`FlashForward': A meditation on Americanness

March 16, 2010 7:26:32 AM PDT
The Americans who populate the ABC series "FlashForward" are, on balance, a morose lot. And justifiably so: They are paralyzed by their 137-second visions of the future, part of a weird global bout of unconsciousness in which all humans see glimpses of their lives at the same moment six months onward.