It happened in the blink of an eye. The answer to one of The Event‘s most pressing mysteries: where are the aliens from?
The answer was not quite
human what I was hoping for.
Spoilers from The Event episode’s 1.11 and 1.12 follow the jump.
In a conversation with his half-human, half alien daughter, Leila, Michael Buchanan revealed that the aliens are from NCG253. Our good friend Google says that NCG253 is a galaxy – “the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies,” in fact.
Personally, I find the reveal a bit disappointing. It’s the way it was handled more than anything. Sure, I was hoping for a parallel universe explanation, but all I really wanted was an interesting answer presented in a satisfying way. Instead, it was treated almost as a throw-away. And Leila didn’t exactly help, in her role as ‘the audience’, either.
The Event seems to be unraveling into a rather conventional ‘alien story’, to me. It lacks the imagination that the bombastic promotion promised, and the poise that one would hope for in a serialized tale.
That being said, there are seeds of promise. I’m interested in something the show doesn’t seem to place much weight in – the confirmation of alien life in another galaxy (or the confirmation of alien life, period), and the fact that humans already know about their home, albeit with limited scope. The fact that their DNA is less than 1% different from humans, and the existence of alien/human hybrids is another intriguing element – it’s just a shame those hybrids have to be the lacklustre Leila, and her little sis – who is suddenly not so important.
The oath that the aliens apparently swore, promising to “leave this civilisation intact”, is another illuminating element. The split in leadership also holds potential. And there are still some intriguing questions, like: why did they come to Earth? And why does Thomas want to bring the rest of his people to Earth when they can seemingly go home?
What do you think of the NCG253 reveal. Does it leave you excited, or cold like a Sean Walker?