I realize that there has been only one episode presented of the new and highly publicized NBC series ‘The Event’, but I can’t help to think that there is a specific motive for this production. Is there a possibility that this is a prelude or course towards alien / UFO disclosure? Let’s study the scenes and the characters...basically, what we know from one episode.
Sean Walker (played by Jason Ritter) takes his girlfriend Leila (Sarah Roemer) on a cruise for a romantic getaway. During their vacation, his plan to surprise her by proposing marriage goes off course when they befriend another couple, Vicky and Greg, after Sean rescues Vicky from drowning while visiting a tropical island. Hung-over after a night of drinking, Leila stays in her cabin while Sean and Vicky go snorkeling. When he gets back to the room, not only does his key not work, but Leila is missing and their names are erased from the ship’s records. Even her cell phone is no longer in service.
After realizing that Leila has been kidnapped, Sean boards a plane that, once it takes off, he hijacks at gunpoint. His reason? Leila’s father, Michael (Scott Patterson), is the pilot, and Sean somehow knows that Michael is planning to fly the plane directly into the President’s residence in Florida. But despite his best efforts, Sean can’t stop Michael. Luckily, at the moment of impact, the plane instead disappears into a portal of unknown origin.
Now, there is a group of detainees at a base in Alaska led by Sophia (Laura Innes) that the CIA doesn’t want President Martinez (Blair Underwood) to find out about. But once he does, he instructs his national security adviser, Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek), to take him to the facility. Later, Martinez meets with Sophia and prepares to announce the detainees' release at the press conference at his home in Florida, which is when the plane containing Sean and Michael suddenly starts bearing down on them. Once the plane vanishes, Sophia admits, “I haven’t told you everything,” the episode’s final line and its title.
While Sean and Leila are on their vacation, Michael, his wife, and their 7-year-old daughter relax at home. Armed men break into their home, capture the girl and appear to shoot the wife. Immediately after, we see Michael (in his pilot’s uniform) board the plane, telling his confused co-pilot that there’s been a schedule change and now he’s going to be handling this particular flight. Later, as Sean is trying to reason with Michael on the cockpit phone, he tells the Michael that he loves Leila too but that she would never want him to do what he’s about to do. Michael doesn’t seem to be listening, almost as if he’s under control by an outside force.
A man named Simon Lee (Ian Anthony Dale) meets with Sophia at the Alaska prison, where they speak about ‘the Event.’ Later, he is racing in his car after Michael’s airplane, desperately phoning air-traffic control to halt its takeoff. When air-traffic control asks who he is, Simon doesn’t tell them. After the plane takes off and away from the chase, he calls someone else to say that he couldn’t stop the flight in time.
The obvious questions are:
Who’s behind Leila’s kidnapping?
Do Greg and Vicky have anything to do with it?
How did Sean know that Michael was flying this plane?
How did Sean know that Michael was planning on crashing it?
How did Sean get a gun onto an airplane?
Who are these detainees?
Are these aliens with powers to move time and space?
Are they behind the missing plane?
Why have they been locked away?
Are Michael’s wife and daughter indeed dead and did the home invaders put him up to hijacking the plane?
Who does Simon work for?
Does he know anything about Leila’s kidnapping?
Did he know about the attack on President Martinez?
The thinly veiled characters and incidents are also very noteworthy. There is a black U.S. President, covert government detainees, hidden bases, etc. All this suggests that we are about to witness ‘The Event’ on television before we witness it for real. In the style of ‘LOST’ and ‘24’, are we about to view our future?
Is 'The Event' Actually A Disclosure?