(S01E09) Right now, this show is better than Lost. Yeah, I said it.
While Lost seems to be, well, lost because they've suddenly turned into a show about a prison and a love triangle, this show is doing almost everything right. Yeah, I know, that might not be fair, because this is only the ninth episode of Jericho and Lost is in the middle of its third season. But I sense good things to come from Jericho, and this season of Lost has only showed me that the very structure of the show that I loved that first season and a half has now become a giant weight that's starting to sink the show. But that's a whole other rant for another day.
Ravenwood finds out Eric's address from his jacket and comes to town...
They stop at Stanley's farm early in the morning and act like they're Eric's friends, but Stanley knows better. He says he doesn't know Eric, and they leave. Stanley and the girls go to the Green home to warn the town. Jake and Hawkins get the town to build a barricade on the town bridge, which sets off a gun battle when Ravenwood comes by and tells them they're under government order to get supplies. They said they'll be back in four hours (which I think is generous, but good for the episode I guess).
Jake and Hawkins' plan? To blow up the bridge. Eric doesn't want to do it, and Johnston agrees that they have to be stopped no matter what, but Hawkins starts to make his own explosives.
Blowing up the bridge will mean that the townsfolk on the other side will be cut off, including Stanley. He wants to stay with his sister, while Mimi goes off to be with the rest of the town.
Speaking of the rest of the town, it's the day that Emily was going to get married and she's bummed, not to mention having dreams about what her wedding day could have been. Heather tries to make her happy and plans a whole day of activities, in that best-friend-is-really-annoying kind of way. But their plans are foiled by officials who tell the town to stay inside because of Ravenwood. And by "inside" that means that bar, where Heather gets to know the new doc in town over drinks.
April decides to tell Eric that she's pregnant, but before she can, Eric tells her that he's in love with Mary. This was the only part of the show that I wasn't too thrilled with. It's an OK plot in general, but April just took Eric's hand and it seemed like she was just standing there looking at him for seven hours instead of telling him about the baby. Lame device, one of those scenes where you're just yelling at the screen saying "just tell him!" But he tells her about Mary and she just runs out of the room crying. Gail tells him off. Eric leaves home, and Gail says that April is going to stay with them.
At the bridge, Jakes wires it and himself to blow. The Ravenwood head comes up to him and tells him to surrender. Before they can talk more, Hawkins shoots the Ravenwood sniper dead. The Ravenwood head isn't happy, and calls the rest of the team to come forward. Just then, Eric shows up on the other side of the bridge...with Jonah! They hold guns on the miltary men from the other side. The head guy agrees with Jake that the town isn't that important, so they'll leave. But one day the country and the government is going to be back to normal and they're going to want to help get the town back on its feet.
"And you know who they're going to send? Me."
Gray stills want to blow up the bridge, but he's overruled by Johnston. He's still the Mayor, though for how long in a town that's growing increasingly scared of the outside?
So, yeah, while Jericho and Lost are very different shows, they're the same in the fact that both of them are about a group of people trapped together and cut off from the rest of the world. But while Lost is pummeling us with flashbacks and mystery and a new question every single episode (and answers you're not even sure are really answers), Jericho has a continuing story with so many real possibilities that its actually exciting and dramatic. That island is actually very limiting (which explains all the flashbacks). This small town actually has stories going on inside, and a dramatic mystery of what's going on outside. If anything, it's the opposite of Lost: a group of people who don't want the outside to intrude. And that's interesting to me.