Things aren't what they seem on 'The Event'
October 5th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Things aren't what they seem on 'The Event'

[Editor's note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't watched the latest episode of "The Event," stop reading now.]

Three episodes into "The Event," it certainly still has my attention, though it's almost entirely driven by plot twists, each one more outlandish than the last.

One major problem I can see coming down the road is what might happen if the story starts to veer too far into bizarro territory. No matter how far down the rabbit hole "Lost" went, it always had characters to ground it in reality. So far, the only emotional center for "The Event" is Sean Walker (the rest of the characters, except possibly President Martinez and his family, are still enigmas, in part to service the plot).

On Monday night's episode, we finally got a little more insight into Sean (for those who haven't perused NBC's website, anyway). It turns out that he's not merely a video game programmer, but he has a little history having hacked into a government database for fun.

Through much of the episode, he was still the only person not in on the conspiracy - or within high levels of the government - to really have an inkling that something not right is going on.

Meanwhile, "Vicky Roberts" (just one of her aliases) was transporting Sean's girlfriend Leila, and after being pulled over by an inconvenient police officer, she dispatched him and threw him in the back of the van.

At the same time, one of the aliens (or non-humans?) immediately took the president's offer to spill everything he knows about "The Event," but was soon killed by his own loyal-to-Sophia girlfriend, after a 66-year relationship no less.

And after presidential adviser Blake Sterling got wind of Sean, he sent some agents - who are also separately working with "Vicky" - to pick him up. The minute that Blake thought someone might be growing suspicious, the agents started to open fire on an entire office of federal agents.

Lucky for Sean, he saved the first federal agent that was taking him in from a burning car, because the two were able to escape together from the shoot-out. Just when I thought they were going to kill off anyone who was getting suspicious, or about to spill the beans, they let her live for another episode.

But that was nothing compared to the last scene, where we see all of the passengers on the plane, including Leila's father, pilot Michael Buchanan, suddenly come back to life. Now there are a lot more people who know something weird has been going down.

Are you still hooked on "The Event"? What do you think happened to the passengers? Is Sophia good or evil? Share your thoughts on video or in the comments below.

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  1. john5434

    I just had to come back and add another gapping hole in plot that really needs to be tightened up:

    The guy crashing into the two FBI agents and one of the lead characters – killing an FBI agent and a cop. Why, who... were questions that immediately popped into my mind that were never answered. Here is this guy in a motor home with a clear view of the road block and a car making a turn and he rams into them.

    It's this kind of weak writing that's going to get this show cancelled pretty soon.

    October 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john5434

    I'm going against most of the comments here, including the positive review. 'The Event' is already starting to lose me as a viewer. That's a shame because the first episode held such promise.

    We have aliens with advanced tech unable to free their captive comrades for 66 years. This really needs an explanation.

    An office full of FBI agents that have been murdered, cannot simply be buried.

    A naive, comp-sci hacker surviving impossible odds with unbelievable luck his constant companion. This has got to stop in order to make the story more believable.

    A stereotypical carton-like government agency lead my the same one-dimensional villain from 'Heroes' doing the same "save America from super-powered beings" bit. It failed on 'Heroes' and it's going to fail here.

    The characters needs depth, something no one at this point has got.

    I thought FlashForward, in contrast, was a well-written successor to LOST – focusing on character development as well as a tightly woven-plot. I was sad to hear it was cancelled. 'The Event' needs a complete make-over soon if we're to care about what happens to anyone on this show. I am hopeful the get a little more grounded by episode 4 – now that so much as been revealed.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Verco

    I believe the series gets it's storyline directly from the popular "Nibiru" dark star conspiracy, about a planet coming dangerously close to Earth and destroying The Earth's surface in 2012. Some of the people who believe in this conspiracy theory also believe in an alien race that will try to save some of us from this "event" before it happens.

    Search for "Nibiru" on Google to read more. "The Event" must be either a planetary pole shift (explaining the backwards "E") or the arrival of the "dark star".

    October 6, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. snarf

    The show is moving around too much.
    They are fastracking something and then a "break" that get us to somewhere else where we can´t get a connection with the last scene.
    Then many things goes around without any kind of explanation or something to get a point on a simple question: "what was that?".
    We get the name "the event"... but until now we have so much events that i think that "the event" is something else that will happen by the end of the series... When they cancelled it for not having enough audience.

    October 6, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    I've never seen this show. Is it any good?

    October 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sunny

    I am addicted to this show! Best thing to happen to TV in a long time. I liked LOST (until they ruined it in the last episode), but this has much more potential! Sophia is absolutely the BEST character on the show! I want to see a LOT more of her! I believe she will turn out to be one of the "good guys".
    It had a shaky start (too many flashbacks in the pilot ep) but seems to be getting better with each week!

    October 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. VAF2675

    Still not impressed. Lost was much more entertaining three shows in. Granted the whole dead people coming back to life bit at the end was really a good curve ball.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Would it be too much to ask for to find out that the people from the airplane are now zombies? Now THERE'S an "Event"! xD

      October 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sherryrae40

    I'm hooked... Love this show!! can't wait til next Monday to see how all the passengers came back to life!!

    October 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sherryrae40

      Its actually giving me what I've been missing with no FlashForward season 2. A good mystery to unravel... and try to guess who the good guys are and who the bad guys are...

      October 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    I just want to see Leila and Vicky fight some more...ok a LOT more.
    Is that too much too ask?

    October 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

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