JAG

Season 2 Episode 1

We the People

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1997 on CBS
8.7
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Harm teams up with Maj. Sarah MacKenzie and Lt. Roberts to investigate, together with Special Assistant Webb, the theft of the Declaration of Independence, which was stolen by Colonel O'Hara. O'Hara, who turns out to be Mac's uncle, claims he has taken control of it to remind the people - and especially the politicians - of its meaning and spirit. Locations: East of Yuma, Arizona; Red Rock Mesa; Washington, D.C.; Falls Church, Va.

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  • Making MacKenzie a "reincarnation" of Schonke was a stroke of genius

    10
    I blasted the series writers for the groan-inducing factual errors and Orientalist hokum in the Season 1 episode "The Prisoner."



    But the writers who made Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie, Rabb's new partner, a "reincarnation" of the murdered Lt. Diane Schonke in Season 2 displayed true genius.



    This clever plot device made a virtue of necessity. It invested the relationship with a larger than life, mystical dimension. It set the two up to fulfill the unrequited love between Rabb and Schonke from Season 1.



    Star-crossed lovers get a second chance to defy Fate and fulfill their Destiny. How great is that?



    On another note, the reverential attitude expressed toward the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in this episode are well warranted.



    But how sad is it that Representative Ron Paul is the only member of Congress who actually treats these sacred documents with genuine reverence, by actually abiding by their original intent?



    This episode and the "National Treasure" series starring Nicholas Cage unintentionally underscore the widening chasm between genuine patriotism and pro forma lip service to American values of individual rights and political liberty -- especially since 9/11.moreless
  • Harm is awarded the Navy Cross (not the Distinguished Flying Cross) by President Clinton at the White House and the character of Sarah MacKenzie is intorduced in the Rose Garden. Harm sees her and flashes back to his dead former girl friend.moreless

    9.0
    Great show - nice way to begin the chemistry between Harm and Mac, especially with the flashbacks. We get to see Mac's uncle and her dediciation to family vs. the Corps. This is the beginning of the development of the attraction between Harm and Mac that will last 9 seasons, the unsaid desire between them and the cat and mouse games. Mac has Harm from the word hello and the background action of the Admiral and Bud gives great support to the development of the JAG family. AJ is great for his few words speak volumes. A must see episode.moreless
  • Great way to introduce everyone and the new location of the office.

    9.9
    I missed this series the first time round and am so glad they are replaying it from the very begining. I always wondered how Bud got from the ship to the shore! and now I know. It starts showing but as a bit of a geek, and nerd but as time goes on I just know he will develop into a great characture. Mac is a bit too deep in the voice for me and too serious. I am so glad that Cmdr Craddick has gone, I just coulndt stand her. She was the ultimate B***H. Harm as usual was his swarve charming self and I know he will grow in appeal. I just love Adrml Cheqwidden, the way he blasts out quote as "steal their thunder" etc. Anyway I cant wait to watch them all and I am recording all the episodes from now on.moreless
  • Definitely one of the better character development episodes for any series, especially introducing a new character.

    8.0
    As I became a fan of JAG about halfway through the second season (after the series moved to CBS), I missed some of the early episodes, so I am now getting the chance to catch up on them via DVD. This episode has a cute (if sparse) commentary by Catherine Bell, whose comments and frequent laughter are quite endearing.



    The episode also has some nice acting moments from nearly every member of the cast, including most of the guest stars. Carmen Argenziano's role is perhaps not as fully-developed as the one he played on Stargate SG-1, but he's always a great actor to watch. As Catherine Bell notes in the commentary, Sal Landi has a great voice, that deep, gravelly growl (which is why he so often gets cast as a tough guy or heavy). John M. Jackson (whom I remember from one brief guest appearance on "MacGyver" -- in which his character correctly identifies signal flags, saying "Four years in the Navy is how I know that") is delightful as Chegwidden, with the impeccable timing of knowing exactly when to be hard-nosed and when to allow his character humor and humanity, as evidenced by his character's love of baseball and especially by his interactions with a brilliantly humorous Patrick Labyorteaux. And Stephen Culp settles right in to his role as Webb. All in all, a great cast.



    The plot is a bit weak, a bit lacking in credibility. But the story is perhaps really meant more to develop Catherine Bell's character, Mac. She stands up to Harm and is not instantly taken in by his charm, which is refreshing. And we are also reminded how much she resembles Diane Schonke, and how that is going to affect Harm. Thankfully, neither this nor Mac's character development are heavy-handed; instead, we are given just enough, one small hint at a time. Overall, nicely done.moreless
  • great beginning to a season.

    9.7
    "We The People" sees the introduction of several main/recurring charecter, such as Sarah 'Mac' Makenzie, PO Tiner, Clayton Webb, Bud Roberts (as a main charecter), partially why i love this episode.



    This episode has in my opinion a superb storyline, as the declaration of independance is stolen by the 'Defenders'. This episode also contains the side of JAG that is not in the courtroom, and has action, which as the show progresses, there is littler of.



    However the only thing i hold against the beginning of season two is not continuing on from the season one finale, as I was really looking forward to seeing the outcome. I am aware that the show did go from one channel to another. Regardless of this, I love this episode and it is one of my favourites.moreless
Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

Lt Cmdr Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Rear Admiral Albert Jethro "AJ" Chegwidden

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt (jg) Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Col. Matthew O'Hara

Guest Star

Kipp Shiotani

Kipp Shiotani

Agent Ito

Guest Star

Ingo Neuhaus

Ingo Neuhaus

Sergeant Garret

Guest Star

Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Clayton Webb

Recurring Role

Chuck Carrington

Chuck Carrington

PO Tiner

Recurring Role

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