The Event

Uh, did you guys watch the premiere of The Event last night? It’s a new NBC show that’s been hyped up as the new Lost. I’m not sure where the comparisons come from. The only things they even have in common are AIRPLANE CRASHES and TROPICAL ISLANDS and IMPOSSIBLE MYSTERIES. Just kidding. I get where the comparisons come from. I will say that the first episode of The Event was no the first episode of Lost. Remember the first episode of Lost? VERY GOOD FIRST EPISODE. That being said, The Event is pretty good so far! Unfortunately. I feel like there is enough going on in the world that we don’t need another TV show to feel compulsive about, and yet here we are. The beginning was silly, like, when that guy was trying to ram an airplane with his Jeep Cherokee? LOL. He is a bad actor! No offense if his mom is reading this, but your son is bad at his job. At one point, this dude (Federal agent? Who knows) is trying to ram an airplane with his Jeep Cherokee and he actually says “bring it on” or something like “bring it on,” TO THE AIRPLANE. If I were in charge of the federal agents I would definitely put that guy on some forced R&R to get his head on straight. “I’ll need your gun and your badge and your impulse to shout boring action cliches at airplanes.” But by the end of the episode I got that sinking feeling that was just like “oh great, oh no, now I have to actually watch this.”

Basically, the show follows a couple of storylines.

There’s this internment camp in Alaska with 90-something “prisoners” in it. The President (the black President born in Cuba, LOL) finds out about it somehow, and everyone wants to know how he found out about it, but the point is that he did find out about it, and now he wants to close the camp and bring all of the people there to America. Well, you know, Not Alaska America. Everyone is like “you can’t bring them here,” because there is something wrong with those Esthers. But the President insists, and he is the President, so there you go. He brings their leader, who is basically Poor Man’s Julianne Moore, to, what, Florida? You know how the President is always holding Brunch Press Conferences in Florida. But right when they are about to make the announcement to the world that there is a mysterious secret internment camp in Alaska filled with people who are, I don’t know, aliens? X-Men? (We don’t know! Welcome to Mystery Town!) the President is emergency evacuated because there is an airplane headed straight for them. Incidentally, I never realized the Secret Service was SO BAD at evacuating presidents. Like, they shove him into a limousine and don’t even close the door, much less drive him away. He just sits in the limousine staring at the airplane heading straight for him. Whoops, that’s your Secret Service.

Meanwhile, this dude is on vacation with his girlfriend of five years in the Caribbean. On a cruise? In a suite? Do people in their 20s really go on cruises? I thought that was just for old fatsos. Anyway, he is going to propose to her for sure. I mean, it’s very subtle how many times he pulls the engagement ring out of his pocket and looks at it in its little jewel case. Almost too subtle. But he’s definitely going to do it when the moment is right. But he is interrupted by screaming for help, and he dives into the ocean and saves a beautiful woman whose boyfriend can’t save her because his arm is in a cast. But now the four of them are best friends. Yay! New friends! Except the new friends are kind of weird. Guys, I don’t know what it is about our new friends, but there is just something about them. That night the girlfriend is too drunk, and the next day she is “sick” and stays on the ship while the boyfriend goes snorkeling with the hot stuff he saved from the ocean. Really? You’re going to propose to your girlfriend as soon as you get back from snorkeling with a bombshell? Fair enough. TEMPTATION ISLAND SEASON DIMES. But when he comes back to the ship, his key doesn’t work, and someone else is in his room, and they have no record of him in their database, and his girlfriend has disappeared. UH OH. Welcome to another mystery!

Meanwhile, the girlfriend’s dad calls her while she is on the beach having drinks with our new pals, but she can’t talk because it’s too noisy and she will talk to him later. He hangs up. Why is his face so sweaty? I’m sure it’s nothing. Oh wait. His other daughter gets abducted and a masked man shoots his wife to death. YIKES. And now it turns out that the girlfriend’s dad is the one FLYING THE AIRPLANE INTO THE PRESIDENT’S FACE! Uh oh. And the boyfriend (this is a few days later, I guess) is also on the plane (!) and he has a gun and he is trying to get into the cockpit and stop his future father-in-law from, you know, flying an airplane into the President of the United States. But an Air Marshall tries to stop the boyfriend. Oh no! The boyfriend looks crazy but the boyfriend’s not the one who’s crazy! I don’t think? I don’t know! And now they’re locked out of the cockpit. And the dad shoots the co-pilot. One mystery for sure: how did some old dad know how to fly a plane? NO TIME TO THINK. The plane is definitely about to hit the President and also the leader of the Alaskan refugee camp of goblins. Brunch is totally ruined. “Whatever they promised you, they’re lying,” the boyfriend says. “I want to find her too,” he says. Dad don’t care. (Just to clarify: the dad allowed people to abduct/kill his 7-year-old daughter, shoot his wife in front of him, seems complicit in the disappearance of his other daughter, and is about to fly an airplane into the President, and won’t stop sweating, so something’s definitely going on with him for sure.)

And then THE SKY OPENS UP WITH A MAGICAL HOLE AND THE FUCKING AIRPLANE DISAPPEARS. Oh man. The leader of the Mystery Monsters tells the President “they saved us.” He is like, “uh.” And he is like “who saved us?” And she is like “Mr. President, there are some things I haven’t told you.” I BET THERE ARE.

So, that’s sort of where we’re at. The show’s production values are kind of shitty and there are, as mentioned, a couple of Federal Agents who need to attend a night class in acting at the Learning Annex. But pretty good! Where did that plane go? Who are these creeps? Unknown answers to other mysteries? Fuck! We’re stuck now!

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Comments (105)
  1. Hell yeah!!! I was blazing when this show was on. That’s What I’m talking about.

  2. The working title for The Event was “Find Steve Winwood A New Show To Stubbornly Dislike In A Misguided Attempt To Subvert Popular Opinion”

  3. I’m sorry, I didn’t see it, I was too busy watching Chuck Lorre make jokes about fat people. I stand by that decision.

  4. “I’m getting too old for new TV shows. Why do they have to keep making them? Don’t they have enough already?” – Your mom. And me.

  5. I haven’t watched this yet, but quick question: Is Jason Ritter’s facial hair more or less horrifying than it was on “Parenthood”?

  6. Didn’t watch it, but that picture reminds me of Nicky and Paulo and that’s not a good sign….

  7. “THERE’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER EVENT!”
    - Someone on this show at the end of the season when they need a reason for people to watch season 2

    • I felt that way about Prison Break. Like, once they’re out of prison, isn’t that just about it? Do they have to keep going to prison and breaking out again and again?

      • I miss Prison Break. Someone needs to give Wentworth Miller a job so that I can look at him every week again.

      • That was what I kept telling everyone too! Every single commercial for the show featured Wentworth Miller against a chain link fence saying “I’m gonna break out of here, I swear!”

  8. I didn’t even have time to miss your LOST recaps, because they’re basically back! (I guess! I don’t know! I didn’t watch this show!)

  9. I attempted the first 7 minutes of this show and had to give up.

    *23 minutes earlier* it still wasn’t interested.

    *11 days earlier* I changed the channel.

  10. I’ll save everyone some time. Here’s how the show ends:

  11. the only thing about this show is that all the actors seemed like ACTORY ACTORS you know? like i know it’s extremely early, but I can’t see myself LOVING anyone the way i did in lost. they had some weird looking people on lost. here they only have tommy bahama models. or whatever the kids are wearing these days

  12. Haha. My dad called me last night all excited about this show and tried to explain it to me. Roles were reversed for about ten minutes as I become the father listening to his giddy child talk about playground nonsense. After reading this recap, I would have thought Gabe and my dad watched different shows. Nope. Dads! Essentially this show looks to be a 24/ Lost hybrid.

    • Actually, I read on AV Club that either the head writer or creator or whatever (it doesn’t matter) was a writer from seasons 2-8(?) on 24.

  13. oh yeah everyone who already said it is right. they say THE EVENT way too much. what if lost said LOST every other sentence. boo!

  14. No thanks, I’ve already found a new show to be compulsive about

    • Speaking of belated…

    • I’m embarrassed to say that I just started watching The Wire, which I only mention because that is what I was watching last night instead of The Event. Basically what I’m saying is I learned my lesson from Flashforward, and I will not be tricked again.

      • I blew through seasons 1 and 2 of The Wire at the beginning of the summer, but then got held up in season 3.

        Season 2 is so good, that I had trouble pressing on. I will return eventually, but Breaking Bad makes me wonder what other great shows I’ve been missing…

        • Right now I’m in the middle of The Wire and Dexter. I caught up on 3 seasons of Mad Men at the beginning of summer, and I plan to start Breaking Bad soon.

          Somewhere in there I also have to participate in BookGum. LIFE IS HARD (no, it isn’t).

        • You people will be impressed: I plowed through all five seasons recently, in the span of a few weeks. It really holds up in one sitting like that, like a big ol fat novel. On this second viewing I found I liked the fourth season more than the first time I saw it. And the various character parallels (like the parallel between how Stringer and Major Colvin approached the drug war; McNulty and the “homeless serial killer”, etc) were a lot more joyful and upbeat than I remembered. I remember the Wire being really heavy and dark but on the second viewing its more positive and life affirming. Maybe the act of processing irony has a redeeming quality for the spirit?

          • Always thought the least-discussed thing about the Wire was how funny a lot of it is. There are so many scenes of people just chilling and making jokes! When you think of plot points throughout the show, they are all pretty depressing; however, there are lols aplenty along the way.

            I think the reason Treme has been much less successful is that Treme is not nearly as funny (and isn’t trying to be). Joking around humanized a lot of the characters in The Wire, but in Treme most people are just mad.

          • havent seen treme yet, guy

            no spoilo

    • Best duo on TV

    • I just started this! I’m five episodes into season 1. So far I’m kind of surprised at the storytelling, like how long it’s taking for things to develop – it’s not a bad thing, they’re just taking their time, which is nice. Also Aaron Paul is all kinds of hilarious.

  15. I’ll be happy to take some belated recaps of Breaking Bad instead!

  16. This is show is terrible. But there were two terribly awesome aspects.
    1. EVERY actor is a poor man’s X. Bizarro Julianne Moore was the tip of the iceberg. You can make a game out of it.
    2. When they showed the TV image of President Martinez (lulz) singing the CLINIC bill (LULZ). Next he’s gonna stop the war in Arabia.

  17. wait, what about gossip girl recaps?

  18. The answer to the blog post headline: No.

  19. “Brunch is totally ruined.” I love it. Maybe I’ll watch this mess.

    • Also, I watched “Lone Star” last night. Sounds like these shows are on par with each other. Lots of potential, and feelings of apathy based on the pilot.

  20. I have never agreed with Steve Winwood more in my life. Wait a sec, I’ve never agreed with Steve Winwood.

  21. At first I was like:

    But in the end, I was all:

  22. Also watched the Nikita re-boot that a lot of folks have been raving about last night. Nyet-kita.

  23. I missed The Event, but I did watch Lone Star. Such a good show! Unfortunately, I might have been the only person who watched it. Please give it a shot, you guys!

  24. I made it up to the chasing-an-airplane-with-an-SUV scene and was like “Nope!” but I guess if it gets better I can try again. At least he didn’t start trying to shoot the plane from his car or something, so I suppose it could’ve been worse.

    • Alright, just finished. I thought it was pretty eh for most of it, but I’ll admit I’m curious to know what happened at the end. I’ll probably do what I did with FlashForward – give it a few more eps to hook me before I give up.

  25. I’ll wait for Odd Jobs to fill my Lost needs.

  26. Did anyone else watch Hawaii Five-O? Thoughts?

  27. Has anyone been watching Rubicon? I kind of like it!

    Thoughts?

    • I really like Rubicon. It started slow. Reeeaaaaalllyyy slow. (Three episodes of slow.) But once it picked up, it really picked up. I think the main reason that I have enjoyed it so much is that it manages to be plot-driven while also providing really interesting character studies. Listen to me, Professor TV.

    • me & the mrs. dig it. we’ve only seen the first 4 but we are intrigued

    • Absolutely fantastic. It’s like a thinking-man’s Alias. It was super super slow at first, which worried me a bit, but I love it now. And it’s great to have something else to watch on Sunday nights besides Mad Men and An Hour with Andy Rooney.

  28. So, is the whole season going to be covered here? That would be great, because I don’t really want to watch it, yet I’m curious about what happens.

  29. I just want to say that I really wanted to watch this, but I live in LA and the Saints were playing MNF, so the local station bumped The Event to air on Saturday in order to carry the football game. I want to know why the hell they didn’t bump the news and air this after the game. Who cares about what is going in the world today?! NOT ME! I want fictionalized TV programs, thank you!

    • Because local news is supposed to be aired because it’s the main reason your affiliate exists and National News cannot be skipped because it’s in the affiliates contracts. JUST CALL ME MR. MATTER-OF-FACT

  30. This is the worst choice of new television show to recap. Shows that claim to be the next “Lost” are like when Lady Gaga ingests all the wonderful things about glam rock and Madonna and then vomits them onto herself and calls it music. It’s just gross and inconsiderate! Jason Ritter’s acting, that is. Here are some better shows to consider:

    -Dancing with the Stars (Did you guys see Florence Henderson’s bra last night? Incredible.)
    -Where the fuck is Gossip Girl?
    -Just do Lost again from the beginning.

  31. Cruises are awesome Gabe. You should try one, get some relaxation in.

  32. Sorry, Grandpa Gabe. I just can’t do it.

  33. Jason Ritter is literally the worst.

  34. While watching this last night I got to thinking how we all laughed when the Lost guys said that show was all about the characters and the mysteries were secondary. Well, having now seen the Event, I think they were on to something. Is anyone on this this show the least bit interesting?

  35. This show may be even more awful than I originally feared.

  36. So Ke$ha finally got Lost then.

  37. You know, whatevs. When do I get my favorite family back?

    • Tomorrow! Can’t wait!

    • The show is awful and those two characters are the worst part of it. They are caricatures of gay men and simply play on stereotypes. Nothing about Cameron is original, and it’s entertainment like this that only adds fuel to the fire for lagging equal rights in the U.S.

      • I think it’s great because you know what? Some gay men ARE stereotypical. Flamboyant gay men do exist! We are real! Thanks to the HRC’s crushing heteronormativity, everyone seems to have forgotten that not every gay male is Will Truman. Some of us are Jack MacFarland, and yes, some of us are Cam. I love seeing a flamboyant character that actually still has emotions and depth and personality and can still exist as a normal person even with his gayness. He’s not defined by his sexuality, nor does he feel ashamed and need to hide it. I think Cam is actually a huge step in the right direction for portrayals of gay characters, because he’s also a father and a husband and a person rather than just being a one-off joke like most stereotypical gay characters.

        • Great job saying exactly what I wanted to say. One of the things I love about Modern Family is how real the characters feel. The writers could have easily gone the stereotypical route (network sitcoms about families have a tendency to do this), but they have so much depth. It doesn’t pander to it’s audience. I have to give credit to those two actors as well – the talking heads with Cam and Mitchell are some of my favorite moments. The comedic timing between them is usually perfect.

        • But do flamboyant gay men have to be the only representation on network TV? The only other gay character that I can think of is Kurt from Glee, who is written in the same vein. Will Truman was refreshing because shows generally don’t attempt to show gay men with personalities other than flamboyant. Not that I think Will and Grace was the best show ever and it miraculously made middle America accept gay people, but it at least demonstrated that TV producers could make something that briefly stepped outside their normal guidelines for character personalities. I just don’t see why all the gay men on primetime TV have to be given the same traits when I know so many gay men with diverse viewpoints and characteristics.

          I also just don’t think Modern Family is funny. But, in the end, it’s all just TV.

          • All the characters on Queer As Folk are fairly straight-acting. I don’t really have a problem with there not being a lot of representation of straight-acting gay people on TV, because I guess in some sense I wonder what the point would be of making them gay. I know that sounds weird because part of the point would be showing that gay people can be non-flamboyant and blend in with straight society, but unless that’s what the entire show is going to center around I don’t see any producer arbitrarily making a character gay and not focusing on it in some way. It worked on W&G because part of the joke was the contrast between Will and Jack’s personalities. And even then, Will wasn’t exactly a complete subversion of the stereotype – he was image-conscious, he liked Broadway and pop music, he cleaned obsessively, he dressed well, he wasn’t into sports, etc.

            I’ll conclude by saying that in the past, I would definitely have seen your point. But I think nowadays there’s so much emphasis on “gay people are just like everyone else” in order to try to convince conservatives to vote in favor of gay marriage that the flamboyant men are the ones being marginalized. The new mainstream image of a gay man is someone who wouldn’t be distinguishable as gay.

            Sorry to rant but heteronormativity is a hot button issue for me and one I’m very passionate about, as I feel it creates rifts within the gay community that only further prevent us from being a unified force that can stand up for our rights.

  38. I am pretty sure Scott Patterson (aka the Dad with SECRETS) was supposed to be a pilot, which explains how he can fly a plane. He just wasn’t supposed to be the pilot of that plane that day. The co-pilot seemed to know who he was, even though he was surprised to see him.

    • Yeah, what I got from it was basically that whoever wanted to kill the President (and also maybe the leader lady of the prisoners) made a plan that went like this: “Let’s find a pilot and steal his daughters and shoot his wife in the face to show we’re serious and then tell him that we’ll kill the daughters if he doesn’t fly a plane into the President’s brunch where the President and the lady are, and also promise him that if he does do that we’ll let them go free to live their lives.” And so the pilot, who doesn’t seem to be in on it despite sweatiness (if he were in on it, why would they even have to take the daughters and kill the wife?), loves his daughters so much that he must do it, but Jason Ritter doesn’t believe the bad people and gets on the plane in order to have one last chance to talk Pilot Dad Mike out of it. I’m also really irrationally proud of myself for figuring that out the second the little girl was taken.

      Also if this show is about aliens I’m going to be annoyed.

  39. That is the most accurate and edifying comment an uneducated, and reportedly dead, meth-head could ever make.

    RIP Ass Dan 1981-2010

  40. All right, this is no Lost. Not that it was perfect but come on…I didn’t spend the last few climactic minutes of Lost laughing my ass off about the plane that is a mile in the air causing what is equivalent to an earthquake on the ground. What was that? They show a picture of the plane WAYYYY up in the air and the poor servers helpers whatever are trying to stand up straight while tables blow fifty feet up. I’m sorry, physics, have you heard of it Event writers? SO, no, not Lost…still possibly watchable although it may be the way I watch True Blood. YOU know, laughing the whole way through

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