Episode 1.19: Us or Them - Aired 5/2/2011


05/02/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : IN A RACE FOR THEIR LIVES -- ROGER BART GUEST STARS -- The White House grapples with the unfolding tragedy as Sterling (Željko Ivanek) continues the investigation into his primary suspect. Sophia (Laura Innes) manipulates the traitor inside the White House, confirming the suspicions of Chief of Staff Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives"). Leila (Sarah Roemer) and Michael (Scott Patterson) attempt to rescue Simon (Ian Anthony Dale), but at tremendous personal risk. Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) try to identify Sophia's secret courier before it's too late. Blair Underwood, Bill Smitrovich, and Lisa Vidal also star.

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Episode 1.18: Strain - Aired 4/25/2011

04/25/2011 (09:00PM - 10:\00PM) (Monday) : TRAITORS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL -- ROGER BART GUEST STARS -- The White House is rocked by the sudden illness of one of their own, leaving Chief of Staff Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives") and Sterling (Željko Ivanek) to investigate possible conspirators. Michael Buchanan (Scott Patterson) comes to the aid of Leila (Sarah Roemer), but it leaves them both at risk of Sophia's wrath. Across the globe in Russia, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) race to stop Sophia's weapon from being loaded onto a plane heading to the United States. Blair Underwood, Ian Anthony Dale, Bill Smitrovich, and Lisa Vidal also star.

Source: NBC Entertainment

This post was updated April 29, 2011.

Episode 1.20: One Will Live, One Will Die - Aired 5/9/2011



05/09/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : DOUBLE AGENT WITH A COUNTER AGENT -- ROGER BART GUEST STARS -- With doubt still surrounding the tragedy at the White House, Sterling (Željko Ivanek) encounters an unlikely ally in Simon (Ian Anthony Dale), who risks his life to return with a possible antidote. Against the wishes of Chief of Staff Richard Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives"), Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) authorizes an air strike to neutralize them. Meanwhile, Sophia (Laura Innes) continues on her diabolical plan to exterminate the human race, now with the help of an unwitting accomplice -- Leila (Sarah Roemer). Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) try to prevent the deaths of many thousands of innocent people. Blair Underwood and Lisa Vidal also star.

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Episode 1.21: The Beginning of The End - Aired 5/16/2011



05/16/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : A TRIUMPHANT RETURN – ROGER BART GUEST STARS -- President Martinez (Blair Underwood) makes a triumphant albeit shaky return to the White House, determined to punish the traitors who conspired against him. Sophia (Laura Innes) forges ahead with her plan, while battling a new enemy -- the guilt that has begun to plague her. Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) form an impromptu team with Sterling (Željko Ivanek) and Simon (Ian Anthony Dale) in order to track down Sophia's headquarters and stop her before the destruction of all human life. Sarah Roemer, Bill Smitrovich, and Lisa Vidal also star.

Source: NBC Entertainment

Episode 1.22: Arrival - To air 5/23/2011



05/23/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : IN A RACE TO STOP THE VIRUS -- ROGER BART AND ROMA MAFFIA GUEST STAR -- The White House is gripped by a power struggle of historic proportions, pitting Martinez (Blair Underwood) and Chief of Staff Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives") against Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) and his secret ally, Sophia (Laura Innes). Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter), Vicky (Taylor Cole), Sterling (Željko Ivanek), and Simon (Ian Anthony Dale) race to stop the dispersion points for the virus. Meanwhile, Leila (Sarah Roemer) fights for her life. But it all may be too late -- as the portal begins to open, sending tremors across the globe. Lisa Vidal also stars.

Source: NBC Entertainment

Is the First Lady an alien?

She's definitely got a secret, and it isn't she's Dominican.

She's either an alien or a hybrid, but I am guessing she was born here.

Is she the mole? Perhaps, but I think that's a little too easy to go there.

What do you think?

Background: The Book of Enoch

Over the last couple of episodes, especially "Face Off", I have been working on a theory behind the show, in order to try to predict what "The Event" is, and key points behind the story.

My current theory is that "The Event" is based on The Book of Enoch. If you've never heard of it, it's not considered official canon in either the Christian or Jewish Old Testaments, but it is considered canon in Ethiopian and Eritrean denominations. Within the Book of Enoch is "The Book of the Watchers", angels who fathered the Nephilim by mating with human females. I'll explain the Nephilim elsewhere.

Before I tell you my current theory, I should give you a background on the Book of Enoch and how I understand it. I want to explain that I am not a biblical scholar, nor have I read all of the Enoch myself (I have read some of it that I was able to find online). I am basing this on what I have read, on interpretations I have read, and watched from online sources. Please don't take this background as an explanation of The Book of Enoch. It's not meant to be. It's simply what I am using to explain the basis of my theory of what is going on in The Event.

As recorded in the Bible, Enoch is the great-grandfather of Noah. So, Enoch could be telling the story of Noah, but there are several parallels to The Event, which I want to share.

OK, now for the Book of Enoch, courtesy of ancienttexts.org:

Chapter 1:

  1. The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be
  2. living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come.
Enoch = Elias Martinez. Blessed the elect? That sounds like an elected president to me!!! Martinez believed that the detainees should be freed, since they had done nothing wrong - a righteous man, saw the vision of the Holy One - the aliens - in the heavens - another star.

We don't know who the "Holy One" is yet. It could be several characters: Sean, Leila, Sophia, Simon. Perhaps "The Event" happens in the distant future? Or we are simply talking about the old Enoch.

Let's continue...
  1. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:
    The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling,
  2. And the eternal God will tread upon the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai,
    [And appear from His camp]
    And appear in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens.
  3. And all shall be smitten with fear
    And the Watchers shall quake,
    And great fear and trembling shall seize them unto the ends of the earth.
The Holy Great One = Sophia? And the eternal God will tread upon the earth... I haven't been able to figure out the next two lines completely, but appearing in the strength of His might could either mean the aliens coming from NGC 253 or the Sentinels - Dempsey's people - who come in... I don't know yet.

Section 5 could mean Martinez's strike at those buses and the fact that they need to bring their people to Earth could explain the fact that Sophia's now ready for an all out war to take over the Earth.
  1. And the high mountains shall be shaken,
    And the high hills shall be made low,
    And shall melt like wax before the flame
  2. And the earth shall be wholly rent in sunder,
    And all that is upon the earth shall perish,
    And there shall be a judgement upon all (men).
This would suggest a cataclysmic event where a weapon is unleashed, leveling cities, killing everything on earth, leading to a judgement day.
  1. But with the righteous He will make peace.

    And will protect the elect,
    And mercy shall be upon them.

    And they shall all belong to God,
    And they shall be prospered,
    And they shall all be blessed.

    And He will help them all,
    And light shall appear unto them,
    And He will make peace with them'.
  2. And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones
    To execute judgement upon all,
    And to destroy all the ungodly:

    And to convict all flesh
    Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed,
    And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
I'm not going to try to make too much sense of this part yet, but it suggests that perhaps some will be saved, that the "ungodly" will be destroyed (Nephilim? Fallen angels? Aliens? Hybrids?) and that perhaps the things that the aliens brought to us covertly, technology, would also be destroyed. I'm not sure about the last line...

What do you think? That's Chapter 1... There are more relevant chapters, though not all are... I'll get to those later. This is a start!

My Current Theory

This post is a work in progress... new update on 4/6.

I'll try to give you the short version of what I think The Event is, and what I think is being represented.

To try to understand and predict The Event, I've been doing a lot of research on the End Times as written in the Book of Revelation, Book of Enoch (not considered canon by most religious sects) and several other texts, both in the Bible and out. I'm not looking for a one-to-one mapping as much as looking for a rough correlation of how The Event might be a modern telling of the End Times, from what I am guessing is a non-denominational, non-religious perspective. Here's my interpretation so far.

My current theory is that the aliens are angels, what the Bible and the Book of Enoch called "The Watchers", and those that assimilated into society, the "Sleepers", are fallen angels. They created alien/human offspring, or what the Bible calls the "Nephilim", which, according to what is in the Book of Enoch, destroy the world. Now, I haven't figured out HOW they destroy the world yet, but if Nick Wauters and the writing team are telling a modern version of this story, the Nephilim destroy the world.

Alternate Theory: The aliens are not angels, but are, in fact, the Nephilim.

The aliens have come to Earth, it seems, to observe, or at least that was their initial purpose. We know from episode 1 ("I Haven't Told You Everything") that the aliens know of "The Event", which we can theorize it is something that changes the world forever. We can assume it's in a negative way, or at least we can interpret it as such, because Simon says that they could at least prepare if Martinez was told. We know the aliens have a Star Trek-like "Prime Directive", where they are not supposed to effect the natural evolution of this planet. However, Thomas and the Sleepers violated this Prime Directive while Sophia and the detainees were locked up in Inostranka for the past 66 years. They advanced our technology, and one could say polluted our history, and even our genetic pool. As of episodes 14-16, the aliens have abandoned this Prime Directive and are planning to bring down all two billion of their people in a very short amount of time. Now, they knew about "The Event", but they are still bringing down their people. The Earth can't handle an extra two billion people all at once. This is war. However, this doesn't explain "The Event". Could this be "another event" or just an advancement of what the event was, just a lot faster and a lot less gradual than what they were expecting. That also doesn't explain Sophia's original plan to bring everyone home.

We know that the aliens and humans are close enough genetically that inter-species mating is possible. In fact, it seems to be common. We have yet to see alien females mating with human males. I assume we'll know if that's possible in future episodes.

The aliens are what humans have referred to over history as angels. As our religious texts would indicate, angels have watched over us. If we take what Dempsey has said as truth, the aliens have been with us for some time. If that is the case, it is most likely that aliens and humans have been making hybrids for thousands of years. In other words, it's likely that we're all hybrids.

In the Bible, angels who mated with human females created giants called Nephilim. In the cave drawing, the large figure shown in the drawing could be a giant, and we're lead to believe that the human figures in the drawings are "guardian angels."

SPOILER ALERT: From the coming on episode 16, we can see that Martinez is going to have Senator Lewis to perform DNA tests on the White House staff. What I am guessing is that the results will come back to indicate we all have alien DNA. I haven't figured out why The First Lady might not be willing to take the test, except to ask "what does it matter?"

Who is Sean Walker?

This post is a work in progress...

Let's discuss Sean Walker for a moment. What do we know about him? Beyond that, who is he? Let's speculate!!!

We know he's got mad skillz. He's a computer whiz kid, an MIT graduate. He's also a great improviser. He also appears to be quite fast. Perhaps he's not super-humanly fast, but fast nonetheless.

In episode 1 ("I Haven't Told You Everything"), Michael Buchanan gives Sean his blessing to marry Leila. You could argue that he's gotten to know Sean over the past five years that Sean and Leila have been together, but perhaps it's more than that.

In episode 2 ("To Keep Us Safe"), Sean is recovered in the desert. He is severely dehydrated, after what sounds like a long time out there. That would kill most people, yet Sean recovers, and quite quickly. Michael Buchanan says, "only YOU can find her!" Now, WHY is that true? After 16 episodes (at the time of this writing), that seems to have more potential meaning than I thought at first.

In episode 4 ("A Matter of Life and Death"), in a flashback to Sean and Leila's first Thanksgiving together, Sean tells Leila, Michael and (mother) Buchanan that his parents split up when he was young. According to The Event's official wiki, "Sean notes that he has not really spoken with his parents since he left high school--that his parents split when he was a kid, that his mother was not well, and his father fell apart and began drinking after the separation." Now, this appears to be an innocuous comment, that he comes from a broken home, but perhaps it's more. At the time, we don't know of Michael's true life that we discover later in episode 6 ("Loyalty") that he's been researching Inostranka, and by episode 10 ("Everything Will Change"), that's he's a non-human.

Is it possible that Michael knows more about Sean than Sean knows about himself?

So, who is Sean? What is Sean? Is he human? Is he alien? Is he an angel? A hybrid? Is he a sentinel? What do you think?

Stay tuned for more...

Episode 1.17: Cut Off The Head - To air 4/18/2011

04/18/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : A BETRAYAL OF THE HIGHEST MAGNITUDE -- VIRGINIA MADSEN GUEST STARS -- Vice President Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) vocalizes his lack of faith in President Martinez's (Blair Underwood) leadership and agrees to meet with an adversary. Senator Catherine Lewis (guest star Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") reports the findings of her surreptitious blood testing of the White House staff only to find one holdout, someone very close to the President. Sophia (Laura Innes) pushes forward in her search for a super weapon. And, after witnessing injustices within the Sleeper community, Leila (Sarah Roemer) begins to question where she belongs. Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) find whom they've been hunting for, but it may be too late. Ian Anthony Dale, Scott Patterson, Željko Ivanek, and Lisa Vidal also star.

Source: NBC Entertainment

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Episode 1.16: You Bury Other Things Too

04/04/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday):

WHEN DIPLOMACY FAILS -- VIRGINIA MADSEN AND HAL HOLBROOK GUEST STAR – Sophia (Laura Innes) and the other Sleepers mourn their losses after negotiations are derailed. While observing Simon's (Ian Anthony Dale) reaction to the events, Sterling (Željko Ivanek) begins to doubt his loyalties and devises a test. President Martinez (Blair Underwood) tasks Senator Catherine Lewis (guest star Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") with rooting out any other moles within the White House. Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) are on the verge of tracking down Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook, "Water for Elephants"), but it may be exactly what he was anticipating. Sarah Roemer, Clifton Collins, Jr., Scott Patterson, Bill Smitrovich, and Lisa Vidal also star.

Source: NBC Entertainment

Episode 1.15: Face Off

03/28/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) (already aired at the time of writing):

NEGOTIATIONS ENSUE FOR THE RELEASE OF SLEEPERS – HAL HOLBROOK GUEST STARS – President Martinez (Blair Underwood) and Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek) have the Sleepers surrounded, but after Sophia (Laura Innes) triggers a national disaster, negotiations ensue. Elsewhere, with a lead on the whereabouts of Dempsey (guest star Hal Holbrook, "Water for Elephants"), Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) continue on their mission. Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Clifton Collins, Jr., Scott Patterson, Bill Smitrovich and Lisa Vidal also star.

Source: NBC Entertainment

Background: The Nephilim

The Nephilim are mentioned in Genesis, Numbers and the Book of Enoch. There are a few interpretations of the Nephilim, but for The Event, I am postulating that the Nephilim are the offspring of the "Sleepers" and man.

As explained in Genesis 6:1-4 (taken from the Wikipedia article):
  1. When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
  2. the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
  3. Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
  4. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Now, based on what we saw in episode 15 ("Face Off"), where Dempsey shows us the chamber and tells us about how guardian angels are real, we can hypothesize that the Nephilim symbolize the alien/human hybrids, the Leilas and Samanthas of the world. My guess, at this point, is that they're just the tip of the iceberg, and that there are thousands, and possibly millions or even billions of people, are Nephilim.

If the Sleepers have been around for some time, as is indicated in "Face Off", it's very possible that most or even ALL humans on the planet are alien/human hybrids.