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THR’s Barry Garron suspects NBC’s “The Event” can’t maintain the suspense and inventiveness of its pilot (just like every critic at TCA), but calls the first hour an enjoyable ride. He finds the storytelling format pretty complex, but, still, compared to summer’s hit “Inception,” this show is kids play…
Comic-Con attendees aside, the effort required to follow the story by co-executive producer/writer/creator Nick Wauters goes well beyond what most viewers might be willing to give. With its large ensemble cast and frequent flashbacks — visiting and revisiting events that occurred from 23 minutes to 13 months in the past — watching “Event” is like riding a contraption that is half time machine and half bumper car.
As showrunner, Evan Katz, formerly of Fox’s “24,” knows a good deal about storytelling at breakneck speeds. In addition, executive producer Jeffrey Reiner, who directed the pilot, barely lets you catch your breath. However, unless they reward viewer trust with a few satisfying answers — and soon — “Event” will see a sharp decline in RSVPs.
So far, the most enjoyable part of this dizzy ride is the brilliant cast. Underwood and Ritter are entirely convincing in complicated roles. Equally impressive is the work of Innes as the tightly wound conspirator and Zeljko Ivanek as the president’s straight-talking aide.
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