Jericho

Season 2 Episode 2

Condor

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2008 on CBS
9.3
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Jericho gets ready for a very important visitor from the new Cheyenne government. Hawkins and Chavez work to find the new leaderships secrets.

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  • great episode

    10
    After Jake gets his promotion from the allied states army, he steps up as the new sheriff in town. The first president of the cheyenne comes to jericho to build up his support with the local townsfolk. Chavez helps out Hawkins in finding the secret about the cheyenne government and their new president. It's a really exciting episode. The writers came up with a really cool episode this week. When the town of Jericho faces the possibility of continuing without the old usa, things get really interesting. This plays out well for a tv show serial. I really loved this episode, i can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • The president pays an unwelcome visit and Jericho gets a glimpse of what the future will be according to their new government.

    8.5
    An important episode (and my first) - Hawkins gets critical files and finds a way to distribute them, Jake helps and manages not to get caught and we find out the future according to the 'Cheyanne government'.



    The new flag is actually quite striking but it's a very minor issue compared to the 'new' history textbook which literally is not just rewriting history, but is blatantly judgemental. Gray argues that they've earned a right to a point of view – but that doesn't mean they have the right to impose that point of view on everyone else. As for the constitutional convention, given the history book it's easy to guess what this 'convention' is going to be: writing their personal version of the constitution. Gray is not fit to be mayor – he didn't utter a defiant word, ask a single question, he appears spineless until he admits it was deliberate, so that he can go to the convention. Doesn't even remotely change my opinion of him, he puts my back up. The entire so-called 'Cheyenne government' was never elected, this is no longer a democracy, they came into power by force so now they can pretty much do whatever they want. They only rule half the country, 'from the Mississippi to the Pacific' and they go that final step: they rename the country! 'The Allied States of America'.



    Jake is put in a difficult position since he's sheriff but he also wants the truth out and once Hawkins got the files, he finally has real confirmation that the attacks were blamed falsely on North Korea. The only way to get the information out is to trust a reporter who may or may not be willing to go public. Before the reporter can commit one way or another, he is killed – he either talked or was already under surveillance. Jake got him killed and he's going to have to live with that.



    The speech at the farm is nothing but a farce. This isn't a president that has been chosen by the people so these people don't and will never believe in him. The looks on the faces of Gray, Mimi and Eric show blatantly how they feel. But they are not the only ones, watch the reactions of the people in the audience, and a lot of the people clapping are his own staff. The presentation of the flag was in extreme bad taste and even worse, a meaningless gesture. Even when he finishes his speech, there are a significant number of people not clapping. Tomarchio is pretending (and not very well) to be something he is obviously not, every gesture and comment feels forced and false. But therein lies the problem: this will be reported to other cities and from a distance, it will look real.



    Parker is black ops and kills Beck's men escaping, gets the flash drive from Hawkins, and we'll see what comes of it. The mysterious file on the flash drive that Hawkins couldn't open will obviously be critical somehow. Beck is being replaced to go look for Mason which means they're trying to take over Jericho too. This is fast becoming a military state. And welcome D.B. Sweeney to the cast! I love him so what a wonderful addition!



    Later revision: After watching season 1, I now know that D.B. Sweeney is an old enemy, and man, I can't wait for the reunion!! Seeing Goetz and Jake face off is going to be awesome! Also, my first instincts about Gray proved to be right on the money. This episode makes a lot more sense now.



    This is the first episode I've watched and I enjoyed it. I'll definitely continue watching it.moreless
  • The Return of Ravenwood

    9.4
    It seems as though as the new nation is the devil wrapped in a gift box with a nice little bow on top. But, citizens of Jericho are starting to unwrap the box and discover what the Cheyenne government is really about, a government greedy for power, and killed millions of Americans just to get to where they are now. The plot is really thickening and picking up pace even more rapidly. The show proves it's got the guts to have another season, but why the bloody hell does it have to all be about ratings? Another shocker is that dude from Ravenwood is back, and taking charge of the town, and this doesn't look good for anybody in Jericho.moreless
  • Season 2 is much stronger?

    8.5
    During season 1 my support for the show was lukewarm. I was not all broken up when it was canceled. Now I would be. Is that because it gets more attention now (more money), or because some (unspecified) writer(s) left the show?

    Action is getting to be stronger, while it is still paying attention to characters, their motivations, fears..It's like, more is being said with less...

    Which is why I am surprised I have to meet the 100 words minimum for this review...what is this - SAT? One thing I am curious about is - is Hawkings really committed to putting his family first, or is he ready to be dragged into fighting the conspiracy again? So far this two goals coalesce, but should he have to choose...moreless
  • Why I like this show

    9.7
    I may not be an American, and not even like anything about war, but this show has me hooked and the plot twists, authenticity and values keep pouring out of this show, making it so real. Few shows today on air can make the same claim.



    Perhaps what I like best is the characters. Like many other shows I like (House, LOST) it's not always what they do or if I agree, but rather how they do it and the reasons behind it.

    I really do hope more people discover this gem of a show, especially now when so many other shows are awaiting new scripts since the strike-ended; and really besides the tacky 'real shows', this is refreshing to watch, and is more real.moreless
Kyle Bornheimer

Kyle Bornheimer

Chris Calley

Guest Star

Chris Kramer

Chris Kramer

Chavez

Guest Star

Elizabeth Pan

Elizabeth Pan

Agent #2

Guest Star

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gray Anderson

Recurring Role

Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Major Edward Beck

Recurring Role

April Parker-Jones

April Parker-Jones

Darcy Hawkins

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

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    • Stanley: This is a big day! You get to be an accountant again. Account things, add things up, maybe even a little subtraction, right?
      Mimi: I have to say, I cannot wait to work in that office. You wouldn't believe how organized the Jennings and Rall people are. Everything is bar-coded. I have so missed bar-codes and spreadsheets. I mean every component and package and foodstuff, every ounce is accounted for; where it's been and where it's going. Oh, I had forgotten how beautiful order can be.
      Stanley: That's probably the most boring story I've heard in months.

    • Beck: Sheriff Green? Nice uniform.
      Jake: (lifting up casual jacket to show badge pinned to jeans) I'm pacing myself.

    • Jake: Condor?
      Beck: Code name for the president. Biggest bird in the west.

    • Stanley: I didn't realize how much I'd let this place go.
      Mimi: Oh, I don't know, the glare from the shell casings really make the window treatments pop.

    • Mimi: I'm still trying to figure out how to make our wedding registry vital to national security.
      Stanley: You're already planning our wedding registry?
      Mimi: Oh, since I was twelve. And I've already taken off the list luxury items that we already have such as your Star Wars collectors' glasses.

    • Eric: There's a bigger issue here, Gray. This new government; first they change the flag, now history? At what point is this a country we don't even recognize?
      Gray: These people have saved this town from annihilation, to say nothing of the millions of people who are still alive right now because of them. I don't know, I'd say that earns them the right to a point of view.

    • Jake: (Emily's file is flagged due to her father) He runs a road gang in the area. Though I'm not sure why that makes her a threat.
      Utley: Well, I think that they'd say there's no such thing as being too careful.
      Jake: Are you reporting on them, or for them?
      Utley: Yes.

    • Utley: Cheyenne doesn't like incidents like this covered. They control my credentials.
      Jake: Huh, what the hell kind of reporter are you?
      Utley: The working kind.

    • Eric (about his mother): You should be glad she's not here. She would have thrown that new history book right in the president's face.
      Gray: Oh, come on…
      Eric: He wasn't elected, Gray. How does a government no-one voted for change the constitution? We found time to have an election. Of all people I think you would have remembered that.

    • Jake: What are you gonna drive around Texas with a bomb in the back of your car lookin' for someone you don't even know yet?
      Hawkins: Y'know, when you put it like that, Jake…

    • Jake: You have to leave press pool immediately, you can't talk to anyone. Drive straight through to Modesto.
      Utley: You want me to sit on the biggest news story in history for two days?
      Jake: That part's non-negotiable, but you can drive as fast as you want.

    • Bonnie (about Stanley): He's getting married. To Mimi.
      Trish: But she scares me.
      Bonnie: Me, too. But it just so happens that I like her.

    • Tomarchio (speech at the farmhouse): You've lost loved ones, and here you are again; still strong, still proud. This is the best of America. But infighting has left us weak and vulnerable to our enemies. Remnants of the old Federal government has fallen back to Columbus, Ohio. After the attacks that government endlessly debated our response. So, in a vacuum of leadership I acted to let the world know that America was down, but not out! The Federal government of the eastern block states no longer has any governing authority beyond the Mississippi. You've seen the flag. This is the flag of a new country, flying from the Mississippi to the Pacific. The thirteen stripes of red and white still represent the thirteen colonies, but they run in a new direction, just as we must chart a new direction for ourselves. In a few short weeks Mayor Anderson will represent you as we ratify a constitution for this new nation, that will be known to the world by a new name; The Allied States of America! And with this new name, a clean slate. Our debts have been forgiven, and we are open again for business. That means jobs, stocked shelves, a return to life as we knew it. And in the fall we'll have elections where we can all take part in building a new government, as a safer, stronger America. God bless you, and God bless the Allied States of America!

    • Gray (to Eric): I'm going to Cheyenne to ask those questions. And I'm gonna keep asking the questions until I get some answers. I just don't want them to see me coming. And I was kinda hoping that while I was gone that you'd be willing to act as mayor. Try not to get us into too much trouble.

    • Stanley: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I really wanted you to have your family at the wedding.
      Mimi: I will. You're my family. You and Bonnie, from here on in.

    • Chavez (about Darcy): That's a good woman you've got there.
      Hawkins: Yeah, so she keeps telling me.

    • Chavez: Remember when this job used to be easy?
      Hawkins: Ummmmm, no.

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