The Event: Episode 2 – Aliens, Conspiracy Theories, and Liars

The first thing that needs to be said is that this week’s episode of “The Event” was a lot less convoluted than the pilot.  Last week, I gave my impressions of the pilot, stating that I couldn’t give it a positive review because it was more a frenzied, unexplained mass of confusion than a singular, driven story.  The second episode was still heavy on the mystery and had some decent action, but it was treated in a much better way, attempting to actually explain what was going on behind all of the strange happenings.  Ultimately, the second episode took things much slower than the pilot, which benefitted the show greatly, as characters and encounters are beginning to make a little more sense.

The LOST-esque flashback/flashforward sequences still take place in this episode, but, fortunately, they are kept to an acceptable minimum.  I don’t mind the flashback/flashforward convention of storytelling, provided it serves a purpose.  The first episode flashed away from whatever was going on every few minutes, making it difficult to follow any one storyline.  In the second episode, however, the flashbacks were used much more sparingly, and only when they helped explain current events.

It seems strange to be asking for answers by the second episode of a TV show such as this, but, surprisingly, this episode actually provided a decent chunk of answers.  Of course, there are still plenty of mysteries left, but we now have a good idea of what the characters (specifically, the President) know, and what the Prison discussed in the pilot was for.  Also, the second episode does a good deal explaining the sci-fi element of the show, introducing a group of people who aren’t exactly like us.  Be warned, however – if sci-fi and conspiracy theories aren’t your thing, you’re probably not going to like where “The Event” is hinting it will go.

All in all, the second episode of “The Event,” while not as adrenaline-pumping as the first, was still a superior experience to the muddled pilot.  It gave enough answers to let us know what we’re actually watching, and it even provided a few, minor character moments (though, regrettably, nothing substantial).  It’s still pretty cliche in some areas, and the show definitely still has a lot of growing to do (anyone else think the flashback of Sean meeting his future girlfriend was a tad awkward?), but I’m not going to complain about an improvement in storytelling.  If anything, it at least has me interested enough to keep watching for the time being.  That, at least, is a positive thing.

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~ by digitallysmitten on September 28, 2010.

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