Is 'The Event' the New 'Lost'?

Lots of characters, crazy timeline involving flashbacks, central use of a plane, something super-weird happening at the end . . . if you've been missing Lost, may I introduce you to The Event.

Now, don't get me wrong: I've only watched the first two episodes of The Event but I think I can definitively say it's not nearly as engrossing as Lost. I was never a huge Lost fan but the WTF Factor was so off the charts it kept me coming back for more, and The Event doesn't quite seem to be on the same level there.


Still, it's got plenty of familiar mysteries in it that may ease your Lost-cravings. Who are these strange inhabitants? What's up with this one person who appears to be important in some way? What the hell year are we in now? Where did that one chick go? Who's this dude and what's his hidden agenda? Whoah, what's the deal with all the dead bodies?

What I really like about The Event thus far is that it doesn't seem like it's going to follow a predictable formula for each episode, which is kind of refreshing since I'm slowly making my way through old Alias DVDs lately and oh my god with the mirror-identical plot process for each and every one of those shows. (I'm still watching it, though, mostly for Jennifer Garner's wigs.)

Plus, The Event stars Laura Innes as Sophia Maguire, the inmate leader, and I could pretty much listen to her husk her way through the phone book. Oh, and I like that Jason Ritter, too, although that might solely be because of him being John Ritter's son.

I don't think it's the best thing on TV by a long shot (that award goes to Breaking Bad, friends), but it's not a bad addition to the TiVo. Kind of mysterious, kind of sci-fi-ish, kind of political conspiracy-ish. Lost meets 24 plus X-Files, maybe.

Are you watching The Event? What do you think of it so far?

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