by Stephen Hobley on December 3, 2009


Tamzin Outhwaite and Emun Elliott

There’s a new TV show in the UK called Paradox. It’s very similar to Flash Forward in the US.

Set in Manchester, Dr Christian King is monitoring sun spot activity when he starts to receive a transmission via one of the monitoring satellites. The transmission turns out to contain a set of 8 images that hint at an impending disaster that’s going to occur in 18 hours time.

He calls in the police to examine the photographs and Tamzin Outhwaite plays the detective put in charge of establishing what’s going on, and more importantly, when and where the event will happen.

No one really knows where the images come from, they are very abstract, and only offer a tiny glimpse of what is to come.

After watching the first episode, I was left with 3 questions…

1) Who’s taking the pictures?

2) Why exactly is the show called “Paradox”?

3) What’s up with Tamzin Outhwaite’s nose? Is it crooked, or just the light?

Anyway, after a glass of whisky here’s my answer to the first two…

The pictures are being sent…

…out into space by Dr King. At the end of the season he’s going to have solved the mystery and have 5 or 6 sets of 8 pictures on his hard drive. I think he’ll transmit them through a worm-hole like plot device and connect to his own (highly restricted) satellites. So no-one ever actually takes the pictures. They are the titular ‘Paradox’.

They learned one useful tip from the makers of 24, all you really need for top notch suspense is a massive matrix of plasma screens on the wall and a countdown going “bing… bing… bing…”.


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