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The Event: Are You Satisfied with “Arrival,” the Last Episode?

Event last episodeLast night, NBC aired the series finale of The Event. As fans know all too well, the series has struggled in the ratings for much of the season and the network decided to cancel the show last week after just 20 episodes.

The Event started decently in the ratings but the numbers quickly declined. Once they fell as low as a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, NBC decided to pull it and planned to relaunch the series in early 2011. When they did, the ratings dropped even lower.

TV show supportThe producers knew there was a good chance that The Event wouldn’t be back for a second season and tried to give viewers some sense of satisfaction. They constructed the finale so that it would answer some questions but leave plenty of room for a second season, just in case they got lucky. Though it was cancelled, there’s still a glimmer of hope that it may continue elsewhere.

If you missed it, you can catch up with what happened on the series finale or watch it below. Either way, we’d like to know what you thought.

Was there enough information to satisfy you? Would you recommend that people watch the series or not bother because it doesn’t have a definitive ending? Which unresolved questions or storylines will bug you the most?


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Laura June 1, 2011 at 5:56 am

I agree with most of the previous comments – absolutely fantastic show! Interesting storyline, gripping, even some intelligent and ethical questions in there. It was moved to a middle of the night slot here in UK so no wonder ratings dropped; also very poorly promoted, I was lucky to notice that it had come back after its little break! Please please give us at least one more series and wrap up the story. Like other commenters I have watched and really got into other programmes in the past which then get taken away from us – why bother starting them in the first place!?


Betty P June 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

The show took us way out of the way to get to the main story in the middle part, which is why several folks quit watching. The whole kidnapping of the young girls for the old man for example. However, it started getting better in the last several episodes to the point that I was glad I toughed it out and now want more. Yet we are denied again. Hope somebody picks it up.


NHGuy36 May 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Interesting ending. . . and not satisfying at all. It really asks more questions than it answers, to wit:

D0es Mrs. Martinez’ reply “Home!” to her young son’s question indicate that she, too, is one of the aliens, contrary to what we the viewers and President Martinez were led to believe in a previous episode when he asked his wife about her past?

Does moving the aliens’ planet in toto to our solar system solve the problem of its being fried to a crisp by its superheated sun now replaced by our sun?

Can the two civilizations live in peace?

Will the change of gravitational pulls within our solar system with the arrival of the new planet into our solar system alter the physics involved?

And many many more questions that deserve an answer and would have made it a verrrry interesting second season!


Robert Johnson May 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm

If this was supposed to be the last episode I am very disappointed since it ended with such a cliffhanger. They should have given us a better sense of closure to go along with the disappointment of its cancellation.


L Gurry May 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have watched V, Flash Forward and The Event and each time have been disappointed that they were cancelled before an ending was reached. My suggestions for all networks is just produce a made-for-tv movie or a short series that have a beginning, a middle and an end. By doing this, the viewer will at least have some satisfaction. I agree with one person who said these shows are like getting half way through a good book and then being left with a bunch of blank pages. It certainly makes one hesitant to start watching this type of programming again.


JR May 31, 2011 at 5:42 am

I am so disappointed that this series has finished. I have watched it from the beginning and while the middle of the series became a bit mundane it has been building up to what could be a great twist for the future and the last episode gave hints of what could be to come.
Why does every series I really enjoy get axed ?
There must be a channel out there willing to run with such a great story line.


Saundra May 31, 2011 at 3:14 am

Finialy a sci-fi for adults no special gimicks ,alins who look like your next do neihbor
this show is refreshing Im up to here wuth the cheap reality shows Please keep this show on


DG May 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm

This show should Definately by picked up by another network. The cast members are awesome and I was completly engrossed in the storyline. If NBC is this hasty to cancel the series, they don’t deserve to have it.


Janice May 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I loved the series, The Event. I re-arranged my schedule on Mondays to make sure I watched it. When it returned from the season one struggles, I reappeared with a bang! I too hope someone else picks it up for another season. This is good TV without all the sex, drugs, and cursing.


Suzette May 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I would love to see The Event continued. There has been a group of us that have followed the show from the beginning and love it!


Anonymous May 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Show was fantastic. I really hope cable picks it up!!!


Joseph Linfante May 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The series finale was more like a season finale! I was excited to see what followed next season! I am very disappointed that the series was canceled. It is like reading half way through a very interesting book and never finishing it. I followed every episode week after week and the adventure was fantastic! I could hardly wait until the following week.
There are so many unanswered questions left. The series was great! The acting was superb. I hope there is a continuation of the EVENT SERIES!


Sherry D. May 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

Loved it. Totally left with a void.


JC May 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

You should really put the bong away when you watch TV. It was the other way around genius, they transported THEIR planet to OUR solar system, halfway between the Earth and Moon. Duh.


Angel May 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I totally agree with all the comments, the major networks shouldn’t take on Sci-fi programs. They don’t promote them well and when you get into them, they leave you hanging without a satisfied conclusion. They need to let the Sci-fi channel or cable do their job and carry these great shows!


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