So The Event was back after a hard earned break (?). A bizarre black hole in the form of a one-week hiatus designed to confuse people and lose viewers/get cancelled. But luckily for us that isn’t the case, as The Event was promised to finish at least its first season. News broke this week that they will air the first 13 episodes before breaking, coming back with a clip show to get people up to speed before finishing the season. Also word that Friday Night Lights matriarch Connie Britton is being seduced by the show to play a major role. Interesting.
This, the seventh episode of The Event again tries the formula Lost perfected with flashbacks. The problem for me being such huge Lost fan is that it seemed so mediocre. We are asked to accept that the Aliens are so much smarter than the insignificant humans and are shown one of our best not to be fooled once but fooled twice, shame on him. The thing that Lost did so well was use the flashbacks in the early seasons to show a characters progression to where they were at that point on the island. This flashback proved that Blake had learned nothing and was a sucker. You might argue that John Locke repeated the same mistakes over and over but his character was the sum of all these disappointments. He was a loaner lacking self-esteem not say, the Director of National Intelligence in the White House.
It was an up and down episode that seemed to succeed and fail almost from moment to moment. Lee was saved by the Aliens once again being a step ahead of the humans, if this continues how can a resolution be possible that is not completely one sided. Sean and Leila have been relegated to background players chasing the conspiracy angle that will hopefully pay off in coming weeks. The positive to take away is that it seems all the players are now on the field. The leader of the third group was revealed and it seems like it won’t be long before we get answers. The final shot of the episode was that of a room full of little girls with the faces of old ladies, hopefully the shape of things to come.
Next Week: For the Good of Our Country