TV Review - The Event ("Pilot")

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THE EVENT

Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on NBC
Genre: Serialized mystery action thriller
The Set-Up: When Sean Walker's (Jason Ritter) girlfriend Leila (Sarah Roemer) disappears while the two are vacationing on a Caribbean cruise, it sets into motion a series of mysterious events that appear connected to some massive global conspiracy.
The Good: Fast, flashy, and action-packed, The Event already has me sufficiently hooked.  I felt like I was fast-forwarding through the commercials every other minute - always a good sign.  The cast is solid - especially Jason Ritter who makes for a compelling hero.  Creator Nick Wauters seems to have done his homework on how to make a serialized, mythology-heavy show work.  Watching it, I was reminded of the first (excellent) season of 24 - that missing girlfriend subplot is an instant emotional gateway.  The out-of-sequence chronology of events (8 Days Earlier; 23 Days Earlier) keeps you guessing.
The Bad: The arc involving President Elias Martinez's (Blair Underwood) decision to release a group of detainees is the least interesting aspect of the plot.  There's a chance the show could get too bogged down in shady government politics and duplicitous aids - not unlike the later seasons of 24.  Serialized shows like this generally have a tendency to start out strong and then fade fast.  
The Verdict: Consider me intrigued.  I don't know what "The Event" is, or who took Sean's girlfriend and why all traces of her have vanished, but I'm ready to find out.  Add a Season Pass for this one to your DVR - just be prepared to chuck it if the writers can't find a way to sustain the intensity and excitement of the pilot for a whole season.  For now: **** stars.

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  • I was impressed as well! The previews had me worried it would be another FlashForward - a cool idea that got lost in conspiracies and cover ups and raising questions just for the sake of having questions (a.k.a. a LOST wanna-be). The timeline jumping also had me nervous, but it worked for me. I liked the pilot. I liked the lead guy. I think the show has potential if, as you said, it can find its course quickly and not get tied up in being "mysterious."

  • In reply to Ashby:

    Glad to hear you liked it. I actually thought of this as more of a 24-type show than Lost. I'm sure the pressure to deliver "answers" will be on. I don't really care about answers all that much, as long as they keep it thrilling and clever.

  • In reply to Ashby:

    I'm going to have to disagree with you regarding the President stuff. I liked it, even if it was a little too on the nose, Obama-wise. They are totally going to have the opposition complain that Blair Underwood is a "secret Cuban" at some point during the season.

    I really hope the CIA director turns out to be a good guy. It would be the last thing you'd expect considering they cast pretty much the creepiest actor working in Hollywood today.

    I feel like, at least after the pilot, "The Event" seems to know where it's headed. For this season, at least.

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