Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Event 1.6: Not Only Aliens, Immortals!

Well, we found out something else for sure about our aliens on The Event 1.6 tonight:  they're not only aliens, but immortals, or, at very least, age-much-more-slowly-than-we-do-ers.

The story tonight most centers around Simon, previously revealed as an alien working for Thomas under cover with the Feds.   Tonight we learn that he fell in love with a human woman back in the 1950s, but was forced to decamp by Thomas.

We've seen this theme before, most recently on New Amsterdam.  It wore a bit thin for a whole series such as New Amsterdam, but worked ok as just one element of a more complex plot in The Event.  Simon is also more believable than Richard on Lost, who came by his immortality through the least scientific part of the island lore.

It's totally believable that sentient beings from off of our planet might age at a different rate from us, and be, in comparison to us, immortal.  And tonight we also get confirmation - for those on the Web who doubted - that Thomas, Sophia, Simon et al are indeed aliens.   We get this from a crazed but plausible reporter who briefs on Sean and Leila on what her father the pilot came upon up north in Alaska.

So The Event continues to hold my interest.  It's so far nowhere as good as 24 and Lost were at their best, but it has its own style and appeal.   And with its unfolding of the alien story, and the kinds of powers they have - Thomas escapes tonight by creating another worm hole, this time in a building which collapses into a void - The Event is beginning to weave in some elements of V and Fringe, which is all to the better.   The Event continues to be a compendium of intelligent science fiction and action.

See also The Event Debuts on NBC ... The Event 1.2: Aliens! ... The Event 1.4: 24 Back in Action!

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