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TV Review: The Event: A Second Look and Can Lone Star Be Saved?

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After three episodes, it is easy to tell if you’re going to stick with a new television drama or leave it in the dust. It either captures your imagination or makes you feel cheated for having wasted your time on it.

I am happy to report that after viewing the initial trio of episodes of The Event,  provided by NBC, the show still owns a place on my DVR.

I was impressed by episode one: a hodgepodge of romance, the supernatural, mystery, conspiracy, and, of course, good against evil. Pessimist that I am, I fully expected the subsequent two episodes to fall flat (which frequently happens when a show is massively ambitious).  To make every scene vital, vibrant and just plain interesting is tough: the sort of challenge a show of this type faces each week.

But I was pleasantly surprised. Episodes two and three are as strong as the pilot.  The writers and producers are smart. They know how to fix it so their audience will be eager to come back for more. Rather than keeping viewers totally in the dark, they provide answers to each little mystery, while creating new and even more compelling questions. What is the mysterious Sofia’s true agenda? How many of her kind are walking free among us? Will Sean ever find Leila? If he does, where do they go, armed with the information they have? These are questions which will probably not be answered for some time. Or maybe we’ll be given those answers sooner than we think. This show is unpredictable – in a very good way.

If all goes well, The Event could transcend cult status and find success the way Lost and Fringe did.

Now let’s take a look at what could be the first casualty of the fall season (but shouldn’t be).

Poor Lone Star. I reviewed this show back in June when FOX graciously provided the screener. Another hit, I thought. Last week’s dismal ratings proved me wrong. A show about an attractive guy who is the worst sort of con man, yet is immensely likable couldn’t fail. Right? Guess I was wrong. Lone Star crawled out of the starting gate and crept away licking its wounds, bound for cancellation.

This is a show that deserves a second chance.

If you are at all a fan of excellent story telling, please give Lone Star a chance. It’s got newcomer James Wolk, playing Bob Allen, the con man leading a double life by dividing his time between two women at either end of Texas. David Keith plays his super sketchy dad and an expert in the art of scamming. It’s got Jon Voigt (fer chrissakes!) as the super wealthy business owner, Allen plans on conning. And all along Allen professes he wants out, that he cares about these people and doesn’t want to hurt them. I’d be really interested to see where this goes.

Fortunately FOX plans on airing another episode Monday at 9. Don’t let it be the last. Please hang around after House to watch. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

The Event airs on NBC, Mondays at 9 PM ET; Lone Star airs the same time on FOX. Watch one, DVR the other!

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  • Jerome Wetzel

    I agree. Both of those shows were my two favorite pilots from last week, and I watched almost every new pilot!