(S01E15) The Marines have landed and it's about time.
Tonight's episode of Jericho reminded me why I loved this show in the first place. What always drew me to this show is the dramatization of how the average American would survive in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. I got more than I bargained for tonight.
When the military rolled into town in their big tank it seemed like the town of Jericho was back on track. They were bringing the power back, bringing communications back and in Hawkins basement, he was busy bringing sexy back.
(S01E13) This weeks episode of Jericho started with a welcome sight. My good friend Bob Stephenson (or Blueberry Bob as I call him) was given a little more to do than look confused.
I want to go on record as saying I am officially sick of being kept in the dark about exactly what happened. Ravenwood, Shmavenwood. Who is responsible for the bombs? Why are other countries sending aid? Why was Hawkins' girlfriend wearing sexy underwear as part of her "ending the world" outfit? If I don't get some answers soon, I may have to give up on this show.
For over thirty years, Dina Babbitt, once a teenage girl imprisoned in Auschwitz, has been trying to reclaim paintings she made while in the concentration camp. Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor, took a liking to Babbitt's artwork and asked her to paint portraits of the gypsies on which he was performing his horrific experiments. It was, in fact, these paintings that kept Babbitt alive. After the war, Babbitt came to California and worked as an animator for both Warner Bros. and Jay Ward Productions. When it was revealed that seven of her Auschwitz paintings were on display at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland, she tried to get them back, but the museum has consistently refused, claiming the paintings are not personal works of art, but rather documentation of the events that occurred at Auschwitz created under the orders of Dr. Mengele. The artistic community, including former DC Comics artist Joe Kubert, have rallied around Babbitt's cause, as have congresswoman Shelley Berkley, and a former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Efforts to help the 83 year old Babbitt reclaim her artwork were stepped up recently due to a heart condition that is threatening her health, though I would assume that if she were to pass away before the issue is resolved her family would continue the fight.
[via Toon Zone]
When pressed by the Wall Street Journal for a reason why they decided to end the project, which was based on the diaries of a Jewish woman from the Netherlands who was sheltered from the Nazis by her non-Jewish boyfriend, a network rep told the paper that they're dumping the project because they haven't yet received a script after two years of development. But the timing is interesting, isn't it?
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