The Event

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The Event
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The President is prepared to release a group of detainees who have been held in U.S. custody since World War II. However, on the day that he prepares to make the announcement, unknown conspirators force a pilot to hijack a plane and crash it at the President's compound. However, when the plane disappears in mid-air, the mystery begins. Struggling to resolve the matter is the pilot's son-in-law, computer programmer Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) investigates the conspiracy, which has abducted his fiancée, Leila Buchanan (Sarah Roemer). Meanwhile, President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) realizes that some of the detainees' people escaped capture, and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the release of the others, including their leader, Sophia (Laura Innes). He must deal with threats within and without, as the conspirators seek to ensure the detainees are never released, while the free detainees and their leader, Thomas (Clifton Collins, Jr.), use their advanced technology to force the President to yield to their demands.moreless

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  • The Event - changes the rules for me!

    8.0
    I have to say I enjoyed the series. I wish it hadn't been cancelled, and I feel a little let down by the whole viewing experience. It's akin to going to the cinema and watching a movie, only to be told at the 3/4 point, the rest of the movie does not exist. This seems to have occurred a lot recently to the point where it seems crazy to invest the time and effort in a show with a long story arc, unless you know that the show will reach a conclusion. For me the show changes the rules, now I plan to only watch series which I know have been completed. I think in the overall picture of things, it probably changes the rules too and I think there will be less shows with ambitious story arcs, and more shows taking the episodic view where a story is started and finished in 45minutes.



    I do recommend The Event but be aware from the start you will be left feeling disappointed and possibly cheated. The show has a great premise and the start of the series with the flashback method of story telling was really good. It did take a little getting used to, but it worked for me and I enjoyed it. The fact that for most viewers it was too much effort says a lot about us. I think this show along with other good series like Dark Skies, Firefly etc. will go down as a cult show, with many viewers wishing there was more and it being recommended by word of mouth to those interested in SF and conspiracy type stories.moreless
  • Great premise. Poor execution.

    7.0
    Great premise.



    What a great story idea. A gold mine that could have yielded so much.



    Poor execution.



    Willingness to delay gratification? Sure. Long attention span? Sure. But not without limits.



    The Event, with its endless flashbacks and revelations, delayed long beyond any reasonable viewer's expectations, simply wore out too many viewers.



    The end of season revelations should have occurred by mid season.
  • STUNNED BY CANCELATION

    7.0
    'THE EVENT' WAS GIVEN SUCH A HEAVY NETWORK PROMOTION, I WAS SURE IT WAS GOING TO BE AIRED TO WRITERS'S INTENDED COMPLETION. BUT, IT SEEMS ONE CAN'T INVEST TIME WATCHING THESE 'CONTINUING STORYLINE' SHOWS UNTIL THEY'RE DONE PRODUCTION. THEN, IF YOU KNOW THE WRITERS AND PRODUCERS INTENDED CREATION IS AVAILABLE, YOU CAN WATCH IT ON NTFLIX, HULU, COMCAST XTREMEPIX OR ACQUIRE IT ON DVD. I DON'T WATCH 'CONTINUING STORYLINE' TV SHOWS WHEN THEY'RE FIRST AIRED ANYMORE.moreless
  • Hope it returns

    9.0
    The event was well scripted show with lots of action and a few twists the kept me coming back for more. I do hope the show continues and isn't left hanging.
  • The Event is the best show ever!!

    10
    I just finished watching the first season of the Event on netflix.

    I barley watch tv other then the shows i record or find on netflix we like. I am so disappointed to see it end. had a wonderful plot and awesome actors. My family and I were entertained the whole time! I am so sad to see it go. It left us with a heck of a cliff hanger . I really hope it comes back bc we cant find anything else to watch :( thats actually good.moreless
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    Detectives, flashbacks, corporate secrets, mad scientists, Thrillers