Futuristic and Dystopian Shows You May Have Forgotten About, But Shouldn’t

The Event


Zeljko Ivanek, Blair Underwood, Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, and Laura Innes


Around the end of World War II, an unidentified flying object crashed in Alaska. The government detained the survivors, who ended up being extraterrestrials that were very nearly human, but aged slower than actual human beings.

Fast-forward to the present and new United States President Martinez (Underwood) decides to release these prisoners after meeting with their leader. Unbeknownst to him and the rest of the world, some of the aliens from that crash had eluded capture and blended into society, some achieving high-ranking positions across the globe.

When an assassination attempt on the president is averted, it becomes an us versus them narrative. Caught up in all this is Sean Walker (Ritter), who is looking for his girlfriend (Roemer), who mysteriously disappears from the cruise ship they’re on.

Why It Was So Good:

There were a lot of separate plot lines here, all of which were used to intertwine the idea of aliens, acceptance, mystery, and romance, into one show.

It worked on most levels, with Walker’s search for his girlfriend serving as a backdrop to the overarching storyline. Innes was her brilliant self as the leader of the alien detainees who is torn between leading her people and fighting for their acceptance by society as a whole.

Unlike other similar shows, this one didn’t take long to reveal mysteries and twists and turns furthered the plot quite nicely. Only 22 episodes and again ending on a bit of a cliffhanger, it’s still a fun weekend binge watch.

Where Can I Watch It?:

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