Thursday, November 11, 2010

What I’m Watching: The Event

The Event: Season 1, Episode 7 “I Know Who You Are” (D)

When some shows take a week off for whatever reason, you miss them and long for them to come back. This is not one of those shows, though I certainly had hoped that skipping a week might help to improve its quality, or at least my perception of its quality. Instead we get the revelation that another of the President’s highest-ranking advisors is covering up a huge secret. Blake’s wife, as it turns out, was a Russian spy. The way that entire plotline played out was just stupid, and I think there are too many complications distracting from the current events at hand. I find it impossible to believe that Thomas could so speedily be framing someone else as the mole in the president’s entourage, and it also seems to me that someone would be able to discover Simon’s true identity while he was unconscious. The fact that Thomas is Sophia’s daughter is a surprise, sure, but not a relevant one since it doesn’t enhance the surrounding storyline one bit. On the other end of things, I was shocked to see Hal Holbrook, credited previously but unseen, at least by me, until this point, on this show. The 85-year-old actor stopped by “Sons of Anarchy,” and his talents are way above the pedigree of this show. At least he’s in charge of everything, since anything less would be humiliating. Madeline’s continued insistence that she’s not crazy isn’t helping matters, and the fact that Jason and Sarah have lost their only allies is just so frustrating (DA, if you’re reading, what do you think of their plotline?). On top of it all, the end crosses a major line that’s just not okay. Aliens and assassinations I can live with. Creepy children? Nope.

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