Text and Photo by Nora Vasconcelos
It’s common to say “I wish I had known”, thinking that may be if we’d had the chance to foresee future events we could’ve been able to avoid undesirable twist in our lives. And it certainly might be.
However ever since I watched the Flashforward TV series I’ve been thinking how much we could really avoid bad things to happen without affecting other aspects in our life?
The show takes some of the elements described in the novel with the same name written by Roger J. Sawyer, a Canadian author whose stories are frequently related to science.
Although there are several differences between the book from 1999 and the TV series released in 2009, the main plot about people being able to foresee their own future remains.
With this knowledge the lives of the characters change forever. They wonder how truthful their visions are until the doubt appears making them wonder what they should do, either fight against their own destiny or let life take its own course.
They also wonder how much it’s possible to change their own faith, and how much they actually are able to control what happens to them at any given time.
As they go on with their lives, another question arises: how much they have changed their own lives while trying to avoid that fatal destiny seing just for a few moments?, and how this new future will lead them to a safe ground or to another fatal situation?
For every character the answer is different, the same as the final resoult of the desicions made during this process.
As for the readers or viewers, apart from getting a restless feeling about what’s to come, they get themselves a glance to their own future as it’s hard not to deal with the question “Shall I read the book? or Shall I watch the tv series?”