Jericho: Long Live The Mayor
by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 9:10PM
(S01E07) 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.??
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.)