Jericho: Red Flag
(S01E10) Great to see that even an episode of a series about nuclear war and small town isolation can have a Thanksgiving episode! But it's not a "Very Special Episode" of Jericho, where everyone has a bake sale and learn a valuable lesson about...I don't know, bake sales or something, it's actually a rather fascinating episode about what the people of Jericho should do when boxes and boxes of food, medicine, fuel, and supplies are dropped from airplanes. Do you trust them? Are they poisoned? Is everything safe to touch? Confusing matters more is that the labels are in Chinese, and the planes were Russian.
At first I thought, yay, Chinese Food! That's what everyone eats when they're alone on the holidays, right? But then you have to think about who sent it (if they really did) and why.
Most of the officials, including Jake, Hawkins, and the Mayor, want to hold off on eating it, because it might be poisoned as a second wave of some attack. Many of the townspeople and Gray want to eat it. Gray even tests a cracker and seems to be OK. No one reads Chinese so they don't know what the packages say, though there are several flyers in each box that say "Don't Fight." Is this a way of helping the citizens? Is it a test? Hmmm...
Gray is carrying a voting box, because he wants to have some sort of election against Johnston. I don't think I'd want to be Mayor of a town right in the middle of some mysterious war and chaos.
Jonah's back at the store, taking stuff, but the Mayor stops him. The Mayor still plans on going ahead with the annual Green family Thanksgiving football game. I guess there are no games or parades on TV this year. I guess one good thing about the possible end of the world is that there are no Dallas Cowboys games on.
Jonah's men are starting to get impatient with him.
Mimi tells Jake about the generator that dropped on Stanley's farm. But Stanley was beat up by some of Jonah's guys and it looks like they took the generator (Mimi fixes Stanley up, and then they finally make out - woo hoo!). The Mayor, Jake, Hawkins and others go to Jonah's HQ and demand the generator back. He refuses, but before they can do anything, a mysterious figure knocks out the guy guarding the truck with the generator. They drive right through the gate. It's Emily! I guess she really is pissed at her dad.
Johnston tells Eric about the baby, and Eric tells him he never loved April. Ouch. Eric tells April he's sorry.
The generator is turned on and it works!
A new twist comes to the foreground: Jake finds a microchip in one of the packages dropped from the air. They take it to Hawkins, who knows what it is (of course). He says it's American technology, to track things. So they sum it up by saying that Vietnam-era Russian planes using American technology are dropping food with Chinese labels. WTF? (If that wasn't enough, someone - they don't show who - attacks the old lady who runs the store, and from the previews of next week's fall finale, she's either badly injured or dead).
You know what's good about this show? The mystery is good and the whole "what's going on and how will they survive" stuff it good, but it's the characters that have surprised me. There's a lot of human drama here, away from the big mystery. Good show.