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Day 1: the rain is coming…
As Jericho still reels from the knowledge of the two explosions, there's exceptionally bad news: there's a storm coming from Denver… and it's bringing the radiation with it. The leaders of the town are startled to discover they have an expert in their midst: Hawkins, who provides much needed help on the subject. Though the town has two fallout shelters from the 50's, only the one at town hall is working, the one under the med centre (which should have been the one maintained of the two!) has no working ventilation system.
Not surprisingly, Jake takes the lead again and starts trying to fix it and when they can't, Jake comes up with plan B – the salt mine. Clearly Jake and Hawkins are men to have around in a crisis! As if there wasn't enough to worry about, Emily – who somehow didn't notice the mushroom cloud and dead birds weren't enough to freak her out – manages to get picked up by the escaped prisoners and then, thanks again Emily, takes them straight to the Richmond farm… where Bonnie is alone. Emily gets a message out and Jake has to ride to the rescue. Though the group gets in out of the rain, Stanley doesn't arrive. Hawkins works on the radio, intercepting a message which seems to be a list of cities attacked, including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Diego. He then lies about the radio, saying it's not working.
- We discover Eric is having an affair with bartender Meg. This destroys my 'good brother/ bad brother' theory. So many shows fall into that trap, but this show quickly establishes that Eric isn't the perfect son.
- An unlikely love story appears to be starting – teenage loser Dale and spoiled brat Skylar.
A very exciting episode, fast paced and riveting.moreless
This is an adrenaline rush!!!
This is an adrenaline rush just to watch. There was so much happening in this episode that it went by in a flash. That's what shows are supposed to do ... they're not supposed to drag on and on each episode so you're ready to fall asleep. They're supposed to be packed with action, drama, suspense, or fun. This episode didn't fail to deliver. We definatly had action, and suspense, and plenty of drama. Between trying to find shelter from the fall out and outlaws trying to plunder whatever they can get ... you see peoples true colors coming through. The writers did a terrific job in showing how differently people react to stressful situations. This was even better than the pilot. I look forward to what happens next week.moreless
A lot of interesting things went on during this episode. Emily has her problems.
A lot of interesting things went on during this episode. Emily has her problems. She thought she got a lift by two policemen, but ultimately she realises they are two escaped convicts. Whilst using the radio for help, Jake gets her plea for help, but the convicts get her plea as well and go after her. Jake manages to arrives just in time to help her and kill the convicts.
Rain is coming, and everyone needs to get into a shelter due to the nuclear. Unfortunetely the one at the hospital can't be used. Hawkins manages to get a morse code message, but doesn't tell anyone about it. He seems to know more about the nuclear than he is really telling. His character is quite interesting, but I am not trusting him. And the fact that at the end of the episodes he starts putting pins where cities were hit by nuclear continues to raise my suspicions in him.moreless
More trouble in Jericho.
Fallout is exactly what it says. The fall out of a nuclear war. After the mushroom cloud in Denver, there is some pretty bad nuclear rain heading straight for Jericho. Most shelters are degraded to the point where they are unusable. The coal mines seem to be the logical point to escape the killer rain. The cop scenerio was an interesting twist as was Mr. Hawkins, whom seems to know just how bad it is getting in the rest of the United States. Jake races to save his girlfriend while he seems to be hooking up with another. A great show that leaves you wanting more.moreless
Nuclear rain is coming.
The fall-out shelters are in a bad condition. The one at the hospital is unusable so Jake decides to take shelter in the mines. While wiring up explosives to collapse the entrance, he hears Emily on the radio.
Emily had an encounter with the escaped prisoners and in the resulting gunfight she is forced to kill one of them while Jake shoots the other one. They manage to get into the storm shelter just in time before the rains begin to fall.
Dale goes to the house of the girls he loves. She's a rich, spoilt brat who refused to go to the shelter, so he tries to save her. She does relent and even asks him to stay and they tape the windows againt the nuclear fall-out.
Hawkins hears morse code on the radio and the episode ends with him sticking pins in a map, presumably cities hit by a bomb.moreless
Other then Jakes seemingly rapid dash over to the farm. I thought everything in this episode was really good. I liked having more then one storyline going on at a time and I think this entire cast does a very good job at expressing panic and frustration during the crisis. While it would be nice for everyone to be clam, no one would so I like the writing in that part. Jake going to save his old girlfriend was pretty cool, with the exception of the mad dash to make it there. He managed to blow up the shelter to save everyone, jump in his car, and make it there all before the cops realized she was taking a long time in the bathroom. Ill forgive the show for that one.
I thought Hawkings getting something over the radio showing that several cities were hit by the bomb was really good way to end the epsiode. Just staring at him for each tack he continued to grab was just shocking in itself. The random scene with the Mayor laying in his office was...odd.
I liked Heather carrying over from the previous epsiode. It seems Jake might get himself itno a love triangle, which might add some more drama to the show. I thought this was a step up from the pilot - I like the storylines that have been started here.moreless
Nearly as surprising and suspenseful as the pilot, this episode added to the mayhem in Jericho.
"Fallout" was a great second episode, continuing the natural progression of events that might result from a nuclear disaster. More than an effective example of speculative fiction, Jericho seems to be a venue for expert storytelling, evidenced in particular by this episode's final scene, where the mysterious Mr. Hawkins shows (not tells) us just how serious things are getting in this fictional world.
After watching this episode, it's clear that the series is not perfect. It must be difficult to escape the cliches of an action sequence with guns, but I would have been more impressed if the showdown sequence at the end was less predictable. Still, the tension when Emily initially met up with the police car was palpable, and the storyline ended with a scenario that will certainly add to the drama of the next episode.moreless
After the nuclear explosion took place at Denver during the previous episode, the residents of Jericho faces a new problem, the nuclear cloud from the blast is heading towards the position. Everyone in Jericho needs to evacuate in an underground shelter to escape the nuclear fallout. Everyone works out a way to seek shelter, the shelters can't accommodate everyone in the town, so the others find shelter in basements. This episode picks up some speed, but it's still a little slow, but it's good enough to watch, I hope the next episodes will show more. More needs to be shown from this point on.moreless
An episode that betters the Pilot, and builds upon what was established previously. This is more involving as well, with the jeopardy better thought out. The cop sub-plot is good too, and the mystery surrounding what was told to the man with the radio is a nice hook.
Run for your lives! IT'S RADIOACTIVE RAIN!
The town now has to face the aftermath of the nuclear explosions, when that damn atmosphere(shakes fist) starts to bring over the radioactive fallout, that could .. well .. kill them. Of course there are still some problems concerning the escaped convicts.
So, day 2 after the explosion. The folks of Jericho now spot an imminent storm coming, that will bring the radioactive fallout from the explosion epicenter to the town.
One thing that felt really odd was why in pluperfect hell would there be TWO fallout shelters in some kind of redneck town. This show really wants us to think that the government of USA is the sweetest. Caring about everything that much. How cuddly-whuddly. The escaped convicts from the prison bus now posing as the sheriffs pick up Emily Sullivan as a hitchhiker. Later they rendezvous with Bonnie in her house, making an obscure hostage situation. That whole scene was so emotionally charged and exciting. Right when Jake rushed towards to save the day. I could nearly feel my heart pumping. I'm such a freak.
Later Jake came by and saved the day, giving shelter to himself and Emily in the basement.
But what the hell happened to Bonnie? She was there and then BAM, she wasn't anymore.
The mayor fell down for reasons utterly unknown, when his wife rushed to find him. Now what was that all about? I could understand suicide in this pressure, but he's real fighter, a leader. And we learned that there were several other explosions, when Hawkins intercepted radio communications in morse code. Some of them including Chicago and San Diego.
USA is screwed!moreless