The Event

Season 1 Episode 1

I Haven't Told You Everything

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2010 on NBC
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When his girlfriend Leila goes missing during a Caribbean cruise, Sean Walker accidentally uncovers a national conspiracy. Meanwhile, President Elias Martinez decides to release a group of detainees, much to the chagrin of Blake Sterling, the Director of National Intelligence.

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  • The Beginning

    8.5
    I really enjoyed the show. It was an interesting episode that really hinted at so much without revealing non-sequential playing of events, definitely adds to the mystery. The show has a definite conspiracy story feel to it, and as I like anything along those lines. I am looking forward to seeing the next episode. A good start.
  • Exciting pilot

    8.5
    I found this pilot episode to be tuly entertaining and fun that really did grip and excit me, sure the plot was confusing with all the time jumps and the show didnt flesh the chracters out as much as i think they should have but some how i over looked all that and just enjoyed it, The fast pace and orignal narritive technique made this show feel fresh and original, sure im not saying that is pilot was as good as losts but it certinaly was just as much fun, and at the end of this episode i wanted to see more which mean this pilot has done its job, well done !!moreless
  • It just didn't deliver.

    4.5
    As I've stated before, maybe NBC doesn't understand Sci-Fi. Cause let's be honest, Sci-Fi just doesn't work on network TV. In this day and age of flashy explosions and sexed up low quality characters. That isn't Sci-Fi. But of course that doesn't stop "the powers that be" from trying to enter the ring with it. But when you start over-hyping a show trying to call it "the next Lost or 24"...you already fail. Maybe NBC is just trying to hide the Sci-Fi nature of the show under conspiracies and political intrigue. That's not hard to believe cause they pretty much did that with Lost. It is the main reason why it's fans felt deceived.



    What happened in the final 2 minutes is already a weak overly done storyline. There was zero WOW factor. YAWN.



    Now to be fair, I liked the choppy pacing of the show. It treated the viewer to a disorienting experience, which is what the characters were showing through out the first episode. Good episodes are able to convey a character's feeling to the viewer. In true Pulp Fiction style, telling the story out of order enables them to give out certain information that the audience needs without spoiling plots right away. This type of story telling has already blossomed more than a handful of debates as what really is "the event", who is involved, and why certain elements happened. But that is all this episode was, just an introduction of characters with a twist ending, that wasn't really a twist. I have already read here that some sate the final 2 minutes saved the episode. I dare to say the exact opposite.



    Sci-Fi only goes as far as the story being presented, and as of now, the story hasn't been folded properly yet. You could have saved this entire waste of an episode and just played the final 2 minutes. Any of these introductions could have been handled across multiple episodes, not jammed into a single mishmash'ed one. But even taking the final 2 minutes into account. I am so sick of the same tired Sci-Fi poor story lines. It was nothing new, nothing exciting, and I didn't feel for any of the characters. Even when certain characters seemingly died. I just didn't care.



    Wah? This is what we just couldn't miss? This is what we have been waiting for? A hundred different Sci-Fi shows use similar plot devices all the time. It's nothing new, and certainly nothing to be on the edge or your seat, "waiting all summer for". Meh.



    I'll give "The Event" it's due, and give it until the 8th episode (as i do all shows) before I jump ship for good. But the first episode alone barely gets a pass by me simply because of the over-promotion. It set itself up for an epic fail, before it even aired. You have to do MUCH better than that NBC.



    This show started with a big, blinking, red flag for me. That's not a good sign.moreless
  • Tries too hard to be the next LOST

    7.0
    Flashbacks, mysterious characters, airplanes, confusion. Didn't LOST just end? The whole story is based on a bundle of characters all connected to the attempted murder of the president using an airplane. Spoiler Alert in the end they are teleported into some black hole type thing, which may or may not be "The Event". It is definitely not as good as the pilot for LOST. The directing style seems to be a copy of 24, even the president looks like a young Dennis Haysbert. So really this show is just a bunch of shows rolled into one. The performances are great but it doesn't help the unoriginality. Overall, I'll probably keep watching it, only because nothing else is on, on Mondays. Also I would be lying if I said it wasn't interesting.moreless
  • A bunch of weird stuff happens to Sean, the main character. He's supposed to be on a cruise and ends up trying to save the president. The characters seem a bit 24-ish like a recast of David Palmer and his advisor and a Jack Bauer wannabe.moreless

    2.0
    The video editors had massive ADHD. The style is awful. Have you ever seen Memento, where the scenes are in reverse chronological order? Imagine 24 turned SciFi and was put together like Memento, but done wrong. A couple minutes of the present flashes to a character 13 months ago, back to the present, back to eight days ago, back to 13 months ago, then onto another character, showing how some previous clip fits into their life, and it keeps repeating like this. They went for the Memento idea, but assumed that the entire audience is schizophrenic and won't notice the jumpiness. I think there's 25 minutes of total footage, the story builds for a few minutes, they go back in time and fill in some pieces from a character's standpoint until they get to the same footage, rewind it and play it all again with a couple pieces from someone else's view, all the while jumping all over the place chronologically. Really badly done.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

Michael Cummings

Michael Cummings

Jerry Boersma

Guest Star

Wynn Everett

Wynn Everett

Rachel

Guest Star

Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

William

Guest Star

Anna Clark

Anna Clark

Samantha Buchanan

Recurring Role

Gonzalo Menendez

Gonzalo Menendez

Air Marshal Dan Taylor

Recurring Role

Angel Desai

Angel Desai

Maureen

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: As Michael is flying the plane toward the presidential compound, the epaulets on his uniform repeatedly change from those of an airline captain (four stripes) to those of a four-star general and back.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael: Sean, relax, you have my blessing.
      Sean: I do?
      Michael: Well, you're gonna take good care of her, love her, cherish her, all that good stuff, right?
      Sean: Yes. Yes, yes, of course, absolutely.
      Michael: Good. Then you have my blessing.
      Sean: Oh, that was easier than I thought.
      Michael: Of course, if you hurt her in any way, I will have to kill you.
      Sean: Yes, I get that.

    • Blake: We sacrificed the rights of the few for the safety of the many all the time. Now, you want to do the noble thing. I get it. But now is not the time.
      President Martinez: Now is the perfect time. It's not just about protecting the rights of the few. This is about protecting human rights. Now these people may not be Americans, but we are. Look what we have done to them. We've abused them, We've detained them. Illegally, after all this time. That's not what this country's about, not anymore.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: All of a Sudden (Telekinesis)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 20, 2010 on Citytv
      Sweden: September 26, 2010 on SVT1
      Australia: September 27, 2010 on Channel Seven
      UK: October 22, 2010 on Channel 4
      Czech Republic: January 28, 2012 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (0)