The much anticipated, “The Event” arrived last night on NBC. I had been anxious to see it like I was anxious to kiss Mary Lee Jenkins when I was12. Like the Event, we have a secret reluctant to be told.
I had been seeing Mary Lee since her family had moved into our Southern Kentucky farming community. Her family went to our church. Our parents became fast friends. We went to the same school. We noticed each other in that way you cannot stop noticing each other.
I was excited with the coming of the Event because Blair Underwood is an actor I both love and don’t love. He is a great actor and has taken on many very compelling rolls. He has played a crucified Black Jesus and woman beater on the big screen and lawyer and doctor on the home screen.
The politics of the Event are subtle but usual. America has a Black President. America has a Latino President. The both in one are surrounded by a team of advisors that primarily do not look like the President except for the lone Tony Dodd of Candyman fame and of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Event is moving back and forth in time sort of like what it must be like in conversation with me on occasion. I can be all over the board in time and jumping to many incidental tangents.
The Event jumps back 23 minutes, then 11 days, and then 13 months. We get a lot of information about a couple on the threshold of taking the next evolutionary step in their relationship. Sean Walker is played by Jason Ritter. His girlfriend Leila Buchanan is played by Sara Roemer.
Sean is aboard a plane sweating and appearing very nervous looking like someone I would not want to see on my next flight. Turns out I am right. As the plane leaves the tarmac while being chased by an SUV with a covert operative inside, Jason storms the cockpit demanding to get in. He draws a gun.
When Jason and Leila leave for their pre – marital honey moon cruise, the tension picks up. Jason must save the life of a woman appearing to drown whose boyfriend’s entire left arm is in a cast.
Jason performs a high flying cliff jump to rescue her. After the rescue, she is much too friendly and refuses to be separated from Jason and Leila. A snorkeling excursion is agreed to for the following morning.
Leila drinks too much that night and is unable to go snorkeling the next morning. The drowning girl’s guy cannot go because his arm is in a cast. This girl is way too friendly and needy. I tried to yell into the screen to tell him.
After returning form snorkeling, Jason returns to his cabin to discover his key card does not work. He is concerned about Leila. When reports his key doesn’t work, he is told there is no record he and his girlfriend have been on ship. Other people are now in his room. A little detail is not attended here that would have helped. He left the ring he as to give Leila in the room safe.
The President goes to the Event’s Guantanamo that he has not known existed before coming to office. He refuses to reveal how he has learned of its existence. The President has been kept out of the loop on a group of people that are different in context without the context being identified. It has been said to him that the information has been on a need to know. Barack, sorry, President Martinez reveals that he is clearly aware of his office and that he needs to know.
X – Files, could you step in please. Send in Mulder and Scully. The prison is in Alaska and it contains a research lab we learn nothing about.
Flash to a party event where the President and the leader of the previously held in Alaska, Sophia McGuire, are present. The location has the appearance of an upscale South Florida social event. The President is going to make an announcement with Sophia at his side.
The secret service learns all the radar in the area has gone down. They must get the President out. They must also protect Sophia.
The plane Sean is on is intentionally going down on the villa. Leila’s father has taken the cockpit and intends to crash the President’s party.
Sean has been trying to stop him. The Sky Marshal on board has a gun on him until they hear a blast from the cockpit. Fighter jets fly along side the plane and passengers fear they will be shot down.
We are likely to learn Leila’s father is being forced to do this to save his baby daughter’s life, or not. His wife has already been killed. He and his younger daughter have been kidnapped. We also do not know what has happened to Leila.
The President is placed inside a secret service limo with his family. They share the embrace of fear while they watch the plane headed toward them.
Then it happened. It was just like my first kiss with Mary Lee. It all happened so very quickly.
The plane flies into a glowing light blue space kind of like where my head was with Mary Lee. Then it was gone. The plane vanishes. It is swallowed into somewhere else. The first kiss is over.
The President asks what has just happened like anyone present can know. Sophia responds, “They have saved us.”
Sophia then looks to the President and says, “I haven’t told you everything.”
The game’s afoot. Will I continue with the Event? Well, if I draw on my experience with Mary Lee and our first kiss; it wasn’t the actual kiss, the meeting of our lips that was compelling. It was what I felt in my body and in my mind as a result of our first kiss that made me look at her again and again. I knew then like I know now, I will be back.