to get a signal, some form of classical communication must also be used. The no-communication theorem also gives a general proof that quantum entanglement cannot be used to transmit information faster than classical signals. The fact that these quantum phenomena apparently do not allow FTL time travel is often overlooked in popular press coverage of quantum teleportation experiments. How the rules of quantum mechanics work to preserve causality is an active area of research.

Quantum Entanglement Device

Mythological godtech or clarketech communications device that supposedly employs quantum entanglement for limited FTL communicate at interstellar distances. Said to be in the hands of powers and archailects. It is commonly believed or supposed in cheap virchfiction that a few have over the centuries fallen into the hands of nearbaselines, who have however been able to use them to their useful potential. The reality is that no QED has ever existed; as with FTL it is a myth that is believed by the gullible. It has been known ever since the Atomic and Information ages of Old Earth that actual quantum entanglement cannot be used to send useful information.

 More detail for those who can’t sleep

Quantum entanglement, also called the quantum non-local connection, is a property of a quantum mechanical state of a system of two or more objects in which the quantum states of the constituting objects are linked together so that one object can no longer be adequately described without full mention of its counterpart—even if the individual objects are spatially separated. The property of entanglement was understood in the early days of quantum theory, although not by that name. Quantum entanglement is at the heart of the EPR paradox developed by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen in 1935. This interconnection leads to non-classical correlations between observable physical properties of remote systems, often referred to as nonlocal correlations.

Quantum mechanics holds that observables, for example spin, are indeterminate until some physical intervention is made to measure an observable of the object in question. In the singlet state of two spin, it is equally likely that any given particle will be observed to be spin-up or spin-down. Measuring any number of particles will result in an unpredictable series of measurements that will tend to a 50% probability of the spin being up or down. However, the results are quite different if this experiment is done with entangled particles. For example, when two members of an entangled pair are measured, their spin measurement results will be correlated. Two (out of infinitely many) possibilities are that the spins will be found to always have opposite spins (in the spin-anti-correlated case), or that they will always have the same spin (in the spin-correlated case). Measuring one member of the pair therefore tells you what spin the other member would have if it were also measured. The distance between the two particles is irrelevant.

Theories involving hidden variables have been proposed in order to explain this result. These hidden variables would account for the spin of each particle, and would be determined when the entangled pair is created. It may appear then that the hidden variables must be in communication no matter how far apart the particles are, that the hidden variable describing one particle must be able to change instantly when the other is measured. If the hidden variables stop interacting when they are far apart, the statistics of multiple measurements must obey an inequality (called Bell’s inequality), which is, however, violated both by quantum mechanical theory and in experiments.

When pairs of particles are generated by the decay of other particles, naturally or through induced collision, these pairs may be termed “entangled”, in that such pairs often necessarily have linked and opposite qualities such as spin or charge. The assumption that measurement in effect “creates” the state of the measured quality goes back to the arguments of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen and Erwin Schrödinger (remember Schrödinger’s Cat from an earlier blog) concerning Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and its relation to observation.

The analysis of entangled particles by means of Bell’s theorem can lead to an impression of non-locality, i.e. that there exists a connection between the members of such a pair that defies both classical and relativistic concepts of space and time. This is reasonable if it is assumed that each particle departs the location of the pair’s creation in an ambiguous state (thus yet unobserved, as per a possible interpretation of Heisenberg’s principle). In such a case, for a given observable quality of the particle, all outcomes remain a possibility and only measurement itself would precipitate a distinct value. As soon as just one of the particles is observed, its entangled pair collapses into the very same state. If each particle departs the scene of its “entangled creation” with properties that would unambiguously determine the value of the quality to be subsequently measured, then the postulated instantaneous transmission of information across space and time would not be required to account for the result of both particles having the same value for that quality. The Bohm interpretation postulates that a guide wave exists connecting what are perceived as individual particles such that the supposed hidden variables are actually the particles themselves existing as functions of that wave.

Observation of wavefunction collapse can lead to the impression that measurements performed on one system instantaneously influence other systems entangled with the measured system, even when far apart. Yet another interpretation of this phenomenon is that quantum entanglement does not necessarily enable the transmission of classical information faster than the speed of light because a classical information channel is required to complete the process.

Sources: Wikipedia.com, http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45c69ee17eec6


Flash Forward: Pierre Boaistuau’s Hydra Monster (The Hoax)

In last Thursday’s episode of Flash Forward titled “Better Angels,” Mark shows Stan the Hydra Monster picture that would eventually end up on his Mosaic wall. The Hydra, as portrayed by 18th century French writer, Pierre Boaistuau, had seven heads and was eventually killed by Hercules.

Mark then segues the conversation into D. Gibbons who he now identifies as one Dyson Frost. Frost we learn is brilliant, reclusive, a Particle Physicist, trained in Engineering at MIT, minoring in Victorian Literature.  He had a domineering father who only spoke to him in French even though they grew up in Wyoming.  He also became a Chess Grandmaster at the age of 15 (Stan notes the White Queen chess piece they found).

Frost supposedly died in a boating accident in 1990 on a boat named Le Monstre de Boaistuau (The Monster of Boaistuau).

The Hoax of the Venetian Hydra

Many different authors discuss the hydra, among them Boaistuau, in terms of if it is real or if it is just a hoax. Through a sociohistorical analysis of the hydra in Giambattista Basile’s dragon-slayer tale “Lo mercante,” this essay challenges the universalizing interpretation of the dragon as a worthy foil for the hero. In depicting the hero’s struggle with the beast, Basile employs tropes that purposefully recall a creature that was crafted by charlatans and widely discussed in scientific texts (people in the kingdom of his story describe the hydra as having “had the crest of a cock, the head of a cat, eyes of fire, jaws of a race-hound, the winds of a bat, the claws of a bear and the tail of a serpent.”). Basile transforms the epic battle between dragon and slayer into a comic encounter in which the hero confronts a manufactured monster while playfully blurring the boundary between two seemingly disparate genres, the scientific treatise and the literary fairy tale.

Early engravings of the Hydra first appeared in Europe in Konrad Lykosthenes’ Prodigiorium ac ostentorum chronicon, Lykosthenes sought to teach Christians to recognize the divine messages that God transmitted to men through these marvellous occurrences (of the hydra). He also saw the hydra not as the bearer of a specific holy message but instead depicts the monster as the object of international trade.







Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires prodigieuyses, similar to Lykosthenes, aimed to reform its readers through the contemplation of the prodigfies on it pages, which in turn was intended to spur the reader to expunge his or her own vice. Boaistuau cites Lykosthenes story of the hydra and muses: “If it is a true thing (as it is likely to have been, judging by the authority of the one who describes it) I believe that nature has never produced a more marvellous creature among all the monsters of this earth.”

Since Boaistuau was never able to verify that the defunct king (in Basile’s story) ever actually owned this creature, he tentatively questions its authenticity. although lacking the physical proof of the beast’s existence, Boaistuau concludes this chapter by suggesting that the monster is both a portent and a natural marvel, the most marvellous among all the monsters on earth. undoubtedly, his conclusion is motivated in part by the realization that an assertion of authenticity would be more likely to encourage his readers to reform than would be the unmasking of a hoax.

Source: Magnanini, Suzanne, Fairy-Tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola and Basile.

Flash Forward on the ropes?

Perhaps Uncle Teddy got off easy.

For two weeks in a row, FlashForward had their lowest ratings ever. Now I need to point out that they are going against the NCAA Basketball Tournaments in their time slot. You would have thought the network programmers would have been proactive and waited another month before bringing it back.

I think the two episodes this season have been very interesting. We learned that Simon was an unsuspecting “Suspect Zero.” at the stadium in Detroit. We also know that “D. Gibbons” stole Lloyd’s research and claimed it as his own. Also, we now know that Zoey actually was attending Demetri’s memorial service (he was shot by Mark three times).

Last weeks episode showed how bad ass Aaron really is.

I am hoping to see more, but the networks seem to give less time for a series to take hold. I think FlashForward is worth saving. Are you listening ABC?

Will overseas fans save ‘FlashForward’?

By Lynette Rice, Entertainment Weekly
March 2, 2010 3:28 p.m. EST

Entertainment Weekly

(Entertainment Weekly) — Sci-fi dramas like ABC’s “FlashForward” may have a tough time attracting new viewers when it returns with originals on March 18.

The freshman drama lost 43 percent of its viewers last fall while the network’s “V” was down 35 percent over four airings. (It also doesn’t help that “FlashForward” is on its third show runner now that co-creator/executive producer David Goyer has decided to leave the show to focus on his film career).

So it’s hardly surprising that none of the Big Four nets have a sci-fi show in development for the 2010-11 season (ABC’s superheroes pilot “No Ordinary Family” starring “The Shield’s” Michael Chiklis comes close).

At least the ABC-owned “FlashForward” (unlike the Warner Bros. owned “V”) has an ace in the hole: It does well in the UK, Italy and Spain, and the robust international sales could sway the network to pick up the Joseph Fiennes series for another season.

ABC may not make a decision on “FlashForward” and “V,” which returns March 30, until right before its upfront presentation in New York this May.

Several ABC dramas, in fact, have yet to receive pickups for another season, though “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Brothers and Sisters” are slam dunks.

Comedies like “Cougar Town,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family” have already been picked up, while shows like “Ugly Betty” have already been cancelled.

Long shots include “Better Off Ted,” “The Deep End,” “Scrubs” and “The Forgotten.”