The Event Season 1 Episode 4 – A Matter of Life and Death

Last week The Event was left on the first decent cliffhanger of the series so far – the ‘dead’ victims of the plane crash were waking up. Sadly, this was as much information as we got on this. The survivors don’t remember anything after the plane took off from Miami and by the end of the episode it seems they are dying again – they are bleeding from the nose and sending the hospital into a panic.

Meanwhile, Sean is still on the hunt for Leila, this time with an FBI agent who actually believes him. On the search he discovers Vicky’s mother who is looking after Vicky’s son. Interesting information for Sean. Leila escapes from Vicky’s custody – but this was all staged so that the CIA can get closer to Sean. Apparently he knows too much. The audience, on the other hand doesn’t know enough.

While all this is going on, President Martinez gets a call demanding that Sophia and all the other prisoners be released.

The Event really is trying very hard, but that is the problem – the audience still doesn’t know much about what is happening in the show, and while this worked for Lost, there is something missing in The Event. The show has still not decided what it wants to be, and is falling into the realm of the political thriller all too easily – if this keeps up, before we know it we will have a poor man’s 24 on our hands. As well as a whole lot of nothing being told to us, there is still the issue of the flashbacks, which are seriously muddling the story, and with no real purpose.

The Event had a lot of promise, which – so far – it is not living up to. Shame.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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2 comments

  1. geeksyndicate /

    You have summed up exactly how i fel Brogen. For me something special needs t happen real soon to keep my attention

  2. Dave /

    Thought episode 4 was a real letdown after a pretty good 3rd episode. They really need to address the pacing issues. I think they’ve opened too many plot threads too soon, it works once you’ve got an audience invested in a show but 3 or 4 subplots each with flashbacks is overkill for a new series.

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