I love Terry Gilliam’s movies but, somehow, I’d never seen 12 Monkeys until about eight weeks ago. Once I did, I had a bad feeling about Syfy’s adaptation (Fridays, 9/8C) – a feeling that wasn’t totally dispersed by the first two episodes on the screener that the network sent, but enough so that I’m looking forward to the next five episodes on a second screener set that arrived a couple days ago.
NBC’s The Event returns tonight [8/7C] with a two-hour mid-season premiere that is, frankly, a letdown. Stripping it of its unconventional, time-hopping structure [because everyone allegedly found it confusing] has also stripped it of its imagination.
With the revelation that the aliens’ outbound message reads, ‘preparations are being made for your arrival,’ The Event sinks from the level of an intriguing and unusual series to the level of a straightforward and much duller alien invasion piece.
The Event [NBC, Mondays, 9/8C] is a smart, complex and thoroughly entertaining new series. The premiere is easily the best pilot of the season. With a cast of dozens [if you include guest stars], this is a series that can provide at least a couple characters with whom everyone in the audience can identify, while the complexity of the premiere episode turns out to be much easier to follow than expected – despite the way it plays with various sequences in the past and present.