This week's episode takes place during March 15th, the day of Demetri's murder. Does it occur as foretold, or can Mark find a way to change fate?
Episode 17 - "The Garden of Forking Paths"
Zach says: Dyson Frost is all about playing games, and after kidnapping Demetri and talking with Charlie, he certainly set some events in motion. Seeing a dozen moves ahead of his opponents doesn't hurt, but things don't always go according to plan. After leaving clues and guiding Mark to a private meeting on a deserted hill, they talk a bit. Mark is only concerned with finding Demetri, but Frost tries to talk about saving the world, and is obviously worried about himself getting killed. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Alda happened to escape from prison, leaping out of a window after her hearing, and snipes Frost, killing him.
When Mark originally over powers Frost, he says it wasn't supposed to happen like that, so there are obvious variables and outcomes that he did not foresee, which could have many implications.
With the help of Frost's clues and GPS, as well as a tip from Alda, Mark happens to find Demetri moments before the mechanized gun is set to go off. Through some ingenuity, Mark moves the gun so Demetri can escape unharmed. This scene was a bit illogical, as he raises the gun to Demetri's head, and yet Demetri doesn't even attempt to move his head out of the path of the gun, just in case. I don't know, but it seems it could have been done a bit safer.
Anyways, after the gun is disarmed, Demetri gets off the chair, which triggers sprinklers to erase the "Garden of Forking Paths". This is a large road map of all of the possible paths and futures that could have occurred. This could have been very helpful to the FBI, and Frost obviously wanted to help Mark, so why would he erase it? I guess to stop it from getting in the wrong hands, but still...a little odd.
Luckily, Mark remembers one important event on the map, which is the last one, titled "The End", and occurs on December 12th, 2016. Frost was definitely trying to change the future in some way, so this end could be the end of the world, or civilization, or something else. Maybe this is when he was supposed to die, or something minor, like when Mark saves the world for the last time. Well, I don't think we'll find out this season, and if this is the last season for FlashForward, I don't think we'll ever know.
Zach's Score: 8/10
JDW says: This is two weeks late due to my shoddy computer issues, so, quite frankly I have nothing to say here and I'm sorry you all had to wait for this.
JDW's Score: ?/10
Overall Score: 8/10
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