September 28th, 2010
02:13 PM ET
[Editor's note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't watched the latest episode of "The Event," stop reading now.]
For those of you who had "they're aliens" in "The Event" pool, it looks like you're a winner.
Monday night's episode revealed that the mysterious detainees whom President Martinez was planning to release had crashed in Alaska back in 1944, and these "non-terrestrial" beings had been locked up ever since for refusing to reveal their "agenda." This is all according to the President's adviser Blake Sterling, played by Željko Ivanek, whom we know is up to no good - because he's played by Ivanek.
Martinez tries to get to the bottom of this by talking to Sophia but he doesn't get very far. Oh, by the way, Sophia and her people/aliens, including CIA operative Simon Lee (who had an icky moment - rivaling "V," that other alien show - involving a fake vein in his arm), haven't aged a day in over 60 years.
It's still not clear (like a lot of things on this show) if the people who kidnapped Sean's girlfriend Leila (and killed her mother) are with or against the aliens. The President assumes that they didn't want him to release them.
As for Leila's dad, he appears to be dead, along with the passengers on the plane - minus our hero, Sean - and that's all the mysterious Thomas's doing. I sensed an "X-Men" vibe with this show and I'm still getting it. Is Thomas the Magneto to Sophia's Xavier (making Simon Cyclops)?
If you were hoping for less time-jumping this week, you were out of luck. They've certainly got the "Lost"-esque flashbacks down, but they're not handled as well. I'm especially puzzled by the inclusion of the scene where Sean first met Leila - I have a suspicion that Leila might be "one of them."
And poor Sean seems condemned to be like the late, great Kevin McCarthy from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" on this show: constantly telling people a crazy story, but no one believes him.
The big question which will probably drive this season - aside from "What is the Event?" - is whether the aliens are good or evil... (As for the kidnappers, I'll go ahead and place them in the evil camp.)
What did you think of the second episode? Are you still intrigued enough to stick around for the long run, or did this week's revelations turn you off to the show? Share your views on video or in the comments below.
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