Oh, those kooky, diehard fans of genre television. They always latch onto a show and refuse to let it die. Even when it (arguably) deserves to.
The first few episodes of FlashForward showed so much promise, with some great storytelling finesse, interesting characters, and terrific intrigue. And then… well, the show’s endless shuffling of showrunners is well chronicled, and history teaches us that no TV show can easily survive that much corporate meddling. It just slowly went downhill.
The FlashForward fans’ approach is two-fold. First, they’re sending 20,000 friendship bracelets — like the ones seen on the show — to ABC chairman Steve McPherson. That’s a pretty old-hat “save our show” technique. It’s the second part that’s the truly original bit. Flash mobs (no pun intended) will be gathering on June 10th at the gates of ABC’s network and affiliate offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta. And what, pray tell, are they going to do there?
Well, what else would fans of FlashForward do, but stage mock “blackouts”? In a move sure to cause frantic 9-1-1 calls to any unknowing members of the general public who happen by, hundreds or thousands of fans of the show will pretend to pass out simultaneously in front of these various ABC offices. And anyone who’s watched the show already knows how long they’ll be passed out: two minutes and seventeen seconds, of course.
It’s a fairly clever idea, but it strikes me as pretty pointless. As I reported last week, series lead Joseph Fiennes has already signed on with a new show for Starz, where he’ll star as the wizard Merlin in a new version of Camelot.
If you’re interested in joining up with those wacky fans, head over to preventtheblackout.com.