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Paradox - or only half a paradox?
on 24 February 2010
I gave this four stars because to be honest I really enjoyed the concept and execution of the series on their own terms. As well as appreciating the edge-of-seat tension that is ramped up through each of the episodes, for me, "Paradox" treats the whole business of seeing/changing the future in a more sophisticated way than FlashForward has done up to now. The moral, ethical and practical conundrums of playing with destiny are always central to the story. Dr King very pertinently asks, at what must be the half-way point of the series: "Which is the bigger risk - do something, or do nothing?", and DI Flint's holy grail of a "victimless crime" soon turns out to be a poisoned chalice. The main characters may start off as a frankly unlikeable, annoying bunch, but we do see them all being deeply affected by the extraordinary dilemmas presented by the images that are so bafflingly served up to them, and thus they all become much more interesting as the series progresses.
That's the good stuff. The negative aspect, as pointed out by a previous reviewer, is the undeniable fact that we only get HALF a story. Without giving away the specifics, at the series' conclusion we have three of the four main characters in deep trouble and then, as a parting shot, a tantalizing hint as to where the images MIGHT be coming from. And that's it, end of. Writer Lizzie Mickery must be furious, she had apparently set the story up to run over two, possibly three seasons, and now it appears that this one season is all the BBC is prepared to give us.. It gives me no incentive at all to invest time and attention on future BBC drama series, and as a result, I can't give this DVD the five stars which its fascinating premise and exciting execution probably deserve. To me, it's still a work in progress. I can only urge you to watch "Paradox", enjoy it and wonder what might have been! (Oh, and if Ms Mickery ever fancies turning her screenplay into a novel to explain it all...)