“The Event” Season 1 Episode 2 “To Keep Us Safe” starts with the airliner, which a moment ago was in the skies over Coral Gables, Florida, about to smack into the President, in the skies over Arizona, about to smack into the ground.
Spoilers surely follow.
The plane crash lands, but everyone gets out alive. Michael, who had been forced to fly the plane, tells Sean that someone has killed his wife Val and is holding his two daughters hostage. It seems that Vicky from the cruise ship is involved. As a fleet of black helicopters approaches, Michael tells Sean to make a run for it and find the daughters, including his fiancé Leila. Sean runs into the desert.
A little bit more of the big mystery is revealed. It seems that in 1944, a space ship crashed in Alaska. While Sophia remained behind with the wounded, who later became the 97 detainees, a lot more aliens managed to get away and have now infiltrated into human society. The aliens have different DNA and are much longer-living.
In the meantime, Sean wakes up in a hospital in Yuma. He tries to evade a part of law enforcement, but is eventually captured by two FBI agents who believe that he murdered Greg on the cruise ship. Actually, the man who kidnapped Leila killed Greg.
Meanwhile we find out that Lee, a CIA agent, is one of Them and has been tasked by the Director of Central Intelligence, who doesn’t know that he is one of Them, to find the other alien infiltrators. Lee takes a team to the crash site of the airliner.
In the meantime, the two FBI agents and Sean are turned back by a roadblock near the crash site with some story about a chemical leak. Of course the real reason is that no one wants anyone to see the crash site.
And no wonder. When Lee and his team arrive, they find the plane empty and Michael dead nearby. Worse, they find all of the surviving passengers dead on the desert floor, apparently having been massacred.
As a mystery, the one surrounding “The Event” seems somewhat pedestrian, something that the “X Files” would have covered in a two-part episode at most. Aliens having landed in the 1940s and then having infiltrated human society is rather old hat. Mind, if it slowly becomes revealed that the last 66 years of human history was influenced by the aliens in special ways, some interest would be piqued. But right now “The Event” is looking like a tedious knockoff of “Lost,” and a number of other better shows.
Source: The Event, To Keep Us Safe, TV.Rage