Perhaps ABC was a little hasty when it canceled ‘FlashForward’ last year. Even though the show’s ratings weren’t that hot, its sci-fi premise sure looks eerily prescient after recent real-world events involving massive unexplained bird deaths, just like one of the series’ plot lines. When do we get to see the future? I’m looking forward to that part.
If any of you remember the show, one of the storylines had the heroes travel to Africa, where they visited a village that had been the testing site of the baddies’ wormhole-making machine (or whatever it was). They located the area while investigating reports of dead birds mysteriously falling from the sky, which was apparently one of the side effects of the device.
(Side note: This strikes me as inconsistent plotting, since the worldwide blackout that started the show didn’t cause all the birds on the planet to die.)
Anyway, as you may have seen or read in the news this week, thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas dropped dead in mid-air on New Year’s Eve. That was followed a couple days later by a similar event in Louisiana involving both birds and fish. Investigators and scientists have still not determined a concrete cause for either incident. Current theories involving loud noises from fireworks hardly sound any less farfetched than an evil time-travel conspiracy, if you ask me.
Admittedly, I seem to be the only one making this connection so far. Bible thumpers are of course reading this as a portent of the End of Times. Strangely, of all the people you’d least expect to act as a voice of reason in the face of religious mania, Christian Evangelist Kirk Cameron seems to be keeping a level head about all of this.
If we do get a glimpse of the future, I hope I’m doing something interesting. However, I’m sure that I’ll probably be doing the exact same thing that I’m doing right now – sitting at a computer writing blog posts about silly nonsense. If, on the other hand, this really is the first sign of the Birdpocalypse, it’s been nice knowing you all.
For some reason, I have a hankering to watch ‘Magnolia‘ tonight. Hmmm…