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Old December 23 2010, 08:42 PM   #16
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Re: 'The Event': What's Wrong and How to Fix It

I figure this show isnt going to last very long so that is why I refuse to watch it. I hate wasting my time watching shows with a mystery then it is cancelled and I am provided no answers to what is going on.
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Old December 23 2010, 08:50 PM   #17
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Here's the NBC cancel/renew list. The Event is listed as more likely to be cancelled than renewed even though 1.00 is usually the right side of the line (just barely or should I say bearly ha ha ). Maybe that's because The Event is pricey, or possibly the suits are embarrassed that their premier show of the season has flopped so badly and just want it out of the way? I wouldn't discount that factor at all, though of course nobody is going to admit it.
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Old December 23 2010, 09:07 PM   #18
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I think I watched the first five episodes of this show before giving up on it. It's such a muddled, incomprehensible mess. I'm not even sure what the show is supposed to be about and I'm not going to stick around for ages to find out.
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Old December 24 2010, 12:06 AM   #19
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I agreed a lot with the linked article about the problems. And I agree a lot with the solutions. However, I think the show is too far gone.

It's a shame. NBC did a good job hyping this show up and it had a lot of people tuning in, but all the flashbacks, the boring characters, the muddled story/stories, it quickly became a trainwreck.

Nothing on Jason Ritter, but his storyline should've been eliminated. I think he's supposed to be the everyman, and his searching for and protecting his girlfriend is supposed to be the emotional core of the film, but it doesn't work for me. It just adds one more layer onto a cake with far too many layers. I wish they had kept the focus on the 'big boys' and centered the show around the sleeper agent. I found his episode far more interesting, and his scenes with the older woman he once loved far more emotional than any of the Jason Ritter scenes. The agent's struggle, his divided soul, works for me. Also, I wish they had made the detainees evolved humans. The alien thing, particularly for aliens that look and act far too human, has been done to death.

Shift the focus to the government players, minimize flashbacks, and tell a coherent story, and maybe this show can salvage itself. Though I doubt it. I think the damage has been done.
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Old December 24 2010, 08:20 PM   #20
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From what I saw, Jason Ritter's plotline was too tangental to the core alien-invasion story. But you need to have a character like that, the everyman, who the audience can relate to. The sleeper agent guy in the FBI could be the other lead character.

But the problem still remains: what is the story about the aliens and why should we care? All I know is that they apparently are trapped on Earth and are a bit surly about it, and planning to do something about it. Is there anything more to it than that?
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Old December 25 2010, 07:45 PM   #21
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It looked deadly dull in the commercials... so I never even gave it a first glance. If a thirty second spot can put the audience to sleep, then the show usually doesn't stand much of a chance.
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Old December 26 2010, 02:49 AM   #22
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I've heard that the original idea didn't have the alien storyline, but NBC ordered them to rewrite with a sci-fi twist to have something comparable to Lost. So maybe things went wrong from there.
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