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Flash Forward was a sci-fi soap opera that aired on ABC for one season starting in 2009. Joseph Fiennes starred as FBI agent Mark Benford. Mark is tasked with investigating a worldwide blackout during which every person catches glimpses of his or her future. It is determined that everyone's visions are snippets from the same time on the same day a few months in the future. The show explores how various characters react after knowing what their futures will be like. Some are inspired to make positive life changes after seeing that they are going to be happy after doing so. Others do not like what they see and decide to change their futures. These people are caught in one of the most compelling conundrums that the show examines. They are not sure if the things they do to change their unhappy futures will inadvertently cause those bad things to happen. Mark's wife Olivia, played by Sonya Walger, is one such person. She learns that she will find herself enmeshed in a romantic affair with one of the scientists responsible for triggering the blackout. She cannot resist the affair because his future is affected as well; he is determined to let his flash forward play out because the affair leads to him making a scientific breakthrough. John Cho's Demetri does not see anything at all during the blackout, which he assumes means that he will die soon. He is Mark's best friend and coworker, so he has a vested interest in figuring out who caused the blackout. Mark's flash forward shows him that he will be investigating these events. His insights from the future inform his investigation in the present. Dominic Monaghan is a sprightly troublemaker who remains awake and active while everyone else blacks out. At first he appears to be the man behind the blackout, but he later learns that he was used to unwittingly set events in motion. Since Flash Forward only lasted for one season, its finale cliffhanger was never resolved. The show ends when the characters find themselves really living the moments depicted in their flash forwards. Some of the events occur exactly as predicted. Others are slightly altered or prevented from happening at all. Following these moments, there is another blackout, this time flashing through events spanning multiple years and revealing that Mark will go missing. Flash Forward left its loyal fans wanting more.