The Event

Season 1 Episode 5

Casualties of War

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2010 on NBC
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8.4
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Episode Summary

While the CDC tries to deal with the captives' contagion, Martinez and Blake try to negotiate with Thomas. Meanwhile, Simon talks to Sophia about Thomas, and Collier closes in on Vicky and Carter.

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  • Don't know why people keep bashing this show.

    10
    I honestly don't know what problems people have with The Event so far. Sure, we got a little less action and car chases, but thats the whole point of a series. Character and plot development. Which is exactly what Casualties of War gave us.



    One character (almost) turned out to be a cold blooded killer, another who was supposed to be one, as we found out, has a soft side. President Martinez threatened to kill the detainees, while Vicky agreed to let Leila go.



    This show has started using flashbacks in relevant and important ways now, kind of like Lost, where a character flaw/strength was exploited throughout the length of an episode; well, Event did the same for Vicky and Martinez here. This episode was suspenseful throughout, with its fair share of action sequences and along the way we discovered a lot about some of the people involved.



    Thomas and Simon are by far the most interesting characters here and the flashbacks of their interactions did not disappoint. I'm really looking forward to more flashbacks of involving them, and I think that they will eventually have a much bigger role to play in the near future.



    All in all, a really good episode. I hope this gets picked up for a full season and many more.moreless
  • Casualties of War

    9.5
    Casualties of War was another exciting and engaging episode of The Event. I also do not know why people bash the show. Despite its similarities to other shows it is quite original and entertaining. I haven't thought a single episode was too slow or uninteresting. I'm an avid TV watcher and have seen many types of shows, and this is definitely a great one. This episode showed more character and plot development with a few of the characters. I really found the twists of plot and changes of heart that occurred. I wonder if there will be consequences for actions taken. I think that this episode was great because it paves the way to learning more about the detainees and where their from. I can't wait to see more of this show and hope it continues to be entertaining!!!!!moreless
  • This show really has the potential to be a great one. This episode showed character & plot development. Answered some questions but gave us new ones as well.

    9.0
    Likes:

    Finally, Sean got Leila. Coz I would hate it if that storyline would drag on further.

    Vicky isn't that evil after all. But I kinda predicted what happened the moment Sean took the picture of her 'son'

    Pres. Martinez- how he handled the Thomas situation; basically the development of his character

    Flashbacks on Simon & Thomas- gave us few answers or clues



    Dislikes:

    The First Lady- She should stay away from the "State business". I like that she's a good person but she should know her place.

    Thomas- I don't know why, but something about him makes me don't wanna like him. I don't know if its his character or the acting itself. I don't know.. maybe I need to watch him more..



    Some things just don't make sense to me; there are just some flaws that the writers should fix or should avoid next time. eg. Vicky said they have to be discreet yet everything the did is the complete opposite of being discreet like killing an entire FBI office & police precinct.



    In general, what I like about this show is that every episode we get to have some answers but also get new questions at the same time. Its a good strategy to make the audience watch every week. They make the audience want to know more but at the same time they give enough answers that don't make them impatient or bored. The pacing of the series and of every episode is just right. Every time I watch the show, it surprises me when its done coz I feel like I've only watched it for a few minutes!



    I just hope this show will continue to improve coz it just has lots of potential to be a great one.moreless
  • Compared to last week's episode, which was problematic in places, this week's is a god-send

    8.0
    Now that's more like it! With this episode, I was once again getting those 24-ish vibes from the show. Sorry fans of Lost, but if you're expecting a follow-up to that show (which was arguably one of the best), this isn't it. I'd describe it more like a sci-fi 24, and tonight had some eerie images, some great action sequences and some more back-story for characters that have, until now, been painfully one-note.



    The thing I liked the most about the episode was how the character development. I still believe that the characters are being developed way too slow, but if it means that we get a good pay-off in the end, I'm all up for it. It was nice to see more of Thomas, even if he doesn't hold a candle to most other TV villains. Getting some background for him, as well as Vicky, helps make them more than just faceless characters with zero personality. I thought it was particularly interesting to learn that Thomas helped invent nuclear fusion.. does this mean he may have helped create the nuclear bomb? It's an interesting concept and seeing how the prisoners were involved in American/world history could be fun to watch.



    And I never can turn down a good action scene. It was riveting watching Sean attempt to Leila, but I'm worried they did this all too soon. We're five episodes in and they're rescued? Is it going to be like 24 where they get re-kidnapped every five episodes or will they be given something else to do? Either way, if the show can keep up the tense pacing, it'll succeed more often than not.



    Next week's preview looks very promising, and as I mentioned before, the show seems to be going more for a 24 angle than a Lost angle, which is not a problem at all. They were both great shows, 24 especially in its prime, and if The Event can manage that, I'll stick around. And with it coming back for 9 more episodes, this means there should be room to develop everything.moreless
Sarah Roemer

Sarah Roemer

Leila Buchanan

Laura Innes

Laura Innes

Sophia Maguire

Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale

Simon Lee

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Michael Buchanan

Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole

Vicky Roberts

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

First Lady Christina Martinez

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

CDC Doctor

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

Police Chief

Guest Star

Sam Page

Sam Page

Rick

Guest Star

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

FBI Agent Angie Collier

Recurring Role

Scott Michael Campbell

Scott Michael Campbell

Justin Murphy

Recurring Role

D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

Carter

Recurring Role

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