The Event

Season 1 Episode 22

Arrival

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 23, 2011 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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While Martinez and Peel seek to remove Jarvis from power, Sean, Vicky, Sterling and Simon try to stop the release of the virus, and Leila fights for her life. Meanwhile, Earth prepares for the worst as the portal from the alien planet begins to open.

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  • An Abrubt ending - or non-ending

    8.0
    I have enjoyed the series. I think the series suffered from having to meet external demands. I think if the writers were left to their own devices we would have had a more enjoyable and less disjointed show. I didn't like the decision to do away with the flashback method of storytelling, and some storylines seemed to end abrubtly with no reason why. What happened to the FBI agent? What was the complete story behind the shapeshifting billionaire? Why did he want to collect small children and test them? In the end this episode ended without a real conclusion, the Event happened and we saw nothing further. I think this episode was on par with most of the episodes in the series, good entertainment without being amazing.moreless
  • It was i long time since i saw this episode so my judgement migh tbe a little bit far fetched.We loved this episode, infact this episode summed up what could have been a great show and a replacement for shows like Lost.moreless

    8.5
    There was a lot of " haa ha we know whats going on and you dont" in this show. So much so that a lot of viewers had no idea what the writers were tryig to say and so the lost its punch, it's audience and its self. Unlike lost when information is with held from the audience there was a healthy does of anticipation. The event never successfully engaed its audience, and so it easily became another scrap of paper on the trash can.

    The pacing was all wrog in this season, but what they did get right was the ending of the season. finding out that the first lasdsy was an alien.. classic! incomparison to the lengthy storyline on how the president recovered from his near death experience.. erm not so great. I found the effects to be reminiscent of a low budget summer movie. We don't really see how great this show could have been till they cancelled it.

    My best part was the cat and mouse chase between the state and layla (and gang). Also the mid games between Sophia and Acting president Jarvis. The amount of times layla and Sea saved the world is quiet unreal. Nonetheless i was one of the few who stood by this one. But NBC did not know what to do with it so it.

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  • Arrival

    10
    Arrival was a perfect episode of The Event and if there were more episodes like this one it may have survived the chopping block. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of action, drama, intrigue, surprise, betrayal, sacrafice, and unexpected events. I thought it was great how Sterling, Lee, Sean, and Vicki worked together. It was admirable how President Martinez approached Jarvis with humility in order for the greater good. I think there was a lot of character development for many of the characters. As the series has been cancelled I must say that though I'd like to know and see more I was satisfied with the ending of this series which is rare when a series I enjoy is cancelled prematurely. I look forward to the possibility SyFy may pick up the series and continue the story!!!!!!!moreless
  • I'm actually glad NBC is axing this one. It's quite clear to me by now they dont have the brains to run this show. And since you cant tick a box for "spoiler alert" on this site dont blame me if I do just that.moreless

    1.5
    This series have been a sad story from the get-go. A very promissing story implemented in the worst way possible. In a perfect world the idiots in charge of this show would land on their K9's otuside of the NBC-studios, but that wont happen. They'll prolly just get another show to ruin...

    Sadly this finale is one of the worst eps of the show.



    1: How hard can it be to close down an airport? I can think of a few ways to do it just using a phone.



    2: The firefight at Dulles. If you (like the bad guy carting the virus) close your eyes BEFORE you fire your gun I bet you wont hit the inside of a barn. I can promise you you wont hit your foes leg, and then his torso. What idiot hires these z-rate actors?



    3: If you warp an earthsize planet in at twice the distance of the moon an EVENT is kind of an understatement. The tidal forces would prolly rip both planets apart.

    And how does that planet stay in orbit without the speed needed not to fall into the sun? People knew about this 300 years ago ffs. (Google Isaac Newton).



    There are more things but...why go on?



    I really hope NBC is successful in selling this to another network. I still like the premise of the show and maybe another network can "unfix" what NBC screwed up.moreless
  • A descent episode that felt a lot like a summer blockbuster. Without the big special effects or exciting story.

    6.0
    My biggest problem with the finale was that a lot about Sofia's masterplan to destroy mankind was so simplistic that it's hard to believe that there's a season long story behind it. I mean she did want to spread a virus that killed off everybody in the world and they did that with three cans. Yes. I'm sorry but that felt ridiculous. Also, there was this team that shot everyone except for Sofia. So the entire plan rested on her shoulders. Which seems very cliche. Also there was this girl who had the virus but took an awful long time to die. But she wouldn't die because she was pregnant. Didn't see that one coming. Oh, wait, I kind of did.

    Then there was the side plot of the president being sick but wanted to be reinstated because the vice-president was a bad guy too dumb for his own good. This whole storyline felt from a completely different show. While the rest of the cast was shooting (an awful lot) and trying to save the world, these two men were bickering 'he's lying' 'no he's lying'. Very exciting stuff.

    Strangely, as predictable and lame as it all turned out, I was kind of entertained through out the entire episode. The show does have a great cast and I some of the effects weren't all too bad. The ending left me seriously confused. Which was fun. Had it not been canceled.moreless
Sarah Roemer

Sarah Roemer

Leila Buchanan

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Sophia Maguire

Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale

Simon Lee

Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole

Vicky Roberts

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

First Lady Christina Martinez

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Vice President Raymond Jarvis

Dondre T. Whitfield

Dondre T. Whitfield

Agent Mike Garret

Guest Star

Barbara Tarbuck

Barbara Tarbuck

Speaker of the House

Guest Star

Chet Grissom

Chet Grissom

Kroll

Guest Star

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Carlos Geller

Recurring Role

Sean Carrigan

Sean Carrigan

Devon

Recurring Role

Samuel Ball

Samuel Ball

Aaron

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Martinez: Sophia, it's over. You lost. We stopped you.
      Sophia: You might find this hard to believe, but the truth is I ordered the spread of the virus as an act of mercy. We will still need to make room for our people here, one way or another. However, now, the only choice open to us will be far from humane.

    • Vicky: Sean.
      Sean: Yeah?
      Vicky: I didn't join this fight willingly. You know that. But you forcing me to is the reason why my family is safe. And because of you, I'm no longer ashamed to face them. Thank you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 23, 2011 on Citytv
      UK: May 30, 2011 on Channel 4
      Czech Republic: April 8, 2012 on Prima COOL

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