The Event Series Premiere Review: What is Going On?!?

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We finally got to watch one of the most hyped up and anticipated shows for the fall season and one thing's for certain: I LOVED it!

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Before I get to my review of The Event, let's go over some of the main characters we were introduced to in the pilot episode:

  • Sean Walker: Quite possibly the antihero of the show. His girlfriend, Leila, disappears while aboard a cruise before he can even pop the question. We learn that he is being targeted for the terrorist threat against the President, but in reality, he is just an average Joe wanting to find his true love.
  • Michael Buchanan: Leila's father, who is somehow connected to the disappearance of his daughter. We also find out that he is the one that hijacked the plane that Sean is on.
  •  Elias Martinez: President of the United States that learns about the top secret location 13 months before "The Event" happens, while vacationing in Miami with his wife, Christina, and their son, David.
  • Sophia Maguire: One of the main characters involved in the top-secret project and leader of the Mount Inostranka Detention Facility.  After the plane disappears, she informs the President that there is a lot he still doesn't know. Much like all of us.
  • Blake Sterling: Director of the National Intelligence that knows about the top-secret Detention Facility. He may be at odds with the President on certain issues, but will do whatever is necessary to keep the citizens of America safe.
  • Simon Lee: We do not learn much of Simon, except that he is a CIA Operative in charge of the special assignment to detain whatever is in the Mount Inostranka Detention Facility.
  • Vicky Roberts: A Manhattan socialite that Sean meets on board the cruise after he saves her from a near drowning experience.
  • Raymond Jarvis: Vice President of the United States.
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    With such a huge cast and many storylines criss-crossing throughout the episode, I can understand how the show borderlines on confusing, especially since the first episode ended in such a way that leaves us only wanting more.

    I do have to applaud the writers for creating such a unique drama. Yes, we've seen action, suspense and sci-fi before, but The Event takes everything to a whole new and unique level.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the back end stories for the main characters. Jumping from past to present back to the past and finally ending in a bang really kept me at the edge of my seat and, for me, the hour flew by.

    There are so many questions that come to mind after watching the premiere. Do you know what happened to the plane? What is the world is going on in that Detention Facility?  Where did Leila go? Is Michael really a bad guy?!

    One thing is most certain: I for one will be tuning in each week to see where this crazy show takes us. Will you? Leave your thought, opinions, and hypothesizes below.

    Until next week, here are a few The Event quotes from tonight's BIG event:

    Sophia: They saved us.
    Elias: Who? Who saved us?
    Sophia: I haven't told you everything. | permalink
    Elias: Sophia, are you ready to do this?
    Sophia: We've been waiting a long time. | permalink
    Blake: Okay fine, let the public find out, but, please Eli don't let them out. | permalink
    Blake: We sacrifice the rights of a few for the safety of many all the time. You want to do the noble thing, I get it. But, now is not the time. | permalink


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      get a grip. posing a thousand questions and having a thousand plotlines in th epilot with no time to really like any of the characters + an idiot president that does not have a slightest idea what is going on in the country does not mean a great tv show. go and wash the dishes or sth.


      The show sucked...plain and simple. Cmon


      Absolutely loved it. I loved the past/present scenes and the mystery of it all. It is something I will definetely DVR every week. I don't think it was poorly written at all and loved the storyline. I am one of those people who start a new show and get addicted to it every week. I can see this show being one of my Monday night shows :)


      It's flashforward all over again. Yes, Lost was a great show. But, stop copying the wrong things! The characters drew us in. We were intrigued by John Locke. That's why we were amazed to learn that he was in a wheelchair when he got on the plane. The Event didn't present anyone in a way that we could care about them. If they don't give us some BIG reveals next week, the show is done. Learn from Flashforward's mistakes. And, show us why we should care about the characters! Come on. You're writers. Live up to the hype you created.


      Who do you think guys will appear in the next episode? I bet thats about alien conspiracy, but i love it


      I believe the 2nd episode is the one that will make or break this series. Enough people were
      "led" down the path by NBC's advertising. Albeit the opener may have been a bit confusing, but once you realized the quick editing, ie; going back, then forward probably got it.
      Something large will have to be revealed in the next episode, and then build on that!!
      Just my two cents worth as an editor...


      i have to agree with @ Bryce.
      when i was watching this, right at the end, i wondered if it was going to have something to do with some sort of Time travel. they have said there shall be answers fairly quickly so as to not have the viewers leaving the show.
      i will be tuning in next week.
      i am not a huge fan by far, but i am intrigued.


      Loved it too, can't wait for the new episodes!


      Sophia: It saved us. She said "They"
      rewind your tivo. And i will not be tuning in for another episode. There's 24 hours in a day, and i just wasted one of those priceless hours on a horribly edited NBC show.
      but then, it's NBC so i shouldn't have expected to much.


      >>>>>>>With such a huge cast and many storylines criss-crossing throughout the episode, I can understand how the show borderlines on confusing, especially since the first episode ended in such a way that leaves us only wanting more.

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      The Event Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

      Sean: Oh my god could they drink!
      Leila: Yes.

      Secret missions expert: Simon did you intercept it?
      Simon Lee: I couldn't stop it - they're airborne.