So what is 'The Event,' anyway?
September 21st, 2010
09:46 AM ET

So what is 'The Event,' anyway?

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "The Event" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

One thing we know for sure after seeing Monday night's premiere of "The Event" (and the large amount of promotion behind it) is that NBC hopes it will fill the void left by "Lost."

The pilot was certainly not as good as that of "Lost," though it would be difficult for any pilot to reach that level. What transpired over the first hour were a lot of mysterious happenings with very little context behind them.

What does Sean Walker's girlfriend being apparently kidnapped while he was on vacation have to do with a group of detainees being released from an Alaskan prison? Your guess is as good as mine.

When Sean's future father-in-law is apparently convinced (after his wife has been shot by armed intruders) to fly a plane (with Sean on board) into a house where President Martinez and Sophia - the leader of the detainees - are set to make a statement, you know we're not in Kansas anymore. When that plane is sucked into a vortex of some kind and Sophia implies that maybe the detainees have something to do with it, we've entered the realm of the freaky.

Either way, nothing we saw so far is "the Event," and cast and crew are mum about when that will happen (much of the cast doesn't even know). However, if the show catches on, we're in for a five season story that has already been mapped out from the start (as stars Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter have said), so at least they won't be making it up as they go along. A "master plan" of sorts exists somewhere, producers told CNN in July.

So, what did you think of the premiere? Did it convince you to tune in next week? And what do you think "the Event" will be? Share your thoughts and theories on video or in the comments.

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  5. Zaratuz

    First of all, there arent many things ive watch on tv. But I loved this tv-show. I didnt notice or focused on bad actors, to me it seemed like quality. But it was very exiting. And left me each episode with this,damn this gonna end soon and im gonna feel down afterwards. Im a 30 year old male and i actually tend to prefer sci-fi. Along with The event, i loved flash-forward, v2009, 24, some fringne and starstrek with rober duvales or whatever his name is. But Event is definitely the best. Smart aliens that dont go independence day from day 1 like old propaganda movies. And I fall in love everytime i see this x-Cia woman. isnt she something 🙂 Feels good to watch a real woman smile without giving u some hate look like in real life 🙁

    May 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rienadire

    This show's first episode was "not as good as that of "Lost," though it would be difficult for any pilot to reach that level"? what? Lost was the worst thing on tv until The Event took it's place.

    October 5, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    Very nice Development on this week's episode, much slower pace of reveals – first two weeks were just throwin' 'em all out there, way to fast

    October 5, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kira

    This based off of Lost?
    Well it sure LOST me. Sounds like it's got a twist of Fring in it as well. I tried to watch it. I got confused not even halfway through it and I didn't know it ended till the next show was on.

    October 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. onlyu

    TV serials online

    October 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    not sure what to think about the event, there is to much back and forth. will watch one more episode, then deside if i will watch anymore. so far do not like it,

    September 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TV Veteran

    I'm watching the 9-27 episode. Didn't see the previous week's episode or the pilot episode whenever it aired. This show is not capturing my attention at all. It's amazing there are so many positive reviews by all of you. I'll bet none of you watched my favorite shows which were cancelled and definitely sucked you in on the first show. Let's see, Flashforward, Life on Mars, New Amsterdam, Journeyman, just to name a few. All cancelled. Yet you call The Event a good show? Go figure. I'm gonna watch Big C now.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lee Anthony

    i thought it was great... my kind of show...cant waiti till monday night

    September 26, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. fflep20490

    This show was boring, to many commericals, cheezy graphics, WAY to much just over all sucked

    I miss 24...sooo i guess i will stick to my NCIS.....

    September 26, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Danny Hunt

    pretty good but yeah a lil to much commercials. The government is getting us ready for the anouncement of aliens and the show is about a battel between good and bad aliens. It'll be interesting!

    September 26, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      what is your opinion on 2012, do you think that will be about aliens, most of the shows on nowdays are about aliens or a major meltdown of some kind

      September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LadyJ

    OH this show is ridiculious; I didn't look at Lost but I was, am, always will be a 24 Fan and this show should not even mention it in the same breath. everyone I talked to thinks the same. I will not waste my time here on Monday and neither my friends. TV shows this year are the pits we will stick to our regulars. but I guess you tried but instead of the name event, it should have the name SUCKS.

    September 25, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  16. David C.

    Watching "The Event" made me feel like a kernel of popcorn being popped over and over again. What a boring mixed up show! Way too many commercials!

    September 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mike

    How are msnbc and cnbc doing compared to the fox channel?

    September 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mike

    I really wanted to watch it but I got out voted by family. From what I'm reading here they didn't establish the characters very well and the story line was hard to follow. I'll tape a couple and try again later.

    September 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Carycomic

    I don't honestly see how this could be the "most buzzed about show on TV" if I never even heard about it _before_ NBC started hyping what I presume is Episode 2. And, believe me: I watch TV a _lot!_

    September 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Question

    I am interested and will continue to watch however I admit to not understanding the reason we don't get to find out what the event is/was in the pilot. Think about it. Its like the characters in the show ie President, CIA military all had a briefing on "The Event" but we the audience didn't get to be in the meeting. So we are left with this "huh?" feeling whilst everyone goes about discussing "the event" and the people involved in "the event" but no one bothers saying what it is ONLY to keep the invisible third party in the room(viewers) from knowing. Reminds me of how my parents talked about Christmas to me as a kid.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lynn

    OK I thought it was OK and will watch a couple more espisode hopefully however the characters will get better none of them really drew me in like Lost did or even Flash Forward (still mad they canceled it)

    September 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. hated-the-idea

    thanks to all the people upset over that show it makes me feel like I am not wasiting my life watcing t.v. it's ok not to fall in to the hype...

    September 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Chip

    “The Event” is the vortex of an air disturbance that sucked the plane away. It is something that can be controlled by that governmental agency the president discovered. We don’t yet know where “The Event” can take things, but that’s sure to be revealed soon, probably in the next episode.
    It seems odd that no one got this concept yet. I can't be the only one who’s heard of General Relativity and “The EVENT Horizon” of Black Holes.
    C’mon folks…I know you like fiction, we all do here. But you gotta know some nonfiction too. For reference, check out Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time”.
    One person seems to have gotten close. “Mg” (9/21 – 12:44 PM) mentioned the wind was the Worm Hole opening, but did not connect it to being “The Event”.
    Oh…and one more thing…Go GATORS !!!

    September 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Boosf

    I did watch this only because my TiVo allowed me to fast-forward through all of the commercials. Sorry but this looks like "Lost" meets "Flash Forward"......not very original plot. And after watching all 6 seasons of "Lost" thanks to Netflix, and commercial-free, I don't have time to devote to this one. I noticed there was another show premiering after "The Event" called "Crash." What's next on NBC? "Thud?"

    September 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. steve

    Hey commercial about we jump out of 1990 and go out and get a DVR box....who watches commercials now a days???

    September 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Bugsy

    I wish you people would get your heads out of the sand. There is a disclosure movement happening with regards to UFO's. Larry King has in the last few years had numerous credible guests with testimonies regarding the visitation of other intelligent beings to this planet on very advanced anti-gravitic crafts. The US secret military "Black Ops" has known this for at least 60 years only to successfully keep it from the public with a very clever campaign of ridicule. Just a year or so ago we had the Vatican come forward to state that it was ok to believe in ET's as we are all "Gods Children". Author Leslie Keans' new book UFO's-Generals,Pilots and Government Officials Go On The Record" has just been released and she is being given airtime on some of the major networks to promote it. The President of the US has never been in the loop when it comes to UFO's as this secret is only on a "NEED TO KNOW" basis and considering presidents are in office for a minimum of 4 maximum 8 years I guess they don't have the need to know. There is a press conference happening at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Monday Sept 27th where I believe 8 high ranking military officers whose sole duty was to operate and manage nuclear "Minuteman" silos are coming forward stating on the record that UFO's have hovered over these facilities and consecutively shut down ICBM missiles. This event along with others worldwide took place at Malstrom AFB, Montana, Communications Center in 1967. Its about time the public informs itself as to what's really happening. Trying googling "The Disclosure Project" or "Robert Salas" to get up to speed. NBC's "The Event" is I believe the US president being forced to disclose to the public the existence of ET's but a Cabal type group wanting to prevent it from happening thus keeping things status quo. I believe this show along with other series and upcoming movies are slowly being released to condition the public to the existence of these beings so when the time comes for full disclosure it won't create panic as the Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast did in the '30's.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. MrJQuinn

    I usually don't comment on things like this, but you all have drawn me in. 😉

    I don't think it matters what show you watch, we are going to get a lot of commercials. These premieres/finales/sweeps are expensive, and the networks got to pay for them somehow. The show still runs about 42 minutes or so, and that's normal. I expect the commercials to be less irritating in the future. Longer/Less rather than Shorter/More.

    Lost comparisons
    Did any of you watch Lost? The only relation to Lost is the out of sequence storytelling. And if you really want to compare, they are different. Lost had 2 storylines each episode. Pre-Island and Island story. The Event is a single storyline cut to make the story more interesting. To keep you hooked. I actually have a theory about the storyline though. The sequencing would be more than a gimmick if proven true. Let's be honest. As great as Lost was, it was made up as they went. The Event is done. 5 seasons worth of an already written story. If you are a fan of this type of show, give it a chance. I'm anticipating less frustration than what we experienced with Lost.

    What I picked up from the comments is they just aren't fans of this type of show. So readers, if you haven't seen the show, don't judge it from the comments. Watch it for yourself (already a better experience since you can avoid the pesky commercials), then form an opinion.

    Ok, so now my opinion of the show. I loved it! Obviously. The promos were getting ANNOYING, so I almost lost interest. I'm glad I didn't cause it was better than I expected it to be. I'm interested enough with the questions I have, and look forward to getting some answers in future episodes. NBC looks like they invested a lot of money on this show, so I hope they'll ride it out. I can't think of another show with this much hype that they had dropped. Heck, Heroes wouldn't die when it should have at the end of season 2. Unfortunately, the viewer count at the end of season 2 of Heroes just about equals the premiere of The Event.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Norcalgal

    Yeah, I watched the entire episode: hated all the jumping around but I will tune in again because of Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter. Oh yeah, I was intrigued by and I gotta see what the hell the detainees are all about and what the heck that vortex thingy was. I watched LOST and that was no LOST. **smile**

    September 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jayke

    The Event pilot = Fail. Epic, epic fail.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Carlynn

    @Suzanne. Lost was not purgatory. The island happened. But if you are looking at the sideways then you could say yes it was. As for the Event, well it wasnt and will not ever be Lost. that was a once in a lifetime show. If I could stop trying to compare it I will give it a chance. I like a mystery.However I dont want to invest my time in a show then to have it cancelled and not get the answers. I have to say I liked Hero's and flet that NBC owed the viewers that did watch it a better end to the show. Scared that will be the case again.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lost

    The plane disappears into the vortex...

    ...only to crash on a tropical island with polar bears, The Tailees, The Others, etc.

    This show is the prequel to Lost!

    September 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Karen J-L

    I missed the first 15 mins of The Event, but I am intrigued by this show. I even told me brother, it had a 'LOST' feel to it. I can only hope, it doesn't get dragged out like LOST and then on that show, some things were never explained. I'll stick to watching The Event, but will keep fingers crossed it won't be a waste of time.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Danny

    I'm gonna say they're all probably dead already

    September 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Susan

    I don't like these shows that jump from the present to six weeks ago, to 4 months from now, to somewhere else.
    Just give me good actors in a good story that has a beginnng a middle and an end. Who wants to work that hard when watching t.v. You can't keep track of the characters or which place/time they are in, and you stop caring after the 3rd
    change. It was the WORST part of Lost and that's what they are copying. If you don't stay with the characters long enough to care about them, then you don't care what the event is no matter how many times they confuse you.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. J.D.Reid

    The "detainees" are aliens; they saved the president et al. from the plane.

    No– its not a patch on Lost in ANY way whatsoever and it won't last 5 years. Full season, maybe...

    September 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Lostie

    I watched 10 min of this show and then lost interest as it was far too cheesy and low quality production – reminded me of recent Lost wanna-be pilots that have faded out. Lost set the production, acting, and writing bar pretty high, and the networks need to realize this. These overhyped low quality content shows will not pull the wool over the eyes of viewers anymore. We demand higher quality programming. This show has a great premise but horrible execution on all levels. What a shame for Ritter's son, as it was a pleasure to see a member of his family back on the screen. Hopefully he'll find something better next time with a production that will match production dollars to their marketing hype.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carycomic

      "Lost" is not much of a recommendation with me. I lost permanent interest in that show after the first hour of the series premiere! And, the only thing I found sad about the series finale is that it hadn't occurred at the end of Season 1.

      September 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kenshiro2012

    The finale of the pilot all but gave away the secret of the event. The Event will be either 1) ETs are on thier way in a big way (ala V) or 2) (and the most likely to be the case) that the government will be revealed as having been working with ET's for decades.
    The prisoners are returnees, they were once Alien abuctees (ala The 4400) and they are being kept in secret black ops to keep them from revealing to the world that ET exists.

    This was fairly simple to put together. The producers stating that over the series run there will be 2 distinct stages for the show, The first part will be Pre-Event. the second is during the event and the last being post event. Add to the lock up of (presumably ordinary citizens) and the tried and true use of the plausible deniability used by the presidents aide adds credence to the government working with et for a long time.
    What cemented the et idea was the wormhole used at the end of the event. I was originally confused about the wind / noise at the party before the plane arrives till i saw that. wind and noise come after a plane passes not before.

    I will give the series a little bit more to see what twist they are going to use to make it an actual standalone show and not just a mishmash of other shows that in the end failed to keep the public's attention

    September 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. writer

    Too hard to follow? If it was easy to follow, and in chronological order, then the complaints would all be "show is too obvious and easy to figure out" I like the idea of a show that you actually have to use your brain a little. Its pretty obvious that it is intentionally shown out of sequence to initiate a response and viewer following. Considering all teh responses, positive or negative, I think it did its job. "Lost" got people following it for 6 years and always left people confused and did pretty well with the ratings and critics. Give the show a chance before you deem it as "complicated and confusing" I plan to check out a few episodes and see. And as for the complaints about the commercials...its a TV show!! It wouldnt exist without the funding that businesses give to run commercials.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  39. Ed

    Thank God for the NFL!

    September 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. Miss B

    DREW, that was hilarious. DAVE (number system), you're on the right track.

    I couldn't take four episodes of 'Lost' when it first FOUND it's way to television. However considering 'The Event', I'm intrigued by the woman who seems to have the answers and yet was detained for some reason. At one point, she's detained and answering questions from a man who then races to stop a plan that takes off toward the President. Then there she is – not detained... anymore. Then the plane is sucked out of the sky.

    Maybe I'm confused, but I have to watch this now. I'll give it another month to prove itself. I have a feeling there is a dual dimension plot cooking here. I LOVE IT!!

    September 22, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  41. Kzoogrl

    I *loved* Lost because it was smart, you fall in love with the complex characters, and it was planned from the beginning so it all ties together. I watched The Event episode the next day on On Demand so I didn't see any commercials, although I understand that can be really annoying. I didn't feel like the flash forwards were confusing at ALL. I'm very exciting to see where this will go.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  42. Cydonius

    @24fan : the wind blowing was not caused by the plane but by what was generating the vortex that swallowed the plane.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  43. Another Shane

    It just isn't anything original enough to last. I saw flashes of "Lost", "Fringe" and "Flash Forward" throughout the pilot. Nothing truly different enough to stand apart. As for the large amount of commercials, stop complaining and get on the DVR bandwagon already. I'm glad "Fringe" is back this season.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. Ben

    Just like LOST it will be a waste of my time, the ending will give you no satisfying answers and leave you hating TV.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  45. Dave

    Great show, and I can't wait to see where it goes!!

    September 22, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  46. Andrew

    I enjoyed it. Do miss 24. I will watch it again.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  47. Bret

    I didn't think this show was bad at all. People on here are talking about how it was too long or too confusing – do you want to know everything right away? How fun is that? Part of the great thing about TV shows like this is that there is some sort of build up. Some people don't like that, which is fine – go watch your half hour sitcoms and be content with that. Some people like hour long dramas that have an ongoing story line. I loved "Lost" and I think this show is setting the pace to replace that void in network television.
    Some of the posters on here are the same idiots who want to know how a movie ends before seeing it... or they read the last chapter of the book first. Get a clue... and also, learn to spell people. It's not too hard – I learned it in elementary school. Spelling and grammer – two tools you will use in life. Anyone who takes advice on how good/bad a show is from someone who can't write properly is, I'm guessing, not in the target demographic for "The Event."

    September 22, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  48. Jason

    I thought the show was utterly ridiculous!!!!!! After that terrible display I would never be watching it again. Sorry guys not a replacement to lost.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mike Z

    Thanks guys for making clear that i don't need to waste time on this show.
    I am also one of those who really liked Lost & Heroes at first, but stopped watching after some time when it became obvious that the writers really didn't have anything to say.
    This seems to be just another one of those series, using weird structure to hide the true pointlessness.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  50. galaga51

    The jumps between time lines felt uneven – fewer jumps would have been better.

    The letter blocking showing us the relative time was silly, like they were trying to capture the same feel from Fringe without copying it. Just flash it up there, type it out, the slow swooping-in text was just bad.

    The editting in general could have been much better.

    And the story felt empty. I could sense the intrigue being set up, and cliff-hanger (the disappearing plane) was obviously part of that, but it all fell flat – there was not much more of a hook to really capture the audience... or me, anyway. Without the benefit of the second episode, I think i t would have done better as a a two hour premiere. I felt slightly intrigued, and I'll give it another hour, but NBC does not have a record of standing by their product for genre shows, so I don't have much hope for this in the long run.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  51. Thia

    I was really disappointed in The Event. I kept thinking that if LOST and 24 had a baby and that baby dated Fringe, you would have The Event. Even the direction and the font reminded me of LOST. Very disappointing.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  52. Robb

    Ladies and gents, keep the political crap at home. This isn't the thread for it.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. Halcyon

    As a HUGE, HUGE 'Lost' fan – I was both disappointed by the finale and content at the same time that we finally received an ending, I'm here to say that I seriously doubt there will EVER be another show on par with 'Lost'. I had read all of the comparisons of 'The Event' to 'Lost', and while the depth of the mythology surrounding the 2 shows may be the same, people who are looking at this to be another 'Lost' are going to be seriously disappointed.

    The time jumps were a little jarring at first, but I'm willing to bet we find out there is a specific reason why things occurred that way. Give the other complete crap shows that are on TV at the moment, I'm willing to give this show a chance. If everyone walks into every new show with pre-buzz about it having an established mythology behind it thinking "Oh no, ANOTHER 'Lost' wannabe" then what the hell is the point of watching TV?

    'Lost' is over – I'm sad, you're sad, we're all sad that it ended (most of us anyways). But it's time to move on, and give these new shows their fair shot. This pilot was no more confusing or flat out mind-warping than the first few episodes of 'Fringe' – and that show turned out to be a major hit. I'm not completely sold on 'The Event' yet, but I'm definitely willing to give it a fair shot. For those who bothered to watch the pilot, I say give it at least a few more episodes before issuing a verdict. I might be right and I might be wrong, but after the disaster that was 'Heroes'; I seriously doubt NBC is going to green-light another project that is going to crash and burn after 2 seasons 🙂

    September 22, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Carycomic

      I have to partially agree with you, Hal. I lost permanent interest in LOST after the first hour of the series premiere! So, I wouldn't have been sad to see the Season 1 finale = the series finale. As for its would-be successor, THE EVENT? I don't see how it could be "the most buzzed-about show on television" if I never even heard of it until NBC started hyping what I presume is Episode 2!! Add that to the fact that it's following a show I (gladly and unapologetically) no longer watch, at all? And, you have something that's as easy to knock-without-first-trying-it as skydiving without a parachute.

      September 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  54. robb

    Yes, I spotted the aliens/future people idea just from the advertisements for it. That's fine, but a bit cliche...then again we're running out of ideas nowadays I find and it's much'ado about recycling nowadays.

    Lost points for cruise ship switcheroo, a bit cheesy and overly dramatic. Someone on the ship would remember him. I've had people on ships calling me by first name on day two.

    Also I can think of easier ways of abducting someone then from a cruise ship and having to find fake people to live in the cabin etc., Why not just grab her when she went shopping for milk?

    I presume if you can plant fake people in the cabin, change records etc., grabbing her from a 7/11 would be infinitely cheaper and easier.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  55. CaptureTheGlow

    I LOVED the pilot and can't wait to see what is in store. Although I realllly did NOT need another new show to watch! Damn!

    September 22, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  56. heather

    Very dissappointing after all the hipe! Hawaii 5 -0 on the other hand was riviting!! Can't wait till next week..

    September 22, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  57. Rando

    Suzanne: LOST was NOT "purgatory after all." ONLY the last season's Flash Forwards were the afterlife...NOT life "on the island," which was real. Hopefully, you all get this now...5 Seasons of Lost had NO dealings what so ever with purgatory. The last season only dealt with scenes from the afterlife.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Carycomic

      It was only purgatory for those of us who would have preferred to see THRESHOLD, SURFACE, and INVASION renewed for a second season (as we considered those shows undeniably _superior_ to LOST, in story-telling quality).

      September 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  58. sally

    I enjoyed it and I will be watching every episode. Commericals have been around on television for decades and we can't change that, I take that as my opportunity to use the bathroom or get something to drink. The flashbacks help tell the tale; I enjoy those also. This is a program that makes you think and ponder... what is wrong with that? I totally love this sort of show. I'm a fan!

    September 22, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  59. WinWV

    I thought it was crap. For as much hype as this show had, the cgi was gawd-awful. It just didn't leave me itching for more like I expected. I may tune in but if I forget, I won't be terribly bothered.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  60. Garry

    It was sorta scrambled there at first..hours earlier, months earlier..I was about to lose patience, but i did enjoy the show. Hopefully it will catch on.
    ow-ever I do understand that commercials are a part of TV, But as one poster commented, we have to have 15 commercials between scenes?? gets OLD..over half the premier was commercials..

    September 22, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  61. Jimbob

    This sorry excuse for a show will be cancelled and good riddance.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  62. Tree

    Wow you people are harsh!!! I loved everything about it, all the scene jumps and everything....sorry it wasn't dumbed down for the masses. Do you wanna actually use your brain and think or just have a show gift-wrapped for you? Give it a chance geez!!! And what's with everyone complaining about commercials?? Don't we all have DVR's and TiVo's now? I would never watch any shows if I didn't have my DVR.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  63. ismael

    Watch the show on with few commercial interruptions. Not going to watcha show that is all about flash backs. Still miss the old X-Files show.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Carycomic

      Even one commercial interruption by Hulu is one too many for my peace of mind. All their ads are totally irrelevant to me!

      September 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Spud

    After all the hype, it could have been worse. Fortunately, I had the 'luxury' or watching 21 Grams with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts prior to last nights show. Unlike 21 Grams, at least 'The Event' offered a time frame relative to the present before a scene began. While I am not a fan of this editing technique as I think it attempts to make up for a substandard story, I definitely found 'The Event' easier to follow.

    That being said, it does leave the show open to my biggest criticism of Lost which was trying to keep track of what happened in what timeline and how it effected future events. So far, it seems we have had only one line time interference: whether or not the plane crashes. This time shift/duplication seems to occur at the moment of that the president is leaving the gates toward his vehicle – he seems to pause as if in a state of deja vu and then the differences in the first and second scene begin ie vortex effect on the fountain getting him wet. I thought the changing of the pilot's shoulder decorations alternating from stars to stripes was also a nice touch to indicate the duplication.

    As long as continuing episodes focus on one timeline, the show has a chance, otherwise I don't think many people are going to waste their time trying to figure things out for characters or a story line they have yet to have any vested interest in.

    As for individual thoughts on some of the plot:

    The drowning girl and surfer dude as well as the new occupants of 5314 are in on the conspiracy. At some point I do expect a flashback to a time after Ritter finds the room occupied by its new tenants to retrieve the engagement ring that is in the safe (thereby also proving that there is no parallel time shift). We will also probably see the surfer dude playing a part in getting the girlfriend kidnapped.

    It is possible that the pilot's wife is not dead. The only pistol shot we see with her in the frame is aimed well above her head and then she screams and ducks for cover. We never do see where the second shot goes. While we do see a female arm in a pool of blood later (with what appears to be glass embedded in the palm), the arm is on the kitchen floor, not in the sunken living room area where the wife was. Although I had to replay the scene to confirm as I only remembered that the shooter had a pony tail, the shooter was indeed a female so it is possible it could have been her arm we were shown.

    As for Ritter and the gun on the plane, I think what we were shown in the trash was a uniform (indicated by a size 44 tag) which leads me to believe that he posed as a maintenance or luggage employee. As such, he was able to sneak onboard with the gun and hide in the bathroom the entire time until takeoff. We know that he did not have a ticket as he asked one of the passengers if he could sit beside them.

    As the series continues, I unfortunately expect the flashbacks to continue in order to fill in the 7 day gap we have for both Ritter and the pilot. While I expect the main story to move forward, when you've started with the attempted assassination of a president by a plane that suddenly disappears, we will likely be faced with a drawn out unravelling mystery instead of any excitement.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  65. Joan

    I hate flashbacks!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  66. Jason

    I watched the hour of this show, and all I saw was a gimmick. These producers can't come up with anything new, they think copying Lost will generate tons of ratings! Well sorry, I think we (The Lost Fans) are a little smatter than that. The Flash forward has been done, and you guys didn't even get close on doing it properly. I thought the episode was absolutely horrible, the marketing for the show was better than the actual show. I didn't like, so what the go to a different dimension. Oooh how original, I've never seen that before. Any episode of the Twilight Zone is better than this show! Epic Fail.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  67. JohnnyLocked

    This show was weak. Comparing it LOST is a lost cause. No flashbacks, flashforwards until many episodes into it. This show handed us more mysteries in the first 37 minutes (one hour – commercials) than LOST did in two seasons. LOST fans forgave writers for goofs but only after we were committed to it. This pilot had too many "oops" like the wind before the plane (or will they claim it was the building vortex?), the frozen in the headlights President and Secret Service, too many electronics were controlled remotely (sorry, the pilot door, the jet, the air traffic tower, the cabin assignments on the ship's computer). Please! Too goofy – mystery drowned victim want's to snorkel the next day AND setup compromising photos? The couple in the cabin are paid actors or totally wrong as they would have said, "We were just given this room". I have a gun, but I don't have a clue how to use it. And why wasn't the SUV followed by dozens of police cars down the runway? Sad attempt at being a little to cute instead of letting the story develop on its own. Can it keep this pace up for five years? Maybe, but it will be without me.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dave

    It was all Hurley's bad dream from eating to much bad chicken.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Phlanger

    It's obvious the detainees are ALIENS. Yawn.... That's the event. Big deal.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Real American Hero

    For those that cry they want their time back from watching this pilot episode...I am sure this isn't the only thing in life you complain about. It is easy to be a critic, for this you don't need an imagination. Group think will be the end of humanity.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real

      Which is right up the Not of This World, my god is stronger than you god sheep.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bill

    Far too much back and forth. Almost seems like they are just doing it for the sake of "art" and not to really tell a story. I may give it another 1-2 episodes, but if it continues in circles like it seems to have started, I'll be bailing.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Heather

    It was ok i think that it will take a coulpe of shows to get into the story. But so far for me I will give it one and a half thumbs up

    September 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  73. kk

    I watched it last night, and the constant flash forwards and flash backs left the story hard to follow. I will give it a month unless the flash forwards and flash backs continue. It felt Like I was watching a bad Quentin Tarantino film.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  74. ClueMeIn

    Lovely Blair Underwood...suddenly is Latino? Hm-m-m-m...did they think we wouldn't notice?? Weirdorama! Was this NBC's feeble attempt at leveling the proverbial "political field"? Makes the rest of the show suspect in the credible department as well! Plenty of fine Latino actors out there, I'm sure, if they needed one. And anyway...looked like they were just gonna let the prez sit in that caddie and get nailed! But then...the saving vortex! Let's hope this shapes up to be a pretty decent sci-fi, otherwise it may just turn out to be laughable! And let's give young Ritter a chance- especially with what he's had to work with so far! He did, afterall, survive that incredulous swan dive, only to save an annoying bimbo-who, along with the hand-challenged mate, I'm sure has something to do with the "conspiracy". Otherwise that part of the unfolding story has no point, and is too lame for words!

    September 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  75. BobH

    Yawn – Another soap opera! I like movies that make an point and move on instead of prime-time soap operas. I'll move on to another channel.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Glenn

    I was a LOST fan – but I'm not really up for another 5 year mystery that comes together in the last 4-5 episodes. And so far, I see not resemblance to 24 (except the periodic time references on the screen). Might give it a few more episodes, but I don't have great expectations.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jusus

    I owe Rachel Maddow an apologies, Sorry Rachel I will never do that again.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |


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  79. Brett

    I try to give a new show at least a couple episodes before making any judgements, but so far I'm hooked! The time jumping back and forth at the beginning was a bit much, but I caught up pretty quick near the middle, and the ending of the pilot was fantastic.

    I'll definitely be following this one indefinitely, until I have a reason not to anymore.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  80. JosetheGreat

    The only 'Event' that I foresee after a taste of this show is the 'cancellation' event. At least THAT event has a plot and an ending (Plot – ????? Ending – Show tossed to the Junk pile...'

    Next 'Event' please....

    September 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  81. JohnP

    Fifty minutes of ads and 10 minutes of 'The Event'! I won't likely go through that again.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  82. coffee club

    I watched for 5 minutes, the camera was too jumpy for me.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  83. nick

    Another show with no real resolution at the end of each episode. It's just a giant "TO BE CONTINUED" series.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Thomas Veil

    When I saw the multi-layered flashbacks, I thought, "Oh no, here we go again." The schizophrenic, totally non-linear narrative of "Lost" was majorly annoying, but at least on "Lost" it was original. This is just annoying. The flashbacks should be reduced to a bare minimum if they don't want to tick people off.

    That said, the pilot was decent, and enough to get me to tune in next week. The airplane twist at the end - I didn't expect that at all. Nice job. I just hope they don't get into "Lost"'s bad habit of "explaining" everything by simply saying, "That's the way it works." That's lazy writing and disrespectful to your audience.

    I also hope NBC doesn't screw this series up, especially after the horribly shabby way they treated "Persons Unknown". You know, I never even saw a promo for that series until it was in its fourth week?? I had to find the pilot and several episodes online just to catch up. The story arc of "Persons Unknown" was developing well, and then NBC dumped it into the Saturday night ghetto. THEN they never even aired one episode. Great way to kill a great series, NBC.

    Am I supposed to trust them not to do the same thing to "The Event"?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kat

    It was intersting. As lost was going on answers were questions or weren't answered! the same will probally happen with this show. anyways, the pilot made me a fan, ill be tuning it next week and weeks to come!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. jj

    I'll give The Event a chance. After all, what else is there to watch? Lost. Gone. FlashForward. Gone. Battlestar Galactica. Gone.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sally Dishman

    Where's Andy Griffith when we need him?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  88. NotAFan

    Lost left a void? Sorry, I didn't notice...

    September 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |

    You ask what is the "event"? I'll tell you what it is: Nothing less than the biggest "event" of the year!! Does that answer your question?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Eric the Actor

    I agree with most of the criticisms mentioned here. I didn't buy the contrived socializing scene with both young couples right after one of the girls almost drowned. Also, I think the USAF jets would have destroyed the incoming passenger plane well before the president was in any real danger. Still, I love these kind of shows. Something different. I'll give it a chance.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Flush1

    The "Event" would be the bowel movement I had this morning .

    September 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  92. gotpermission

    I didn't watch because I was asleep (I'm only 8), but my parents loved it ad say they will watch it all season.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Joe Canadian

    What utter drivel. You want a good mind bender, go watch Inception. tis show had lousy acting from B grade actors with a C grade plot.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  94. SrNanny

    I watched The Event and will give it a few more looks during the coming weeks to see if I like it enough to watch regularly. I believe the 'event' was the landing on Earth, of aliens Sophia and her group, looking for a new home planet.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Erin

    No television show is worth sitting through the amount of commercials during this show. Three minutes of show for five minutes of commercials...won't happen again for me.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Mark

    The show was tedious with all the jumping between time. The viewer never got a chance to get connected with ANY of the characters. This is at best, a LOST wannabe and at worst a rip off of Flash Forward. My bet is its gone by episode 7.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  97. FlashForwardFan

    It sucked. And that sucks for Jason Ritter (who I think is an ok actor, but needed to up the game). All the jumping around was just horrible, and the acting by some was SO bad that it was hard to watch. The two on the beach? The Air Marshall? The President's wife? The General (shoulda stuck to being the "Candyman")?

    This show is going nowhere, and won't be back next season, guaranteed. This is why I keep HBO on. Quality entertainment, no friggin commercials! I'm loving "Empire Boardwalk", can't wait for the new season of "In Treatment", and am still salivating over "True Blood".

    September 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dave

    I didn't watch it, but my wife did. And after the show was over, she asked ME to explain it to her.

    Go figure.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  99. randy s

    Thank goodness I tivo everything so I didn't have to deal with all the commercials...However, all that back and fourth and "4 months earlier" and "8 days earlier" and " 23 days earlier" for every single character was getting very annoying. I'll stay tuned for now but if all that back and fourth keeps up I can't take it.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  100. brian

    "The Event" was, for a lack of words, 'interesting.' The "five months earlier" and 'eight days earlier' was beginning to confuse me..but after working 17 plus hours, you'd be confused too. Anyways, any movie/tv show nvolving black SUVs and Secret Service makes me excited (I do private security). But that damn vortex thing left my mouth wide open..not in awe but in confusion. Oh well, Monday 9/8 central on NBC.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  101. terry

    i watched it,instead of dwts. didn't want to watch that cause david hasselhoff was on it.didn't want to watch nancy grace cause it was all about paris hilton. i have over 200 channels and still have trouble finding something to watch.ended up watching the braves and then hoarders. this is another show like lost,that is going suck us in and take forever for us to find out what going on,if we ever do. a few years back,there was a show called the 4400,it went off the air and we never did know what had happened. so.i'm not going to watch it again,i got caught up watching v last year and don't know if it is coming back! gonna stick to sports and reality tv ,the weather and the news.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Colt Hunter

    I think I'll wait 5 years and read a review to find out. If that. I call the show, The Non-Event.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Deanna

    I totally agree w/ the comment about the secret svc! That part was really hard to believe you would just leave the President sitting there?? Ugh! Never!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Avacado

    Now, now...nasty, sarcastic "Shane"! "commercials are how the networks make money"? WOW...ok, but the producers ARE part of the network and if their greed was not so prevelent, commercials OF COURSE could be significantly reduced! If 25 min of not-so-good show costs so much to produce that you need twice that time in commercials...I guess you know there's a problem. And we're the schmucks for even watching most of these oversold shows, as the networks basically get paid twice- from the excessive # of sponsers they enlist, and from the cable/satellite companies that carry their network. We already pay for our viewing- we shouldn't have to be tortured sitting through all of the crappy commercials (thank god for MNF!). Remember when "pay TV" was supposed to be commercial-free?! Only PBS and a very few others have actually adhered to that. Not everyone has a TIVO/DVR, and anyway... they're really clumsy and inconvenient to haul around w/an I-PAD! DOH! We shouldn't be hoodwinked into constantly having to buy more technology and services, just to escape being any more put upon...i.e., the dreaded commercial!
    PS...See now, I was so distracted by them that I couldn't even comment on this (so far!) plot-less, over-hyped, pseudo-mysterious, VERY unrealistic, trying-too-hard-for-complexity, 25 (!) minutes worth of mediocrity! I will give it another try or two- not being much of a "series" watcher- but more than likely will return to MNF viewing! Now that's a REAL alien/time-travel experience! 🙂
    PSS..."J. Sudd"-maybe the show should hire you on as a clarifying writer/editor!
    PSSS...Right on, "Jackson"!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Don

    Fox new isn't real anything., they are all puppett

    September 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  106. CuandoQween

    Too choppy and scattered to capture interest.
    FlashForward had superior editing and acting.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  107. sheppard

    good grief arch, get a grip or grow a set.... you rant like you are 12... or maybe just insecure....

    September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Rosie

    I thought there was way too much jumping around. It kept saying 5 min. earlier, 48 hours earlier, 10 days earlier, didn't know what day it was or what. Too jumbled with different characters. And what the heck has his girlfriend disappearing on a cruise ship in the caribbean have to do with the President? We already know that the intruders are aliens, blah, blah, blah... Mybe I will watch it 1 more time to give it a chance, will see!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Kathi

    I was really looking forward to this show after all the trailors we saw all summer. I was only able to get through the first 10 min. of it. I am very disappointed with this show and will not be watching it again. Hawaii Five-0 on the otherhand was very good.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  110. BE

    Well against my instincts I started to watch this overhyped "Event". What a complete waste of time. I lasted about 30 minutes and then returned to my Monday Night Football game. At least I won't have to worry whether or not I'm missing anything next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Lee

    Yawn!!!!!!!!!!! Next.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Cindy

    I kind of liked it. I never saw 24 but I did like Lost. I am a bit intrigued but the time jumping was kinda annoying and kinda confused me. I think it has potential but they need to lay out the foundation of the story line quick and need to have continuous non-jtime umping episodes. And NONE of that "tune in 2 months from now for the next episode"!

    September 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Erick

    Millenium know the old Cheryl Ladd & Kris Kristofferson paradox movie.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Den

    I gave it about 15 minutes, and then left to do something more productive/enjoyable. The "event" seems to be the willingness of people to put up with this kind of ... drama. Are we truly _that_ hard up for something to do?

    September 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Woody

    The "event" will end up being all of the characters realize they are dead and they meet up with all the LOST cast and go to the great beyond. The End.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Tracey

    I'll keep watching. I'm glad to hear it has a five season story written. Here's hoping we don't find out everyone's dead or dreaming at the end.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      it caught my eye, ill be tuning to find out more. though it seems like fringe but a different networks version of it.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  117. kim

    I agree that this was a waste of my time. That was rediculous all the jumping back and forth. As time went on I was less and less interested. That scene where they sat there and watched the plane coming for them was stupid. I think this show will be canceled by mid season.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Lynn

    I watched the pilot, so far is ok. Jason Ritter is good. Looks just like his dad. If the plot doesn't go into the ridiculous, kind of like LOST did for me. I'll keep watching.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Jack Black

    Announcement – Aliens that look like us living among us forever. The event leans towards some 2012 like predictions however the royal Elite (which have often been rumored to have alien ancestry mixed w/ human ancestry are about saving themselves and their kind. during and after the event ) Look @ the last name of the dude that visited their leader in jail he was supposedly a "conduit " to the outside... He was one of them. ( aliens) it's a blood line pay attention to the last names. This show is about to expose why "race" really doesn't matter... Wake up people

    September 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Christopher

    An hour of my life, gone!

    September 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Gyrfliec

    It looked like they put the first episode together and saw that it was fairly boring, so told the editor to cut it all apart and jumble it up into flashbacks to try to make it more mysterious and interesting. Wow, a planeload of people disappear???? Now there's something totally new!!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  122. judy

    I am a big fan of the X-Files. Loved the story lines, Mulder & Scully. It took a long time for a new show to come on that equaled my love for the X-Files, but suddenly Lost came along. And I loved "Lost." When I watched "Lost" w/my youngest daughter, she would tell me – Ma, close your mouth & breathe." I hated the finale of the X-Files, but really enjoyed the finale of Lost. Last year when FastForward came on, I thought, gee, maybe this will be my Lost relacement. Didn't make the grade. Now, The Event comes on. The pilot was okay. I will watch it next week & the week after. What I really like now is Fringe. Great show. You would have to watch it from the 1st season to know what's going on, but it will be worth it.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  123. M

    My husband was excited. I told him it would be like Lost, initially intriguing before you realize you're paying way more attention than the writers are and it's a huge waste of time. So we got an island, and a plane, and I was smugly proud of my accurate prediction. Then *bang.* I was all wrong. It was not at all like Lost, which at least gave us interesting characters and made clever use of literary and film references. Luckily we DVRd it and started about half hour after show time so I didn't have to deal with the commercials I see commented upon here. We won't be watching again. But tomorrow, Modern Family! That show always pays off.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Seriously???

    Its going to fail fail fail. Nothing can take the place of LOST. Fringe is there to help fill the void that isn't there with LOST.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  125. hollywood reporter

    A total waste of airtime

    September 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Matt Colver

    I watched the season premiere of House. With House I'm assured there will be good writing and good acting. It was a good show.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Aquaricorn

    The "aliens" can make a jet disappear into thin air but can't get themselves or their fellow aliens out of prison? Why not just warp the whole state of Alaska to another place in the future and rescue their own kind? I can't wait to see what this is about.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  128. TheHonestFactor

    It captured about 50% of my attention for the hour, and I was really confused with the time jumping. ONce I saw the vortex and watched them insinuate that it be "aliens" or a form thereof, it really lost my interest.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  129. LIz

    This show is so disjointed, and the cast is so lack luster. Come on Carrie from ER? Give her back her cane and let her fade to reruns. If you want to watch a good show about alternative universes and wormholes, watch Fringe!

    September 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Debulator

    I liked it. I didn't love it (I will reserve that for Lost, which by the way I STILL miss) but I liked it enough to stay with it and see where it takes me. The show actually reminded me more of FlashForward than Lost and I even saw some hints of Nowhere Man (which was on about 15 years ago for one season and it was AWESOME). I hope it does well and I hope I enjoy the ride.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Veil

      I loved "Nowhere Man". (Can you tell from my screen name?) And yes, I had the same thought when Ritter found himself and his girlfriend "erased" from the ship's reservation system. Nice to see I wasn't the only one who made that little cultural reference.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Mygkidz

    Will Fanboy and Chum Chum leap out of the vortex???

    September 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  132. GN from Illinois

    Unnecessary time jumps in my opinion. Time jumps should serve a purpose. I will watch 1 – 2 more episodes, if this crazy and senseless time jumps continue, I will stop. The Time Jump writer/director can jump back in time and beat himself up!

    September 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Craig

    Fox News is a Real News Channel-and the Democratic Party has ABC,CBS, NBC, and most of CNN. ANd then again there's that ridiculous one nobody watches –MSNBC. Oh I forgot. Nobody's watching ABC, NBC, CBS, or CNN either-their all watching Fox!!! LOL.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Veil


      I'll give you that Fox is the most-watched news channel. And the country is really, really screwed up. Coincidence? Not a chance in the world.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Mulder

    Lame! I say bring back the X Files. Nothing has topped since it left the Fox Network.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Craig

    Preferred football and Hawaii Five O

    September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  136. mr4422

    the gun was in the trashcan in the bathroom on the plane. didn't you see the wastebasket plastic liner pulled out when he left the bathroom? He put his hand in there to get the gun and pulled out the liner when he did. the flight attendant looked at it like what the heck happened there when he left the bathroom ..

    September 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  137. KevinAllyn

    More importantly, was the missing girlfriend the same chick in Ke$ha's "Take It Off" video? She looks a lot like her, and that would explain where she went - she's partying in the empty pool behind the hotel.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Julie

    As a fan of the cancelled NBC show "Mercy", I will not invest time in another show only to have it cancelled before it finds its base.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Gail

    Jumps around too much. Confusing! Good thing I tape the show because I can view it again maybe understand the characters relationship and who they are. I'll watch a couple more series & see how it goes. My one fear when a new series starts it ends in the middle of season & never hear anymore about it. Like the show V.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Help Here

    Hey guys, will you visit SaveStan.ORG a friend of mine with 4 young babies is fighting for his life....... Thanks

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Liz

    Do something about the commercial

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  142. deuce

    I Liked it. The show held my curiosity. I like a thriller. I hope that it does well so we can find out the full story. My only issue is with the secret service in the show. They seemed to get stuck on stupid as the plane is coming towards them. Instead of getting the pres. in the car and driving away.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Liz

    Too too much commercial to the point that makes you feel "just shot the TV off", and again I was a bit frustrated with the back and forth thing – other than that in general it was quite okay. I hope u can able to do something about the commercial.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Tyler

    I gave this show one episode to suck me in. Didn't get me.
    The acting was terrible, multiple story lines over multiple time periods, it was just too much going on for a first episode.
    I thought the "This Season on The Event!" might have something interesting but it just looked boring to me.
    And what is with all the commercials? Big audiences always show up for a hyped up new series like this, you're telling me you can't do an hour show with limited interruptions thanks to soandso?

    September 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  145. eduardo

    This show is not nearly as good as Burn Notice.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Martin

    I agree with Pat in WI - I"m not up for another "Lost". I was glad when it got lost.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  147. SheWoman

    referring to faux mews?

    September 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Kristy

    To me this is just like Lost. Too many flaskbacks in the first episode. I lasted through 3 episodes of Lost before I gave up on it so I will give this a couple more chances but I don't think it will last.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  149. John

    Aw, c'mon. Obviously they aren't expecting a really big audience. They put it opposite Monday Night Football!. Call me in March.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Aphiblazer

    I did not find the pilot episode confusing but just HOPE that they don't take 7 seasons to get to the point. As much as I enjoyed the wonderings of LOST, there were many a time when I got just as frustrated trying to figure out what the h*ll was going on and where the story was taking me. I hope that at least the characters on THE EVENT are as engaging as on LOST, that is what will keep me watching.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Robb

    Gee I wonder if the following will they always do in these shows.???

    1. Unrequited love interest or triangle
    2. The double agent
    3. The guy/women who knows what's going on but never tells anyone, yet has nothing to gain by keeping the information to themselves
    4. One or two cutesy children with single mom or dad (option: other parent died in X)
    5. Flashback to prior meeting before catastrophe "when things were better"
    6. Surprise relative!
    7. Primary secret exposed, but you realize it's too early in the season to be the "real" secret
    8. Returning from dead (never really died in first place)
    9. Average guy who is actually very important (i.e., presidents brother) but was pretending to be Mr. Everyday – again serving no purpose (variation of 2)
    10. Love interest recycle (previous split couple come together during crises again)

    Finally, shows like this are terrible on TV. Wait for DVD. Sadly stations don't match commercials up with the genre, so you're deeply into it, and suddenly on comes the Shamwow guy, not just jolting you out, but completely ruining it all.

    It's like watching a starving childrens PBS show, followed by a KFC commercial. Or a romance, and on come Billy Mays (god rest his soul) shouting at you.

    The commercials aren't whats bad, they're just so jarring now, they ruin the show....

    BTW, advertisers, I just PVR through them all. I never watch anything live, record it all, and skip right over those terrible ads.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  152. ntangle

    I'm guessing time travel. Which ties in nicely with the nonlinear presentation of the story. I'm also guessing that the prisoners in AK were guilty of being in the wrong time at the wrong place. Rendition prior to perpetrating some crime or terrorism. They can't be prosecuted or their existence revelealed, since the method/device must be kept secret.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Kate


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  154. Rags

    Propaganda pure and simple. Its FICTION for pete sake, I told my wife, " This is a message to simple minds. She asked, what it was about, I said I THINK its about aliens. I am not a Blair fan, its to redicuious to be taken seriously, and its as mentioned is hard to follow for all the jumpimg around, who cars. I may look in every month for a second, just curious, but too stupid at this point, and I dont like its implications to begin with. I get the propaganda, just dont think need this BS, with the nation in trouble as it is. We need laughter not brain teasers.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Annjel

    I will have to agree with a majority of the comments. After Lost's 6 season antics, nobody is ready to go through that again. When the plane disappeared in the air, I was like "somebody pushed the button." And did anyone notice how they have Blair Underwood, a veteran black actor playing a hispanic character with the name President Martinez, what was up with that, why couldn't they left him an African American? Those TV folks, just don't get it. The Event....NOT

    September 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  156. jeffv

    these guys better be smart cause I am sick of watching crap for one season and then it gets cancelled

    Make this crap a one season miniseries and END IT AND ANSWER EVERYTHING

    then if you get renewed, hire some good writers and make another one season miniseries and END IT AND ANSWER ALL THE PLOTLINE QUESTIONS–if you do this, then i will watch it after the season is over. NOT BEFORE CAUSE I DON'T TRUST TV SHOWS ANYMORE
    thank you

    September 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  157. ML

    The time jumping seems to have been to tell specific character's stories. Each time they went back, they focused on a different person.

    I'll keep watching and see where is goes.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Dave in PS

    Actually, I thought it was pretty good and will be watching. The jumping around scheme in telling the story was fine with me. Its a technique that's been used so often I'm used to it.

    I am afraid to get too involved with it because I really liked Flash Forward and hated the way that ended. The season finale of FF left us hanging and then the announcement that it was cancelled really ticked me off.

    But, I'll give The Event a go. Jason Ritter is a better actor than his Dad and more convincing. Now, the girl that was saved by Jason, that other couple, has something to do with the story line. I hated the girl, she should have drowned. Where is his finacee? If the Pilot's youngest daughter was only kidnapped and not killed, why was he willing to die in a plane crash? He would have no way of assuring either one of his daughter's safety as he would be dead. Also, if the President were GWB, I can definitely see the Secret Service just standing around waiting for the plane to hit. However, that not being the case I did find the sudden inaction to save the President disturbing at best.

    I believe someone up stream hit it on the nail, the V.Pres. either left or never showed up for the political event so now we have to find out why. Another Pres. vs. V. Pres again, ala 24. There was enought to keep me interested.

    Also, maybe I wasn't paying attention but the number of commercials didn't bother me. Maybe cuz my husband and I were chatting it up when the commercials are on. But, this is my pet peeve with network television, the number of commercials....commercials in general are my pet peeve, except if its the Super Bowl.

    I give it a 7/10; a ten is "24" with a one being reruns of "Gimme a Break"

    By the way, the person who commented on the Milagro Beanfield Wars...that's one of my favorite movies, I own it. If you haven't seen it, rent it, you won't be sorry. Sadly, the guy who plays Shorty, James Gammon, in that movie just died recently. He was very good. And the lead, Chuck Vennera is very very hot, I wish he had some nude scenes in that movie, full frontal nudity. But sadly, not. Sonja Braga and John Herd are also in the movie and are very good together as well as Rueben Blades as the sheriff.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Rick Rosendall

    I will not watch this or any program that includes an assassination plot involving a black president. Nor do I have any interest in watching series with open-ended (not to mention outlandish) plot lines that are never resolved and are piled on top of one another indefinitely. I'd sooner watch a quorum call or stab my ears while listening to an endlessly looping audiotape of Sarah Palin.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Sue

    I liked it. I thought the chyron over the action with the time stamp was very helpful. It doesn't all make sense yet because we don't know all the characters or their roles. I definitely will tune in again.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Robert

    Look, these are nothing more than modernized mystery novels/theatre, and still as badly written as ever.

    Because they reserve the right to keep the very core of the program a "secret" and since they usually only know a few shows in what they are going to do, it's a bloody C.F. any way you look at it.

    They did this with old mystery movies/ least the bad ones. Reveal information later on that nobody knew about, to allow the story line to somewhat bake (albeit half) into some sort of story.

    I'm not watching an entire season to find out what "THE EVENT" was, while all along the way have to listen to peoples romances, family fights, etc., that revolve around said event.

    I actually would prefer a miniseries that gets this over with.

    I never even gave Lost a chance, I waited until it was over and read up on what it was all about.

    I hate the interpersonal relationships, I have plenty of my own and a life to deal with, I don't need to watch other peoples. Just tell a story....sure throw in some love/fights whatever etc., but it's not why I tune in.

    They won't be able to keep it alive if it's essentially The Hills or Melrose place with a quasi futuristic time travel/whatever background.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Sean

    (Watched on Hulu so I didn't have to deal with as many commercials, but I can see how they could cause a problem.)
    While I agree that the time jumps made it hard to follow at first, they helped keep the pace going. Definitely a lot of questions about what's going on, but that's the job of the pilot: to make you want to watch next week.

    Interesting to learn everything is already planned for five season. Now I just have to hope NBC sticks with a good series for once. I'm tired of watching a great show, getting aother interested in it, only to have it cancelled at the end (or in the middle) of a season that spent several episodes setting up characters and storylines.

    Stick with it NBC! I'll be tuning in next week, and I've already got 5 others who missed the premiere planning to check it out too.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  163. james

    What a freakin waste of time.
    This will be another new show that gets pulled after the 3rd episode; at best.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  164. JBG from Brooklin, Ontario

    I'll give it 3 weeks at the most to convince me. BTW, that's more than I will give the Chase, which followed the Event

    September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  165. G

    The "Event" is clearly about Extraterrestrials similar to the other show V. Apparently not only are fiction based storied popping up about them...

    September 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Big B

    Nothing flowed ... way to choppy ... way to crappy ... 1 and done ... Hawaii 5-0 was better

    September 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  167. ketch

    Too funny, all the flashback scenes ("xx months earlier") reminded of the hilarious Sienfeld episode of the same thing. They 'Lost' me early on. Dumbest thing ever., so my edict of 'young and dumb' still applies to the crew who made this POS. Betting it gets cancelled soonest.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Wow!

    I didn't get through all, so, if this has been said, sorry..... but

    Is there anyone capable of using their brains anymore? If it is not your cup of tea, move on.... but, to say you couldn't follow it, to say you were confused, to say you didn't understand what was happening simply means that you are visiting a real far beyond your comprehension. There was nothing incredibly taxing to follow on this. "I needed to take notes"?!? Really? Because you have the attentions span of a tsi-tsi fly.

    And how, oh how, did we get to Obama and the Economy?!?

    One note – one speed – one source of information. Sorry things were not spelled out for you. Sorry there was no one commentating to tell you how to think. I am astounded by the ignorance and stupidity flying around in response to this show.

    Did I love it – no. Intrigued? Sure. It is a show. If you are looking for the next big thing in your life – go play with your child, or invite someone for dinner. Entertainment – purely.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBG from Brooklin, Onartio

      Great comment. Few in today's society have the attention span to stick to this show ...

      September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow!

      should have said "realm" not "real"

      September 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  169. LEF

    Jason Ritter looks just like his father!!!! It's uncanny.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Lissa

    I rate the shows that I watch like the books that I read. If you have not captured my attention by the first few lines
    of a book or the first few minutes of a show, more likely than not, I will not continue reading the book or watching the show. "The Event" lost my attention after the first few minutes. I will not be watching it again. It did not live up to the "hipe".

    September 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  171. sophiecat

    Didn't it seem like the President knew Sofia? What does that mean?

    September 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  172. *sandi*

    "...won't be making it up as they go along" – so already it is ions better that LOST.
    I watched the pilot last night – I'm a fan.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Patricia

    If you think I'm going through a few years to just find out that they all died on day one. Forget about it.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Scott

    Overall, not a bad opener. Its hard to have a truly rivoting plot in a single episode. Its not the kind of mindless fare for the ignorant masses most shows are, its plot will obviously span the series lifetime. So that massive plot has to start somewhere and will leave many unanswered questions for a long time. While I applaud the efforts to create a truly deep program, it most likely will fail. Most of the truly good pieces of art the networks generate can't garner the kind of ratings your average toilet humor sit com or intellectually empty plot repeating law/CSI show and get canceled after one or two seasons.

    Even given this, the plot is fairly obvious and there were some glaring flaws in the production. How did the guy get the gun on the plane; not to mention avoid being smashed into the rocks by the tide. How did the guy in the SUV chasing the plane get from the city roads to the runway so quickly and managed to follow the plane for so long not to mention know which plane was the one to chase (and while we're at it, why chase the plane, he caught up with it and did nothing...just what was he going to do?).

    The scientists being held prisoner are obviously working on something 'big' that they want to work on. There didn't seem to be any hint to suggest they were being coerced to do the work. They're not infectiously sick or the lady wouldn't have been with the president. It has to be something so big that the scientist would lie to the President about it. And the plane disappearing into the vortex indicates there is some kind of extremely advanced power at work there (remember the comment, "They're helping us"). So exactly who the power is, is anyone's guess. But its not a conventional power if its tech rivals that of the US military. So its either aliens or time travelers, most likely aliens. The 'event' has something to do with their 'public' arrival we can't control undoubtedly (since it was suggested that the people be warned so they can prepare). Why they're coming is anyone's guess.

    All in all, Lost is probably not the best comparison... a better one I think we'll find is X Files.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  175. JJ

    Its a tv show- Its gonna have commercials. Just like most of the tv shows over the past 70 years... And jumping around isnt new. Ever seen Pulp Fiction? I saw the pilot. If left alot of questions unanswered. But is it suppose to wrap up everything in the 1st episode? I'll give it a few more episodes.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  176. mara

    i like it!... want 2 know what's next

    September 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Rodger

    I want this show to be good. I got into it.
    I hope they are done with the jumping back and forth stuff on the next episode.

    Also I didn't think there was that many commercials, A lot less then most shows I watch.

    But you guys really need to stop comparing this to other shows. It is not your other shows.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Brian - Chilliwack, BC

    Honestly, there was really not much there and Jason Ritter, well TOTALLY the wrong person to play that type of character in this feeble attempt at a "NEW LOST". As mentioned earlier a total copy cat format, the wife said at the end of it, "what else can we fill that time slot with" 2 thumbs down , , , 🙁

    September 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  179. IBeMe

    it was a non-event. I probably won't watch again

    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Jcthinker

    Worst pilot ever. Worse acting ever. Worse writing ever. Worse directing ever. No need to go on to the "aliens are coming, are here, or have always been here" crap. The shows "scenic" budget must be very low.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  181. michaelfury

    Until you understand the nature of this "event", you don't have the luxury of fiction:

    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  182. DAT

    after reading all of the comments on this program (which by the way I found slightly confusing but at the same time interesting) I have come to the conclusion that the majority of the writers of these posts must only like murders and violence on their tv shows. This is why I really like the post that "Kingofreason" did. Face it people...the only thing left to watch are CSI / NCIS and Law & Order and their various knock-offs. These shows were interesting at first but there definately is an over-abundance of them and frankly I am very tired of seeing the lastest way to murder someone. This new program is something that can challenge our brain to think and also make us use our imaginations. I for one will be watching The Event. It has sparked my interest and imagination and I am very curious to see what comes next!!

    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Hidagain


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  184. JC

    I suspect it's another aliens-are-living-among-us type show. While I enjoyed the pilot, it needs to stop jumping around for me to stick with it. That sort of storytelling worked in a movie like "Pulp Fiction", but I don't want to see it in a TV show.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  185. malomar

    Just like a soap opera (or maybe it was that movie Vantage Point), show the same scene 5 times from a slightly different perspective so you use up 35 minutes of air time and only 5 minutes of storyline. Finish off with 25 minutes of commercials and you have a 5 year Tv series that could have been condensed into a 2 hour made-for-tv movie. WAY to much jumping around for a pilot episode. I'll DVR it for the next couple episodes to see if it gets any better, but the style of the first episode sux.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  186. del

    I will tune in next week! True not as good as lost's first episode but it kept me engaged.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  187. writer11

    It's definitely extraterrestrials saving humanity by intercepting the terrorist plot to crash that plane. The setting in Alaska and reference to 'them' – It's all UFO fodder and there are theories that UFO's have been sighted wherever there's been war on the planet, so I'm thinking this is what they've picked up on. The female prisoner in Alaska refers to having additonsal info about 'them' that she hasn't shared.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Richard

    OK "The Event" has promise but the amount of commercials ruined it. Less than 42 minutes of viewing, little or no strong story line and worse 23 more minutes of commercials and no telling how many more before the next episode. That is why we've taken to enjoying many series like this by wathcing the episodes on DVD, season after season. This has made shows like Castle, Life, Psych, Prison Break and many more a delight to watch. 43 minute episodes, no commercials and in most cases top quality story lines without having to hit the mute button. Thanks Netflix and others for letting us really enjoy TV again

    September 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      I'm with you on the Netflix thing. I've watched entire series like "Deadwood", "Sons of Anarchy", and others with no commercial breaks. Much more enjoyable that way.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  189. NB

    Loved the show...cannot wait for the next installment. I enjoyed the storyline and the method of unfolding the events – pun totally intended. Acting could have been a little better from some of the younger actors, but I think the veterans did better and may carry the show in the long run.
    NEVER watched either Lost or 24, although I may have liked both – something else was always on that I wanted to watch more.
    I think we should give it a chance.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Rachel

    Two time jumps, okay. A jump back in time every five minutes — not okay. I tried to keep track in my mind, 13 years, 13 minutes etc. but after the fourth, it was all lost. They really need to step it up if they want to retain viewers.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  191. brenda

    seems like people didn't like it for two reasons: (1) too many commercials, which is idiotic, and (2) it was confusing. pilots often leave many questions unanswered because, you know, they need to talk about something for 12 more episodes. i thought it was very well-acted (it has a great cast) and intrigued me just enough that i'll watch next week. i better start getting some questions answered, but anyone who would stop watching because they were confused by the pilot doesn't really want a smart TV show that challenges them intellectually.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  192. The Wisdom Cow

    Well, I'm betting the Season 2 finale is when you learn "The Event" is "Aliens" coming out. They've been here living under the seas all this time. Some people know, a secret the govt. has been ruthlessly trying to learn, which is the CONSPIRACY portion of things. The plane disappearing at a tip of the Bermuda Triangle, plus what-her-name saying "they must have saved us" was a painful admission of "Alien" involvement, which could be ETs of humans from the future. They will string this out. How disappointing. Flash Forward gets dropped and this gets picked up? [SIGHS]

    September 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Raptor

    Too many commercials. I watched 40 minutes of commercials. Between them and a show that went back and forth between today and yesterday, I was worn out. I won't be tuning back in.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  194. WayHaw

    I'm pretty sure I know what The Event is.
    A bunch of them get together and do the Hokey Pokey. That's what it's all about.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  195. anderson

    I wont invest any time into an NBC show. They always cancel them. I guess NBC doesnt believe in building an audience- they want it to be a hit from the first episode. Sorry NBC- maybe when you change your game plan i'll watch.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Mark Silvers

    Sorry, this was truly a non-event. I wasn't "sucked-into" the story line. I'll watch the Food Network for something interesting next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  197. iwashopeful

    The show was pretty lame. It felt forced, as if it was trying to be "epic". It clearly is a rip off of 24 and Lost, two shows I was a fan of once upon a time. The acting was not compelling enough, and I became aware, several times, that I was watching a show – which is evidence that it is a bad show. I doubt it lasts a season.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  198. WhoDat

    All the hype over the months about this show and im left feeling empty after one hour....I thought they would have at least had a 2 hr opening. Maybe one or two more shows, if it hasn't moved in a good direction to help clear things up..I'm done with it.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Mygidz is a have to watch it backwards and turn the volume up. there is a second story line being told here. .....just kidding...

    I just returned from the vortex and saw the future...this will not go beyond season 1

    September 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Terri

    I dunno what's worse, The Event or the fact that the other crappy show, Chase, replaced Law & Order...

    September 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  201. jessica

    Made it 10 min. Not a fan.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Martin

    The silly flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks is sooo annoying!!! And laziness on the part of the screenwriters. It shows a lack of faith and trust in their material; they don't think their story has enough legs to be enjoyed chronologically. They figure they must have a climax every 5 minutes. Well good luck with that!

    September 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  203. ACH

    How do I hate thee let me count the ways
    1. Too many commercials
    2. BAD actors
    3. Tired lines (Plausible deniablity, really)
    4. time jumps and repeating scenes
    5. Bad stunts (really that person survived that jump, watch the tape they curved in
    6.disappearing wife (done before, got the t shirt)

    My wife and I agree this show is jst BAD, goes no where and won't last.

    BTW – I want the show to go the same place as the plane, AWAY

    September 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Mygkidz

    i was disappointed in the show. i was dizzy and had a headache with all the jumping around.

    1. How did the guy get the gun on the plane?
    2. Is it really that easy to drive onto the runway and chase down a plane about to take off?
    3. How did the guy get the phone number to the air traffic control tower? those numbers are not listed!
    4. Why didn't the military jet shoot down the plane knowing it entered the airspace around the President?

    I don't know. It could have been better.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      So true. When I saw the suv next to the launching plane..... I definitely jumped back to reality for a moment. He paralleled way too long. I can accept smoke monsters, but that was a little much.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Denise

    After 30 minutes, I was into a good snooze. Too much jumping around between unrelated events. To me, a total non-event.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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  207. Brad

    Even though I'm not totally sold on the series, will have to watch the next one, I am glad that they have it mapped out. As for everyone's comments about how horrible it was..I remember Lost getting some bad reviews when it first came out as well. Watch it for yourself and decide.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Steve

    @NorthWoods – the turbulence prior to the plane was due to the "atmospheric anomaly", or whatever it was that caused the vortex to build up and swallow the plane. I was confused for a while too at that until the vortex showed up. And generally I disagree with comments about the acting – I thought it was fine...

    September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Dave R. - Columbus, Ohio

    Watched the first 20-30 min and turned it off. I'm not sure if this is Lost + V, but whatever it is, I don't care. Lost worked because the storylines were fantastic, well developed, AND with characters that were round, flawed, and we connected with. We cared about the story because we cared about the characters.

    There was no substance to The Event, just like I felt there was no substance to V.

    If I can't follow a story and don't care about the characters, I won't bother watching it any more. To NBC: Nice try, but I'm going to have to vote this one a "miss."

    September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Tom

    I watched about 15 minutes of it and turned it off. I was a HUGE fan of lost, but this doesn't even come close (or spike my interest to tune in next week). My bet is that the '5 year plan' is forced to come out in about 12 episodes when it gets cancelled.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Katherine

    I loved the premiere episode!!!

    I did tell my husband though, that much like Damages before it, it may be overestimating the average American's ability to handle the complexity of the plot, and manipulations of time and place. IMO many people just don't have the attention span to follow this style of production.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Jon Newman

    Had to force myself to watch after the first 15 minutes. This show probably needed a longer premier than just an hour. As it was it was confusing and lost my interest right away. No concern for what happens to the characters, they all seem pretty sad to me. May watch in the cold winter nights on NBC On Demand. But will not watch as a regular.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Hannah

    I was just entertained by the crazy closed captioning

    September 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  214. nathalie

    I enjoyed it. Granted, it may have been too complicated for the reality show crowd, but I think it has potential.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  215. LP

    A pretty weird concoction – “24” mixed with “Heroes”…

    September 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  216. PRAISER

    Hey, I know what "the event" is-I hope this doesn't ruin it for everyone. Its-are you ready-a waste of time. Go for a walk or something and quite living through non-event television shows. Get a life.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  217. caseyrichmond

    Producers need to realize that in today's society PEOPLE HAVE A.D.D.!
    I'll give it one more episode and then I'm done without some type of plot. People aren't patient enough for this bull anymore.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  218. tonkatoy

    Terrible show.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  219. sky

    I only saw about 10 minutes of the show and was not impressed. Very borning actors and too many flashbacks. Hawaii Five-O had a better beginning than The Event.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  220. SS

    This show reminded me too much of Flashforward. Great start but by mid-season I quit watching because it was so slow and I got bored. I've only watched 24 twice and never watched Lost but and now I see why. NBC needs to look for better programming like Chuck, 30 Rock and The Office. Over the summer I watched a lot of cable shows and I realized they were far superior to the network shows.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Lee

    You know, you can watch this showwith less commercials on Hulu... Just an fyi to those of you complaining. AND you don't have to pay for it.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Patrick

    Best sleep I've had in ages.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Jason

    Way too many commercials, unwatchable. I won't follow this show anymore with that amount of commercial breaks.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  224. MissyW

    Heres my take – The president has found out about a group of aliens our government has held captive for some time. He decides to liberate them and make their presence known to the world. However, there are powers in our government that do not trust the aliens nor want to give up control of them for many reasons. So much so that they devise a plan to force a airline pilot to kill the president and detainee leader by killing his wife and kidnapping his daughters. His oldest daughter's boyfriend however overcomes his initial shock after losing her and begins to piece together what is happening to him and his girlfriends family. The only question is why? In his attempt to band together with her family to find her he realizes what has happened and tries to stop his soon to be father-in-law from carrying out what he has been told he must do to save his daughters. Little does he, his father-in-law, the president, the conspirators or anyone else know the detainees have powers greater than presumed which allows the plane to time travel into the future thus altering the present and giving those in the present and those in the future time to save themselves and their loved ones both past, present and future. However having seen their powers exposed the president will question whether the detainees should be released and whether he needs to learn more about them and how they can help us before it happens. And to find out who tried to kill him.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vrillon

      Your opinions are most logical and clear. I share the same.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Duhon

      Great analysis Missy. I could not have put it better myself–Roswell Aliens, kept under lock and key......The thing I hated about this show was the obvious correlation to the current political climate–the comparison of the alien camp to GITMO. Too lame.

      September 22, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  225. LA

    Pretty interesting because it was unpredictable. I like shows that make me think. However, the show Chase afterwards, typical...predictible. It also had some scenes that were stupid. I will continue to watch "The Event" as long as it doesnt draw out like Lost did the first 2 seasons without any explaination.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  226. SkyWatcher

    I was switching back and forth watching DWTS and didn't see the plane sucked into the vortex LOL, but I agree with most, the time jumping and commercials were so distracting. Jason Ritter is the son of one of my favorite actors, John Ritter, so I hope that the series improves and he has a good run ....

    September 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  227. RonnieC

    I was so annoyed with the ending of LOST that I won't commit to watching a multi-year mystery show again. When this series ends and if people say it was good, maybe I'll watch it on DVD.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  228. len

    That aliens are already among us, the CIA has been hiding that fact and now the aliens are revealing themselves and the usual forces of conspiracies are killing anyone willing to talk including the President.

    Take five Saturdays of History Channel, one night of Spike TV, put in a blender and add a half hour of Fox News. As they used to say in Mad Magazine, bleaccch.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Pat. Madison. WI

    I am not up for another show that jerks me around in a "time travel/alternate universe" "Dr Who" wannabe world. Lost got itself so far down the rabbit hole (literally) that they could only get out by changing the whole alternate universe thing into basically a dream sequence. Yuck. What a cop out. As for this offering.....the Secret Service stuff was a hoot..... Note to producers: If you cannot represent present day reality, leave the time travel/alternate universe stuff alone. Throwing in a "then a miriacle happens" moment to get you past a plot point is not good writing. Real time travel stories/alternate universe stories only work if there is an internal logic in each time/universe that is strictly followed. Viewers will become annoyed by anachronisms like the Secret Service failing to follow so many basic procedures that the President is required to promise to protect his own child. Do yourselves a favor....Watch West Wing...they have the how Secret Service thing down pretty well. Steal from them.

    I love time travel tales, but this is not a time travel tale, this is a train wreck dressed up like a time travel tale. I will pass.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  230. SFC Retired

    Using a commercial airplane to cause mass destruction? Just a little to close and to soon to 9/11 for me.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • 24 FAN

      Yes! I was just telling my wife the same thing. Too erie. Reminded me of the awful attacks on September 11, 2001. That took the joy out of it for me!

      September 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Jov

    The jumping around in the show would have been OK if it was not for the LONG and FREQUENT commercials takin place every few minutes. There was a max of 25-30 minutes of content in that hour. The constant commercials made it difficult to follow. Its a shame too because the show seemed to have so much promise.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  232. mr4422

    there was one big blooper that I saw but now I am wondering if it was an intentional act – when we have a closeup of the pilot during the fighter jet scene we first see his shoulder boards as the insignia of a 4 star general .. then in the next closeup shot we see the shoulder boards as those of an airline captain. mistake? or intentional glimpse of a time paradox?

    September 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Cazanoma

    Kinda lame–no effort at continuity. A transparent attempt to generate another watch by simply witholding information from the audience about the story line. Also, if you're going to have supernatural elements (like planes that vanish into rippling jello-BTW, what a lame special effect), you have to give the audience at least some partial introduction into the supernatural force which demonstartes its personified source and power. Weak, weak, weak writing so far.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  234. What's411

    I only watched it because i heard it was SUPPOSED to be similiar to 24...I don't think SO. I'll give it about 2-3 more episodes before making a finally decision to Watch or Not to Watch?.....

    September 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Eric

    The pilot was okay and I will tune in for the next few shows...but they better not scew around with the audience too much or else I'm giving up on it. I loved Lost but you can tell right aways that The Event ain't no Lost...not even close.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  236. delmer

    terrrrrrrrrible show... tried to watch for 40 mins and finally turned it off. Will not be watching again.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  237. mikeymikethemikester

    Thanks for the heads-up for the next 5 SEASONS?!?! The Event reeled me in and has me wanting to watch the next episode, BUT, I am not going to get sucked in to a TV show for the next five years. I'll now intentionally NOT watch it. I want let television dictate my time and I'm too cheap to record or Tivo this stuff. Sorry to cut this comment short, but Jerry Springer is about to start.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Wai

    judging by the comments here, i think it did it's job. it got everybody to talk about the show, whether you liked the pilot or not. personally, i will watch next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Lenic

    too many commercials ruined the show – i'll download it on bittorrent later this week commercial free – should be more presentable then

    September 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Scott

    Horrible acting. Time Jumps made no sense. Is it me or did these people not understand that an entire plane just disappeared in a vortex?? President acts like they were just in a minor car accident. Dude, a 757 just disappeared into a giant vortex!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Storm'n norman tator

    If only we were warned that there would be so many adds. The adds were more of the event that the show it's self. I personalllyI would have opted to catch the show on Hulu over being sucked into a show that is only 42 minutes in length. :0 P

    September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  242. DudeDad

    Detainees are "good aliens" and they are there to prevent the "invasion" or event, but they are not believed so they are held in a facility in Alaska....that's my guess...if so, it's a bit like V in terms of the good and bad aliens....not a bad premiere....certainly more engaging than HBO's Boardwalk Empire (or is that "Bored walk")....

    September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Thom

    Regarding "THE EVENT" ... At first, I didn't know what to think but wanted to give it a try. The advance reviews were good that I saw. You really have to pay attention to the time shifts and at first and it was strange but I accepted it. It was intriguing and finally the show finally hooked me! Obviously a lot of unanswered questions but all in good time. Apparently, they will reveal what the "Event" is before the season is out.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  244. VRILLON

    We should not get distracted by the glitches in the movies plot/writing....and focus more on the overall message. I will go out on a limb here to say, has anyone noticed that this is bording on sometime type of UFO/HUMAN ALIEN disclosure to the population. I think the President and the Leader of the detainees are about officially make this know to the rest of humanity. And as you can see the airplane was attempt to prevent THE EVENT (the announcments) from occuring. This was prevented by the ALIENS (HUMAN ALIENS) who created a vortex to move the plane to another reality/dimension. Hence you see the passengers on the plane waking up asking where they were. And the leader of the HUMAN ALIENS telling the president, she has not told him the whole story. THE MESSAGE IS SIMPLE. WE ARE NOT ALONE. THAT IS THE BIG EVENT. We just watch how they plan to unfold this info the masses...and enjoy the theatrics that they use to fill the rest of the make this into a film. Thats all folks. And not drinking cool aide or wear a tin foil hat...tho am sure there are practical uses for those...if i chose to. just my 2.5 cents. I AM VRILLON

    September 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  245. mike

    AGAIN with an airplane?! When they started out with scenes on a plane, you KNOW it's going down. Duh. And who stops a plane by chasing it (through a terminal, on the *tarmac??*)? Call the stupid tower & radio them to turn around. "The systems are down" ain't good enough. And did you notice, in the first scene with the pres. getting in the car, there was no earthquake, but there *was* the second time?

    All in all, there were WAAAY too many plot holes. That's why i'm a big fan of Fringe – people do what makes sense, not what some lame storywriter thinks will hack together a story. I'll give it a little time to work its way out, but so far, the story seems really contrived.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  246. The Watchman

    The show was great. You always have to give shows a chance for the chacters and story to come together. I WILL be watching next week!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  247. CurtX

    NBC continues to lose credibility by blatantly copying other shows and not having any originality. Doomed airliner? Check. Tropical island? Check. Numerous mysterious characters? Check. Flashbacks? Check. Each episode ending with "shocking" cliffhangar? Check. Catchy logo displays at end of show? Check. Originality? no way.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Fran

    I miss 24...I miss 24...I miss 24...I miss 24...I miss 24!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Dnaada

    I think the show has some potential, although it was a pretty slow start. Most annoying was the preponderance of commercials. It really seemed like we got 2 minutes of show, and then 4 minutes of commercials. (And I'm always irritated by the doubling of the volume on some commercials. I'm not going to buy your product because you made your commercial so loud. Really, I'm NOT going to buy it!)

    September 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  250. lordanimal

    I agree with Joe, they will just cancel it like they did Heroes and not even give us a real ending. CBS is much worse at doing that though.


    Why watch these series?? It's a waste of time! You will sit their and follow a plot for years and then they will cancel it and if you are lucky, they will create a 2 hour finally that they will throw together because the network stopped funding the show. Just like they always do! NBC is famous for that as well as other networks.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

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  251. Brian

    Awful show, with no cohesive story line. Even on DVR, the show has way too many commercials. Too many questions left unanswered but not the sort of questions that make you want to watch next week. If they focused on only two characters and developed the story from there it would have been much better. Also, now that I have 100 questions its too daunting to try to answer them, but if I had only 10 questions, I would watch to find out the answers.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  252. TVSINCE1948

    Incomprehensible, confusing, over acted, not at all believeable. I actually (honestly!) had a headache after it was over because of all the time shifts and commercials interrupting the flow. We won't be watching it further. My wife has already crossed it off her list of 'New Shows to Watch.' Seeing BETTER shows like "New Amsterdam", "Life On Mars" and "Flash Forward" already cancelled, what chance does this dreck have? Go ahead and watch this garbage folks, and I guarantee you it will be cancelled suddenly. You won't ever know what the conclusion is. Or maybe it will end like "The Sopranos?" HA!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  253. IceT

    They better put an Alien on this show in the next 2 episodes or I'm done. What really turned me off was THIS ARTICLE stating it's a 5 YEAR PLAN! I'm not investing 5 yrs into a TV show plot, thanks for the warning!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  254. cornea503

    The comments and this article pretty much sum up the American audience. Inability to follow a semi complex series of events. Guess that's why only stupid reality shows and brainless cop/detective dramas survive. The show was intriguing and certainly worth watching. Must say though that if this blog is any indication of TV audiences in general, i do not hold out much hope.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Zambony

    Dump this and bring back The Unit

    September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Kim

    I too thought that this was like another "lost" show. Hope that this doesn't get lost so they have 3 shows to turn my attention around or it will be lost to me. It was very confusing........

    September 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Kev

    They have hyped this show so much over the last four or five months I don't think it had a chance to live up to it. and it didn't as far as Im concerned. It was very disjointed and annoying with the flashbacks. The plane disappearance at the end made me go "god... not again!". The show itself is in a tailspin and will have to step up in the next few episodes or many of us "What the hell is the Event" folks will be saying "Who cares...".

    September 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  258. mike saunders

    Should have watched what ever ran against in even the hermite the frog or reruns of lost in space. Won't be back!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Kyle

    Thought the pilot was great and kept you wondering!! If you loved Lost, like I did, this show takes it place pretty well. Always keeps you guessing and wondering what's going on. That's the point!!! Will be tuning in next week. If you never seen Lost or cared for Lost, you will NOT like this show most likely. You have to go out of your mind and imagine, and Think, and DON'T blink your eyes or else you will miss something

    September 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  260. tyler

    really thought they were gonna kill Laura Innes character off in the last 10 min and that would have been my last 10 min lol..can't wait for next monday.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  261. LHowe

    If the producers are trying to "fill" the void of Lost, they have big shoes to fill. I honestly was hoping for a better series then what was presented on Monday night. We watched as much as we could between all the commercials (too many) and didn't get a sense of what this was about based on the 1st story line. It may have promise, but it seriously needs rewriting. It didn't leave us with wanting more, it left us wondering what happened to the 27 minutes we wasted watching it.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  262. otto1952

    I agree with most of what's been said here (bad acting, unrealistic security scenarios, FX were amateurish, etc), but I am intrigued enough to watch a few more episodes to see if it gets any better. I am no where near committed enough to even contemplate sticking this out for 5 seasons!!!! Bring back "Flash Forward"!!! Or I might just watch re-runs of "24".

    September 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Ursasolus

    I sat through the pilot episode, and was intrigued, if not a little annoyed by way too many commercials. The editing was phenominal, BTW. However,... ever since what CBS did with Jericho a few years back, yanking it off the air, putting it back on, and yanking it off again, I refuse to watch any show that only plans to tell their full story over a multi-season run. I'd rather miss it on prime time, and catch up on DVD a couple of years later once I can be sure that the netowrk has commited to completing the whole story. If the first episode is any indication of the series, I'm looking forward to the DVD boxed set in 2016.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Kei

    I can't believe that they would wast so much money on the bloody initial promos for the show which started getting irritating because they would end without letting you know when it was actually coming on and then to think that they were handing out passes and flyers in Times Square to promote it and lets not forget the commercials. In total, it as a 25min show with 35mins of commercials.
    I'll most definitely not be watching again.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  265. ki

    Aliens or a Black Hole/Time Warp

    September 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  266. SnootSnout PotatoJuice

    I won't make a judgement about the show until a few episodes in.

    I feel they should have cut the commercials down (duhhh) and perhaps made it a two hour premiere. This episode was almost completly used for setting up the story which is fine and necessary but another hour to get the viewer into the developing plot would have been the wise move. Regardless, I'll catch it next week to see how it unfolds. A lot of great shows don't start off on their best foot so I think it could be fun to see where they are heading. On a side note.. I'm still peeved about Flashforward being axed!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Mark

    a barak O'wannabe frees detainees that five previous president's didn't even know about, because he thinks they deserve the same rights as US citizens? I can watch that same crap on the news.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Sean Isaacs`

    Intrigued enough to keep watching, but NEVER AGAIN live; the seemingly 20 minutes show/40 minutes commercial ratio just aint' worth it.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  269. sam

    How could you watch it. It was 44 minutes of commercials and 16 minutes of jumbled plot.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Toaster

    Look, if you are going to have that many commercials, you can't make the plot that hard to follow!\
    Maybe you don't realize this... but... WE DON'T WATCH THE COMMERCIALS!... Hard to pay attention to a disjointed plot when it is busted up by a lot of commercials. I know you need to make money, but pleeeeeeze!
    You had better resolve SOMETHING next week, or call it quits.....
    I agree with a lot of folks here. Mechanics were terrible, Secret Service guys acting like scared schoolchildren, The shaking when the plane was miles away, and by the way, you cannot hear the plane coming if you are in front of it.. hardly.. that plane was in a dive, full speed, probably 500-600 mph.... speed of sound is only 700+ The car the pres was in should have been moving even if the pres was only half way in it. Opposite MNF? Are you MAD??

    September 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Junebugj

    I liked it. HOWEVER, I will not give it too long to start pulling things together. LOST was ridiculous. I hope this show doesn't follow suit. If I end one or two more shows not knowing anything it's adios.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Bayou

    My head still hurts from "Lost." Saints/Niners was a better use of time and it came to a conclusion in a single episode!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  273. warriorgwen

    I watched the whole hour premiere. Within the first 5 minutes, I said that this was a replica of LOST. The whole "3 days earlier", "13 months earlier" crap drove me crazy! At least with LOST, they made it like a story when they did their flashbacks. This show did their flashbacks so chopped up I had a hard time following along.

    I usually watch a couple more episodes to give the show a chance to WOW me. As of right now, I am not impressed. If this storyline turns out to be about aliens, Im done with it. It shows that no one is creative enough to care what the audience would want. I, for one, do not want a show that reminds me of LOST, nor a show about aliens because that has been done to death.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Tom

    Watched about 60 seconds or so. Found it too disjointed and didn't appreciate that it was trying to hook me in. Disappointed that some of the actors I like are committed to this show for however long this airs. With any luck they will be free to do other work before the season ends.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Casey

    I have it figured out. This is a pre-quel to Heroes. The detainees are the first "heroes" that have been found. The plot to kill the pres is because he is going to inform the world of what is going on with these detainees. Someone doesn't want that and wanted to take him and their leader out. After the pres spills the beans....the weird dude from heroes (the guy in the event that was in his office), goes rogue and tries to kill them all.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  276. George from LA

    Either they start showing some Aliens in the next episode or I'm done with the show.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  277. algernon

    As my father-in-law used to say, God rest his soul, "What a load of hooey."

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  278. John Blowout

    Too many commercials but really interesting, can't wait for the next episode...

    September 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  279. KcClt

    I thought The Event pilot was a successful "love child" of Lost vs 24. I will definitely continue to tune in to this show as I am intrigued so far and can't wait to see what happens next! Jason Ritter is underrated – he's a wonderful actor, and he's doing a great job so far. I have missed seeing Laura Innes on the small screen. Great job NBC, I'm looking forward to next week!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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  281. frabj

    While each vinette was done very well, the flash-back and flash-foward stuff left me very confused. As a result, it was hard to follow. I have mixed feelings about watching any more of the show.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Dan

    As a writer myself, I was very unsatisfied and will not be tuning in further. What we got was premise, setting, hooks – but NO PLOT! Plot tells us the complication of goals and that was completely missing. Here's how I describe what the pilot showed us:

    Some sort of mystical malfescence is underway and the government may be involved as more than just near-victims, Guantomeno Bay (oof, I mean Snowy Mountain) detainees may be involved as perpetrators or not, and regular-seeming folk are thrown in for 'relateability."

    This was all set-up for something. We needed a reveal and the vortex doesn't count because we don't really know the goals that are possibly being complicated by the vortex. (Telling that there are mysterious detainees doesn't count because we don't know anything about them, including why they are detained – thus we cannot fairly assume the vortex has hindered the goal. Considering all the news trucks at the scene, I'd argue the vortex has just made telling a lot easier. "Hey, there are aliens – or mutants – or mad scientists afoot" is much more believeable when you can add "and that's where the vortex came from!")

    Oof. This is long.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Greg Witt

    The sheer number of commercials, combined with a sketchy presentation of a plot line, this was truly a non-event – so much so that that I couldn't even bring myself to watch the premier of the show that followed – I switched channels entirely as I did not want another heaping of advertisements interspersed with TV show. I'll not be watching any further.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snurfles

      I can hardly believe there are still people out there without DVRs. Really, if you like watching television, spend the dollars for the monthly service. It's so worth it to not have to put with commercials.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  284. GODZILLA1

    Some parts were good; some ok, and one or two sort of "what?????????????" – but I will stay with it for the moment since Monday night kind of sucks anyway.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  285. LINDA

    I THOUGHT THE EVENT was awsome, so glad i switched form that stupid dancing with the starz, sarah palin daughter got just about as much rythem as well never mind, don;t want to bash anyone but . it was awful. the whole show, but the Event was exciting and have to be a thinker to enjoy it.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Peter Riley

    Why do you lemmings watch this garbage? Get a life!

    September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Santiago

    I didn't read all the comments so forgive me if someone alreay posted this.
    Yeah the plane was sucked into the vortex and then landed on the Island.
    That's what I concluded so I don't have to watch anymore.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  288. studio1, red bank

    I thought the show was a little too hyped, however, it did catch my attention. The commercials were loooooong and distracting, making it difficult to carry the time sequence of the storyline because of it. Unless, of course you need the break to get some ice cream...

    September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Roberto

    I miss 24 too 🙁

    Too Many commericals – that was the Event.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  290. joe

    As a puzzle, somewhat interesting. Here's my theory. They showed the presedential assasination attempt scene twice but the first time I didn't notice the earthquake effect, which makes me think someone changed time. The home invaders were probably part of a government conspiracy to overthrow the President given his against the grain policy within the cabinet. Remember that they had already left when it occurred. The detainees are probably from the future since there is a future event that they know about but won't share, and someone from the future saved the President and the detainee leader because they have the technology and we don't. The detainee leader knows who, and seemed surprised that "they" saved them, so "they" are probably not allies. That the detainess came from the future means they also had access to time travel, so this seems very much like the robot/human Terminator-style warfare and in fact "they" could be AI... Giant computer simulation trying to change events to either reach or avoid a specific conclusion... that is "The Event." If I'm right can we all go home now?

    September 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Clint Hayden

    Hawaii 5.0 Squashed this show! Better SPEEDUP "The Ev3nt" or you will lose!

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  293. Miller

    Loved it – found it provocative and complicated enough to keep me coming back. We should all give it a chance to develop.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Tammy

    My husband and daughter got hooked watching it last night, but I refused to get sucked in like I did with Lost. At the end, my daughter said, "Where did the plane go?" All I could think to say was, "well, it was sucked back into the past about 5 years, breaks in half off the coast of some weird island. There's some guys named Jack & Sawyer on the plane and a girl named Kate that they both love. The island has a polar bear and button that has to be pushed every so often. Oh and a guy named Hurley." So yeah, just from listening to it from the other room – this show sounds like a lame NBC take on Lost. Sorry, don't have the time. I'd rather waste my life in front of the tv on great shows like Big Bang, The Closer, Modern Family, and The Big C.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Steve

    Getting back on topic, I was a big Lost fan and even though I was disappointed by the ending, I had a great ride for a few years getting there. For Lost, I was hooked from the beginning and saw every episode. It started out slow, building the characters so you cared about what happened to them once the "strangeness" started happening. Based on the premier of The Event, I don't think I'll be watching episode 2. Too much too fast too jumping around, I already don't care anymore and will find some other way to waste my time on Monday night.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Parker

    Their first mistake was marketing it as the new LOST, which it is clearly not. It actually came out more like a Wal-Mart economy version of Fringe ... same basic product, none of the quality.

    Second was the casting of Sean Walker. What a terrible choice. I kept hoping the air marshal would just shoot him in his perfect teeth and put down this whiny, D-version Ethan Hawke.

    And asking us to identify with cardboard characters that all get along and have perfect lives? Couples that are gooey all the time and don't fight? Future father-in-laws that give their blessing before dude has to ask for it? Lame.

    This is an Event I'll be sure to miss next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Isabella

    After watching the first episode and finding it in horribly bad taste (couldn't they have done the same premise without using a plane to fly into a place full of people/?), I won't be watching it again.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Adbntly

    I'm into it but I"m kind of getting tired of 20 min earlier, two months earlier, 3 weeks earlier. Let's hope they don't keep this up or it will be like Heroes where I pretty gave up after awhile.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Mark

    "If you haven't seen the Event then don't read." What exactly will the writer spoil considering the pilot was an extended preview. Nothing more happened that we didn't already know. There is an event and a few different stories will fall together. I am afraid that this show will be cancelled. Complete disappointment with the amount of commercials.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Jason

    I feel pretty, oh so pretty
    I feel pretty and witty and GAY!
    Nothing is forever

    September 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Jen Meyer

    Bounced around too much. I actually fell asleep about 15 minutes into the show which was much more enjoyable than what I had see.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  302. J. Sudd

    What no theory’s as to what’s going on? What this event really is? Ok, here’s my theory. ***Spoiler****I’m going to go out on a limb and say this whole show is about Aliens. Earth was chosen to host a special summit of worlds. The time and place has been chosen ( “The Event”), but Earth isn’t ready to bare the responsibility of such a large task( we are a young and naive people), so a settlement of alien people came here to learn our customs and prepare us, but the wrong people were contacted first… (government ( CIA) and certain religious repressive groups) they hushed it up, imprisoned all the know aliens(some escaped) at the settlement in Alaska and will do what ever it takes to keep this from occurring, even killing the current president( who wants to announce the visitors presence to the people) & the leader of the Alien group and getting their co-conspirator, who’s running the shots... ( the VP) in the Oval office. But little did they know the aliens are not alone, there is also a ship cloaked in our atmosphere which not only protects the planet from outsiders, but also protects us from ourselves. The ship teleports the plane before it crashes. As for the girl and her fiancé…. They were just ponds to get the father (a pilot) to willingly sacrifice himself and fly a plane into the house and kill the president and the leader of the Aliens. The CIA/religious repressive groups covered up the missing girl, so they didn’t create panic and media attention. What do you think…am I close?

    September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Jay

    ...I miss 24 too. Hey, maybe Jack will show up and save the show ratings!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Grud

    I'll wait for it to come out on DVD. By then the jury will be out on whether it is worth watching or not. If reviews indicate the show is good, I buy the DVDs and don't have to be bothered with all the commercials people are complaining about. If it sucks then it either won't make it to DVD or I don't buy it. Simple.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  305. irnmtn25 one wants to give this show a chance! I thought this show started out pretty good, and the time jumping didn't bother me that much. This is one of those shows where they have to set up the plot lines, so it takes a minute to get really going. Like one poster said, if the last 2 minutes are any indication as to where this show is heading, it is going to be great. We are so used to instant gratification with everything. Sometimes, it is better to build up the drama!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Confucius - NEW

    no medicine will work for everybody.
    no drama is liked by everybody.
    Take it or leave it.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  307. OmaandOpa

    I make it a point never to watch any shows that have this much hype by the network. They usually wind up to be the worst shows ever.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Jack T

    I was LOST during the first 10 minutes of the program... Plus, given the poor ending to the show LOST, any advertisement for the program that references LOST is LOST with me... Get off the LOST wagon, the ending SUCKED!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Toi

    Please bring back HEROES!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  310. AZ Connie

    I DVR'd it and skipped all those commercials; will do that again when I give it a few more episodes to see if it comes together. The time jumping was annoying, the acting was mediocre, and I agree with many posters here that there is no way that the Secret Service would let the President just sit in an open car - they'd be on the move with him. The last few minutes were scary and surprising, though, so I'm willing to stick with it for a while.

    But I miss "24" - THAT is what should be on on Monday nights!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Robin

    The amount of people who commented for or against this show shows that we are thirsty for some good tv. I for one liked the show and will give it a shot. A little adapting to the time jumping is ok with me. Please don't forget this is "commercial" TV.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  312. vor

    Where's Jack Bauer when you need him???.....and Hawaii 5O.... again where's Jack Bauer when you need him. LOL

    September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  313. purplekam123

    I feel asleep just before the half hour mark and I was sitting up. I was really looking forward to this show. Way too much jumping around in the time warp. I think I will try Hawaii 5-0 which airs in the same time slot next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Sarah

    I was immediately let down. The show went nowhere fast. Acting was subpar, the jumping back and forth was anticlimactic, it lacked any kind of suspense.....just a huge disappointment. The commercial breaks were terrible, the show didn't hold my attention and I have no intentions of watching next week. Clearly, More money went into advertising than writing or acting.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  315. paul

    Event was weak nbc never should have messed with such a confusing format

    September 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Dave

    The herky-jerky format of jumping back and forth in time is WAY overdone and totally distracting. The acting generally sucked and there were too many commercials. I can handle complicated themes but this entire show was unsatisfying on any level. I'll give it one more episode to show some sort of promise.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Karen

    Not interested. Too much jumping around, if my interest is not caught in the first 15 minutes, it won't be.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Laura

    I'll be honest, I loved Lost, but that show was exhausting. Trying to figure out what was going on and then having to wait a year to see the next season (jan instead of Sept season start) and trying to remember what happened because so much time has gone by since the last season.

    Lost was awesome and there is not going to be another show like it, so to try and create another show like it is dumb.

    That's what was so great about Lost, it was so unique. Try coming up with a new show, not a knock off of Lost.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Roze

    Willing to give it another watch but was very let down with what I saw last night. The promo of the show has been the best thing about this show so far. If only there was another "24". I have a feeeling this show won't make it through the first season.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Conrad

    It was nowhere near LOST. Not even Flashforward. But it kept me interested & curious. The acting (ugghhh!), but the story was well told. I actually liked the flashbacks though. Interested to see if "they" are an advanced civilization from another dimesion/world or possibley just us in another time (a more advanced time?).
    The problem people will have with The Event is that Americans have short attention spans......they want answers now & immediate satisfaction (that explains all the reality shows). If this were a 5 part show, people could follow it. But once you start having to put heavy thought, time &/or attention into it, you're gonna lose a lot of people. I tell you what, each week will vote off 1 cast member (start with Blair Underwood).........that should keep some people happy, maybe.
    Man I miss LOST.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Ron

    The show lost me as a viewer. I can go along with twists and turns in the plot but when there are things that are dumb, I say good-bye. The car breaking into the runway, the car right behind a jet engine with no effect, a plane coming towards the ground and it is like a combination earthquake and twister, and the president's SUV not immediately driving away as soon as everyone was aboard are dumb, dumb, dumb.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Jon

    "But sorry to The Event i will stick to my same boring and repetative CSIs' and NCIS thanks"

    Fixed it for you.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Bltzhd

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Boy that was a waste of 60 minutes of my life. It was one enormous who gives a flyin' fcuk!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Harry

    I felt the jumping back and forth in time to be very disjointed. I'll turn in next week to see how the script goes

    September 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  325. JOHN

    Let's get real ... "The Event" is more of a commercial, with a very small story line ... that story line is very poorly done!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  326. kingofreason

    It seems numerous people here want straightforward series where plot and resolution can all be laid out in an hour. Most people on here are probably fans of CSI, Law & Order, or even that new Hawaii Five-O show because you get a movie in an hour. The Event isn't that show. Do you expect an entire plot of a show that anticipates being on for five plus seasons to lay everything out in the first hour? There are probably critical characters that have not even been introduced yet. Think about Lost. Ben Linus was not introduced until well into the show and he was arguably the best character on the show.

    Give it time. Invest in the show as the producers an actors expect. If you are too busy for that, you can catch an episod of CSI or Law & Order almost any time of the day.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Glenn

    The Event was a event-less LET-DOWN. They've just taken all the other drama storylines and milled them into an annoying hour of time-flashes and never let us know the characters before mowing them down in planecrashes and bullet sprays. Needless to say, it's been un-DVR'd and i am officially RSVPing "Not attending, with regrets"

    September 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Sil

    I think I will give it a couple of more episodes.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  329. cheftina

    What's annoying – along with the time jumps – is when your husband looks up from his laptop after 30 minutes and asks "What's happening???"" IDK!!! Looks like Flashforward-meets-V, but I'll give it a couple episodes to decide.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Lori

    You know the first episode of last year's cancelled FLASH FORWARD, they actually had an EVENT......this piece crap was so non eventful I switched off after 20 minutes......a big fail........maybe people watched LOST because it was kinda unique......So NBC says instead of something fresh and new we are gonna copy someones else idea.......No wonder TV viewership is in the toilet.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Mel

    What's the Event? Bad Acting! Moving on...

    September 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Tina

    Annoying jumps, especially when your husband looks up from his laptop after a half hour and wants to know what's happening. Argh! Reminds me of a "FlashForward meets V" kind of premise. I'll give it another episode or two, but it has to start making some sense soon!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Meh

    At least it wasn't a formulaic crime show, or the formulaic crime show set in a different city...Seriously, what's the over/under on CBS rolling out Two and a Half Men: Chicago?

    Show was mediocre, I'll give it a second chance, but not a third...

    September 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umm

      Are you implying that "Two and a Half Men" is a formulaic crime show?

      September 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  334. travelingal8

    I watched the first 30 minutes and couldn't follow a thing. Much too many jumbled plot lines to follow. I won't be watching any more. I gave up on "Lost", too when it had 30 minutes of new stuff and then 30 minutes of flashback. Come on guys, we've see the flashbacks so many times, don't try to extend the show by doing all the tiresome flashbacks. I give up on shows like this!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  335. JZ

    I like it. I like shows that your not sure what's going on and what's going to happen. Makes you follow along and try and piece it together. I'm sure it will come together as the season goes on.

    What's the point of knowing everything that's going to happen on the first show. I hate shows/movies that are easily predictable.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  336. ~karla

    I think the event may have something to do with aliens coming to Earth and taking over at a particular time that's yet to happen. There are people trying to stop them, and there are people trying to uncover it. Most of humanity will be slaves to the aliens with only a few retaining some semblance of rights.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Kim

    Event is what happens when 24 and Flash Forward get combined. Interesting though. I'll watch. Blair Underwood is yummy too!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Fred

    all you people are idiots, no one cares about your opinions

    September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  339. DavidB

    I instantly canceled the series recording after watching it. Such a blatant LOST knockoff, the premise is dull and tired, poorly acted and spliced. I found myself laughing. I hope the Event it refers to is its imminent cancellation.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Lucy

    It was a cross between "Lost" and "The X-Files," i.e. confusing and jumbled. I agree with the comment about too many commercials. For the first episode the commercials should have been kept to a minimum so that the story line could be followed better. As far as what I think the event is, it sounds like they have extraterrestials locked up in Alaska, otherwise what would be the big whoop? I know one thing – if the show continues to jump around and be laden with commercials, I will kiss it goodbye and move on to any one of a bunch of new shows in that time slot.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Heyoka060606

    I will definitely watch it, I'm the curious type and I like to predict the outcomes in the stories. I hope this one doesn't turn out like Flash Forward.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Sheila

    The Event premiere was good, and I will keep watching, but there were a noticeably larger amount of commercials than shows ordinarily play between segments. Why?

    September 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  343. M. Hill

    Pfft...What a d!ckless show! All that promos throughout the summer has gone down the drain..Bring back HEROES!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Lonely Sheep

    TV sucks. Read a book, or at least color in one.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Retired3

    Too many commercials and flashbacks. I felt I was losing interest before the hour was up.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Kate

    I love a good thought provoking show. . however, as much as I enjoyed the mystery in The Event, I think I have it all firgured out. You have a plane that disappeared right before our eyes, Detainees held in Alaska who apparently may have had something to do with saving the president and everyone else on the ground. So I think at the end of the show when we finally get to Alaska at the detention facility, the doors will open and there standing before us will be Jack, Sawyer, John, Kate, Jin, Sun and the rest of the LOST cast (The Detainees) working to save the world. OK call me a die-hard LOST fan...

    September 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  347. tim

    I wish they would have made this EVENT something like steven speilberg's TAKEN..... I don't have time for five seasons of this... Make it a mini-series and you have my vote...

    September 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  348. BirdieKate

    PAH! I watched last night, beginning to end, and finished up as confused as others here/as confounded by the commercials - but until I read the story above, I didn't realize it was "Daddy" who was piloting the plane! Ha ha... I knew he looked familiar... (snore)

    I guess I won't care much either way next week if I watch or not. This pilot needed real tightening up to be major. As a result, it was only a minor affair.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Johnny Drama

    Lost meets "24" meets Fringe. Not sure what was more annoying, the stupid time jumps, all the commercials, or the horrible acting. Like someone else said, The Event was a huge Non-Event...particularly for all the hype surrounding the show for the previous months. You would think it would have had limited commercials for all that the network is hanging on this show. And to know that it's supposed to on for 5 seasons...sorry...not going to waste that much of my life on it...

    September 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  350. R Burns

    I'll tune in – for the last episode, if the series lasts. Although I'd love to discover the details I'm not into evening soap operas. Far too little was revealed in the pilot to keep me coming back week after week.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  351. JoeBlack

    It really made a lot more sense when I re-watched it this morning on Hulu without the commercials.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Sharvin

    Too many commercials was The Event.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Theresa

    I thought it was rivoting and so did my son. We will definitely be tuning in next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Edd

    This show was not made for the folks who like to have TV dumbed down for them. Those folks that are content with Faux "Reality" shows. To you folks I say, leave the smart shows for us who like to be challenged mentally and go back to your shows for the mentally challenged.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  355. marcia

    I guess we are all going to have to be patient and wait until we get further into the series!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  356. rdgrnr

    I watched it but I won't stick around for 5 seasons to see what got that plane!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Susan

    Well I was a Lost junkie and was hoping for a void to be filled HOWEVER. The different time jumps was distracting and annoying. In Lost(not to compare the two again) it was a solid flashback. Here it's "2 days ago, 14 weeks ago. 11 weeks ago". It's not fun if you have to strain to follow. Also. Although the actors were all good I didn't really feel romantic chemistrey between the two main ones. Loved Jason Ritter on Joan of Arc and I'm sorry but he was a little too dorky for this girl on this one and I don't think it was quirky but weird. I didn't get them together and for someone wanting to propose he would say "yeah lets hang out the whole trip?" Nah...Just didn't flow. I'll try it for a few more weeks but hopefully this won't end up as silly as Flash Forward".

    September 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Denizen Kate

    Could the detainees be time travelers? If the Veep and those others left the party early, could be they are behind the kidnapping of the pilot's daughters and the murder of his wife. That would fit with the time travelers theory, too, because that vortex appears just in time, doesn't it? I love a good time travel paradox, don't you?

    September 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  359. fran

    The reason Lost drew everyone in was a good interesting story with no flash -back/forward/sideways until much later. I think the detainees are the X-Men. how else could they make a jet liner disappear in mid air. it would have been more compelleing to show 13 months ago then 11 days then 8 days then the event in order then start moving back and forth in time in future episodes.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  360. HIPMRC

    What's wrong with being 90? You should live so long!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  361. ekricket

    I think the detainees are actually The Red Coalition of Vampires from the future, who have to be held until the "event" happens, which is actually the brith of the daughter, who is really "Rosemary's Baby" named Damien, the saviour of the White Coalition of Vampires. Then the wormhole will be opened by Damien and Zuul, leading the way for the Destroyer of Worlds to enter our dimension and defeat the HeeChee, which will allow the collapse of our current universe and allow a new big bang, in which the Adversary can realign things so that new gosh numbers can be set and allow for more favorable living conditions for the Vampires and finally give them domination over the Werewolves.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Hmmm . . . you may be onto something. Either that, or you've been smoking better stuff than the rest of us.

      Nice to encounter a fellow Pohl fan, though.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Not Lost

    The show has my interest but definitely did not hook me. The jumping around didn't bother me so much as it kept my mind working as opposed to just a stream of steady input, but I'm also one of those viewers that was able to follow Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction without needing someone to constantly explain to me what was going on. I'll give it two or three more viewings to see if it sticks. I just hope the producers read these posts and cut some commercials. I have no dout that the marketing guys sold this to their sponsors as "The New Lost" and everyone jumped on the bandwagon.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  363. citizenUSA

    The Event... Hollywood takes a dump on TV.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Ralph T

    Awesome show! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! The story was a bit hard to follow at first, but when I stopped worrying about understanding it and just went with the flow things started coming together. It's a terrific ride! I look forward to every episode!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Ozzy

    I agree with the time jumping that it was annoying but I do think that the show will come together over the next few weeks to be a great series.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  366. JJ

    after desperately anticipating the pilot of this show cause it's been so heavily publicized, i sat in stunned silence for a few seconds. "That made absolutely no sense, I love it!" my friend thought i was kidding. but i'm totally serious. I can't wait to see what effed up thing happens next. i was an adamant follower of Lost but i thought the ending was a real cop out, and they had a "plan" from the beginning too. Hopefully this isn't just a weird repeat. But i'll definitely tune in next week for sure.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Al in Florida

    It was interesting but bouncing around in time has a tendency to confuse the audience. This plot seems to be deliberately moving in all directions. I'll watch it at least one more time but, so far it's a waste of an hour........

    September 21, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  368. nj

    I agree with Hugo. I am not spending years to see what the hell was that force... they better give some to audience in couple of next episodes otherwise. its gonna turn up like Heroes..

    September 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  369. Maybeben

    I have to agree with the majority of the other posters. There seems to be an interesting story here, but the jumpy editing was just annoying. They seemed to be trying to latch onto a Lost feel, but it came off closer to The Good Guys, except that The Good Guys has brain dead stories that you can still follow that way and the Lost flashbacks served an important role. I'm hoping that the editing was just a gimmick to hook viewers in the pilot and that the regular episodes will be more focused. If they are, I'll be watching. If not, I don't see this one making it past 10 episodes.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  370. Vegasrouleur

    I thought network TV had gone as low as it could go with low-budget reality programs. But now it looks like they're cutting corners with their few remaining attempts at dramatic series. Bad enough that the story relies on too many "flash-backs" to days, weeks, or months earlier instead of just laying out a good, solid plot. But it also replays entire scenes in the process. Sure, Walker's girlfriend is an eye-full. But did we really need to see her take the call from her doting dad twice? This show breaks new ground by introducing reruns during its premier. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick to Rubicon, another new mystery-conspiracy program where although nothing seems to happen in its snail-paced plot, at least the characters are well developed.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • GarminGeek

      Good point. I noticed the rerun, and thought it was odd. I thought, well maybe we're going to see something new or different in this rerun of the scene – but it was the same damned thing! weird.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  371. GarminGeek

    If the "detainees" (read Alien visitors) have the power to suck a Jumbo Jet out of the sky, why don't they just bust themselves out of Alask-anamo detention center and eat all the humans in the first place?

    September 21, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  372. Dave

    The real question is "Who cares what "The Event" is?" The American wasteland thrives.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • chill

      Dude it's a TV show...if you want to fix "America" get involved in something besides a entertainment blog. Idiot!

      September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  373. Viewer

    Not into it. Storry not making any sense and not intrigued at all.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  374. Daniel

    Man.....were the commercials annoying. I kept going back to MNF because of all the darn commercials. What happened to the day when big time premiers were offered with limited commercial interruptions?

    September 21, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  375. Diane

    I think the detainees are Aliens and the government people in the know do not want the word out.
    So, they are the ones behind the plot to quiet the president from making the announcement and the
    aliens not being detained saved the president and others by sucking the plane into the vortex

    September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  376. J.V.

    Too convoluted. Agree with some of other posters that the "flashbacks" did not work for me. It appears the writers "sampled" parts and pieces from other movies and shows. I'll stick with Rubicon, thank you.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  377. John Mac

    I found the best part was when Lindsay Lohan searched thru the cushions of her couch to find $2,000 to beat a Fed felony coke rap, while the poor black kid go to jail for life for the same crime.

    Now that's a US Event!!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Snurfles

      What does that have to with anything being discussed here? We're talking about a TV show, not civil rights. Go join a protest and stop wasting comment space.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Josh

    The Event was more Flash Forward than Lost and we all know what happened to Flash Forward. The flashbacks in the early seasons of Lost were patient and focused on one or a few characters per allowed the story to reveal itself slowly. The Event was way too hurried in the pilot. I'll give it another week, but not so much after that.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  379. JC

    They tried to copy the Lost method of flashing back to provide background but made a mess of it. I'll give it another chance but was not really impressed. I think I know where this is going as I recently read a book that included remarkably similar plot elements (the name I will not mention so as not to spoil it for others). I think they may have taken that story line and turned it into this series. I could be way wrong but it's possible. If it is the case, I hope they do a much better job than that book. I tossed it half-through and I've never done that before.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  380. Jack

    With all the back and forth and then back again I felt like I was taking an online test and had to be glued to the TV in order to figure out what was going on. Way too much happening and nothing resolved. Anybody watching the next episode that missed the premiere will be pretty lost. Still not sure if I want to keep watching but might try one more time to see.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  381. Mark

    I was pretty unimpressed. The storyline was way too choppy to follow with any consistency and was hard to follow. Either start at the beginning and work forward to the climatic conclusion, or start at the conclusion then go back in time to let everyone see how it transpired. The bouncing back and forth was stupid. As was the whole plane disappearing into some other dimension or something was pretty lame in my opinion.

    As several other people have already mentioned, numerous areas in the show weren't believable (i.e. the Secret Service response to a known threat, etc.). For all the hype, this was a bust...

    September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  382. the jo

    Yeah.. unless each episode has a story with a conclusion at the end I am not watching anymore. Pointless to spend an hour a week for several years on a show that doesn't have clear storyline only to have a BIG final episode that really is pointless; like LOST. Nope...aint gonna watch it again.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  383. 3 is the magic number

    I'll give it three episodes. A lot of film shots staying on stuff that could be clues...numbers seem to be key. Like a code you have to crack. The plane 211...the cabin rooms number, 97 detainees...i've known you for 5 years, file numbers...hmmmmm....

    September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  384. Tominrichardson

    I liked it, flaws and all. I'm looking forward to next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  385. Dave

    It's Lost without the island. A mess of story lines that we are supposed to keep straight rather than be entertained which is what TV is supposed to do. Obviously I am gonna miss it.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  386. JJ

    How many ads can be packed into one hour and still have it qualify as a premiere show? About as interesting as watching coral grow.....

    September 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  387. Jimmy

    ZZZZ.... what a boring show. Too many long commercials and too many scenes repeating from all the jumping around. I don't think we need each scene rehashed as a reminder, WE GET IT. Not to mention the "questions" are hack. Lost was clever, this seems to be written in high school creative writing. Not even close to Lost.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  388. Mark

    The Event...not, but then I didn't like Lost either. I think the writers of these shows are far too full of themselves. I got borded with Lost after the second episode and only watched it sporadically while channel surfing. Not going to waste time on The Event. There are other Events I could be going out and doing.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  389. lynn

    We thought it had potential;the jumping around though was really annoying. And I agree with the writer about
    the Pres. just waiting in the car to see where the plane "might go"–that was a little insulting to the audience.
    We did like much of the cast-we said we'd give it another show or two but we weren't really hooked. . . .
    all in all we are hoping next week is an improvement–if not we won't be wasting our time just because this or that
    is on tv and it's the "thing" to be watching.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  390. Brianna

    It is a tv show, pure and simple, not meant to be realistic. Some, like me, watched it and liked it. Others watched and didn't like it. And then there are those who would rather watch other shows. We all have our preferences. End of story.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  391. Steve B

    The show was not worth the hype the NBC used in promoting it. While 24 may have been unrealistic, it at least had a storyline people could follow.

    I'll give a show a chance, if it's entertaining. That's what I've done with Rubicon, which is a very intelligent show. The Event, however, is not worth a second look.

    My guess is it'll be canceled soon.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  392. Carlos

    This sounding board IS The Ev3nt!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  393. John

    I think this series has a lot of potential. Of course it will never reach the level of LOST (I don't think anything ever will), but it looks like it has enough fuel to go for a full season or two already. My guess, the detainees (did someone say "the others"?) are either super smart scientists who are too dangerous to leave alone out in the world out of fear that they will be taken and used by a hostile country to create WMDs, time travelers, or they are aliens (not alternate universe due to that being taken by Fringe). I think the president is about to release information on them, and their leader will admit to what they are, but the government and military does not want that information out in the open. The assassination attempt was to keep things quiet, but it failed. The kidnapping was the governments way of setting up the assassination attempt without leaving a trail, and they screwed up. Regardless, should be a good series.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      i'm with you on your theories...
      you left out anything biblical... which would be righteous. No reason they couldn't be angels or something. An "event" can be any kind of extraordinary experience or phenomenon... but it has to be observable. I think that's why the show kept going back and putting things in slow-mo. The president, for example. You saw him do all those things the first time but it happened to fast it didn't mean anything... but then in the replay.. you see him stop, observe, etc. And you notice that there is NO WAY that the plan is causing all that turbulence, wind, noise, etc. Fascinating! I just hope we get some answers next week!

      September 21, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  394. Hugo

    Whatever it is, I am not spending 6 years waiting to find out what happened. I'll watch the next episode, and if they don't mention the force behind the disappearance of the plane, I'm done.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  395. Emily

    The Event was interesting... full of tension... and gripping, although it did get off to a slow start.
    The time jumping was frustrating to follow in a season premiere when you aren't completely attached to a story-line or character yet. I think the Ritter kid needs to shave... other than that this is VERY promising. Good cast, let's see where it goes.

    To all those I've read here that are bemoaning TV as a bane of all things "quality"... then pray tell, why are you posting on this website or responding to posts re: TV shows? Some people LOVE TV... some don't. I don't see why if you don't like TV you feel the need to comment on it constantly? Are you trying to convert the TV-loving hordes? It won't work, at least not like that. Give us all a break and get back to work.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  396. Wendy D

    I really liked this show and I can't wait for more! I like that the actors are somewhat unknowns and that they are kind of fumbling and makes the whole experience more real. I have no idea what will happen, but you better believe I'll be watching to find out! And p.s., I NEVER got into Lost or 24, they didn't hold any kind of interest for me, but this one definitely has promise.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  397. butlerbulldawg74

    i would say this is gay, but i don't want to insult gay people.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  398. Chris

    This article said it right when..."the pilot is no LOST"....i'm mean, did it catch my interest? sure it did...a little. But I don't think we can ever compare anything to LOST. The EVENT obviously got its promoting to get people to watch but I'm not sold yet...can't say the same for LOST...that first episode has me hooked. Anyway, im not gonna dog this show yet but I don't want anyone to say this can replace the greasest show ever in LOST....or even 24 for that matter.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  399. Tinkkk

    I was actually looking forward to seeing the show for awhile after seeing the trailer... then by the end of the hour, I realized the whole hour was nothing but continuous repeats of the 4 minute trailer. Pretty disappointed actually... I may watch next week to see if the show can grab my attention again, but as of now I felt like I wasted an hour already.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  400. Cesar

    The Event, the situation... it's all trash.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  401. susan

    I lost interest when it kept doing "flashbacks" too many

    September 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  402. Master swimmer

    Have to care for the characters before I care for the show. Same storieline we have all seen before. Alien Nation, Millneum, Lost, 24, The Visitors, 90210. Star Trek I'll give the actors a chance to make me care.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  403. TimeJumper

    This is me now. 27 min ago I started reading this post. Last week I saw a trailer for the Event. Last night I watched the event and was very frustrated about the seemingly random time jumping, but then the end happened and now I will probably watch next week.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  404. Trazey

    I was already fooled once, with last year's "Flash Forward" that was touted as the next LOST. Let's face it, there will NEVER be another Lost, not gonna happen. The acting during The Event was cringeworthy at times, the pacing seemed all over the place. Jason Ritter is a midling talent at best, not strong enough to carry this thing for sure. A non-Event at best. I won't be tuning in again. The best part was seeing LUKE from Gilmore Girls out and about 😉

    September 21, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  405. Dave

    Bah I thought this was related to True Blood since this guy looked like Sam... lol

    September 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ekricket

      I think the detainees are actually The Red Coalition of Vampires from the future, who have to be held until the "event" happens, which is actually the brith of the daughter, who is really "Rosemary's Baby" named Damien, the saviour of the White Coalition of Vampires. Then the wormhole will be opened by Damien and Zuul, leading the way for the Destroyer of Worlds to enter our dimension and defeat the HeeChee, which will allow the collapse of our current universe and allow a new big bang, in which the Adversary can realign things so that new gosh numbers can be set and allow for more favorable living conditions for the Vampires and finally give them domination over the Werewolves.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  406. RuFngKdngMe?

    Seemed to me it was a show about time travel. There were differences in the shots of the president running to his cavalcade with the last one had him stopping and noticing changes. The wind was from a wormhole being opened.

    The people in the prison were time travelers from the future being kept locked away so as not to influence events and/or to allow only the government access to what they know. We're instantly brought to think they're the Muslims being held in Guantanamo due to the conversation a la Obama's real promises (but reneged upon) to release those prisoners.

    The pilot had his family killed and his daughter unhappen (never have been born) unless he flew the plane into the president at which time the opposition travelers (opposed to having their secret be brought public presumably) would undo the killing and unbirth of his daughter.

    The boyfriend loved his girlfriend so much (omg so g4y. what guy thinks or acts like him? he was totally the female in that relationship) that he remembered her existing even though she was never born and somehow knew of the plan to kill the president and the time traveler about to spill the beans.

    As for the reality of the show... Yes. I agree it had numerous issues with reality. The most glaringly obvious ones being the ludicrous chase scene of the suv from the streets of Miami to the actual runway and then to be at the scene of the destination as well. Seems to be some time/location distortion there too or REALLY bad scripting. Not to mention the suv's NOT being blown away by or sucked into the jet engines. I was also struck by this particular actor how much they desire to appeal to the Lost audience with it's inclusion of an Asian in the cast. I'm all for ethnic diversity in casting but Hollywood is not unless they have a motivation to do so. Appealing to a previous hit show's audience is the motivation I see here.

    The lack of linearity in the story is not a problem for me. If it is indeed about time travel then it's actually appropriate. Well. Some of it was a bit much. They could have told more of the story at one time without jumping so often.

    In the beginning I was watching it due to being completely bored and waiting for sleep to come. In the middle I nearly shut it off. By the end I really wanted to see the next episode.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • J. Sudds

      Good Theory....but I still think their Aliens and the "Event" is a large gathering of worlds, to which earth is the host (due to its proximity)

      September 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Evans

      Dude! Your review was just as confusing as the show...ALL OVA THE PLACE!

      September 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Otis

      There were differences in the shots of the president running to his cavalcade with the last one had him stopping and noticing changes.

      September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Maclin

    Seems like they only write about half an episode ahead in case it flops out of the gate. My feeling is that they try to grab you up front then catch up later on the writing so not much makes sense at first. Then usually they fail at tying it all together thru the season, lots of gaps and things that will not make sense ever in terms of how humans would actually react in those situations.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  408. Rick

    I missed last nights show.. I'll probably watch the re-run this weekend. However, if this show looks anything like Lost, I'm gonna wait until it's over and the DVDs come out. I don't have the patience to watch shows like this. I watched Lost for three seasons before giving up on it, but now I'm watching the entire series starting over with Season One on DVD. Some shows just aren't meant to be watched one episode per week, and it's so much better just to put in the DVD and watch all at once.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  409. BigAl

    its not "lost", not by a long shot.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  410. CyndyP

    As long as it doesn't get lost like LOST, I'm willing to give it a few weeks. After that, I won't be wasting my time!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  411. Tony

    Agree with the article. I tuned in to see what all the hype was about AND I typically give NBC a 1 or 2 episode shot being that they tend to Cancel the best shows they have – Surface, Flash Forward, My Own Worst Enemy, Windfall just to name a few. They cannot compete with CBS shows – so dont try!

    Anyway back on point. The time jumping – aka Lost – was annoying but I could follow, however there was too little in the context of an hour premiere of a very hyped show... the follow on show Chase seemed more interesting. I will give it another 2 episodes before I decide if I should keep it on my DVR schedule – again always leery of NBC shows.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  412. ReeRee76

    Blair Underwood is gorgeous!!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  413. c murphy

    Very dissapointed. Hawaii 5-0 was much better!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  414. Ray

    This show sucks. The back-and-forth time periods are annoying and hard to understand. Maybe the concept is kinda original, but there's a reason you hardly ever see it on TV shows.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  415. CK

    I never watched lost (its on my to do list now that the series is over), so I did not come into this series expecting this to be Lost 2.0. Therefore I enjoyed the pilot for what it was and will look forward to more episodes.

    The biggest complaint I have heard is that it "wasn't as good as lost". Get over it lost folks, the series is over. I understand you guys loved the show, but if it was really as special as everyone made it out to be and you expect everything to live up to it, you will be disappointed with TV for a long time yes.

    So get over it, enjoy the shows you can watch now for what they are.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  416. qiggy

    Interesting to see where this goes, but it needs to go somewhere soon... just too much flashing back and forward... not sure if the writers are ADD or on LSD, but just a bit much. A little mystery is good but total confusion will lose viewers.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  417. Francisco Alvarez

    The event is probably how and from where the prisoners were returned from, my guess is that they took an involuntary trip to another world or perhaps another dimension, and they were captured by the government when they returned. After being interrogated by the government, some in the government feel tha they are keeping certain secrets from them. These secrets are causing tremendous worries in the government(s) that see them (detainess) as a threat, these groups decided to target the President of USA and the detainee's leader, so their annoucement to the world regarding the mistery behind the detainees' could not be disclosed. Probabaly what is referrred to as the Event is when the detainees returned to earth and/or from where. The detainess are probably being asssited by the alien forces for a yet unknown purpose or goal more important that the Event itself.


    September 21, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  418. Ororoson

    I wanted to see this too...but I had to catch up on GLEE season 1 first. That took priority lol

    September 21, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  419. Judy

    I wish people would stop comparing this to LOST. There will NEVER be another show like Lost, so get over it and let's all move on now. I liked the premiere, it has potential. If the storyline has anything to do with vortex's and time travel, it's got my attention. 😀

    September 21, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  420. Justin

    I had an "Event" in the bath room after seeing how horrible this show was. Phewwww.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  421. numbnut

    I'll give the show a few weeks to give me more information, but it is up agains MNF. Tough time slot.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  422. Mark

    I didn't watch "Lost", and I won't be watching this either. Life is just too busy, and I don't have time to invest into a show that's going to weave this complex story that I have to tune into each week. After the first season or two, I started to resent "Heroes" for doing the same thing...long, overly drawn-out storylines. I'll stick to shows like CSI, where each episode is more or less self-contained.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  423. amy

    IT WAS ONE EPISODE! try using some brain power and not wanting all the answers up front. we don't quite live in an idiocracy yet.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  424. SS

    The detainees are time travelers from the future. "The Event" is something that will happen in the future but the detainees will not tell the government because by knowing about "The Event", people will take actions and the actions will cause a paradox. The plane was sucked into the future because it was caused by events set in motion because of future knowledge of "The Event". This series is based on the 80s movie, "Millineum". I think I'll save myself five years of waiting for the answers to materialize – besides I need MNF. Peace.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Warren

      That sounds logical. Will research Millineum. Thanks SS.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JimT

      SS your explanation sounded more interesteding than the show we saw. Maybe they should have shown that.

      I'm going to go check out the X Files pilot and see how that started....

      September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DanH

      The Millennium movie was based on the sci-fi story of the same name by John Varley. Good story; not-so-good movie. Read the book.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Frank

    It was boring and confusing and very unrealistic. What I find funny though is how many seem to think 24 was not. The opening plot of 24 was about as bad as it gets. First someone comes up with a totally unrealistic plan to kill the president -which involves blowing up an airliner and jumping into the Mojave desert just to get a badge that will let the killer into a presidential event. And then when we find out (at noon) that it won't work, we switch to plan B, which is to simply try to kill the president without any complicated hoopla. Duh!??

    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  426. Rollo Tomassi

    This is what NBC replaced Heroes with? A half-baked Lost knock-off? Gimme a break.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  427. Sue

    That was his future father-in-law flying the plane? I did not make the connection. Enough said...

    September 21, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Warren

      You had to watch closely and pay attention to the forward and backward jumps to see that it was the girls father. I think the "folks" who broke into the Mom/Dad house kidnapped the girl and killed his wife, and probably have his other daughter as well. Partial motive for the father to "crash the plane", maybe. My initial thought is that these "detainees" may be persons who have been abducted/cross bred with extraterrestrials and that is why they are "detained" in Alaska until it can be determined if they are "alright" to be placed back into earth society. Just a guess, of course. Tip off was Sophia saying: "They saved us."

      September 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  428. Matt

    Pretty boring! Special effects, looked really fake and cheap, actors are very average... No, I am back to Discovery channel watching whales and penguins!...

    September 21, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  429. Keith in ATL

    To me, it's a fictionalized condensed version of all the rumors floating around on the fringe sites about our government being in contact with extraterrestrials. There is even 1 theory that President Kennedy might have been assassinated because of what he knew and was trying to find out about the government's involvement with UFOs and ETs.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  430. Rich

    I didn't watch "Lost" and based on this review I won't be watching "The Event" either.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  431. mpaul600

    How is a Martinez, who is Cuban, able to be president?

    September 21, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • booboo kitty

      I thought that,too, but they said his parents were from Cuba...he must have been born here (and now I guess the anti-14th amendment people are going to jump on this)

      September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexandra

      His parents are Cuban, he was born in the US.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  432. IdahoRich

    It was Stupid I'm done watching

    September 21, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  433. FLASH FAN


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  434. Harry

    I was intrigued by The Event and thought it fell somewhere in between Lost (not nearly as good) and Flash Forward (markedly better). I will commit, right now to a full season of this show (that’s how interested I am) and see how it progresses. Besides if I watched a full season of Flash Forward that’s the least I can do now for The Event..

    September 21, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  435. Shekhar

    I'll probably watch it a few more episodes just because i watched this one. The first one was good and bad at the same time. As most viewers I am afraid that it may become too complex (they already did that we jumping all over the timeline of the event 🙂

    September 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  436. CBS

    Aren't two and a half men and big bang on at the same time ? CBS

    September 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Personally I would watch reruns of My Mother the Car before I watched another episode of 2 1/2 Men..................

      September 21, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  437. Melissa

    If this is another "12 episodes equals a season" tv show, they can bite me. A season is 20-22 episodes. If you don't have enough story to last that long, then don't bother with the show at all.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  438. Chi-town Chick in Houston

    I thought it was pretty good. I recorded it and watched it the next day so I could skip the commercials. I'll likely give it a few more episodes before deciding whether to watch regularly. What is the event? I don't have a clue but I do know that Blair Underwood is hot!

    September 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  439. teetx

    I fell asleep. This is no Lost. I won't be watching.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  440. Bobbie

    I was really excited about watching The Event. I found it quite confusing last night. But I felt the same regarding the President they would have rushed him and his family away asap. But i will give it another 2-3 weeks and see what happens and that will decide if I continue watching or not. And i also loved Flashforward.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  441. Michael

    The water was pretty when he jumped in to save the girl.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  442. Karen

    Why not just call it what it really is, "Lost 2: desperate for ratings"? I'm pretty sure I can find something better to watch.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  443. Snarf

    Well if FlashForward was cancelled, this one is going on the same way.
    With FF we had some hints right on the pilot, on this we are on a blackout about everything. The things happened so fast that nothing was open to be checked. To much stories open on a single episode.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  444. Bob Miller

    I was really disappointed with this show. The "special effects", particularly those involving aircraft were so amateurish that they were almost cartoon like. The acting was definitely "B grade", the directing was pitifully lacking, and the production was just plain the extent that I don't want to see any more of this. Some folks will watch it three more times, but I don't think I have the patience to put up with such drivel.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  445. fastball

    In a writeup in Entertainment Weekly, NBC execs commissioned a "higher brain" show to replace/emulate "Lost".
    Note the name...and then note the reasons why people won't watch it.
    Sorry to say this, people...but the average American has the attention span of a gnat and the IQ of a house plant. They like the brainless, formulaic fare that passes for entertainment in network TV.
    There are some good shows on TV, don't get me wrong. But, man....sometimes the pickings are slim. Unless, of course, you like mindless drivel.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  446. Koyt

    Sorry to disagree with everyone, but I liked the show and can not wait to see what happens next week. Looks like anothre aliern production

    September 21, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  447. OAT

    I just want to know now if they will ever let us know what the Event is and if we have to wait the entire five seasons to find out. If they can just hint me that, "yes, the Event will be revealed soon "(not during the series finale) then I'll definitely continue watching. Otherwise, as much as i loved watching Lost,I don't think I can do this all over again.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  448. FeintOf Hearts

    I thought it was ok. As stated, the time jumps don't allow you to get distracted in the slightest, which can be frustrating but aren't a show stopper for me. I read where a producer stated that they will be used as charachter flashback ala LOST in future spisodes. After viewing the pilot I'm guessing "The Event" is some alien encounter and the detainees are the people who encountered them. Based on what we know, that guess could be entirely too obvious at this point.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • selzini

      Close, but with one big exception. I didn't watch Lost, and I won't watch this. I got bored seeing all the promos. The "people" who are being detained(notice that in one of the promos, the advisor hesitates before calling them people) ARE the aliens. My guess is that they'll make that clear before the first season is over.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  449. Truman Blue

    I loved the premiere. I have high hopes for this one. I hope it doesn't disappoint me like Lost did three episodes in (after its series premiere).

    September 21, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  450. Adam Artisaa

    The only show that matters is Fringe.The Event gives every indication of becoming a long drawn out non-event.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  451. sheepdog

    It was OK....I'll watch a few more episodes. But there were some parts that just didn't work for me:

    – no way could you chase a jet down a runway....virtually impossible to drive onto a tarmac like that
    – the air marshall would've killed that guy without saying a word to him
    – the president would not have sat there idly watching a plane hurtling towards him

    And is it just me, or is this Ritter guy a terrible actor?

    September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Event-less in MN

      Was it just me or did anyone else think Jason Ritter looked like a young Val Kilmer?

      I'm going to give it a chance, but I agree the pilot should have been a LOT better. NBC could learn a thing or two from FOX dramas.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill Gates

      I think ill just go back to Fringe. At least there is a show with an episode with a start and closure. But an overall plot to keep it riding.

      -too much going back and forth . Maybe good for ADHD folks (if I may say that). But not good enough for someone who actually my actually think the commercials are more interesting than the episode.

      October 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Jacques

    I tried to get into this, but it seemed so random. Like they were trying to make things more mysterious than they were. If a show like Flash Forward which was much better than this can't make it, I don't see how this show makes it past 1 season.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  453. Lostee

    It is very obvious, we will not know what the Event "is" until the Series is over. Small bits and pieces have me hooked to watch, but the call this show the "baby of LOST and 24" had my eyes rolling a bit.

    The show has a HUGE potential, but they need to find some original ways of telling the show. I didn't make the time jumping as long as they realize it will drive away people if they keep it up. LOST was able to get away with it because it was obvious to tell what was present (On a damn Island) and what wasn't (Not on a Island).

    I will give it a few episodes.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  454. Interested

    It has great potential. The flashbacks were a bit difficult to keep sorted but did continually feed you new clues as to why things were happening. They really need to bring more together in the next 2-3 episodes to provide a solid base of reference or it will get too laborious to follow.

    So far, it's got me interested. I'll give it another few episodes before I make up my mind.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  455. HH

    In a word ... yawn
    Same old same old – at the end of the hour , I thought what the hell did I just watch ?

    September 21, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Gates

      Exactly. What the hell was that? – just glad it was free cause i didnt even pay attention to the commercials it had either when i did try to watch it.

      the commercials had more sense than the episode.

      October 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  456. ImNoSucker

    you won't sucker me in again.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  457. Zed

    I'm still upset they cancelled FlashForward.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick from another planet

      Don't think it was canceled, just postponed until March.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  458. Frank

    To all of you that thought Lost 'sucked': STOP WATCHING TV! WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR YOUR WHINING!!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  459. Wishing For More

    The Event wasn't, and it's only claim to NBC's last big event series is that it will likely be "Lost" from the schedule next season.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  460. Jim Warren

    I found it entertaining and will definitely tune in for more. The back and forth timeline didn't throw me, as I grew used to that watching my favorite TV show, "DAMAGES". I must admit, the scene where Sean returns to the cruise ship and key won't work and they have no record of him/his girlfriend was very unsettling. Plus having Laura Innes in the show is a big plus for me. Hope NBC sticks with it long enough so it will build a following. And the 9PM slot is good. Shows that start at 10 are tough for us who get up really early for work, although I made the sacrifice for DAMAGES (one of the best shows ever).

    September 21, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  461. Kapper

    Anyone else find it funny how much "disturbance" they were showing at the house where President Martinez and Sophia as the plane was approaching? All this wind, etc and the plane wasn't even that close yet. It appeared very fake.

    Also when the car was chasing the airplane... wouldn't a car that close to the airplane / engine be thrusted away / flipped over after the plane was going that speed?

    September 21, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mg

      The wind was the Worm Hole opening. But, you are right, overall, the show was stupid. When I need to shop for diapers I will just watch the show. I must have seen 40minutes of diaper commercials.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Grogin

    Agree with the majority here. Up to the point where the secret service got the president in the car then waited for him to get blown away by a jumbo jet the show was mildly interesting. Two Thumbs Down.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  463. TA

    The 'EVENT'.......NOT!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  464. What?

    Got bored after watching it about 15-20 minutes. Too much like "Lost" and I didn't like it very much either. What's with the writers now-a-days? Can't they do anything with jumping all around in different time sections? Too much confusion going on – like trying to watch a favorite TV show and there are too damn many commercials interrupting it. Thank God for DVR and its rewind & fast forward features. Anyone who gets hooked on this loser of a show has way too much time on their hands.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  465. D Frost

    A show about nothing. I switched off of it and then back near the end. Still nothing. "Lost" wannabe with no substance, no hooks. I don't care. I hope they all die. Won't watch, won't DVR.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  466. Finny

    "Lost" ruined the genre.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  467. PC

    The show was really confusing and all over the place. The car chasing the jet was so fake...really bad graphics...I don't see how this show will make it.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  468. Skeptical

    UNEVENTFUL is what I call it. And PLEASE another plane, come on. I will give it one more episode and that is it. If I want more terrorist threats I can watch the news.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  469. thoroco

    As said, someone with ADD would lose interst in the frist 15 minutes. It took less for me. Dull, poorly acted, The master plan is to wing it week by week and hoe in the ad money. Definately not on my fall watch list unless I have insomnia. But Lost cured me of that. The trailers and build up were better than the actual show. But they usualiy are when they push a show that hard.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  470. dave

    It was ok...but now that I know it is expected to go 5 seasons, there is no way I'm going to wait that long to find out what it's about...I need more instant gratification than that.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Stereobot

      I read an article where we find out what the "event" is within a few episodes of the first season. The producers said they aren't going to lead us on a massive mystery.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  471. Collin

    It was painfully obvious they're trying to be the new Lost when you have Hawaiian beach scenes, flashing between characters and times, some sort of plane crash/incident and lots of mysteries. My wife's reaction to the 10 or so minutes she saw was "are they trying to be a Lost rip off?".

    September 21, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  472. Seriously?

    Really? Where did all the wind come from? Was the plane pushing the wind at the president? And since when would the Secret Service just sit there and wait for the pres to be killed. It was really just stupid in parts.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ripshin

      I initially thought the same thing about the wind, but realized that it had to do with the eventual vortex that swallowed the plane.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      WOW....a vortex that swallowed a plane. Enough said! Definately will not waste another hour of a Monday night. Football is a much better option. Even if it is the Saints that are playing! Just Sayin!

      September 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  473. dj

    I liked. Will watch, I miss 24.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  474. MGreen

    I was excited about the show and while it took some time to build up I think that it will work. I was really intrigued by the whole premise and had friends who didn't understand (but they also jumped around alot watching other things) but you cannot turn from the television at all with this show. My biggest fear is NBC's lack of commitment to new shows (i.e. Journeyman, The Lottery show, etc.). They are famous for cancelling a show after

    September 21, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  475. tg

    As far as I'm concerned, The Event is...there will not be an "event" for a long while. I tuned in expecting to be be "sucked in" to something good and I only found something mediocre instead. I will not be wasting any more of my viewing time. I would rather watch a good movie, somethng like The Milagro Beanfield War. Yes, that is what I am comparing it obscure movie. But hey, it's just my opinion.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • edc

      Care to list some other lesser known movies that you would recommend?

      September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • b0bc4t

      Loved Milagro Beanfield Wars – especially the old man and the ghost wreaking havoc as the ambled through town. Christopher Walken was a great Marshall who was overruled by the governor to take the hero into custody.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Texas Deb

    Alas, yet another show during which I felt I needed to take notes to keep up. The most common word uttered while watching was, "What?!?"

    September 21, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  477. dj

    I spent 6yrs waiting to get to the end of Lost, only to be left feeling betrayed. I want to keep watching THe Event, but I'm afraid!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      sorry you wasted 6yrs of your life. i learned my lesson after the first 6 episodes of lost. i saw that it was going nowhere. couldn't and didn't want to answer any of the questions it proposed. this event thing sounded like the same thing. we'll put some more garbage on tv and maybe people will watch. this is exactly why i have no cable, no satellite, only internet.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • vivek

      Tom, you watched 6 episodes of Lost and expected them to answer the questions it proposed in those episodes before even hitting the season finale? LOL

      September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JZ

      @tom – if you knew the entire storyline in 6 episodes what would be the point of watching the rest. Does everyone in this country have ADD. Can't follow a show for more than a couple episodes

      September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  478. jack merridew

    The Event" seems to be shaping as more typical liberal Hollywood trash. We don't need more liberal fantasy material, but more traditional family values oriented programming. If yoou want fantasy, read any of the reports saying the recession is over.

    a fanatic is someone who cant change his mind and wont change the subject

    September 21, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • fshsh

      the paid retardulican street teamers need to at least stay in the political topics or go to church if your really that much of a devotee .

      September 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Kebmo'

      Jack, considering you're named after the totalitarian ankle biter from "Lord of the Flies," I'll give your comment just that much credence...

      September 21, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  479. TMRT

    It came off as a cheesy made-for-TV movie. Everything was just ok; the acting was ok, the cinematography was ok and the story is ok (at best). I think that NBC did a huge disservice to the show by running those teasers all summer because the show CERTAINLY didn't live up to the hype. I might give it one more week before canceling my season pass.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • CDiggs

      Geez..comments like these, you'd think the show had been out for years..IT'S ONE EPISODE PEOPLE..I won't pass judgment until I see more episodes..Everyone always wants the easy answer right's nice to use the brain once in awhile.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  480. Pierre

    I thought it was really good. Lots of mystery, suspense, and a touch of sci-fi at the very end. It was well acted and well written.

    My one complaint is the non-linear storytelling. When LOST did this, it had a purpose. Introduce a new character, show a flashback so the audience knows who this person is. Show a character acting a particular way, flash back to a relevant point in this person's life that explains why he or she is acting this way.

    I can find no similar justification for using this storytelling technique in The Event other than they are just trying to maintain suspense and are trying to come off as "wierd".

    It seems a little cheap when it is so devoid of purpose.

    That said, I really enjoyed the pilot and look forward to more. I hope the writing and acting continues to be good.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Stereobot

      I think the used the time jumping as a way to spread the action out over the course of the episode, the story would have been better if they used linear time but people would have lost interest during the first 3/4 of the show and bailed and it would have meant the cancellation of the show for sure.

      Still, I didn't like the time jumping either, I though it was contrived and made the show over complex, so I certainly agree with you. Hopefully the time jumping will be abandoned.

      I do want to say though that I picked up on a numbers motif, it seemed the director of the show made an effort to emphasize numbers when they were used in the show. Maybe that was just me, but I hope they don't try and make this show exactly like Lost.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  481. KMO

    I found myself flipping channels during the show because the time jumping was annoying. I really liked FlashForward and wished that ABC would have given it at least one more season to prove itself. Not surprising that NBC overhyped another show that will probably fizzle out before long. Remember Heroes? Fantastic in the beginning but then got increasingly bad.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Kapper

      Remember the writer's strike? Heroes failed because the writing became horrendous. I still watched every episode but nothing compared to the first season.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • stereobot

      I agree the time jumping was annoying for the Event, but I cant just sit here and not express my opinion when someone says FlashForward was a good show. NOTHING happened through out the first half of the series. The acting was awful, and the ending (even though it was supposed to be only the season finale) was so ridiculous I thought I was watching an early 90's movie about the internet. Just 1 guy sitting at a computer running an entire particle accelorator.. come on..

      September 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • kei

      FlashForward had such an interesting start but the show truly went nowhere. Eventually revelations just because moments of "ugh" or "meh". And yeah, Heroes had a fantastic Season 1... until the last few minutes of the last episode. It was all downhill from there, Writer's Strike or not.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • goober

      Wait a minute...they cancelled Flashforward for this!!!!...NUTS!, I know different network, different show but still NUTS!

      September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      I flipped channels, not so much for the time jumping, but for the amount of and length of commercials. I'm used to the time jumps from LOST, but my Lord, the commercials were unbearable. Will definitely be DVRing this show to FF.

      I'll give it a few more episodes. For now, I am curious.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Chris

    Having the secret service get the President in his car and then wait there to see if he would get killed in the plane crash was so bad that the next couple of episodes have to be real good for me to continue to watch.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Ripshin

      Agreed – the second he got in the car, they would have attempted to get out of the area, not sit there with the door open. That was ludicrous – think Kennedy or Reagan shootings. Also, it was WAY too easy to get a vehicle on the "Miami" airport tarmac, to "chase" a jet.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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    • goober

      Agreed, I saw that and wondered why the guy was saying to his kid I'll protect you, and they just sat there in the car watching...So I was thinking ok, he's some sort of closet super-hero that'll fly up and catch the plane and stop it in mid- flight.... Oh wait, that was Superman Returns recently on AMC...OK, I'm confused...

      September 21, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Nemesis18

      Chris, I would have to guess the secret service guys were in on it a little. If you remember, the Vice President and the other character with glasses (I forget his name) had left an hour before the plane was supposed to hit EVEN THOUGH, they were supposed to be at the conference. Seems like to me, someone wants the Vice President to be the successor so the detainees aren't released....

      September 21, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • larry

      This show will not make it. Horrible acting, plot and overall production.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ponderblue

      How did he get the gun on board the plane. This is not suppoded to happen post 9/11.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenniko78

      AGREED that part was soooo stoopid.....i'll give it a couple more episodes....

      September 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • yeah but..

      Yeah I see what you are saying but If I saw a plane comingin at me liek that that close I think I would stop and sh!!!!t myself too. the first 30 minutes was kinda a head scratcher but form teh rpomo fr the season It looks like it will all be connected. i kinda like the quetinons. My wife gets so mad at me cause I can always tell her whats going to happen cause how predictible the writing is but I didnt see the airplane getting sucked into the vortex liek that. Questions are good.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • keith

      I agree. The Secret Service guys felt the earth moving and heard that the radars were down and knew that the president should get moving... then they abandoned him in his car to stare at an incoming threat. I'm sorry. I've seen the way Secret Service guys move when a president is threatened. They wouldn't stand there staring if GODZILLA was about to eat them, they'd be making sure that the president was out of harm's way first. Hollywood thinks that everyone reacts the way they would... by standing there staring.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith

      I also thought it was really strange that everything was shaking and being blown around like a helicopter was just about to land....when the plane was REALLY far away. I'll give them a pass because maybe it was related to that vortex thing, but in reality I think it was just really bad film-making. When did planes start projecting air about a mile in front of them?

      September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Agreed, the Secret Service team should be fired.

      Should also fire the Air Force pilot that failed to shoot down a hijacked airliner.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerguy

      Wait, the president was just standing there watching as well. Maybe he's in on it too! Christ people it was the first episode. Give it a chance to develop several different plotlines that all are connected in some way or another!

      September 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Lucy

    If the first half of the pilot was half as "eventful" as the last 2 minutes, I'd be completely on board. So far, I need to give it a few more episodes and the pilot of Flashforward was way more interesting and compelling than 'The Event'. I'm always skeptical of shows that are hyped and then don't deliver on the first shot.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • ponderblue

      When ever a movie or a new tv shows is promoted to death, that usually means the move/tv show are really bad. Hope this is not the case. I too dislike the time jumping, it is hard to keep up with.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  484. Eric

    The Event was interesting but not captivating..will give it a few more weeks to answer some questions..and the back and forth with the past and present was annoying, hate when shows do that.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      My thoughts exactly. My first thought was Event was a non-event. I'll give it a few more shows since there's nothing else on in that time slot.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • BK

      It's no "24".

      September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      @ BK there will never be another 24 =^ (

      September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mindless

      For those that cry they want their time back from watching this pilot episode...I am sure this isn't the only thing in life you complain about. It is easy to be a critic, for this you don't need an imagination. Group think will be the end of humanity.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  485. leev

    Uneventful – It took way too long to get to the freaky stuff. Would have been better without all the ridiculous time jumping back and forth. I won't bother watching any more.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • stereobot

      Yeah the time jumping was annoying.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mircat

      From the comments, I'd say there were very few or no Losties watching the show. Letting the story lead you in any direction it wanted, flash forwards, flash backs and flash sideways were what made LOST exciting and the viewers have to piece together the mystery so we were totally involved. Everyone here seems to be complaining that the story isn't straight forward and that it jumps. Sounds as if everyone wants to be lead down the path and not have to do any think work. The pilot was terribly impressive but the concept is still catchy and I'm willing to invest two or three more shows to see if it sucks me in and gets me involved.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mircat

      Sorry – meant to say the pilot wasn't terribly impressive but I'm willing to give time to another two or three shows.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      The time-jumping may have been annoying to many, but maybe it's a hint. Could the detainees be time travelers?

      September 21, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • flashbackhater

      I hated LOST because of the ridiculously lengthy flashbacks, this show felt way too much like a LOST copy with all the stupid flashbacks so Im sure I'll hate this too. Short flashbacks are only acceptable every once in awhile, shows based around long flashback gimmicks are the worst. JUST GET TO THE POINT ALREADY.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • GRob

      @Mircat – LOST didn't start off with flash forwards and sideways and whatevers. The pilot episode grabbed you with a good story, good acting, and only teasers of mystery. I have not yet watched the Event, and judging from the overwhelmingly negative comments, this show will be cancelled like so many other great shows so I am hesitant to invest in it.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Natalie from Toronto

    I caught only the last half hour and feel the same as this article states. What did all the characters have to do with each other? I will give the show a chance for the next 3 episodes because I'm curious to see where this is going.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • TwM

      I lasted about 30 minutes into the Non-Event. I won't be wasting more time on this. Actors were lousy, at best. The storyline was far too jumbled. NEXT.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Eko

      Jumping bakc and forth was sort of annoying but whats more is all the commercials in between. That really turned me off. If you are trying to sell this new show that u spend millions on to an audience just leave the commercials out or at least one or two commercials at the most. Could be interesting show but i'll wait until it comes out on dvd

      September 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      I will be tuned in next week for sure!!! The pilot did its job, it made you wonder "what's next?"

      September 21, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • carole

      Seemed like 10 minutes of show and 50 minutes of commercials. Ridicuclous. We won't be watching again unless they significantly reduce commercial time.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Why watch these series?? It's a waste of time! You will sit their and follow a plot for years and then they will cancel it and if you are lucky, they will create a 2 hour finally that they will throw together because the network stopped funding the show. Just like they always do! NBC is famous for that as well as other networks.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew


      (Three seconds earlier.)

      I thought the time jumps were really distra-

      September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • elw1073

      I watch the whole episode and i am not a lost fan but the previews made this show look awesome but i dont think it lived up to the hype but the show that was on after it The Chase was pretty damn good. But sorry to The Event i will stick to my CSIs' and NCIS thanks

      September 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbh

      I want my 30 minutes back.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Great, another show that goes in circles to absolutely nowhere.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawk

      Didn't watch it last night but I recorded it on my DVR. After reading some of these comments I'm not sure I'll take the time. At least I'll be able to FF through the commercials.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      As to the question, "will I watch it again," the answer is, "not at all." It was horrible.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RS

      This show is TERRIBLE! I lost interest in about 10 minutes. I don't think I'll be watching it in the future.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie

      I miss 24.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      I completely bought into it. LOVED the way they chose to tell the story and didn't find it confusing in the slightest. If anything, it helped build the tension and absolutely sucked me in as such. I suppose without Tivo and skipping commercials, I could see how it might get confusing. Thankfully, I didn't have that problem. Did find the final moment a bit cheesy but no more so than a shaking tree and growling sounds a la the Pilot of Lost.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I was so into watching the new "CHUCK" season opener that I forgot to tape this show. From these comments, it looks like I didn't miss much. On the other hand CHUCK is still awesome and this beginning episode was very s3xy.....
      Oh Sarah those legs. Especially when she was dialing the phone with her toes....

      September 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlashForward

      Actually, many of us have already watched the entire series - we just don't realize it. That fact will be revealed in a sequence of seventeen time jumps, played out of sequence, in episode nine.

      P.S. Unfortunately, after passing through the vortex, the future will reveal that "The Event" was cancelled after one season.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Yes, to much jumping around but I agree with some that there were way to many commercials. I'll watch it once or twice more. If the commercials don't get cut then I'll go back to "Everyone Loves Raymond" re-runs.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      I want my hour back

      September 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma

      By the way I can pretty much guess what this show is gonna be all about. Another government conspiracy to kill the pres and plus mysterios alians of some sort. basically 24 + Lost there you have the new show. still think this show will be better than NIKITA though. That show really sucked. Just plain bad acting. Also, from what I can see from the preview UNDERCOVERS doesn't look intriguing. Hawaii Five O was pretty good.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I hate commercials. I find myself nowadays on Itunes and at the store picking up dvd's and blue rays. That way I can watch all 5 years over a few months and enjoy it at my leisure. On my schedule. I did this with 24, The wire, band of brothers, Dexter...I am currently half way through the wire and may try Lost next. You just need to build a backlog, and once you start doing this you really have no interest in going back. Yeah, you can't chat with people about this weeks episode, but if you can find a few people to sync up with and either watch together, it can be a fun social event. And you can lend to each other too to cut cost down. And you don't need to wate your time with shows that never pan out. You focus only on the you can tell from my list:-)

      September 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Northwoods

      Everyone should cool their jets. We have a bunch of plot lines laid out.
      Hold on; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
      One question: Why all the turbulence in the air BEFORE the plane got anywhere near the parteee?

      September 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • 24Fan

      Disclaimer – I'm a 24 fan and hated LOST.

      This show tried to capture the action/drama of 24 and mix in the mystery of LOST – major FAIL.

      Also I can reason with 'something' hacking the F-16 preventing it from shooting down the plane, but what 'hacked' the secret service men from closing the door of cadillac one or driving off. Also was there a tornado? At that distance, there was no way the plane could have generated that much turbulence on the ground (especially an approaching plane)

      This was a Non-event

      September 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Brown

      Please writers, let's keep the flashback scenes to a minimum in each episode. It was chic in Lost, but it is getting kind of redundant in long-form.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      @Eko-Seriously?! You want them to cut down on commercials? Are you that naive? First off, it's not up to the producers of the show to control how many commercials air. Commercials are how the networks make money, little Eko, and then Santa comes and... Secondly, the "jumping back and forth" as you call it, is how the plot unveils, little. It's called "entertainment". And lastly, if commercials bother you that much, you might want to check out this new thing called T...i...V...o. It's only been around since 1999.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    • lbabyvw

      I believe that Mike Buchanan was also shot and killed in the house as the last scene was of his hand surrounded by pools of blood. The airplane pilot "Mike" was not the real "Mike." That's what I got anyway.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      My prediction?

      It's Stargate interdimensional alternate universe travel mixed with District 9'ish humanoid aliens.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DHnLA

      I didn't really care for all the jumping back and forth, but I gave it a pass due to the fact that it was a pilot and needed to accomplish certain things, like introducing the main characters, plot lines, etc. But I do agree that there seemed to be a whole lot of commercials. As soon as the show got its momentum - BAM! - more commercials. But I disagree with the person who commented that the acting was bad; I thought the acting was pretty good actually. I'll stick around for at least three more episodes just for that reason alone (albeit via DVR).

      September 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I'm with you, but I'll only give it one more week to get to some relevant point. I hate shows that try to be clever but instead can only surprise you with flashbacks or dream sequences.

      I actually see parallels with the series V, rather than lost. I mean really, if you advertise that your show is like one that just ran it's course, you just advertised you have nothing new.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      The event comes from the Book of Numbers 16:28-35 when God showed up in Moses' camp against Korah's Rebellion. In that event Moses declares that to them it is clearly God if He shows up in a new way by first declaring what God was going to do differently. The ground came open and swallowed up Korah and his family, but they did not die they went straight to Sheol/Hell. They did not die a normal man's death. I noticed next week's preview showed the young guy waking up and wondering where he was. Lost was pergatory I understand when it was all said and done. This is more like the telling of the antichrist coming to power and the judgment of nations. The US first in this show.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • km

      This show is no where near as good as Lost, Lost was outstanding.
      Very weak pilot.
      Needs less ads and more intellect.
      Idk if I will watch next week.....

      September 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      As with any new show, give it time to bulid. I enjoyed the plot and look foward to the story behind each glimpse we saw.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It was interesting, but they'll need to provide some sort of answers to keep me interested. Supposedly, the "event" will be revealed a few episodes into Season 2. Based on the fact that the cabin number on the cruise ship was 5314, and the hijacked flight number was 531, there's probably a significance to the numbers. I googled them, and came up with:
      5314 is the assigned number to an asteroid. It also shows up in a wikipedia search in an entry on a Marvel character called Jamie Braddock. The reference only appears on the edit page, and it lists it as a "character id" in a comic book database. Braddock has the ability to warp time and space. So..... we're dealing with aliens who came on an asteroid who have the ability to warp time and space? Fits after Episode 1, anyway.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • gy

      I can't quite get all the complaining about the commercials...try PBS ...but regarding "The Event," it's too early to pass judgment. Maybe the pilot failed, as many have suggested, but in fairness, I agree that we should give it a few more weeks, and if it continues to be just another dumb show, and man, do we have a lot of those, try reading a book.

      September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat from PA

      The show has the potential to be great but I won't keep watching it unless the commercials are cut back A LOT. The number and length of commercials totally broke up the show and ruined the suspense.

      September 22, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      The Event, was no such thing. I agree with most of the comments of how it was just to jumbled, a mix bag of to many stories jumping back and forth between commercials.
      . I will not be tuning into this program. I don't have the time or patience for shows that have no substance, context, or even good acting. Whoever heard of an SUV being able to go on a runway after a plane expecting it to stop. When I saw that, I went so unreal
      If it lasts 5 shows I will be surprised. Just like Fast was cancelled too.

      September 22, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tbvt

      I agree with the commercial thing, the breaks were poorly placed and made it more difficult to keep up with what was going on than it needed to be. I don't think it was as hard to follow as some people have claimed though, I imagine that a lot of the folks that complained about the jumping back and forth would have problems following any story that jump back and forth to different times/perspectives...

      September 22, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bigwave

      I agree with Carole
      "Seemed like 10 minutes of show and 50 minutes of commercials. Ridicuclous. We won't be watching again unless they significantly reduce commercial time."

      September 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kong

      I'm with a previous poster...lasted 15 – 20 minutes (that I'll never get back), then decided that something, ANYTHING better must be on at that time.

      I know better now than to watch "The (non)Event" again.

      September 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfy

      I gave it a try to see what "the Event" was all about and was not impressed..Looks like they tried to duplicate what Lost did an failed miserbly

      I would be shocked it this show goes more than 2 seasons

      September 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Gates

      I have seen this. No solid plot laid out. Too many foreshadowing scenes too quickly. Nothing much to absorb a viewer. I wont be watching again.

      October 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

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