Twenty-something Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) is on vacation with his fiance in South America. She's kidnapped and he's framed for murder. In fact, her father, an airplane pilot, is coerced into crashing his jet into The President's meeting, during which he's going to announce that there are "aliens" being kept captive on Earth since 1944. At the last moment the plane is sucked into a vortex and appears two thousand miles away, in Arizona.
Sophia, leader of the mysterious group that's being kept prisoner in a maximum security prison in Alaska, wants to help President Martinez (Blair Underwood). But when this near-assassination attempt happens she clams up and won't reveal what's going on. Then there's Tomas, Sofia's colleague, who has been living free in the world. Through some flashbacks we find out that he's been instrumental in advancing mankind's technology because he needs it in order to get them all back home, wherever/whenever that is. While it's established that these people have a 1% difference in their DNA from humans we don't know if they are from another world or maybe even from the future, the next step in mankind's evolution.
At the end of episode #5 Sophia manages to escape with Tomas, via another portal. However, the agent who was in charge of guarding her, who was secretlly one of them, almost gets killed when a building collapses. Of all the characters he's the most human and we see in a flashback from the 50's that he has all of the same emotions. One of the more interesting characters is government agent Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek of HEROES, TRUE BLOOD), who is determined to keep these people a secret. And we learn why he's become such an asshole, via a flashback.
The first several episodes didn't impress me. The show is seemed convoluted and skipped around, via flashbacks, more than LOST ever did. I think they were trying to appeal to the same audience but it causes me the same frustration---and felt there was no end in site for all the questions that are never answered. Yet with episodes f#4-7 THE EVENT is beginning to grow on me as characters are finally fleshed out and more is revealed about this mysterious group of people. Hopefully it will be able to maintain my interest...