Thursday, November 18, 2010

What I’m Watching: The Event

The Event: Season 1, Episode 8 “For the Good of Our Country” (D-)

Why is this episode necessary? Sean and Leila are literally running around while no one’s chasing them, desperately kidnapping paramedics in order to get Sean’s gunshot wound closed up. What next, you ask? Well, presumably Sean possesses some great knowledge about why his future father-in-law was the one chosen to fly the plane that the shadow organization behind everything deems dangerous enough to devote teams and teams of hired killers to botch time and time again. I just don’t see the point. This goes back to my problem with Vicky’s fake boyfriend not being in on it all – wouldn’t it have made sense to take care of all loose threads, like Sean, from the beginning? It’s so frustrating I get annoyed just thinking about it. And then there’s the Vice President, revealed to be deeply involved in the conspiracy in a completely non-interesting way that doesn’t help to drive the plot forward one bit. He’s just another person in over his head who couldn’t provide any helpful answers if he wanted to. Hal Holbrook’s Dempsey as an alien for some reason unable to hide his age? Now that’s a bit more interesting. But given the welcome break from that freaky kids reveal at the end of last week, it’s clear that this stuff won’t be addressed in a linear fashion. This show is continuing to go down the same route “Flash Forward” did last year by airing two more episodes and then going off the air until the end of February, when the show will be relaunched. Say it with me: “there’s going to be another event.” Who cares?

1 comment:

Aaron said...

abe, i completely agree with your review of this episode and series in general. Unfortunately it seems like show is developing in almost exactly the same way as 24 might develop, with the conspiracy growing and growing except that this show is not nearly as well done as 24.