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Jericho: Long Live The Mayor

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 9:10PM
So, it's Halloween in Jericho. You would think that every person would be scared enough already with, you know, the world possibly coming to an end, especially after Gray makes it back into town with the news that Washington, D.C. is no more. But nope, there seems to be quite a celebration, with all the kids in costumes and plenty of candy to go around.

But Jonah is also coming to town, and he wants to get Mitch out of jail.

I don't know if I like this whole plot with Jonah. They built it up so much - Jonah is a bad guy, something happened four years ago, and it's going to cause quite a showdown with Jake - that it's sort of a letdown. I mean, when Jonah got to the police station to bail out Mitch, he and Jake actually had kind of a civil talk. He's a bad guy I guess, but one that doesn't seem incredibly evil. He seems sort of reasonable in some ways.This just seems like a subplot to fill the time. And it has too much of a "bad gang" vs. "good gang" quality to it. Like it's a western (Tin Star comes to mind, actually one of my favorite movies). I really wish they'd concentrate on the nuclear war angle, who has survived in the outside world, and how Hawkins figures into it all. But right now we're dealing with whether or not Jonah will give the food back to the town.

Some key plot developments:

  • Since D.C. is gone, Mimi has not only lost her condo, she's probably lost friends and family (excellent scene of her crying at the farm, papers scattered all around her)
  • Jonah is Emily's dad, but she doesn't like him because of Chris' death
  • NYC has survived, which means Skylar's parents might still be alive
  • Johnston has an infection and needs more medication within 12 hours. Jake and Eric set out to Rogue River to get them.
  • Gray is supicious of Hawkins, why he came to Jericho and why he had a ton of money to buy a house
  • Hawkins mom had a boyfriend in D.C.??
The Hawkins family is easily the most interesting part of this show. Not just because he's a mystery and it ties into the whole main plot, but because the family dynamic and the actors are so interesting.

Oh, and I totally guessed that Cranky Store Lady (CSL) still had Skylar's jewelry box. But I have to admit that it was a little heartbreaking when Dale quit and left her. Skylar invites him to stay at her place.

This is one of the best new shows of the year. I have to admit that I was so so so so sure it was going to be canceled, because it's a bit of sci-fi AND a continuing drama, so I thought it would be another Surface, a quality show that just seems to get low ratings and fade away. But I've been happily surprised at the depth of this show, and how the mystery continues to be intriguing. Even the side stories about each character ring true. I wish that the whole nuclear war/what's going on with the outside plot was taken a bit more seriously (you'd think that getting out of town and/or trying to communicate with the outside world would be the top priority), but it's not like it's completely illogical where you just throw up your hands and want to stop watching the show. They explain what they can, and entertain us with the rest. (Looks like next week's show will deal with the outside world a bit more.)

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I tried to think this out (Why Lawrence) and came up with two things.
1. Military posts. You have the following:
-Ft. Leonard Wood 300 miles away. (Army engineering)
-Ft. Riley 100 miles away. (Home of the Big Red 1 INF)
-McConnell Air Force Base 161 miles (KC-135 Stratotankers)
-Fort Leavenworth 50 (U.S. Army Combined Arms Center)
University of Kansas (In Lawrence) Maybe the doers were kicked out?
Univ. of Kansas Medical Center is probably the largest in the area and would be able to assist victims? (It's a stretch.)

The other? Well it could be as insignificant as there were scenes for the show shot in Lawrence. Just thier way of saying thanks and making all of us crazy trying t figure it out.

November 10 2006 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone know the make, model & year of Jake's car? I am enthralled with the show, but have been wondering about the car since he first drove out of town, and now taking it to rogue river. I have forgotten my hotrods from the old days. Thanks.

November 10 2006 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With requard to Hawkins, you all remember when he went out in the nuke suit and got the drum, right? In that same scene he had that one case pop open and all those M-16/AR-15's were inside. He is definatly a Fed, just not sure yet whos side he's on. A terrorist would have less expensive weapons, but a mole/spy would have access to the more expensive firearms.

November 05 2006 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here is my theory on Hawkins:

I too believe that he is some kind of agent or military operative. I believe the training that took him away from his family was a kind of backup plan if a WMD attack happened in the U.S.

I'm guessing that the bomb that was discovered in NYC caused the gov't to activate it's agents to go to default locations, non likely targeted ones, to await further instructions, in the meantime the gov't would try to locate the remaining bombs. If they failed they would have operatives at strategic locations, perhaps to assess casualties and be a connection for the remaing gov't to communicate.

This is why Hawkins seemed pissed why one of the men went in to save family members and left them a man down.

Who knows what is in the drum. It could be a red herring left there to keep the viewers thinking that he is a bad guy. Who knows.

November 05 2006 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

my only concern with the show is the town's complete lack of concern for their situation.

They aren't protecting the town ... they aren't stockpiling food (or rationing it) ... they aren't stockpiling gas, etc ...

sorta like Lost ... the survivors seem to care very little about their situation or who the others are and what they want (in the case of Jack / Sawyer / Kate)

November 04 2006 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We have to rally around this series. Bones took a chunk of viewers away from Jericho.

Havent we had enough crime shows or CSIs or variations thereof?

Do we want another reality show or game show??

If we want to see this story play out, we must do what we can to get people to watch Jericho or watch it AND DVR it. Or watch live and TIVO Jericho.

November 03 2006 at 3:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gene - Its October/November ... If you farm in Kansas instead of southern California and you own enough canning lids and jars, you filled all your jars during the summer and have none left to spare.

Anyhow, who cans pumpkin? Thats the sort of crop you store in a cool, dark, dry place like a storm cellar. Even pumpkins with painted-on faces can be stored. Why do you think that pumpkin pie originally started as a Thanksgiving dish? Because this was a fruit -- like Acorn and Hubbard squash -- that could be stored for the cold months.

If you want to reference Alas Babylon, recall that canning wasn't a big option there either (even for a guy with advanced notice) AND that the person who traded for a vast collection of worthless items provided a key ingredient in catching the bad guys.

Thats the sort of foil you need for story telling -- someone with a bad survival plan to contrast with your hero's good survival plan ... if your hero has a plan ... oh, never mind ....

November 03 2006 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Me Sa

Actually, the missile complexes were located in the general region around Lawrence Kansas, but are so spread out that a 20kt nuke would not do any damage unless it was a direct silo hit. Targeting the town of Lawrence, Kansas would not have any real effect on the silos or control bunkers. Also, the population of Topeka is about 50k more than Lawrence and it is the seat of state government (adds to the chaos factor). It would be a more inviting target to terrorists both in polital effects and in deaths per kiloton. Jake C could be right in thinking that, good or bad, Hawkins' basement nuke was meant for Topeka.

Toby OB has a good point though. Sgt. Bilko was probably on the top of the terrorists target list. But I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko's scams.

November 02 2006 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was trying to think of what book the series reminds me of--it's Alas, Babylon. Thanks, Gene.

November 02 2006 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah it is getting a little cheesy but Im still hangin in...once again can we get someone else to write this summary/op-ed piece? Bob doesnt even mention about the barrell or that it seems like it was a terrorist attack; a huge piece of info!...guess hes too busy writing letters to save Studio 60.

November 02 2006 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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