I just finished watching my DVRed recording of The Event from last night, as it’s one of the only new shows premiering this fall I’ve heard any real buzz about. I’m not doing a full review of the show, not yet at least, though I am looking for something to fill the hole Lost and 24 have left in my TV schedule.
And that’s exactly what the show is being sold as, Lost meets 24. I think that might actually be the official logline. It has the fast paced action and font style (litearlly, they use the same font) as 24, and the “don’t know what the f*ck is going on-ness” of Lost, and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with what I’ve seen so far.
I’m not going to do a plot recap, but I am very much digging the style of the show, which is looking to blend conspiracy thriller with possibly supernatural elements, but it boasts a solid cast as well, and even made time for a decent amount of character development in the pilot, something far too many shows scrap or half-ass these days.
There are many mysteries to be baffled by, how the main character, his girlfriend and her family are involved in this conspiracy, what secrets this mysterious undocumented prison holds and what the hell The Event itself actually is (was?). It really does feel like a Lost and 24 hybrid, but also uniquely its own style. I think this is what FlashForward was trying to be, but ultimately failed because it’s central “event” was stupid and one massive plot hole. I can’t say the same for this show, mainly because we don’t actually understand what this event actually is yet. I have theories, and you probably will too after you watch it, but I’m going to hold off and see if this is going to be worth doing a week to week review for. I think it actually might.
In case you missed it, go here to watch the full episode on NBC.com. Once you’re done, feel free to come back and share your own thoughts.