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FlashForward: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Janis winds up on Olivia's operating table, and survives, but barely. Demetri and Al head out in search of those behind the attack and find new information. Dylan inadvertently brings Mark, Lloyd, and Olivia face to face, with harsh results. And Simon confronts Lloyd about his reluctance in regards to The Event.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Thursday October 29th, 2009


Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 5) Nov 02, 2009
NL (Veronica) Jul 15, 2010

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (39 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Lee Thompson Young
As Agent Al Gough
Recurring
Ashley Jones
As Camille

Co-Guest Stars
Lennon Wynn
As Charlie Benford
Recurring
Amy Rosoff
As Marcie Turoff
Recurring
Cynthia Addai Robinson
As Debbie
Recurring
Ryan Wynott
As Dylan Simcoe
Recurring
Jonathan Levit (1)
As Dewey
Recurring
Curtis Harris
As Zack
Recurring
Vinicius Machado
As Gang Member
Recurring
Rodney Rowland
As Simon's Victim
Recurring
Robbie Tucker
As Kid
Recurring
Stacy Hall
As Security Guard
Recurring
James DiStefano
As Ernesto
William F. Nicol
As Masked Figure
Main Cast
Joseph Fiennes
As Mark Benford
John Cho
As Demetri Noh
Jack Davenport
As Lloyd Simcoe
Zachary Knighton
As Bryce Varley
Peyton List
As Nicole Kirby
Brian F. O'Byrne
As Aaron Stark
Courtney B. Vance
As Stan Wedeck
Sonya Walger
As Olivia Benford
Christine Woods
As Janis Hawk
Dominic Monaghan
As Simon Campos

Recap

On a train bound for Los Angeles, Simon is in the bar compartment and tells a woman, Camille, that he knows what caused the flashforward. When she expresses doubt, he invites her to do an Internet search for geniuses who are quantum physicists. His name comes up, convincing her, and he flirts with her and invites her back to his sleeper car. When she declines until he gives her the real explanation, he offers to walk her through the experiment involving Schrödinger's cat...

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Episode Notes
There is no such thing as a "Robert Wilson Award." Science fiction author Robert Anton Wilson wrote the Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy, which is what Simon uses to explain his theory about The Event.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Rufus WainwrightAcross The UniverseWhen Lloyd/Dylan Simcoe are back at the hospital
Sea WolfScary Monsters (and Super Creeps)When Mark is chasing the masked guy


Episode Quotes
Simon: I know what caused the flashforward. (long pause) You don't believe me.
Camille: Well of course I do. The world's greatest mystery's been solved by a boozer on a train bound for Los Angeles.

Simon: Are you aware of the Double Slit Experiment?
Camille: Well, there was that one time in college...
Simon: What about Schrödinger's cat?
Camille: No, I'm not that kinky.

Aaron: Was that a kangaroo?
Charlie Benford: That was the best costume I have ever seen.

Lloyd: Our experiment killed 20 million people, Simon. What more is there to say?



Episode References
A figure of 20 million dead as a result of The Event is given by one of the characters.



Analysis
Simon: ...Schrödinger's cat...

Schrödinger's cat is a classic thought experiment in quantum physics. Simon's description is almost completely accurate, but it fails in that the life or death of the cat is left up to the cat's choice of "to eat or not to eat" the poison fish. The woman he approaches spots this flaw, in fact. In a properly constructed experiment, all choice is left out of it, and the release of a poison gas which kills the cat if it is released is left to totally random chance, as by a geiger counter receiving a certain number of clicks from a mildly radioactive material also in the box. The state of the cat is also not, as suggested by Simon, left to the observer's choice, but left to the observer to discover, which is not the same thing at all. The key issue here is that the cat is in what is called an "indeterminate state", neither alive nor dead (or both at once, if you prefer) until the observer accesses the box in some fashion to determine the fate of the cat. It is the action of observation which seals the fate of the cat. It seems very counterintuitive, but there are many experiments on the microscopic scale which demonstrate the validity of the concept. In real life, such situations are impossible to create on a "macro" scale, which is why we never experience such things, and it seems to run against common sense.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrannon Braga  |  David S. Goyer
Executive ProducerMarc Guggenheim  |  Vince Gerardis  |  Ralph M. Vicinanza  |  Jessika Borsiczsky  |  David S. Goyer  |  Brannon Braga
Co-Executive ProducerLisa Zwerling
ProducerMark Ovitz
Co-ProducerSeth Hoffman  |  Jeff Betancourt  |  Cathy M. Frank  |  Samantha Thomas  |  Cleve Landsberg
Consulting ProducerNicole Yorkin  |  Dawn Prestwich
Production DesignerStephen Storer
EditorJulius Ramsay
CastingWendy O'Brien
Unit Production ManagerCleve Landsberg
First Assistant DirectorTodd Amateau
Second Assistant DirectorAnthony J. Nahar
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMari-an Ceo
Camera OperatorSteph Collins  |  Bob Gorelick
Set DecoratorJennifer M. Gentile
Location ManagerMichelle Latham
Transportation CoordinatorJ. Smith
Property MasterChristopher Amy
Construction CoordinatorJeff Goyer
Production Sound MixerGeoffrey Patterson (2)
Script SupervisorRebecca Poulos
Production CoordinatorJamie Stern
Assistant EditorNathan Gunn
Post Production SupervisorSandra Nebel
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerMark D. Fleming  |  Tom Dahl
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorDanny Weselis
Art DirectorMark Zuelzke
Based On The Works OfRobert J. Sawyer
Executive Story EditorScott M. Gimple  |  Barbara Nance  |  Quinton Peeples
ConsultantRobert J. Sawyer
Costume SupervisorRobyn Williams
Visual Effects SupervisorKevin Blank
Production AccountantJanet Latham
Chief Lighting TechnicianBrett Laumann
Department Head HairDennis Parker (2)
Special Effects SupervisorParry Willard
Department Head Make-upAngela Nogaro
Production AssociateIsabella Hyams
Production StaffKatie Greisiger  |  Lindsey Allen  |  Kelly Roe  |  Maureen Dunn  |  Zuzanna Cernik  |  Emily Silver (1)
 
Warning: FlashForward season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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