The Cast - With a few exceptions, the casting for The Event has been spot on. In particular, Jason Ritter makes for a likeable lead as ill-fated everyman Sean Walker, while Blair Underwood, so good in HBO's In Treatment, delivers another powerful and charismatic performance as newly-elected US President Elias Martinez.
The Tone - OK, so The Event isn't ground-breaking television, but it's fun, enjoyable fluff. Some critics have complained about the lack of humour, but the series is still ultimately a silly caper that it's okay to enjoy with tongue firmly in cheek. It isn't The Wire, but then it isn't trying to be.
The Twists - Admit it, some of the twists on The Event have been genuinely surprising. Tube Talk isn't afraid to admit that we were taken aback by a few revelations, including Simon's alien origins, the not-so-dead plane passengers and the true nature of Thomas and Sophia's relationship.
The Flashbacks - While the flashbacks in the first ten episodes did admittedly provide a nice bit of back-story for the likes of undercover alien Simon (Ian Anthony Dale) and CIA director Blake Sterling (Željko Ivanek), they did have the unfortunate effect of making the show feel a bit like a cut-price Lost. It's a relief that the show is doing away with the narrative device entirely from now on.
The Villains - After a shaky start, Thomas (Clifton Collins, Jr.) has developed into an intriguing and entertaining villain. However, with no disrespect intended towards the legendary Hal Holbrook, it's debatable whether the show really needs the doddering Dempsey at all.
Too Many Characters - Simply put, the show has too many main characters, which leads to multiple storylines progressing at too slow a pace. Plus, while the likes of Sean, Leila, President Martinez and Sterling have appeared in every episode, so-called series regulars such as Michael Buchanan (Scott Patterson) and Vicky Roberts (Taylor Cole) have disappeared for episodes on end with little explanation. And as for First Lady Christina Martinez, she's barely been glimpsed since the pilot.
WHAT'S COMING UP...
1. President Martinez must fight for his life when he is held hostage in the White House by Sophia and Thomas.
2. Sean sets out on a mission to take down Dempsey once and for all, with an unlikely ally at his side.
3. Things rapidly spiral out of control for Sophia, and her actions lead to a national disaster.
FINAL THOUGHTS - With plenty of build-up followed by disappointing ratings and a mid-season hiatus, it's not surprising that many have already dismissed The Event as another FlashForward. However, the show is definitely improving as it goes along and we here at DS still have a sneaking affection for it. Here's hoping that the show will prove the cynics wrong and win a second season renewal. We couldn't stand another unresolved end-of-series cliffhanger...
The Event returns to Channel 4 on Monday at 10pm.
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