Saturday, October 02, 2010


THE EVƎNT is a new TV series. At the moment it appears to be a cross between the X-Files and Seven Days in May. The plot recycles the tiresome trope of a massive gov’t conspiracy. This is especially tiresome at a time when we have real honest-to-goodness enemies in the world.

Mind you, I’m not denying that gov’t can be the enemy too. But as Obama and the Congressional Democrats have shown, you don’t need to be conspiratorial to be the enemy.

One oddity about the series is the casting of a black actor to play the part of a Latino-American president. Surely there are plenty of Latino-American actors who could play the role just as well or better. Indeed, they cast an eye-catching Latina to play his wife.

Also, Blair Underwood comes across as a rather bland actor, so it’s not as if he brings something indispensable to the part. There are other actors–both black and Hispanic–who are more compelling.

To some extent the show seems to be allegorizing the Obama and his hawkish opponents. But, then, why not make the president a black character? Or would that be too obvious?

Of course, there really are Afro-Latinos. But that’s awfully subtle for Hollywood. And as far as that goes, one could always cast a real Afro-Latino in the role.

I’m guessing the director/producer wanted to evoke associations with Obama, but also introduce a bit of distance by making the character Latino rather than black. That way it wouldn’t seem quite so heavy-handed.

Still, it’s like a throwback to the days when Anthony Quinn was Hollywood’s all-purpose person of color.


  1. The saddest thing is, now watching that event I think twice, is this for those unsuspecting who are drawn into it with nothing else as a foundation to reason free from the allure it conjures and controls them to do:

    Rev 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
    Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
    Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
    Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
    Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
    Rev 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

    Whose is left out of there?

    1] not the devil
    2] not the beast
    3] not the false prophet
    4] not Death himself
    5] not Hades himself
    6] not those whose name is not found in the Book of Life!

    Who then is left out of there?

    Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
    Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
    Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
    Rev 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."
    Rev 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
    Rev 21:6 And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
    Rev 21:7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

  2. I watched the first episode, and thought they are trying to force too much stuff into a TV show, and to try and outdo '24'.

    I don't really like 'Event'.
    I really like '24'.

    Thanks for the thoughts. Good thoughts.

    I love Anthony Quinn. Zorba the Greek. Lawrence of Arabia, the Arab prince. Viva Zapata the Spanish co-star with Brando. Etc.
    Good call.