Friday, May 20, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Event

The Event: Season 1, Episode 21 “The Beginning of the End” (F)

Since I last wrote about this show, NBC has wisely and unsurprisingly decided not to bring it back for another season, which means that next week’s season finale will be the last miserable, convoluted episode this show ever produces. This penultimate entry automatically loses points for taking the title of an awesome “Lost” episode (the season four premiere). Everything seems to be finally coming together, and boy is it underwhelming. Our two crack teams – Sean and Vicky and Blake and Simon – are suddenly united as they join with everyone’s least favorite whiny hybrid, prepared to stop an enormous alien invasion that five people most definitely shouldn’t be logically able to prevent. All of Jarvis’ mumbo-jumbo about being the President and insisting on doctor-patient confidentiality being broken in order to ensure a smoother chain of command transition is nauseating, but not as unbelievable as the way with which he’s managed to botch the aftermath of his already botched assassination attempt. Being smacked in the face by the former first lady is one thing, but to have your sins aired out publicly seems a bit ill-conceived as a plan. I’ve also always wondered after so many years of “24” and other TV presidents if, in real life, wounded presidents are left unattended by medical professionals the way they seem to be on the silver screen. I suppose it’s too much for me to expect any sort of coherence at this point, and just to revel in the fact that this show won’t have the opportunity to head into any new illogical territory next season.

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