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Jericho: Season 1
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JERICHO is one of the best new series for the 2006-2007 television season, with its intriguing storyline, interesting characters and episodes filled with suspense, action, emotional drama and heart-warming moments.
Part-Lost, part-The Day After, television's first Code Orange serial drama very effectively taps into palpable post-9/11 dread. The residents of Jericho are literally in the dark when they are cut off from civilization in the wake of a nuclear blast. Has the United States been attacked? How many cities were destroyed? Was it terrorists, or something way more sinister? It is up to Johnston Green (an Emmy-worthy Gerald McRaney), the town's mayor (and series bedrock), to calm the community, keep its citizens from turning on each other, and protect them from predatory outsiders. Johnston's son, Jake (Skeet Ulrich), a "screw-up," returns home just prior to the blast following a mysterious five-year absence. Jake is at odds with his estranged father, who is running for reelection, and his brother, Eric (Kenneth Mitchell), his deputy. Nor is he welcomed back by his former girlfriend, Emily (Ashley Scott), now engaged to a man who is missing following the blast. With the fate of America in the balance, one would think that "small town problems" wouldn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy new world, but it is Jericho's human dramas that resonate most deeply.
On the most cherished TV shows, characters come to feel like family. Jericho's characters come to feel like neighbors. Dale (Erik Knudson), the orphaned teenage outcast, forms an unexpected friendship with the town's spoiled mean girl, Skylar (Candace Bailey). Robert Hawkins (Lennie James), just arrived in town, introduces himself as a former cop from St. Louis, but his secret basement command center suggests otherwise. Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston), a mayoral candidate, politicizes the disaster to undermine Johnston. Stanley (Brad Beyer), a farmer, falls in love with his condescending IRS auditor from Washington, D.C. (Alicia Coppola). And Eric plans to leave his wife, Alice (Darby Stanchfield) for bartender Mary (Clare Carey). But at the heart of Jericho's first season is Jake's hard-earned redemption in his family's (and Emily's) eyes (suddenly, he's a regular MacGyver, able to perform a tracheotomy with a juice box straw!). Star Trek has its Trekkies/-ers and Laurel and Hardy its fraternal organization, the Sons of the Desert. Jericho has its "Nuts," who, in heroic It Takes a Village spirit, mounted a monumental campaign to rescue the series after it had been cancelled. Fans posted a barrage of videos on You Tube and deluged the studio with peanuts (the significance is explained in the season finale). "What is it about this town that has you so addicted to it?" someone asks Emily at one point. Just watch a couple of episodes, and you'll also be hooked. This First Season set should rally Jericho's army and inspire new recruits. --Donald Liebenson
- Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version.
- Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.
- Building Jericho: A look at the shows creation including interviews with cast and crew, and cast audition tapes.
- What If?: A look at the evolution of the nuclear arms race since WWII. What if an attack were to occur now?
- Deleted Scenes
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It's not just the dark! People come together and struggle to restore some sense of normalcy in their lives while hoping for some kind of stable future. Season 1 is all about what and why and "who dun it!" It a series rich with sub plots and an overall arc that gets slowly revealed.
Season 2 is just 7 episodes and I think was a gift to fans so the story could be pulled together to a conclusion with some closure. Let's just say that a lot of the big story arc is revealed.
There was talk of a movie follow-on and there were graphic novel versions of what might have been a season 3 and 4. I have not come across the graphic novels and I think the movies never made it of the speculative phases.
Jericho got my attention. It's the kind of series I feel compelled to watch though I can tell it raises my blood pressure and is anything but relaxing. There's a lot going on in this series and a million shades of grey and a plot line/story arc that pulls the episodes together. I'm giving it 5 stars because it's rare for me to find a series that I keep thinking about long after watching.
If you like a intense and complex series about a possible dark future this may be just what the doctor ordered!
I really do love "Jericho". There are parts of it that are too "cheesy" to believe and others parts that really make you think. First things first, I know that Skeet Ulrich was the star of "Jericho", but they used him too much for the story line. That is really my only problem with the series.
If you like this type of story, "end of the world stuff", then you should like this story line. I was actually surprised at the complexity of the overall evil plot. I wonder if there is really a Jennings Rall out there? Oops, is that SPOILER?
The characters are likeable, the story lines are believable, and the action is well paced and exciting. What else can I say? I tend t get really involved with a story like Jericho and these people are real to me.
Jericho also has one of those perfect television moments. Alicia Coppola's dialog with the chicken in one of the later episodes of season 1 is truly one of the funniest things I have EVER seen on TV. Maybe it's because I have chickens and I get it, but it was perfectly done. Google it. If you don't laugh, then Jericho isn't for you. If you see the brilliance, then rent or buy the series. I have this series on Amazon Instant and on disc. I like it that much.
Even though this is a review of Season 1, I will say that it is one of those really bad TV moments when the powers that be canceled season 2 after 7 episodes.
I don't know what else to say except that if you normally like this type of story, then you will like "Jericho". If you don't normally find these shows amusing, then rent an episode or two. This is also a character driven story, and I think you'll find it interesting and entertaining.
Actors were all unknowns (a few exceptions) in the beginning-which keeps you interested in learning more about them throughout the series. Hawkins' character really added some gravity to the cast…and the Green family/brother dynamic was very engaging also. Everyone knows a 'black sheep' of the family somewhere…what if he really learned this great wealth of 'street/world wisdom' during his 'black sheep' days? thanks for entertaining us with Jericho!
This program showed human nature at it's best and worst when a crisis occurs. It also graphically demonstrated that we are woefully unprepared for any disaster which would interfere with the flow of food, gas and other essentials. Kinda makes you wonder if all of those crazy preppers are really all that crazy.
This show is not only entertaining it's also very thought provoking. How prepared are any of us to withstand a disaster, whether man-made or by nature? If you are prepared for floods, tornados, hurricanes, wild fires and earthquakes then you are genreally prepared for almost anything short of an invasion of foreign troops.
Great show. I recommend it for all ages.