2010 Television Season

View from above the clouds

As in "Lost", the first few episodes focused on the fate of a missing airplane.
As in "Lost", the first few episodes focused on the fate of a missing airplane. | Source

Is everyone out there spending Monday evenings with "Dancing with the Stars," or are there a few souls venturing with me into the drama provided by a new series called "The Event"? I have to admit that watching "The Event" was an accident. Although I saw a few commercials that likened the program to my departed favorite "Lost", I didn't intend to get hooked on another program that distracted me from work and sleep until 10 at night.

But the night the show first aired, I was at my daughter's house watching my grandson while she worked. He had to be in bed at 9:00 for school the next day and "House" had just ended. I wasn't interested in the baseball game that followed (much to the dismay of my family) so I switched channels, and there it was.

Like "Lost", the show flashes back to events that occurred years before the present action, but it's so well done that you don't lose the plot. The characters are so likeable and realistic that watchers have empathy even for the extraterrestrial life forms that may or may not intend to harm the planet. Like another of my favorite shows, "Fringe," you waver between deciding who are good guys and who are the bad guys, since every action is the reaction to a previous action.

Jason Ritter is excellent as the actor playing the show's romantic hero, Sean Walker, and Sarah Roemer as Leila Buchanan is a very convincing leading lady. Blair Underwood and Lisa Vidal make an extremely likeable president and first lady. You can't help liking the lead alien, Sophia, played by Laura Innes who was best known to me as Dr. Kari Weaver from "ER" and you've got to love government agent/undercover alien Simon Lee, played by Ian Anthony Dale who has appeared in a number of TV series, including "Angel," "Charmed," "24" and "Criminal Minds" as well as movies such as "The Bucket List" and "The Hangover."

The plot seems simple. After being held captive by the government for over 60 years for having DNA similar to that of humans, but different enough to cause fear, Sophia and her people believe President Martinez is going to release them. When government leaders convince the president to reconsider, her impatient son, Thomas decides threats will work faster, and he causes a mysterious incident that results in a plane flying straight for the president's family disappearing and landing thousands of miles away. Leila's mother has been killed and Leila is held hostage by villains that really seem to be totally cold and without feeling. Sean is determined to rescue the love of his life at all cost, including kidnaping an FBI agent trying to arrest him for a homicide committed by Leila's captors.

But all answers lead to more questions, bad guys become good guys, and "The Event", which I never intended to watch, has become my can't miss show for the 2010 season.

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