Do you like SciFi?
I do so I am loving The Event. It doesn't always make sense which has less to do with sci fi and more to do with loose ends. In fact, Ava and C.I. pointed a huge glaring error out to me that I honestly thought the show would have caught by now. I'll leave that for them.
So the series opened in Florida where the president, Cuban-American (played by Blair Underwood), is about to make a huge announcement. Instead, he's almost killed. A plane comes hurtling at the compound but then, at the last moment, it disappears.
The plane disappears.
Laura Innes, who was so great as Carrie on ER, plays Sophia and we know she's important because she's talking to a government agent of some form (Simon) and she's imprisoned and shackled. And she's in Alaska, hidden there.
Turns out she's an alien. So is Simon but the government doesn't know that. Her group crashed or something -- we don't have all the details -- and some of them -- on her orders -- hid and blended it while others joined her in being captured.
That was years and years ago. They don't age.
Although Hal Holbrook's playing one and we learn they can make themselves look older -- or at least he can.
So the plane?
It was part of an effort by alien Thomas -- living in the world (a "sleeper") -- to get Sophia and the others freed. She's not thrilled about that but she has been freed.
They apparently need to start a nuclear war to get a portal that will allow them to get home.
Meanwhile they are some other group -- working with the US government -- is dirty. The plane was flown by a man who was human. He did not know it was going to be zapped to another location at the last minute. He flew the plane because this group killed his wife and kidnapped both of his daughters. He was told the daughters would be killed unless he flew the plane. One is a young girl and we just know she's been taken to an area/hospital where they take various little girls they kidnap (and do things that turn the little girls into old women -- faces of old women, bodies still the size of little girls).
The other daughter is is Leila (played by Sarah Roemer) who is in love with Sean (John Ritter's son Jason). Sean and Leila are having a pleasure cruise (and he's going to propose but she doesn't know it) when this woman named Vicky (Taylor Cole) and her 'boyfriend' cozy up to them (actually the 'boyfriend' begs Sean to rescue Vicky, that's how they all meet). They aren't boyfriend and girlfriend and it's a distraction to occupy Sean so they can kidnap Leila.
Sean's been on the plane -- one of the few to walk away -- been searching everywhere for Leila. Wanted by the FBI. He and an FBI agent Angela (Heather McComb) are tossed together when she and her partner arrest him. She ends up alone with him -- after the dirty government workers and/or aliens shoot her partner dead -- and he tries to tell her what's going on but she doesn't believe him. After she's back at the office, she still doesn't believe him but she starts to think that they should follow up some of what he was talking about. Before she can do that, two FBI agents show up to pick up Sean. They strike her strange. She calls in to check and be sure they're FBI agents. The government and/or aliens intercept the call and she knows something's wrong for real when they cut off communications to her building. Then a shoot out ensues it and it's her, Sean and one bad guy that can walk away.
Everyone else is dead. It was a blood bath.
She and Sean end up tracking down Vicky and her 'son.' They find Vicky's mother. In Texas. She's raising Vicky's son. But it's not Vicky's son. Vicky (that's the woman who kidnapped Leila on the cruise) was ordered to kill the kid's parents and did. She was also ordered to kill the kid. She didn't.
After tracking the kid down, they end up in a trap because Vicky's using Leila as bait. They almost go down but Sean let's her know that he knows about Vicky's son. He even shows Vicky the camera phone picture he took of her son. She allows him and Leila to escape with Angela.
Now Leila's trying to find her little sister. But the bad guys/aliens are trying to kill her. Sean's been shot. It's a lot to follow.
And Laura Innes is great in the show. She's what really kept me watching because what I've told you above really comes out as the show goes along and there were times in the first two episodes where I would have bailed if it wasn't for her as Sophia, leader of the aliens.
So it airs on Mondays, check it out then or use the Hulu link. And since I started out mentioning Ava and C.I., let me link to the two pieces they wrote Sunday:
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"