Gone are the days when Jericho was fighting for it survival, now things are on a much more macro level for survival. The war with New Burn is over, and while there are still grudges and hard feelings on both sides, peace and rebuilding is looking like something that could happen in the future, to the average citizen.
Others know that there is a lot more work to be done. Robert Hawkins finds out more of what is going on, but not enough to actually be helpful. There is something up with Valente and the new goverment in Cheyenne. As the country is split in two, Cheyenne is gaining power, and Hawkins can't let that happen. Texas, the remaining state that is undecided needs to be swayed away from the Cheyenne goverment and towards the Columbus goverment, but how.
** NOTE: The reason that Texas is important is because with no stable monitary system, the US can't get oil from outside its borders, Texas has the reserve of oil. I've seen people wonder why it was important, so I just thought I would say why, as they explained in the episode. **
Jericho also has to figure out how to deal with the military in their town, the reconstruction that is going on in the town, and the lingering issues with New Burn. Jake takes a position of authority, and that will become key later in the season.
Much of this episode was simply setting up the storylines for Jake and Robert as they are still going to be facing the same issues that were previously facing Hawkins. It will be interesting to see what characters they have predominantly removed from the story, as some of the more common characters weren't shown in this episode, or had very brief appearances.
The one knock on this episode is the fact that the special effects were obviously cut. Notably Hawkins with the tank and train scene, it was very poor looking CGI, and was very cheap looking. Fortunately this show doesn't demand a ton of special effects for the most part, so the lack of budget in that area should be an critical issue.
** NOTE: One final random fact is that when at the hospital one of the deputies was eating peanuts.