Friday, April 29, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Event

The Event: Season 1, Episode 18 “Strain” (F)

I feel like it should just be a ritual at this point for me to run through all of the stupid things that happened in this episode to point out how senseless they are. The Vice-President poisoning the President himself is impossibly foolhardy, and I can’t understand why Blake needs to have indisputable proof of his complicity before bringing it to anyone. Once he’s President, there’s nothing to be done about it. If Sophia wanted him to become President right away, why did she bother using a time-release toxin rather something that would take effect right away and guarantee Jarvis’ succession? I don’t even have to do any work deconstructing Sean and Vicky’s trip ‘round the globe since they both explain just how futile and ridiculous their plan is. It frustrates me that Sean needs to keep asking Vicky why she’s helping, mainly because, as she almost admits, her character is inconsistent. I am somewhat perplexed by their seemingly endless travel budget that allows them to take a luxury train cross country on a hunch. I feel like the overarching story here, poor as it is, is still considerably better than how it plays out here, mainly because we’re focused on looking at security tapes, cleaning blood, and investigating alien corpses, which is dull as anything. The larger story, of course, could also use work. Wasn’t Martinez’s wife supposed to be an alien last episode? I guess that must not be true anymore since there are bigger fish to fry.

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