The Event: Conspiracy Theories Are Fun!

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.


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I think this episode was a little bit of an improvement--when the dog is barking at Sophia, did anyone else hear a weird sound layered in there somewhere? I have to agree about the pseudo-character development, and the cheesiness of some of these actors, but I found Lee\'s background story to be almost a genuinely good storyline. @pierresund: I agree. Don't complain, Tim--I'd kill to have your job of writing scathing reviews for subpar television shows.
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Honestly - few things are as annoying as a critic complaining about having to do his job. Also, it's a genuine sign of a critic who doesn't KNOW how to do his job.
Then again - it's of course been pretty obvious for a long time that THIS critic thinks that his job is to line up some random thoughts and pass it off as a review, preferably with some obnoxious attempts of jokes in between. There are loads of kids in junior high that makes up better stuff than this in between classes.

At least TV.com has ONE name of it's payroll that does his work as a TV critic (and does it darned well to!) - Louis Peitzman.

As of the episode, it was rather bleak - not sure I will return again.
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i liked this episode. now we understood why the family was chosen.
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This week episode was fantastic
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I think the whole dog barking scene was just to show Sophia was freaked out by the outside world. Considering she's been in prison in Alaska for 60 years it's pretty understandable. Either that or she's afraid of dogs.
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Good episode. The "others" are definitely advanced humans from the future, a la 4400, which was a great show. Also, that wacky journalist had to be dumb because if she had taken that folder the smart way, then we'd just be left with a crazy woman with a gun, and another missing piece of an interesting puzzle.
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I think the only entertaining thing about this show are Tim's round-ups of it. I am more than done with this piece of crap, which reminds me of some terrible blend between Heroes S2 and FlashForward.
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good episode but sucked that it didnt have Vicky in it.Her character has grown on me.MORE VICKY!
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Sophia speaks Mandarin because they are FROM THE FUTURE. Seriously, it's obvious. 1% DNA difference, Thomas' talk about "they're still using whatever technology" in last weeks episode, and now the Mandarin speak.

If aliens exist, it would be INCREDIBLY unlikely that the ones visiting us, would look exactly like us. Of course the writers know this, they wouldn't slap us in the face by concluding that they are in fact, aliens (I hope). So I guess now we need to know why and how they're in the past. :)
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They are time travellers... but for now they are just able to move through space...
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Agree with comment below... Most addictive awesome new Tv show... On Once a week is not enough... Vikky is awesome, which she was in it more...
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This show is really addictive. Best new show by far.
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Funny article as usual (that's not sarcastic)..... Wasn't crazy about this episode though. and Sarah Roemer is not a very good actress.....
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I can tell that you like the show about as much as I do, but I don't understand how you can write off Simon's story as "just a bunch of stuff that happened." He's my favourite character now. And the escape sequence was one of the best choreographed action sequences on television in recent memory.
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Give it a break. It's fun to watch and I care about most of the characters. Sometimes a show plays the pure entertainment card and it all works out. I believe in this show!
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ALIENS!?!?!?
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The correct Mandarin translation is actually:
Old man: Watch where you're going! (Literal - You don't look at the road, you?)
Sophia: I'm sorry!
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Not aliens. They are from the future. A la Planet of the Apes. This is my theory. Genetic manipulation to have extremely long living humans. Steven Hawking even said that's how astronauts of the future will be made. Genetic manipulation.
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I think the series is not so well not in comparison with other series.
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