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‘The Event’- A Matter Of Life And Death

The story is starting to become long in the tooth, and not in a good way


This story may contain spoilers.

We pick up right where we left off last week with Sean and Agent Collier fleeing from assailants. After surviving the shootout and chase from seemingly ominous Men in Black type agent, Collier and Sean decide to track down Vicky through the numerous aliases they uncovered. Their search leads them to Texas where they discover a woman claiming to have never met Vicky. A quick search of the house turns up a boy who is Vicky’s son. Sean takes a picture and obviously plans to use it as leverage later on.

President Martinez receives a call from Thomas who delivers an ultimatum; release Sophia and the rest of the detainees or people will die. Having witnessed the unknown force that killed the crash survivors and resurrect them later, Martinez and his staff concede they are up against a powerful adversary. But that adversary appears to have limits. They can transport a plane from Florida to Arizona in an instant, but they cannot seem to transport the detainees out of Alaska. Martinez meets with Sophia who pleads for him to comply with Thomas’s demands.

Meanwhile, Vicky and Carter are holding Leila in the basement. She appears to have the upper hand after using a piece of broken glass to cut her bonds. She confronts Vicky, shoots her, and escapes into the street to be picked up by a police officer passing by. The upper hand is revealed as a ploy to bait Sean. Vicky had left the glass, filled the gun with blanks, and escaped to the police who are in play with Vicky and Carter.

What Worked

I am glad to see that the show is beginning to slow the pace of the fractured narrative. In this episode, the stories were told through a couple of the major players. Instead of a dozen characters being told through multiple points in time, we were shown Sean’s back-story primarily.

I have compared this show to Lost in the past mainly because it is the closest thing to this mind-warping show. What this production could use is a single story to flash back on for each episode. Now I understand many people could call that a blatant rip-off of “Lost”, but many shows have used flashbacks regarding a single character before and will continue to do so.

What Did Not Work

The biggest complaint I have is the glaring plot holes. Jumping the plane across the continent is a display of great power and ability. But why can it not be used to get Sophia and the others out of Inostranka? That question is asked early on. I am sure we will get an answer soon, but the obvious elephant in the room still stands.

One other thing that does not seem to make sense to me other than as a plot-forwarding device is the survivors of the plane crash. Having them live through the crash, apparently killed by the Others (I’m sorry, but I cannot help it.), reviving them, and begin to kill them again is just recycling the same threat over and over. Only four episodes in and it has already been used too many times.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

“A Matter of Life and Death” was written by Nick Wauters and directed by John Badham. “The Event” stars Jason Ritter, Lisa Vidal, Bill Smitrovich, Wesley A. Ramsey, Taylor Cole, Scott Patterson, Sarah Roemer, Laura Innes, Blair Underwood, Ian Anthony Dale and Zeljko Ivanek.

“The Event” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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