Jericho: Reconstruction (season premiere)
(S02E01) As the show began, I couldn't help but feel like I was seeing an old friend. You know, that friend who went away for a semester and you missed because he was always entertaining. I know I wasn't the only one grinning like an idiot as the the new season of Jericho began.
Esai Morales sure has come a long way since he played Ritchie Valens' big brother. Seeing him in another leader role reminds me how good he was on NYPD Blue. Taming Sipowicz is going to look like a piece of cake compared to this job.
The recapping of events was a little ham-fisted with the scene in the hospital. Did Blueberry Bob suffer a head wound? I appreciate being brought up to speed but I think the news report could have easily done all that.
Part of the reason I love this show is because the premise seems fairly fantastical and yet it's clear that this kind of thing could actually happen at any time. Consequently, the fallout (as it were) of the attack leads to decisions that no one would ever consider having to make. While I understand Jake's thirst for revenge, it's clear that Maj. Beck is doing the right thing. He's there to keep the peace and help rebuild the country. Turning a blind eye while Jake, Eric and everyone else with a grudge gets their revenge on New Bern is the best way to sabotage that rebuilding.
Making Jake the new sheriff is an idea that has been a long time coming. When the sheriff was killed in the first episode, I had to be one of many who saw Jake wearing the star. Although, to be honest, it's taken so long, I had forgotten all about it. The great thing is that now we get to see Jake wrestle with his need for vengeance and his duty to uphold the law.
It's nice to see Sprague Grayden back in town. I, honestly, thought that she was gone for good. Now we get to see that love triangle we all loved so much last season. Seriously though, with Heather acting as the liaison between the towns, it won't be long before she and Jake have a difference of opinion. Could this all be a part of Beck's master plan? Is he setting the town of Jericho up for failure so he can institute the kind of martial law we saw in the other towns?
I've never been a fan of the turbulent love affair between Stanley and Mimi but it's nice to know that as annoying as Mimi is, she is still quite business savvy. Why anyone would trust Jennings and Rall is beyond me. After all this town has been through, the last thing they should be doing is trusting some corporation with matching outfits.
I thought we had seen the last of the battling Green brothers but it seems that isn't the case. Eric is still trying to be the favorite son even after their Dad is dead and gone. This song is a bit overplayed for me.
One thing I never tire of seeing is the straight up, bad-assedness of Robert Hawkins. The conspiracy is my favorite part of this show and watching Lennie James come closer and closer to unraveling it is a lot of fun.
I can't end this review without mentioning the casting of George Newbern as the the President of Cheyenne. I mean New Bern? Come on.