Jericho: Federal Response
(S01E05) You know how NBC's Heroes does endings really well? Actually, they do everything really well, but their episode endings are particularly cool and intriguing.
Jericho is like that with their openings.
The power comes back on, and not only does an "Emergency Alert" sign come up on all televisions, but every home and business in Jericho gets a phone call from the Department of Homeland Security. It's a recording, telling them to stay where they are, help is on the way. This is an amazingly creepy, effective scene. You wonder if that's how it will be if anything like this really happens.
While the mysterious Hawkins keeps on getting more and more mysterious (is he a good guy or a bad guy, what's with all the e-mailing in foreign languages, and what does he want to teach his kids in case he has to leave?), we have another mysterious character to deal with: Jake. There are a lot of references to why he left town for so many years: he wasn't prom king or first in his class, it was something bad, and his dad is having a hard time forgiving him.
Meanwhile, citizens trying to access the Internet aren't having any luck. They're getting the same "Emergency Alert" on their screens as on the TV screens. But one girl wonders why the Net is down, when it was developed by the military to withstand a nuclear war. Is this true? I know it was once, but the way the web is now, isn't that not as true as it once was? I would hate people not to be able to access TV Squad if there was some major problem. (In the funniest line of the night, one of the teen girls asks, "I wonder what Lindsay Lohan is doing right now...do you think she's alive?")
The power comes back on, causing a power surge, and a power line comes down and zaps
the hot blonde Emily. Jake calls Johnson to cut the power so the fire department can put out the electrical power. The library catches on fire, trapping Eric, Heather, and a girl named Heather.
Cliffhanger! Insert LensCrafters commercial.
Jake gets the water back on and they're rescued. That was quick. Jake goes on the roof to see how the fires are doing, and as he sees a new fire near Eric's home, he also spies Hawkins at a picnic table...on a computer! But I'm wondering why this is a shock to Jake, since you couldn't see what he's doing on the laptop. He could be playing Tetris for all Jake knows. But he confronts Hawkins anyway, and Hawkins seems a little mad that Jake would be suspicious of him. Um, you are, Hawkins? You're a stranger in town acting all mysterioso. Hawkins says he'll help Jake with the fire. They get to the fire, and Hawkins asks Jake how he knows how to do all this stuff, and Jake says "I used to be a pool guy." Jake holds a hose on the fire, but an explosion out of the window pushes him back. Hawkins disappears.
Cliffhanger! Insert Nissan commercial (this isn't a dig, I actually like these little cliffhangers before the next scene).
Hawkins only went to get his car, and plugs the hose power cord into the outlet. Jake says that was quick thinking, and Hawkins says "Yeah, I was a pool guy too." Heh.
In teen romance land, Dale tells Bonnie that his trailer park burned down. In adult ex-romance land, Eric and April talk about their upcoming divorce. April wants another chance, but Eric likes the bar owner now...but he and April go to live with his parents with Jake.
At the end, Jake and his dad have a heart to heart talk over a drink, and Johnson tells him he doesn't care where he's been for four years, because a punk kid left town, but a man came back; Hawkins checks out some info online and finds some interesting information about Jake; and on the bar's TV screen, a shot of an official Homeland Security podium...but the feed is lost. Just then, the earth starts to shake, and as the citizens rush outside they see rockets heading into the sky...
Hey, I guess Jericho does endings well too.