FLASHFORWARD: Episode 1.15, ‘Queen Sacrifice’

Episode Title: “Queen Sacrifice”

Written By: Byron Balasco & Timothy J. Lea

Story: Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and Miles Vogel (Michael Ealy) begin to suspect that a mole has infiltrated the FBI. The two of them put their differences aside and bring the rest of the agency under federal investigation, unveiling one traitor in the process while at least one other stays hidden in the shadows.

Meanwhile, Keiko Arahida (Yuko Takeuchi) and Bryce Varley (Zachary Knighton) continue their star-crossed search for one another in Los Angeles, though the law interferes with Keiko while Bryce has to confront his feelings towards Nicole Kirby (Peyton List).

The Mole Is A Hawk: Another episode where you have to stick around until the end, “FlashForward” made one of its most surprising and disappointing reveals yet, as Janis Hawk (Christine Woods) is a mole working against the FBI. Benford, Demetri Noh (John Cho) and the others aren’t aware, of course — only Simon Campos (Dominic Monaghan) is allowed in on the secret — and while I’m excited about the possibilities of Woods’ new performance, I’m equally disappointed that one of the show’s strongest and most compelling characters has taken an ugly turn. Normally, I’d suggest that we wait and see how this plays out, but considering that Woods was recently cast in a NBC pilot, it looks like this thread has only one ending.

The Other Moles: The action scene where Janis took down the rival mole was pretty cool, though mostly underwhelming until you realize that Janis herself is a traitor. Also, Hawk’s reveal brings our mole count up to a possible three, as Miles Vogel is supposed to be involved on the future assault against Agent Benford — though that’s most likely a red herring at this point.

The Man Of One Hundred FlashForwards: While I definitely have my grievances towards “FlashForward,” I have to admit that I am loving Michael Massee’s turn as D. Gibbons, also known as Dyson Frost, who has had hundreds of presumably self-imposed flash-forwards dating back to the early 1990s at least. If you’re not familiar with Massee, check out his performance as Ira Gaines on season one of “24.” For those of you who know him already, I think you’ll agree that it’s great to see Massee back on television in such a cool role. His rivalry with Noh interests me more than his rivalry with Benford, but with the possibility of Noh biting the dust next week — it’s March 15th, if you hadn’t guessed! — we’ll see who’s left to play cat and mouse with.

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places: I am not a fan at all of the Keiko-Bryce story, but at least these two could be making some progress. Instead, poor Keiko winds up in police custody for working without a permit while Bryce is making kissy face with Nicole. This is easily the most expendable plot on “FlashForward,” in my opinion. Hopefully, it’ll be put to rest before too much longer.

The Future: In the next episode of “FlashForward,” Demetri Noh comes face to face with his ultimate fate. Will he beat the odds and make it past March 15th, or will “FlashForward” lose one of its single most compelling characters and actors? Tune in next week to find out!

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