The Event: Episode Seven – How Convenient!

(That’s it.  After this week’s episode of “The Event,” I’m officially done with the show.  As such, this is the last time I will review an episode of the serial drama on this blog.  You have been warned….)



Last time on “The Event,” we saw an attempt to tell a more character-driven story than we’ve seen on the action show so far.  It was still plagued with implausible and convenient plot devices, but at least it tried to bring characters to the forefront (well, at least one character anyway).  This week’s episode attempted for the second time to do a bit of character storytelling, but, quite frankly, it’s too little, too late for the show.

This week’s episode told a little backstory about the President’s righthand man, Blake Sterling.  Before I continue, a quick question to the writers: Why do you keep trying to tell us sympathetic backstories to characters we don’t care about?  Why can’t you make us care about, you know, the main characters??  *Ahem*  Anyway, the backstory worked well enough and actually influenced present events (hallelujah).  This doesn’t happen nearly enough on “The Event,” so, like last week’s episode, it’s good to see flashbacks that actually have some bearing on the present.  Of course, the rest of the characters in the episode get the shaft, as nothing worthy of our sympathies happens to any of them.  Oh yeah, except Leila’s little sister (who we haven’t seen since the very first episode) actually shows up again.  Surprise!  She’s in danger.  I bet you didn’t see that coming (since she was, well, kidnapped after her mother was murdered).

Unfortunately, for all of its attempt at provoking an understanding of a character with its backstory, the episode’s present events were too convoluted, riddled with plot holes, and downright boring at times to really maintain my interest.  Honestly, there were points during the episode that I didn’t know what was going on, not because it was confusing, but because I was too bored to care.  Yet again, we are shown unequivocally that the good guys are idiots and the bad guys are all-powerful.  Seriously, if the feds were really that worried about a mole in their team, wouldn’t they guard the test results a little more thoroughly, so, I don’t know, the mole wouldn’t tamper with them?!  I would like to say that they’ll figure out pretty quickly that they have the wrong guy, but considering the track record of this show, I highly doubt it.  It will likely just be forgotten, like so many plot holes in this show.  Also, we got to see more of Sean, Leila, and Miss CrazyPerson – only now, she has a friend who conveniently has connections with important people, a buttload of complicated computer equipment (for hacking and stuff, I guess), and a wired apartment building that will go boom if the wrong people intrude.  Um, yeah.  I’m not even going to touch how implausible that is.  Let’s just talk about how convenient that is.  Sean and Leila have nowhere to go and nothing to do, so a crazy person shows up.  She takes them to her all-knowing friend (who we’ve never met and know nothing about), they get just enough information to set them on a new quest (but not enough for anyone to know what’s going on), and then everything goes to pot, the house blows up, and their informant is gone.  Now, they’re on their own…again.  Holy plot twist, Batman!  Oh, and speaking of plot twists, “The Event” continues to throw unimportant information at us that, if they made us care about the characters, might be significant, but ultimately isn’t (OMG – Sophia is Thomas’s Mom!  …Wait, what difference does that make and why should I care?).  The irony of this entire episode is that, on more than one occasion, a character within the show makes the comment, “how convenient,” when commenting on the lack of information.  Oh man, he has no idea.  The entire show seems based on “convenient” events to provoke what otherwise couldn’t (or wouldn’t) happen.

So, that’s that.  “The Event” has had the glimmer of potential on a number of occasions (not least of which is the recent attempt at actually making characters understandable), but, more often than not, the show is simply a frustrating mess.  The events within the show are all convenient, contrived plot devices that just don’t have any believability.  Unnecessary twists have attempted to hold our interest, with incredibly little success.  Worst of all, we simply can’t root for the heroes because the show constantly depicts them as idiots (albeit, probably unintentionally).  The writing has been amazingly lazy, making the show’s lack of self-awareness downright humorous (“How Convenient!”).  Well, enough is enough, and I’m finally abandoning ship.

Farewell, “Event.”  I would say it’s been fun, but it really hasn’t.


~ by digitallysmitten on November 9, 2010.

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