Recap: 'The Event' - 'Us or Them'

Recap: 'The Event' - 'Us or Them'

The episode opens on a montage that cross cuts Jarvis being sworn in as the acting president with deposed President Martinez slipping into a coma. I gather that there’s supposed to be some dramatic weight to this scene, some sort of foreboding regarding Jarvis’ reign. Yet no matter how earnestly the show tries, it’s unable to create any tension with a character this slight and hollow. There’s no menace to this situation, because Jarvis is nothing more than the writers’ shortcut to giving Sophia some power without actually having her do anything.

This is indicative of something broader that can make watching “The Event” so painful, at times: having to sit through scene after scene that are supposed to have some sort of effect that they simply do not have. Everywhere we turn in this show it’s just more people who seem to be play acting supposedly serious roles: Sean play acting the role of rogue action hero, Sophia play acting the role of murderous villain, and Jarvis play acting the role of duplicitous usurper. The only one in any of this who actually seems to fill out his role is cagey vet Zeljko Ivanek as Blake Sterling, and that’s only because I can sort of pretend that I’m watching the Zeljko Ivanek of so many better shows. Read More...


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