The Event Inches Forward. Slowly.

I don't know about you, but at this point in The Event I'm totally rooting for the aliens. It might be poor etiquette to root against humans, what with global warming, radiation poisoning, and natural disasters doing their darndest to wipe us off the map in real life. But there simply isn't one human character I give a hooey about on this show.

So it was with a heavy heart and many tears that I responded to Thomas' troubling news. The aliens' home planet is going to be uninhabitable thanks to its sun going totally supernova. The lethal gamma rays are expected to hit the planet within weeks, and the planet will be nothing but a dustbowl within a year.

This is a plot twist that I can agree with, and a step in the right direction when it comes the producers at least feigning interest in fixing this train wreck of a show. Of course The Event has no real chance of redeeming itself in the next few months, and in what will likely be its final episodes, but tightening the screws on what we all suspect the titular Event is—aliens coming to Earth—at least gives us hope that we will see some fireworks before this thing is put to bed for good.

There's a chance that The Event can still go out like V did, in a spectacular explosion of character-killing, silly special effects, and ridiculousness. That's about all we can hope for from programs that are so off-the-rails, and getting to the so-called Event would help put that ball of ridiculousness into play.

The question is: What's taking the show so damn long to get there? Calling your show The Event without getting to THE event is like Lost spending two-thirds of a season in the airport, waiting for Oceanic 815 to take off. It took about 0.1 seconds for us to realize that Jack was, indeed, lost.

Instead of becoming invested in the story, we spend much of our Event-watching time asking questions. Stupid questions. Questions like "Where did Vicky and Sean get fingerprint-reproduction equipment and passport-faking technology?" "Why would Vicky put a picture of herself as a brunette in her fake passport to get into the fundraiser and then go put on a blonde wig?" "Our government really can't crack the aliens' encryption on text messages? What does the text message say, 'C U @ church in SF'?" "How did the government have a camera on the front door of the church if they didn't know where Sophia was going?" And my favorite, "What's the point of having a scare at the fingerprint ID machine if on the next try it's just going to say 'Identity Confirmed'?"

That's why the reveal that there's now a ticking clock to get the aliens to Earth is so important for the series. Because after a 14-episode prologue, we might actually be on to something here! So please, PLEASE bring on the aliens, and let them land on Earth and then vaporize every human on the planet who's deemed not worthy for slavery.


Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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Mar 27, 2011
Kinda sucks, the show had a great deal of potential... At this point it's like watching a train wreck.
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Mar 27, 2011
Completely agree with everything written here, hopefully they can at least salvage this wreck and at least make it satisfactory.
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Mar 27, 2011
v wasn't cancelled yet.they are having conventions for god sake's telling people what will happen in season 3.
as for the event.this show was bad from the first episode.they had a conference with the president and told him they have aliens in a prison twice.watch the episode.you'll see
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Mar 25, 2011
Hal Holbrook looks like Granny Goodness.
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Mar 24, 2011
Agree that they need a major make-over of casting/characters if The Event has any chance of avoiding cancellation.

Horrible casting choices for many of the primary roles, such as Thomas and The Prez, - both of these roles should reflect charisma and leadership. Instead they are extremely boring. Of course the writing doesn't help them.

The half alien girlfriend looks like her face is frozen with botox or something
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The Worlds Most Aged Man should stick to doing Mark Twain.

Much better sci-fi has gotten axed prematurely in the past, The Event deserves to be axed but I keep hoping it will find itself.
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Mar 24, 2011
plz just stop watching it !!
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Mar 24, 2011
Sadly, I bet that the only event we are going to get is the one we got, the plane teleporting..........
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Mar 24, 2011
The Event is going to be the producer of the show standing out on his balcony screaming "I'm not going to take it anymore!"
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Mar 24, 2011
In my opnion, the event of the title will NOT be the aliens comming to Earth. Althought they play a part in the event, the real main event will be set in motion by Demsey (Hal Holbrook), and what he is up to with the aliens children. One major clue as to what the event is popped up in the piolet episode when a television news report watched by Leila's father announced that President Marteize signed a major health care bill into law. A major clue, but one we all overlooked.
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Mar 24, 2011
Vicky has to be the worst actress on tv. She makes Leila look like an Oscar winner.
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Mar 24, 2011
@niedermayer27 That's what I was thinking. It reminds me of 24 because of the action stuff. It's not like the other sci-fi series we've seen. I'm getting a bit tired of them always cancelling these shows, then make new ones that'll suffer the same fate instead of keeping them around.
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Mar 24, 2011
I don't understand why so many dislike The Event. Oh yeah, it's probably that hate-everything-trend still going on. The Event is fun! It's just not that much sci-fi in it (yet), but more action and political cover-up stuff. I really hope they won't cancel this or V.
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Mar 23, 2011
moving slowly inch by inch is right. Its sooo slow its like watching an anime. which i love but those are 30 minutes this is a freaking hour!
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Mar 23, 2011
But I have to admit, I think Thomas is my favorite character in the show. He's so over the top! Love it!
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Mar 23, 2011
LOL @ headclub re: cheeks. That's exactly why I chose that image. He looks adorable!
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Mar 23, 2011
Also - why don't we have paragraph breaks in our comments? Annnnoying!
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Mar 23, 2011
Hey Slefve - I appreciate the feedback and totally see all your points. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the time in the show could be used better. How about a quick explanation of the fingerprinting kit or how they tracked the couple down instead of spending time on Sean almost getting busted at the fingerprint ID checkpoint? What is the purpose of showing Sean at the fingerprint checkpoint at all? Couldn't that 60 seconds of screen time be used in a better way? As for the camera, it was probably just a case of bad editing. Right after Sophia entered the church, they cut to Martinez in the war room and had a shot of the front door guard's face in one of the monitors. Perhaps some time passed where special ops guys had a chance to get in place, but in terms of continuity, the editing made it seem like it was right after she walked in. The Event could be a good show, but it's doing so many little things wrong. Really basic TV things that undermine all the seriousness it's trying to convey. This forces us to rationalize explanations for unusual happenings, and that shouldn't happen in quality television.
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Mar 23, 2011
Oh yeah, and the villain pictured above looks way lovable to be scary. Anyone else just wanna pinch his cheeks?
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Mar 23, 2011
The wig fiasco is classic hilarious Event!// but I don't know why you're rooting for the 'aliens' Tim; Thomas is the worst villain in the history of villainry, and yawn-tastic Sophia should be replaced with Sophia Bush so I stop falling asleep during her scenes.... every episode has some weird diversion followed by someone being blackmailed by people holding their family hostage. Let's review: Leila's family (her mom which no one gives a sh** about, seriously, did anyone shed a tear for this woman?!?!?), General Dinkus- 2 episodes ago, the vice president, Sean threatening Vicki's family now, I'm sure there's more but I forget...
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Mar 23, 2011
This show is almost like Jersey Shore, you watch it only because its absurdity entertains you. Yet another awkward episode. I did like Sean's thinking in the hotel - so if they the couple can identify them then how exactly will hitting them in the head change that? Also just leaving the couple there so they can warn someone after a few hours is well thought out. The president character still keeps being cliched, all moral in situations when he doesn't need to be and at times seems just ridiculous. Vice President betrays the white house and his country? Oh, surely nothing can be done about that, let's just keep him around for some strange tension which doesn't really work... facepalm. Also the advanced aliens can't find or construct better communication techniques than SMS text messaging, really? Then there's Leila...which is still played by a horrible actress but now she is creepily observing conversations without making a sound or showing emotion like The Observer from Fringe, creepy.
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Mar 23, 2011
I noted that ID said she was born in 1970, so perhaps that's why she dressed like an 80s hooker to age her!!

These aliens aren't good at childcare either are they? It's child-snatcher-tastic time after time with no actions by the aliens, seemingly. It's not like they don't have the tech know how to fake IDs etc. so they could call on the law. And did I imagine seeing that old bloke's face go all wonky in an earlier ep - before he got his child shot? What's the deal there really?

The guess is next week will see a portal for them to vanish by from the church. Either that or there'll be a massive tech blunder and the Stay-Pufft marshmellow guy will be summoned and stand on it. Now that's a finale I'd pay a dollar for.
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Mar 23, 2011
The Event is the worst show on TV right now. PLEASE CANCEL IT NOW!!!!
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Mar 23, 2011
I'm with you, rooting for the aliens. I mean, only some of them are malicious and the rest can get over themselves and at least pretend to respect and love the planet that practically saved their lives. Especially now that President Martinez is being such a jerk about the whole thing. I mean I know you have to draw a line somewhere, but what's he afraid of with them all being out? I say capture Thomas (the head) and the rest (the body) will fall apart.
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Mar 23, 2011
Tim Surette: I have at many occasions read your reviews and to be honest, its good reading. But lately you have been writing more or less stupid things just to put the show down. This review beeing the class example. 1. Real picture of her in the passport and dyed hair with some after grow in it, is much more belivable then a pivture of a woman that she didnt look like at all. So the thing with the wig was acctually more brilliant. 2. Fingerprints. Just clay and thin latex. Not to hard to find in a hardware store. 3. Fingerprint error. If he placed the finger a little wrong, it would give it an error. (acctually experienced that yesterday when getting a new passport. Finger was placed worng and had to do it again.) Anticipation, is a commonly used effect for suspence in all tv shows/films you watch. 4. Camera at the fornt door. A team of top trained elite soldiers can of course track a person without beeing seen. For all we know, dressed in civilian and walking right ahead of them until they got out of the car. Then keeping close to the subject. No problem filming them when they stopped out side the church. More interested in knowing how Leila got to the church at the same time as the alien she is living with. Doubt public transport is as effective as a car in SF. (not been there tho, so might be wrong)
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Mar 23, 2011
I like the show and i have hope that it will come around!!! UGH why did i had to wait an extra day for this review??
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Mar 23, 2011
So they're starting to steal from Earth: Final Conflict. That story involved aliens from a dying planet.
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Mar 23, 2011
It kept nagging me how the government was confounded by Sophia's phone (since the phone should be traceable as long as it's on and getting a signal even if it's not in use). Then I noticed that she had an iPhone 4 and it all clicked into place: she's holding it the wrong way! Seriously, a regular iPhone on AT&T or Verizon, with nothing special attached to scramble the signal or whatever and the entire US government can't trace it or decode an SMS sent to it? Now that's saying something either about Apple's "alien" technology, or the intelligence services' inadequate funds to get some working equipment.

By the way, I agree with tbeyond. I think this is gonna end up with a Planet of the Apes reveal that these aliens are actually evolved humans from our future.
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Mar 23, 2011
Zzz...
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Mar 23, 2011
I think i figured it out, The Event that it's leading up to, is actually the cancellation of this show. Clever producers very clever.
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Mar 23, 2011
oh come on, the aliens are actually humans from the future trying to avoid the sun's (our sun's) destruction by traveling back in time. The Event is the death of the sun. This is all why the aliens are sooo close in comparison to us, but not quite, because of their evolution.... If they rush to tell us this then no one will watch. Like why it took 5 seasons to see the smoke monster.... but then, that's just my opinion, i could be wrong...
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Mar 23, 2011
I like this show. It gets way too much bad press because people (like you) keep comparing it to Lost. It's not a bad show to Tivo. Reminds me a little of 24.
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Mar 23, 2011
I'm really glad I quit watching this. Just reading your review makes my head almost explode.
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