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John Orquiola

Since: 28.2.02
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I watched. I said I wouldn't, but I did.

Aliens. Frickin' aliens. Of course, they're aliens. 1% genetic difference from humans, which means they age really slowly, but they're as different from us as we are to monkeys. But how different are they from monkeys? Probably very different.

I inferred "The Event" was going to be President Martinez's reveal of the aliens living among us to the general public, but now that isn't going to happen. Which means there will probably be a new "The Event".

But I have to admit, I wasn't paying too close attention to the details. This show reminds me too much of Heroes. Shaky plotting drives everything, characters fall by the wayside. At least Heroes got us invested in some of their characters before it drove itself into the ground. I've got no interest in any character in The Event.

But who liked it? Who's on the hook still to keep going and see where this goes?

Oh, I said this on the Twitter: What The Event really does for me is make me miss The 4400 something fierce. That show, made with a fraction of the budget NBC is pouring into The Event, was much better-written with good characters, and had a way better reveal than aliens.

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I watched. I told myself to wait for OnDemand or Hulu, because I downloaded the pilot on PSN and it flowed really well without commercials. Sadly, I found myself with some free time and nothing else to watch last night so I caved.

It didn't pass the sleep test. I dozed off somewhere in the middle. I got the gist of it, though. A lot is happening, but I'm still not sure why I should care. I have to give them some credit for being forthcoming with at least some answers.

Was anyone else thinking the bodies were laid out to spell something, and then they didn't show it? Creepy alien husband(?) guy said they were going to "use them." For what? To send a message?

One of my biggest gripes with this show is Zeljko Ivanek. He needs to go far, far away and stop being the same character on every freaking show.

Oh, and it's just a weird storytelling choice to make Blair Underwood's character be Cuban. He's not doing any kind of distinct accent. He's just talking weird. It's distracting.

ETA: Also, I asked my wife while we were watching, "Honey, if we were on a romantic vacation, and you didn't feel well, would you be OK with me going off snorkeling with sexy bikini stranger girl who seems inordinately into me?"

(edited by SchippeWreck on 28.9.10 1031)

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I watched. And I'll continue watching.

In a way, it's reminding me of Day 1 of 24, with the misdirection that comes along with the conspiracy unraveling.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Jason Ritter is pretty awesome in this. He's our window into this craziness...and I'm connecting with him. In terms of character development, he's the most important one and so far, so good.

It took them less than two episodes to invoke electromagnetism. This is why this show will fail. Lost waited three seasons before bringing the quantum physicist aboard. You can't hit a network audience with hardcore sci-fi right off the bat and expect to *build* an audience.

If you tell me that D.B. Sweeney will be back, then so will I.

Doc Jensen's back to writing novellas and calling them episode recaps (

You askew my mirror. I askew yours.

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