NBC’s much-hyped drama, “The Event“, returns tonight with a two hour installment. Will it be enough to restart interest in the show?
Officially, there are two separate episodes that will be aired on Monday night – “And Then There Were More” and “Inostranka”. According to AICN, the plot is beginning to move (which was a criticism that I had of the show). They state that “…these installments to feel more like a season finale than a mid-season premiere”.
But, even with the good reports, I am still not a huge fan of the show. I am tempted to fast-forward whenever I see Sean and Leila (Jason Ritter and Sarah Roemer) on screen – something about their characters do not appeal to me. Maybe it’s the whining, or the “let’s always choose the most illogical action” vide I get from them. Even though I know they are important to the plot, I don’t enjoy their scenes.
In addition, I’m not too fond of President Martinez (Blair Underwood) either. He’s all glower and growl – but not too much else.
So, why am I am still watching? I think the show works via a couple of storylines. Certainly, any scene with Sophia (Laura Innes) has kept my attention - the mystery around the aliens has worked for me. Sophia herself is intriguing, due to the power she holds – she made the traitor shoot herself in the leg, for goodness sake!
I also look forward to the continued development of Blake Sterling (Željko Ivanek) as the Director of National Intelligence. I think they’ve done a great job highlighting him, his skills, and his motivations. I wish they would do a better job with the other “main” characters.
The show is only ten episodes in – it’s not too late to catch up. For the less committed, here’s a quick recap of the ‘Events’ so far (somewhat humorous and a bit off-color…but it’s the best I found by far!). I’m giving the show another chance – but it’s on a short leash.