Screen Junkies » the event http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:43:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘The Event’ Episode 3 Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-episode-3-preview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-episode-3-preview/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 As you know, I was not thrilled with the premiere of “The Event,” but I knew I’d have to keep watching it. The second episode definitely picked up the excitement, not for any story complexity or alien revelations, but at least some surprise stabbings and icky arm implants. Tonight, “The Event” gets more outrageous and more intelligent, making it more fun to watch. More not spoiler-y details after the jump...

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As you know, I was not thrilled with the premiere of “The Event,” but I knew I’d have to keep watching it. The second episode definitely picked up the excitement, not for any story complexity or alien revelations, but at least some surprise stabbings and icky arm implants. Tonight, “The Event” gets more outrageous and more intelligent, making it more fun to watch.

More not spoiler-y details after the jump…

Once again it starts after a dramatic incident has alread taken place. I wouldn’t call it a dramatic event, because it’s not “THE Event” they’re referring to, but it’s enough of a teaser to make you want to find out how they got here. Flashing back in time, we revisit some events from the end of last week’s episode.

The payoff to this is a major stunt, pretty big by TV standards and I would consider it awesome in a movie too. As long as this alien conspiracy means Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) has to survive collisions and explosions, I’ll keep watching every week. Sean gets to start being smart too. He figures out some secrets that make him a good hero. He was bewildered for the first two episodes, but this shows he’s got what it takes to survive “The Event” and take us along for the ride.

President Martinez (Blair Underwood) makes a strong play too. I knew he was oversimplifying his tactics. He’s going to have to try harder to keep the big picture in perspective. His latest tactic does give the show a chance to introduce new characters to come in for one episode at a time.

Leila’s (Sarah Roemer) kidnapping gets explored at more length. It’s fairly basic suspense but it’s well executed. Vicky (Taylor Cole) gets to be a lot more evil, so she’s a legitimately deadly villainess. Other characters remain in more of a holding pattern this week. Sophia (Laura Innes) remains a mysterious figurehead. We see her making a few judgment calls but really still playing up the enigma. Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek) just executes Martinez’s plan.

This is a promising development for “The Event.” If action can come out of nowhere, then we’ve got to watch the whole show so we don’t miss any. The story is starting to have personal ramifications, so it’s not just about who the mysterious people are but how they impact us and each other.
 

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“The Event” Actress Sarah Roemer http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-actress-sarah-roemer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-actress-sarah-roemer/#comments Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Col. Longshanks Sometimes the hottest chicks go to 7-Eleven, just ask Sarah Roemer, who was discovered there one day buying coffee and a modeling career followed soon after. Sarah, who you may remember from the Shia LaBeouf thriller Disturbia from a few years back, now is a part of "The Event" on NBC this fall. A word from Sarah: "I had no idea how much was going on in the scene in Disturbia. I didn’t realize how much fun they were having with it. I felt a little violated for a second." More pics of Sarah after the jump... 

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Sometimes the hottest chicks go to 7-Eleven, just ask Sarah Roemer, who was discovered there one day buying coffee and a modeling career followed soon after. Sarah, who you may remember from the Shia LaBeouf thriller Disturbia from a few years back, now is a part of "The Event" on NBC this fall.

A word from Sarah: "I had no idea how much was going on in the scene in Disturbia. I didn’t realize how much fun they were having with it. I felt a little violated for a second."

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‘The Event’ Actress Taylor Cole http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-actress-taylor-cole/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-event-actress-taylor-cole/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Col. Longshanks Taylor Cole has a lot going on for her this week as the new show "The Event" premiere's on NBC and her incredibly sexy tough biker chick performance in The Violent Kind will be heading up the midnight showings at this year's Fantastic Fest. Taylor is one Texas babe to look out for this season. A word from Taylor: "Girls from Texas are not all about big hair and makeup, and I never rode my horse to school. I swear!" More pics of Taylor after the jump...

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Taylor Cole has a lot going on for her this week as the new show "The Event" premiere’s on NBC and her incredibly sexy tough biker chick performance in The Violent Kind will be heading up the midnight showings at this year’ Fantastic Fest. Taylor is one Texas babe to look out for this season.

A word from Taylor: "Girls from Texas are not all about big hair and makeup, and I never rode my horse to school. I swear!"

More pics of Taylor after the jump…

 

        

        

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Review: ‘The Event’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-the-event/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-the-event/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks. More after the jump...

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Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.

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Each sort of ac break focuses on one of the ensemble characters, and jumps back in time to explain what led them to the point where we meet them. Now, that’s not exactly the same as each episode focusing on a character and flashing back to a backstory that’s relevant to their present story, but come on. It’s flashbacks and it’s asking you to believe that the further back you go, the more significant the character will be, when they didn’t really sell it in the present.

The elements of  “The Event” are: everyman Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) seeming to hijack a plane after a vacation with Leila Buchanan (Sarah Roemer); President Martinez (Blair Underwood) with his policy of releasing foreign detainees against his advisers’ wishes; criminal mastermind conspirator type Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes) and her government contact Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek); Simon Lee (Ian Anthony Dale) is the panicked agent with ties to Sophia, trying to stop Sean while screaming into a cell phone like Jack Bauer; and Leila’s father Michael (Scott Patterson), who if I tell you more about might be too much of a spoiler. Those may not be official character profiles, but that’s all that I got out of watching the pilot.

So by starting with Sean frantically holding a plane hostage then going back to see him on vacation with Leila and then back further to see him asking Michael for his blessing, then seeing the family conflict from Leila’s perspective… that’s supposed to make us understand how Sean got involved in a desperate situation. It’s no better out of order. Either way it’s a cliché and just a boring way to start a new series. You find out who’s connected to whom but that doesn’t make what they do any cooler. The scenes between Sean and Leila do well establishing the young relationship, but everyone else is so cliché.

Skipping around the story so fast is not suspense. It’s fake. Create suspense where you can tell us exactly what’s going on and it still works. I suppose it’s creepy when Sean’s on his cruise ship and everyone suddenly acts like they don’t know who he is and he hasn’t been going to the buffet all week. That’s standard techno-conspiracy though. Remember in The Net when they erased Sandra Bullock’s identity? Now it’s happening to Sean Walker.

Something does happen at the end that’s supposed to compel you to keep watching week after week, but it doesn’t seem to carry any stakes. What happens in the end is weird, but it doesn’t impact the rest of the world like flashforward or alien invasion. I’m not saying I want a bigger special effect, but the consequences have to be bigger than just “something crazy happened. Isn’t that craaaazzzzyyyyy???” By the way, I don’t think that’s “the event” either, it’s just some buildup to the even bigger event.

Actually, what this is is "Vantage Point: The Series." Remember that Dennis Quaid movie where they showed the same event from all the different perspectives? Only all they did was obscure different parts of the plot from certain characters’ vision. So it wasn’t really a mystery, it was a withholding of information. These stories and subplots could be told in order, only then you’d realize it’s not much of a story.

When Sophia and Simon or Sophia and Blake talk about the conspiracy, they refer to “the event.” I’ll buy that professional suits speak in vague terms, but if the only reason the event is a mystery is because you call it “the event” instead of specifically what it is, that’s going to be a letdown. When you reveal what “the event” is, we’ll just go, “Ohhhhhh. So it was that, but you called it the event to make it sound like a big deal.”

You know, we’ll all end up watching “The Event” for a few weeks just hoping it turns into something. I’m just calling it now. If “The Event” ends up not gripping the nation and becoming a phenomenon, I saw it coming.

"The Event" premieres Monday at 9/8c on NBC.

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