THE EVENT Premieres and We’ve Got Your Good, Bad and Ugly

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The GOOD: Heading into last night’s premiere with highly dubious expectations as a result of NBC’s recent track-record coupled with the immense disappointment we still feel after wasting more hours than we care to admit on FLASHFORWARD, we for one found ourselves pleasantly surprised by almost all of THE EVENT. Call us a complete sucker for a killer ending, but as a result of last night’s closing line that had the mysterious Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes) tell President Martinez (Blair Underwood), “I haven’t told you everything,” it pretty much goes without saying that we’ll be back next week to find out the rest of the story. That said….


THE BAD: Was the disturbing lack of character development offered up throughout the premiere. Seriously. In no way should viewers be forced to depend on NBC’s website to recall the character names of Jason Ritter, Scott Patterson, Blair Underwood and Laura Innes respective small screen personas.

THE UGLY: The internet’s insistence on comparing THE EVENT to LOST. To borrow a line from another epic genre series, all of this [‘This’ being a mythological driven series] has happened before [LOST] and all of it will happen again. So how about we all agree to put an immediate stop to the pointless LOST comparisons and simply enjoy THE EVENT for what it is (or what it hopefully will become).

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  • I stopped watching mid-way through, I was attempting to multi-task and it just was not working. I am assuming that this will need to be a show in which I devote my whole attention to it. With that said, it is on my DVR.

    I will give it a try this weekend, because what I saw thus far (mind you only the first 25 minutes or so) seemed so disheveled (jumping time in more instances that I can count) that it was a real turn off. I will give the entire hour a shot though, just gonna push it off a few days.

  • Don't bother, it didn't get any better. It was a non-event.

  • A show that has a non-linear timeline can be interesting. Take, for example, the Castle season premier.

    The Event on the other hand seemed to be an experiment in how many time shifts could be performed in a single episode, for no particular reason other than to confuse and annoy as many people as possible.

    Each time shift seemed to have some overlap, so we could figure out where we were in the story again. As a result, the show had much less content than it actually should have had for a pilot episode. Unraveling some of the convoluted presentation would have allowed additional time for some character development – so we might have actually cared what happened to any of the characters.

    I understand that new shows can have initial rough spots until they find their groove. I'll give this a few more episodes before I give up on it, but I certainly wasn't impressed. If it weren't for the (excellent) Chuck lead-in I probably wouldn't have even watched to begin with, having been burned on Flash Forward.

    And yes, the Lost comparisons are valid. I'm strongly inclined to just wait for the DVDs to watch this type of show. A crappy last episode kills an entire series for me. I rewatch some series over and over, but a bad last episode means that there's no satisfaction in rewatching – just a lament for the time wasted in the initial viewing.

  • Seth Cole

    My only problem was when I heard the VP and Director of the CIA had left an hour early. It seemed “too convenient” that they were gone when the crash was about to happen. Almost as if they knew what was going to happen. 🙂

  • Initially I was turned off by the incessant time shifts, but eventually they grew on me as the pieces of the puzzle came together. Persnoally, the CASTLE time shift was far more grating because (a) it's such an overused device, and (b) you know it was obviously a massive mis-direct.

  • hilsto

    For me The Event was way too uneventful. I didn't care for most of the characters and it was a chore to get through the first half hour of it. Had they summed the first half hour up in five minutes (seriously, the scenario that got the pilot in the plane wasn't that hard to get) and then started with the President and ER chick and moved forward from there it would have been so much better. I struggled to get through the endless bits with the young couple, tedious snorkeling scene, repetitive smothering parent scenes…and yeah, doing things out of order just to make something that should only take five minutes to tell take seven times that long to tell is bad storytelling.

    There isn't any comparison to Lost besides the fact I liked 80% of the cast after the Lost pilot while with The Event I like about two people, sorta.

  • hilsto

    The time-shift didn't work for me because it was such a simple scenario. It turned five minutes of already boring content to a half hour of boring content.

  • Not to sound like too much of a cheerleader, but before everybody completely writes of a show that people have poured their hearts and millions of dollars into, I suggest checking out Maureen Ryan's excellent article with creator Nick Wauters http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/09/20/the-event-nbc/

  • joshemerson

    Thank you! I am so sick of the obsessed Lost fans complaining that all future Sci-Fi/mythology heavy shows are Lost copycats. No, they're not. Lost is not the greatest show in the history of the world, and it's not the last of these types of shows that should be made.

  • hilsto

    They won the battle with Lone Star. I'm thinking the network and show feels last night was a win despite complaints. And maybe it was. I'm just not sure why a show with presumably such a good story came out of the gates in reverse. Was that the best way to launch a show? I'd say it wasn't. Maybe they backloaded it all, but the networks themselves created an environment where that isn't tolerated as well as tv viewers who don't trust them to give a show any time to grow up. They are doing this to themselves.

  • hilsto

    Lost!Hate doesn't make any sense if you are a fan of The Event. The fact Lost worked for so many people is a good thing and means it could work for other shows. People should be hating on failed shows like FlashForward for burning out the audience. It's the failure of similar shows that brings the whole genre down.

  • The time shifts didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. It was a pretty good season premiere. And to be fair, Sean Walker is a pretty catchy, movie-ish name.

  • Jason12

    I thought when I initially heard about the show that it would be like 24, but when they started advertising it, it seemed more like a cross between Flashforward and Lost mixed with 24, which isn't working for me. I just can't get into this show. I can't stand how they kept going back to the present, then to the past, and back to the present again. It reminded me of that annoying Dennis Quad movie called Vantage Point. I also wish they stop using the last name Walker and pick a more unique last name. Annie Walker: Covert Affairs, Renee Walker: 24 and now Sean Walker: The Event.

  • I thought when I initially heard about the show that it would be like 24, but when they started advertising it, it seemed more like a cross between Flashforward and Lost mixed with 24, which isn't working for me. I just can't get into this show. I can't stand how they kept going back to the present, then to the past, and back to the present again. It reminded me of that annoying Dennis Quad movie called Vantage Point. I also wish they stop using the last name Walker and pick a more unique last name. Annie Walker: Covert Affairs, Renee Walker: 24, Sarah Walker: Chuck and now Sean Walker: The Event.

  • I thought when I initially heard about the show that it would be like 24, but when they started advertising it, it seemed more like a cross between Flashforward and Lost mixed with 24, which isn't working for me. I just can't get into this show. I can't stand how they kept going back to the present, then to the past, and back to the present again. It reminded me of that annoying Dennis Quad movie called Vantage Point. I also wish they stop using the last name Walker and pick a more unique last name. Annie Walker: Covert Affairs, Renee Walker: 24, Sarah Walker: Chuck and now Sean Walker: The Event.

  • Sorry about the multiple posts. I use the daily chromium builds and they don't always work well. Could someone delete them please?

  • It's not that I was thinking The Event would be a new LOST, but going into this episode I was expecting “something”. However I just found it boring and uninspired, there was absolutely nothing truly outstanding about this pilot, as it was just ambiguous just for the sake of it. This didn't feel like a pilot, it felt like a VERY long and confusing commercial for a potentially good show.

    I did enjoy Jason Ritter's guest stint on Parenthood and he was appealing in this show as well, but did I really enjoy and love his character? No. Are any of these characters more than moving chess pieces? So far, even something as down to earth as a marriage proposal seems like a shallow and desperate attempt at characterization, without giving us any insight into their characters. So I say nay. Do I care what the Event is? Nope.

    A couple of years ago I would've loved this pilot, having previously enjoyed the pilots for other serialized thrillers such as Vanished, The Nine, Invasion, Prison Break, Heroes, FlashForward, V, and the list goes on and on. But having seen how these shows have turned out, I can't picture a scenerio in which this show will have deeper characters and mindblowingly cool twists akin to LOST and Heroes' brilliant first season. Some people might be intrigued by this silliness, I was simply not. Will I DVR the show next week? Yes, but I'm putting this in the “meh” pile for now, unless Kristen Bell shows up or Joss Whedon all of a sudden joins the creative team. Until then, I'll be spending 9 PM on monday nights with Lone Star.