This review may contain spoilers.
I had a tough time reviewing this week's episode of "The Event." As the show is beginning to find the ground it needs to tell the story set up in the pilot, I was having a difficult time finding a talking point. But if the show can focus the story in the same manner it did this week, the cohesion that has been missing may find its way in.
We start out with the plane survivors. The CDC is rushing to cure them of what appears to be a disease inflicted by Thomas (Clifton Collins Jr.), the person Sophia (Laura Innes) put in charge to watch over the people that escaped being detained in the crash of their ship. The episode was really about a standoff between Thomas and President Martinez (Blair Underwood) and the lengths one goes to achieve what they need to do. Both sides were ready to kill off a group of people to save the other. Thomas was willing to kill the plane survivors and Martinez was willing to kill the detainees including Sophia.
After much back and forth, Thomas acquiesced and provided the antidote needed to save the Avias passengers. The deal was made with Sophia being released.
Meanwhile, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Agent Collier are trying to figure out what to do when Sean checks his voicemail and finds the message Leila left for him. He decides to go and get her at the police station where Vicky (Taylor Cole) is using Leila as bait to capture Sean. At this point, we find out that Vicky is an operative tasked to usually clean up or kill people. In a flashback, we see that the boy Sean met at her mother's house is a baby that she refused to kill during an operation. Just before Sean and Collier go in to get Leila, they are tipped off that Vicky is in the station.
Sean decides to use the boy as leverage. He sends Vicky the picture he took and gives her a choice to help him. As Sean seemingly walks in to the trap set for him, Vicky turns and shoots her fellow operatives. Sean rushes in and rescues Leila and they leave, but not before Collier shoots Carter (D.B. Sweeney) and ties him up in the back of the car. She plans on using him for information.
One of the more interesting things I enjoyed this week was the flashback with Thomas. We find out that he was on the Manhattan Project in an effort to increase the technological development of our society. Lee tells him the consequences of showing us how to produce nuclear fission are dangerous and will result in it being used as a weapon. We see that Thomas is willing to indirectly kill thousands of people to fulfill his mission.
This was probably the most exciting episode yet. We finally began to see the lengths that need to be taken to be the hero. Martinez having to play chicken with Thomas really did add a considerable amount of tension that played off well.
What Didn't Work
While this was certainly one of the best outings to date, I am having a very difficult time connecting to the story. The multiple interconnecting plots have not kept my interest as much as I would like. To be honest, if I did not have a vested interest in the show, this episode would have been my last. I am glad Sean rescued Leila, but I find it hard to continue. With any luck, next week can win me back and get me back the way the pilot episode did.
I really hope that we can put the plane survivors plot to rest. There are only so many times that they can go in and out of danger before you start to not care if they survive. At least now they are alive. My fingers are crossed that we have seen the last of them.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Casualties of War" was written by Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie and directed by Milan Cheylov. "The Event" stars Jason Ritter, Lisa Vidal, Bill Smitrovich, Wesley A. Ramsey, Taylor Cole, Scott Patterson, Sarah Roemer, Laura Innes, Blair Underwood, Ian Anthony Dale and Zeljko Ivanek.
"The Event" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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