Friday, September 24, 2010

TVOD: The Event

Non-US viewers: poke around here to find something that will play in your country.

A lot of people have asked if I watched this, and I finally did. My opinions are a bit mixed- it didn't really catch fire for me until the end, though it was fun seeing some scattered Ten Thirteen alumni, and Blair Underwood plays a more convincing president than the one we have currently. Jason Ritter acquits himself pretty well and Laura Innes just oozes interesting backstory.

But it was all a bit too network slick for me - meaning that network shows these days all look like longform commercials to me these days. To paraphrase Mike Clelland, you can just smell the lattes simmering around the conference room as the suits pound the creatives to death with notes ("the girl should be hotter!" or "we need more gunfights!"). The result of all of this are characters- and situations- that we've seen a million times before. But the tension ratchets up pretty well as it goes along, and the ending is pretty killer.

So The Event has my attention for the time being, but given the endless bloodbath the networks are dealing with in the ratings I won't be too surprised if it's gone by Thanksgiving.


  1. "But it was all a bit too network slick for me - meaning that network shows these days all look like longform commercials to me these days."

    Exactly. It's the same with all these shows (Flashforward, The Event etc). You can just see the suits sitting around trying to cook up the "next" LOST etc. For every great original show you get 20 cheap ass sh*tty replicas. It's depressing.

  2. Hey, I think this is my line:

    "You can just smell the lattes simmering around the conference room..."

    - and -

    Sadly, you have just described the kind of present day film making that absolutely absolutely annoys me.

    (from Mike C!)

  3. Chris you asked me what I am reading. Books that I have purchased in the last 6 months and started reading, The Red Book by Uncle Carl, Anacalyspis part 1( I have read part two) An attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Satic Isis or an Inquiry into the Orgin of Languages,Nations and Religions, by Godfrey Higgins. Occult America by Mitch Horowitz.Egypt the Black Land by Paul Jordan (finished). The Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, (finished). Twelve World Teachers by Manly Palmer Hall,(finished). I think the Red Book is going to take a year or so to finish, The Satiac Isis will be a work of some time to fully intergrate, however I think it is one of the most important works ever written and I am deadicated to it's study. I make time to read two or three hours every day. Keeping up with the synchromystic masters such as yourself takes at least one hour a day usually on the Watching the Watchmen blog site. I am amazed at the quality of the content of the blogs on that site. Hail Isis, and shineforth brave souls. Dennis from Oregon.

  4. Team up with some YouTubers and drive something forward on the independent tip. Do so under pseudonym perhaps. Your ache is starting to show.

  5. Saitic Isis// not Satic or satiac. Sorry for the spelling error. Both books are old but not dated at all. All Synchromystics should brave the small print and many footnotes that have even smaller print. Dennis

  6. Hey Chris! Been finally catching up
    on your blog after another long absence. Hate it when I miss great posts. I have so much to catch up on, I went back to several pages and you keep talking about "the Dog days". Wondering if you've heard Florence + The Machine's "The Dog Days are over"? the song is everywhere right now and it was a huge winner at the VMAs, Florence performed it that night and I think it was the only good thing about that darn show. Production was amazing but I think it was the worst VMAs yet.
    Make sure you see Florence's performance, I bet you'll find tons of symbols like you did in Pink's Grammy's performance. I only spotted the Sun thing.

    Take care!


  7. Ha-Ha,

    You gave me credit for that snappy "espresso" phrase! And I feel quite confident I stole the line someone els.

    I am pretty sure I say that line during the audio conversation from the sumer of '09.

    And from you, I have since stolen the line: "I think were getting int bong hit territory."

  8. Chris, The Event was a letdown for me too. I am curious about where it's all going, but not dying to know. I was also curious about Persons Unknown...

    I just wish they'd do these shows as a mini-series. That way I could get closure.

  9. 257- Well, we're in a bind- producing any viable kind of TV show is prohibitively expensive and people have been conditioned to take superhigh production values for granted. But the system is set up to destroy creativity, so the good stuff is always going to be a fluke. But at the same time 99.999% of what's being put out there is so toxic and soul-destroying (particularly the reality shows) that the culture is becoming autodestructive. But I feel that way about pretty much everything in life these days. Luckily there's a lot out there to discover as far as old shows, novels, graphic novels.

    Mike C- Credited!

    Sync- I'm interested, but not necessarily hooked yet. The problem is that there doesn't seem to be much fire out there for it.

    Dennis- Very cool. Mitch's book is great- I think I'm going to ask him to do an interview like we did with Nick.

    739- Ha! Actually, I've been having crazy notions about radio dramas...

    V- Yeah, that Florence performance was outstanding, and really grooved on the Celtic/indigneous vibe. You see, when you have talent you don't have to writhe around like some satanic coke whore. Very encouraging.

    Oyin- Yeah, but I really don't feel like these shows are made for me. They're pseudo-geek fiction for people who hate geeks. That's what I always got from Lost. Of course, the flipside of that is the Warehouse 13/Eureka thing where you feel like you're stuck on an elevator at DragonCon with a bunch of LARPers for an hour.

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    When the group appears at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, it will offer testimony about events so chilling, it will seem like a day at a science fiction movie festival.

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  11. All right, on your recommendation, Christopher, I watched it. How many detainees are being held at the (fictional) Mount Inostranka in Alaska again? This will, as the series progresses, turn out to be intextricably entwined with the very same back-engineered offworld technology that transported the just-about-to-crash commercial flight into a plasma bubble & then to a completely different location … crackle, bzzzt, poof! Mark my words. But, I still think that HuLu = Cthulhu, though. Cheers & thanks again for the heads-up ~ Anadæ

  12. Will Smith impersonator on SNL tonight: "I am the Sun! Whoo!."

    I don't have one of those TV recorders, and I don't work 9 to 5, so it's hard for me to follow a TV series when it's new, but "The Event" looks interesting enough to go on my "check it out on DVD" list.

    Someone else suggested you compile a Secret Sun watching/reading list in an earlier comment. That'd be cool if you could find the time.

  13. UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens:

  14. Christopher, there's nothing wrong with having hot girls on television.

    And who doesn't like gun fights?