The Event: Pilot (9/20/10)

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Hopefully The Event can fill the void left by LOST so I figured I’d start from the beginning and write about it each week. I don’t know a whole lot about the show other than what tonight’s synopsis says below, but the trailers looked pretty cool so hopefully it turns out that way. What I do know is that the writer/creator of the show mapped out 5 seasons of the show, from beginning to end, and brought that to the networks. It was pitched as a 5 season show, no more no less, and the network picked it up based on that. So far they’ve shot 7 episodes and hopefully it does well enough to continue through the 5 seasons.


The series about a spectacular conspiracy gets underway with everyman Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) looking into the disappearance of his girlfriend Leila (Sarah Roemer) from a Caribbean cruise. In other events, the president (Blair Underwood), over the objections of his National Intelligence director (Zeljko Ivanek), plans to announce he’s released a group of detainees.

So what did you guys think?

I thought it was pretty good, but it seems, after reading comments on other sites, that a lot of people didn’t like it. I know the show has been described as the next “LOST”, but I think that’s where the problem lies. People need to give it a chance as it’s own show and not have such high expectations for it out of the gate. I’ll agree, I also thought of LOST when I saw the first previews for it, and I definitely see some similarities, but it’s a totally different show and I feel it needs to be looked at as such.

There may be spoilers from here on out, so read at your own risk.

I personally don’t have a problem with the way the story unfolded last night. If you watched it you know what I’m talking about and for those that didn’t, let me explain. The show opened with Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) coming out of an airplane bathroom where he had apparently changed clothes so we can assume that he was not supposed to be on the plane. He appears quite nervous as the plane is getting ready to take off… Cut to 12 minutes earlier and we see a man in a black SUV frantically calling the airport control tower trying to get them to stop the plane because there is a terrorist on board… cut to 13 days earlier… we see some else, etc… I don’t remember the exact order of the flashbacks, but essentially that’s how the story was shown. Every few minutes we would jump around in time and while the show initially tells you what time period your jumping to, when you jump back it doesn’t inform you so you have to kind of piece things together in your head… and I liked it. I thought it was an interesting way to tell the story without using LOST style flashbacks and it was easy enough to follow if you paid attention.

As for the actual plot, from what we learned last night, Sean Walker goes on a romantic cruise with his girlfriend Leila Buchanan where he intends to propose. They are having a great time, met a couple new friends and keep getting interrupted when Sean wants to propose. After coming back from a snorkeling tour with a new found friend, Sean finds that Leila is missing. She stayed behind because she wasn’t feeling well. The cruise ship no longer has any record of either of them being on the boat and Leila’s cell phone number has been disconnected… Meanwhile, someone has broken into Leila’s parent’s house and killed her mother, kidnapped her sister and either forced her dad, or are working with her dad, to crash a plane into the President’s summit regarding the release of 97 prisoners that were being held at a secret base in Alaska. As the plane is on approach to crash into the summit, it disappears. It reminded me a lot of The Langoliers.

So what does that leave us with, a plane that just ups and disappears, 97 mysterious strangers that have been held hostage in Alaska by the US Government, a group of people that want to kill the President and/or the hostages and a missing girlfriend. My take on the whole thing is that Leila’s dad, Mike, is being forced to fly the plane into the summit by another group in exchange for his 2 daughters’ safety. I don’t think he’s in on it because you could see the fear in his eyes as he’s flying the plane as well as the fact that they kidnapped his daughters and killed his wife, so I’m pretty sure my initial speculation was wrong. As for the 97 “hostages” that are being held in Alaska, I’m not really sure who they are or why they are being held. I’ve read some theories that say they are aliens, which is plausible based on the plane disappearing at the end, but I’m going to go ahead and theorize that they are actually a secret group of scientists that have developed some ridiculous technology that the government wants, but they won’t give it up…. Either that or they some how got a hold of alien technology, but I really hope it doesn’t have to do with aliens. V was a bust in my eyes so I really don’t want to see this go in the same direction.

That’s my basic take on The Event pilot episode and I will definitely continue to watch the show. I think if you didn’t like it last night you need to give it another chance and try to forget about LOST while you’re watching it. And for those of you that don’t want to get sucked into another show surrounded in mysteries that will never be answered, you don’t have to worry. The producers of the show have already come out and said that each mystery is written with a conclusion in mind. There will be no unanswered questions to haunt you for the rest of your life.

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