The Event [New This Fall]

What if there was a cover-up so big that even the President was on a need-to-know basis? And what if some average guy stumbled upon the truth – a secret so powerful it could literally change the course of humanity? You think that guy would stand a chance of survival?

Title: The Event
Genre: Mystery | Conspiracy | Thriller
Network: NBC
Status: Premieres September 20
Timeslot: Monday 9/8c
Length: 13 episodes

Time to take a look at the Fall season. The Event is one of the shows that create most buzz at the moment but I will try to cover them all in the coming weeks. This article contains spoilers.

Is this a new Lost?

After suffering through last season’s failed attempts I don’t really care that much as long as it is fun to watch and there is some kind of ongoing resolution that doesn’t leave years of questions to be answered in a handful episodes. The producers promise that it will not happen here some major answers will be given as early as the second episode. My guess is that we will learn what the Event is but they will keep us guessing on what is behind it or how it was done. The show will contain genre elements but it is 95 percent based on the real world according to actress Laura Innes. It got some similarities, there is a central mystery “The Event” and there are multiple timelines, though so far no indication they take place in different realities. I am not a fan of multiple main characters so I am happy the Event seems to focus on one main character Sean Walker even if it will feature multiple points of view at times.

Producer Evan Katz (24) says this show is not going to be as dark. And part of that lightness stems from the innocence and optimism of its young hero. That makes me very happy. There is no indication on what level of friendly banter or bickering this show is going to have but I have no problem imagining Scott Patterson who does grumpy so well paired up with a very intense and verbal Jason Ritter. Banter and Bickering is an important factor for my viewing enjoyment so here is me hoping.

The Plot

The event is [an alien invasion] at least according to nymag.

Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) is on a romantic cruise with his fiancée, Leila (Sara Roemer) when she  mysteriously disappears. While searching for her he stumbles on the biggest cover-up in US history. The newly elected US President is about to go public about “The Event” against advice by CIA Director Blake Sterling not to while Sean is freaking out aboard an airline flight piloted by Leia’s father about to crash into the presidential retreat.

There is also the Mount Inostranka Facility, a secret prison in Alaska where I assume the people who somehow were involved in ‘the Event’ are kept.

Who is in it?

Jason Ritter (Life Unexpected) as Sean Walker. He’s a nice guy who went to MIT,” says Ritter. “The main drive of my character is love for my almost-fiancée, and he’ll do anything to get her back. And that means he has to do a lot of crazy things”.

Sarah Roemer (Fired Up!) as Leila Buchanan, Sean’s fiancée a MIT-educated biochemist who disappears as part of the conspiracy to force her father to crash an airliner into the presidential retreat.

Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) as Michael Buchanan Leila’s father an airline pilot described as affable, Marlboro Man good looks.

Blair Underwood (Dirty Sxy Money) as President Eli Martinez, a family man who wants to fight the good fight. The role was originally written for a Hispanic man. Lisa Vidal as First Lady Christina Martine.

Zeljko Ivanek as the ‘fervid and brash’ CIA Director Blake Sterling.

Bill Smitrovich as Vice President Raymond Jarvis

Laura Innes as Sophia Maguire who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees at the Mount Inostranka Facility.

Taylor Cole as Vicky Wallace and Wes Ramsey as Greg Kervin a couple who Sean and Leila befriend while on vacation that may have ulterior motives.

Ian Anthony Dale as Simon Lee is a government operative with mysterious ties to detainee leader Sophia. He is key to the show’s multiple storylines Ian told SFX. He added that the character of Simon will link the show’s various plot strands together.

“What’s really cool is that there are all these rich, diverse, grounded characters inhabiting these very separate worlds,” he explained. “They are all dealing with some critical personal dilemma which keeps it grounded, but Simon more or less becomes the bridge that connects all of the stories together.”

Who is behind it?

The Event is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Stark (Medium, Facing Kate) serves as executive producer, Nick Wauters (The 4400, Eureka) is creator/co-executive producer and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights, Trauma) is the director/executive producer; Evan Katz (24) also is an executive producer.

My View

The buzz at Comic Con was very positive and that talk for the Event but on paper it looks like yet another fast paced action adventure with character development be damned. Some sources that saw it at Comic Con have said the pilot was fun to watch but all over the place and we have to wait on episode two to get any answers. Much rides on the characters and how much fun it will be to watch. I will give the Event 3-5 episodes to convince me. I am looking forward to check it out but it’s nothing I jump up and down for.



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