I'm going to resolve to say only nice things today because that was a pretty good episode of "The Event." It had action-packed stakes. It had the grand, epic sweep the show has been going for. It had characters that behaved mostly rationally. It had stuff going on in both major plots that was interesting. If the show hadn't been such a mess on the way to this point, this might have felt like a huge midseason episode, one that legitimately changed everything and set us on the inevitable course toward the season finale. The various factions have become crystal clear, and the show has for the most part believably set them at war with each other. Maybe not everything works here, but "Face Off" is the episode "Event" fans would have been waiting for in the alternate universe where "Event" fans were really into this show. It reminds me of that pretty cool "FlashForward" episode near the end of that show's run, when we learned the big secret behind the giant conspiracy and it was worth the wait, for once.
Anyway, here's where all of the characters stand: Sophia, Thomas and the other alien-type folk are holed up in a church in Los Angeles, trying to figure out a way to process the bad news about the imminent death of their planet and a way to escape the government forces closing in around the church. Meanwhile, President Martinez and the gang behind the scenes at the White House are trying to capture or kill every alien type within that church, the better to keep them from bringing an invasion force to Earth. Sean and Vicky, after fleeing from the dinner where they accosted the vice president, have made their way to France to search for Dempsey. He's there digging around in the ground, searching for evidence of the alien types, and when he finds it, he dubs them the guardian angels that pop up in every major human mythic tradition. There's a healthy dose of "24" here, a healthy dose of goofy alien invasion movies, and a healthy dose of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for good measure. That's a mixture I'd be more than happy to watch week after week.