"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.