Guys, I have an announcement! I have a new favourite character on The Event! And it's the exact character that this show has needed all along!
I'm talking of course about the crazy lady who spouts conspiracy theories like that homeless dude who smells like old beer-soaked bologna. Her name is Madeleine Jackson and she used to be a journalist, as she so eloquently told us. She's a fantastic addition to the series, because it's important that the audience of such a ridiculous show like The Event be open to her hare-brained theories. And what better way for us to believe what she's saying than make her a twitchy, nervous mess? And she's awfully dumb (she told Sean to drop the papers then decided to let him hand them to her, oops!). I'm sure she'll get killed off soon.
"Loyalty" gave much of the focus to Simon, our handsome alien mole with a soft spot for redheads. You and me both, brother! We flashed back (flashbacked?) to Simon in short shorts in the '50s, just chillin' on the cliffs of Venice Beach with his old woman, having a gay old time. But then my former favorite character, Thomas, shows up, and rains on his parade. Tommy tells Simon he has to ditch his love because it just ain't going to work, what with the aliens' master plan to get back to their crib.
So Simon dumps her and moves on to be forever young and handsome while she dries up. Later, he sees his main squeeze 40 years later, or "10 Years Ago" in Event-speak, and she's old and he's young and she recognizes him but her handler says, "Oh don't worry she's got Old Person's Memory Disease." Simon is way too dreamy to outright ditch her, so he visits her in a hospital or old folk's home and gives her a sunflower. And that's the end of that story.
Meanwhile, Sophia is involved in a lot of weird stuff on her way to the secret alien meet-up space. First she bumps into an Asian man who says, "Why you trippin'?" in a foreign language, and she replies back in the same tongue, "Step off, dude." How does Sophia know (I'm guessing) Mandarin, and why did the producers decide to add that scene in at all? We know/think that Sophia and her people are "aliens" so let's assume that they've been studying our planet for a long time and are fluent in many languages, or that Sophia had a lot of time on her hands in Alaska and went through every edition of Rosetta Stone for Windows. And what was that dog barking at? Because it seemed like the producers intended to show that it was barking at Sophia, yet it was clearly looking at something else. Maybe it was one of those lazy-eyed dogs or there was a juicy steak across the street.
In the end, Simon, Sophia, and Thomas meet up in an old building with the Feds in pursuit. Sophia begs Simon to come with them in an underground tunnel, and he says no, maybe because he likes this world. Kind of like Morris Chestnut's character in V. Could Simon be our turncoat? And by "our" I mean humans? Could his fling with the redhead be enough to convince him to give up safety with his alien friends? Simon ends up leaving the building in an excruciatingly long slow-motion one-take sequence, and the building ends up collapsing into a giant, sparkly blue hole. I will admit, that last shot of the building sucked in the hole was pretty neat.
It was another episode of The Event. Some attempts at character development, but really, it was just a bunch of stuff that happened. The show started off with answers galore, but has now slowed down on the reveals that made it watchable. This show still needs a lot of work, and fortunately, it was given a full-season order to work the kinks out. Unfortunately, that means I have to write about it another 18 times.