Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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The Event!!!!!!

Tiring, reading to over and over and over again - huh? Well, that's pretty much what it felt like when the advertising campaign for this series hit. They kept saying the word over and over again - as if it were going to gain more and more meaning every time the word was said. Yet no commercial or ad would give us any clue as what, exactly, the "Event" is!

This series is basically trying to be the next "Lost". What does Lost cater in? Mystery! So of course The Event is catering in nothing but mystery. I watched the first episode to at least find out what all the hype was about. Then, just like their ad campaign - the episode gave us nothing. Someone tries to crash a plane at the President, the plane vanishes - THAT'S IT! The President is supposedly going to release some mysterious group of people from prison. Who are they? What are they? Absolutely no answers. For a premiere depending on "Hooking us" to the plot - they could not have given us any less plot if they tried!

Morbid curiosity pushed me to watch the second episode. At the very least, the second episode did give us a few answers. At least now we know who and what these mysterious people are. They are aliens - apparently with only 1% of difference from us; so they are very similar to humans. The government has been keeping them prisoner because they will not explain where they came from. Apparently there are more of them out there, secretly among us. OK! So, that's at least the beginning of a plot! Why was it so important to premiere this series last week instead premiering it this week as a two-part episode? At least then we would have had some freaking answers!

Anyway - the main hero of the show, Sean Walker is the innocent man caught up in the conspiracy. His girlfriend is missing, all records of her existence are being erased, and he's on the run. What does he have to do with "The Event"? Hell if I know!

The second episode had two conflicting results with me. On the one hand there is an intense sense of urgency which is very fun. Sean trying to keep away from the cops is very entertaining. The political high-stakes action with the President is also very compelling. But they keep interrupting the flow of the story with CONSTANT flashbacks! This is the second result of watching this show - continued frustration!!! You get into the story, start to like it - but then BAM - here's another flash back 5 years ago, 10 years ago, over 60 years ago! Some of it's relevant, like the guy in charge of rooting out the aliens is in fact an alien himself, but other stuff is a complete waste of time, like Sean and his girlfriend meeting for the first time. I can only hope these flash backs stop - because momentum is the key word of this series. If it doesn't get to the damn point, and fast, it's just going to loose momentum and die.

This is definitely not Lost. Lost, while it had mysteries - you never where left without the main point of the show: a group of survivors on an island. Character drama became the core of the series - with the on-going mystery of the island being the vehicle for learning about these characters.

I don't care about the characters on "The Event". I haven't gained any kind of emotional attachment to them, and while it can be said they are attempting to build a foundation for that in these first two episodes -- it fails miserably from the get go, simply because, coming to this show from the start, there has been one and only question on everyone's mind. What, THE HELL is the Event? Anything less than answering that is an automatic disappointment.

Honestly, I'd like to walk away here telling you that I will never watch the series again. Yet, the series did it's job in one way. It's gotten me hooked. But not a good "hook", like a great plot-line, or engaging characters to watch each week. No, no. The "hook" this show is offering is like Crack - and I'm addicted. I'm left still wanting to know what "The Event" is. So, how's that for a recommendation?

"It's like Crack!"

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