Well what can i say? Its not a Lost or a Prison break but there is something about it. This show has got some serious potential, whether it will live up to it is another question. I dont know if its because i\'m a fan of things like 24 and prison break that i need things to happen fast and be on the edge of my seat. Jericho just seems to slip into 4th gear and just nearly push the top gear. But I\'ve only seen the first two episodes so we will just wait and see. With a later episode called \"walls of jericho\" i\'m expecting seiges and attacks from looters. Mad Max 2 springs to mind but let just hope it don\'t go that far.
This week things are strangely back to normal in the town except for the shortage of gasoline to run generators and an outsider that is found breaking into the pharmacy with radiation sickness. I am bothered by a few things now as the show is getting into swing:
- How can a recently orphaned teenage girl throw a party in her house for all of her friends a few days after her parents died in the attack? Also, how is she able to get a generator setup and started by herself to run the electricity for her large house?
- How is Hawkins able to communicate with anyone via his portable when they can't use cell phones, regular phones, the internet, get a TV signal and even long range radios don't work? Didn't anyone find that strange that he had access to send messages somehow? - How is everyone paying for food and other items with there no longer being banks and checks and credit cards being worthless? How much cash do those people carry on them in Jericho?
- If a man is about to die from radiation sickness why would the Mayor\'s wife risk infection by giving him CPR so he can live for a few more hours? - Why are people driving around so much if gas is scarce? Doesn\'t anyone think it\'s probably a good idea to save the gas for the a possible escape to somewhere else?
There are many other things that are very unrealistic about the show unfortunately that I think detract a great deal from what could be a very suspenseful and interesting new show. Finally, what is going on with Hawkins? He seemed so helpful at the beginning and now is acting very strange and unhelpful as we see little bits and pieces about what his role in all of this is.
I waited for this show all summer with high hopes. Not sure why, there was just something about the premise that appealed to me. I’ve given it three episodes and boy has it been disappointing. The first episode was so bad I actually got angry.
It was so clichéd it was embarrassing (and I watched it alone).
The storyline so far is poor with almost everything telegraphed and transparent. Most of the emergencies have been contrived. The conflicts between characters seem silly in the face of what seems to be happening around them. The only element of the entire three episodes so far that has been even a little interesting is the Hawkins character and his family. Obviously, he knew something before and he is being played vague enough that you can’t tell anything about him yet. Good guy? Bad guy? Something in between? That’s good, but how long can they go with just the one mystery? Lennie James deserves credit for the only real acting in the series so far. I love Gerald McRaney but this isn’t his best work and the rest of the cast could be background characters from the Andy Griffith Show.
I’m not well versed on radiation hazards or nuclear war details, but I suspect they are playing fast and loose with the facts. The idea that rain will wash the radiation out of the air seems laughable, but what do I know?
Anyway, I’m glad CBS has picked it up. Maybe it’ll get better and with the other nonsense on in this time period, at least I have something to watch until Lost comes on. Even if it’s only to watch and shake my head with disappointment.
Jericho along with Heroes are two of the best new shows of this season, and maybe even the past three. But since this about Jericho let me focus on that. I loved this show from the pilot, day one I was hooked. I have to give it up to them for make the show so gripping from the start. Its fast paced and just gives you enough each week that you wont be driven mad wondering whats going on. The characters are all for the most part very likable. Skeet Ulrich as “Jake” could give “Lost’s” Jack a run for his money in leadership and kindness. I also love Bonnie and her brother Stanley’s relationship and the whole feel of the show in general. What’s scary and truly captivating about this show is how this could happen to us. Sure to be a classic if given the chance!
What if a dozen US cities were attacked with even low yield planted nuclear devices? Even though actual damage and deaths might be less than 1% of the country, the impact would be devastating.
The US and world economy would go into a downward spiral. The US is the heart of the world economy and having it suspended even temporarily would have huge effects that would ripple across the globe. Companies would fail, people would lose jobs, financial systems would be impaired and the uncertaintly regarding the future would lead to paralysis, fear and social unrest. There would be a chain reaction worldwide. Judging from the next 2 episodes thing apparently get much much worse as there seems to be an escalation at the end of the first 7 days after the attack. Look at something like Katrina - a year later and large sections of the Gulf are still nowhere close to normal despite aid flowing in. The reactions of the residents of Jericho are worthy of study. You have the clueless teens who behave as if this is all just a temporary inconvenience and think since they dont have school - lets party! There are many who hang out at the local bar in a semi-catatonic state with eyes fixed on the big screen TV watching the same 3 images over and over while sipping on beer all day. There are probably many sealed up in their houses peaking out behind the curtains occasionally. There are some who know how serious things are and are attempting to maintain order. Then theres Hawkins who is obviously part of some larger group who has been preparing for this eventuality and they are focused on their survival - not anyone else. What happens when more news from the world flows in and people start to look at Hawkins more closely? What will he do?
Right now they still have enough supplies to maintain themselves - what will happen when things worsen and basic necessities become scarce? The US has become an urban society dependent on things like power, indoor plumbing, grocery stores and other modern conveniences for our very survival. Very few people today can live off the land like they did 150 years ago.
What would YOU do if such a scenario unfolded? How would you react? Would you just shut down and give up or would you fight to survive? Exactly how far would you go to survive?
After a nuclear disaster of unknown origin, residents of a small Kansas town must face the threat of anarchy, looming starvation, radiation and most of all shapeless fear in their quest to survive and build a future for their families and town.
While solidly directed and well produced, Jericho suffers from hackneyed character archetypes and little if any scientific validation. First I will applaud Jericho for holding my interest for three episodes despite offering nothing really new or interesting in terms of network television character drama. It is well paced and doesn’t create unanswerable questions that string the viewer along episode after episode. They set up a premise, hold out elements of suspense then mete out new information in a deliberate and satisfying pace. In other words, this won’t be another X-Files.
That said, in the first two episodes we endured a pointless hostage standoff with prison escapees. Sadly, the escapees are both killed cutting short a plot thread and moral dilemma that were both potentially more interesting than the resolution of the crisis. We find out about a love triangle between the Mayor’s son, the town doctor and the local bar owner – each impossibly beautiful, none terribly interesting. Worst of all we see the town facing the first tangible consequence of a nuclear exchange - fallout. Regrettably, the solution (duct tape and plastic wrap) is so unworkable and scientifically unsound that there SHOULD have been no episode three. All citizens of Jericho would be dead within hours. The fallout would have left the soil radioactive and consequently lethal for centuries. Not just for farming as the show insisted but for walking, breathing or being near.
What saddens me is not that Jericho is a thoroughly bad show – it is not. It is the fact that despite so much potential, Jericho too often falls back on traditional nighttime drama to pad its episodes and refuses to explore its apocalyptic setting with any effort or honesty. Remember, it’s fiction. If you find an aspect of nuclear aftermath too horrendous to surmount, write a way around it. We didn’t have to face radioactive fallout. It might have been more interesting to leave the direction of the wind a constant source of suspense.
In the end, there is too much in the way of inane character friction, irrelevant drama and scientific implausibility to take for 20+ episodes. While there is enough dramatic foundation to hope that Jericho will improve, in my opinion there are still too many holes in the premise to allow for a meaningful restoration of the
Jericho is the new drama on CBS that tells the tale of how the small town of Jericho, Kansas copes with the fact that they maybe the last populated place left in a post-nuclear war United States.
The characters are real & the situations they face in that difficult time are what makes this series worth watching. If anyone is looking for something resembling some disaster-of-the-week movie, look elsewhere.
I suggest you give Jericho a chance & see it for a serious look at what might happen in these uncertain times.
Having seen only two episodes, I am mildly surprised by the effectiveness of this well presented drama. A relationships-based drama, focused around the family of the Mayor (Gerald McRaney) of a small town, Jericho, thus far the acting and writing is top notch. Tense story lines have been the mark of Jericho thus far. Reminiscent of 24, Jericho is setting up well, and I look forward to the unwinding of the story of a few thousand people struggling to survive and overcome the aftermath of a multiple strike atomic holocaust coast to coast in America's metropolitan centers, leaving Jericho an island of life and hope. Of particular note is the acting of Allison Scott, the acting of Skeet Ulrich, and the understated but grounding performances of both McRaney and as his wife and the matriarch, the always fine Pamela Reed. It will be interesting to see if this strong start can be sustained, or if the storyline will wear thin. The executive production team is youthful but in combination has significant experience in film and in relationship-based TV that bodes well. In order for Jericho to survive, and it should, the tension needs to be maintained for the central family, for Jericho's attempts to survive, for the people of Jericho to maintain their humanity and their optimism, and for the outside world to impinge in a way that makes the struggle for the better parts of our human condition endure. Mighty big tasks, but my hope is that this intelligent, sensitive, and provocative program survives too.
i think people should be patient in their rating for this show because it is drama show and its idea is very new and very fresh . . i think this show will go better and better in the next episodes . . for people who complain that it contains much passion and it deals with relation very much come on guys it is DRAMA !! it should be like that . . u should not wait for action or adventure in such a show .. some guy said in his review i (should be watching battlestar galactica instead of jericho) .. that's wrong because this is drama show and battlestar is Sci-Fi u cant compare between them .. i'm not crazy of this show i watch many other shows (best shows i guess) but i only want the people to be patient .. this is my first review :D dont be hard on me
Sadly though I find it lacking at times, not only in dialogue and acting, but from keeping my attention. I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping that it will pick up. If it doesn't in the next three or so episodes i don't see myself as a continual watcher.
Also I had forgotten how annoying I can find Skeet Ulrich, I don't know if anyone else has the same annoyance i harbor for him, but something about the continual eye squinting really gets under my skin.
However as I mentioned, the idea is great and I am curious as to how it unfolds, but my curiosity alone will not keep me from watching week after week. In all honesty I just don't find myself connecting with the show and actually caring all to much what happens.
How horribly irresponsible...to be granted the right and priviledge to direct, produce or even write a show that will be shown internationally and with an idea which is similar to that of'Battlefield Earth' (Do not see this movie) and Independence Day (again do not see this movie)holds incredible responsibility. You are given a chance to really produce a show that has substance and to tell a story that is so unique that it might even make you rich.
But no, someone is given a budget, which they clearly blew on the good looking actors (that is all they are...good looking, because in reality everyone is hot)and are given an idea which is just great and what do they do... they develop a series that resembles two cows mating in the middle of a sewage treatment plant.
WHY?? This show has so much potential. Very disappointed.
For example...let me set the scene. One confirmed nuclear bomb has been detonated in Denver. The fallout is heading to Jericho. It begins to rain driving the radiation to the ground. People are forced to take cover by living in basements or sealing their homes with plastic. They are not allowed to confront the trauma of knowing that potentially millions of their countrymen are dead, and that they may die, or they might be under attack. They aren\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t allowed to manage the shock of what has just occured.
One of the young boys takes shelter with the young indiffent girls. They last out the rain. When all her friends turn up. Because that is what I will do when I survive a rain storm of nuclear fallout, hang out and visit with my mates.
They enter her house, and begin questioning why that boy is with her...ewww...is one of their expressions.What the....??? Surely a human beings priorities in that situation would be beyond who you survived a rain storm of nuclear fallout with. But rather: thank god you are all alive and well. Because if I have to take cover from a rain storm of nuclear fallout I probably won\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t worry about who it is with. Bad writing. People this is not reality. This is not real. The world is horrible and not simple.
When I first heard about Jericho, I wanted to avoid it like the plague--nuclear attack? Another serial based on an event, blah blah blah. But from the first episode, I\\\'ve been really impressed by the strong character development, and the eerie bits of information about this freaky nuclear attack. With the echoes of 9/11 terrorism fear that has become part of our national anthem, this type of show really hits a nerve today. And I just love how completely unprepared the little town is and how America just lives in this happy go lucky bubble. But that isn\\\'t even the point. It\\\'s about how terrifying events make or break characters. And watching these subtle characters grow will be a please I look forward to watching more of in the upcoming months.
And a special shout out to the actor who plays the mayor. He was amazing on Deadwood and equally so on this show! And who knew Skeet would be such a great actor? I thought he was teen magazine material only--not any more!
Every episode I watch keeps me yearning for more. This show focuses on the reality of what if and what you can possibly do if in any event tragedy struck us. I love the drama in this show. Great cast and the chemistry really shows. I look forward to watching many more episodes.
I thought this episode was fairly well done. I was a little confused about some of the relationships between the characters. It was a little to convienet that they heard the on the play back of the black box that \\\"blondies\\\" fiancee was alive, also when the grocery store ladies son found all that food on the train. What exactly stopped that train? I am curious about that black gentlemans rather secretive ways, I thought he was a good guy but we shall see! I will be watching next week and hopefully learn some of their names. :)Also Mr Mayor recouvered pretty quickly from his flu, knocked some sense into that miner guy! And that town barbaque I don\\\'t believe I\\\'d have much of an appatite with all that has happened. Hope the writers make it a little more realistic next week.
A little town called Jericho caught in the middle of some kind of nuclear attack. No power, or communication, so they don’t have any idea what is going on outside there little town. Looks like some kind of major attack all of the US. Great cast, Skeet Ulrich, Gerald McRainey, Ashley Scott, and Pamela Reed. Good acting. Reminds me a little of the movie Red Dawn. There is a lot of mystery going on here. Nobody knows where Jake has been for the past few years. And there is a guy named Hawkins who claims he is a cop, but he seems to know more about what is going on than anybody, and he is keeping crucial information from the other. The story is kind of slow, but I think it is going places.
OK, I've seen 3 episodes. Not sure what the point of the show is, but if it is trying to show with how people deal with survival after nuclear attacks, it certainly fails. I hope I missed something in Episode 2, but I could swear the whole episode was about getting ready for the rain from Denver which would arrive about 2 hours after the explosion - but didn't the mayor say that people had spent the whole night in the church praying? Now, the rain has passed and everything is ok?? They're touching trains, etc. with their bare hands; they're not concerned with weather patterns from other cities that were hit. Some who did get radiation poisoning look pretty good considering.
The show just doesn't compare with Threads or The Day After. I'll keep watching it a while but it's stretching my disbelief.
Sure it can be unrealistic at times, but what show isn't? Jericho has an excellent group of casts, a bold storyline and great editors. The background of each character was built up sufficiently before the attack happened while keeping some mysteries. There are so many angles and directions this show could go. Another aspect which Jericho has been superior is the soundtrack. Songs have been chosen well to suit the emotion of the scenes, and made them much more memorable. Episode 2 was slightly disappointing though. For one, they probably shouldn't have killed the escaped convicts so early. Also, it wasn't so believable to have Skeet run all over the town and then missed the rain by a hair. The writers need to work on better scripts rather than sticking to unrealistic suspense.
Anyway, let's hope this show wouldn't get axed. I sure hope not!!
i am not entirely convinced that this show isnt just a well made piece of alarmist pro-war propoganda. i am really hoping that it is just a topical work of drama. with all the concern about the middle east and "homeland defense" it would be easy to see this show as right wing spin. it would be easy to see this show as a calculated attempt to influence that segment of america that doesnt concern itself with the minutae of polotics or the news, but really enjoys prime time drama. i will say this. its an enjoyable show with some amazingly talented actors working on it... setting aside my concerns as to the possible hidden motives of supposed propogandists. i want to see what happens next. i am pretty sure i can guess what will happen, but at the very least the show is interesting enough to keep watching.
I don't see how this show could be considered original. The first episode is cheap drama at its greatest. "Well, I know what will make people excited! et's make someone die, and let's make someone else almost die. That'll keep them watching." There's no way to surprise a viewer with what happens. All of the TV/radio commercials and internet ads show a big huge mushroom cloud. As a result, the first 20 minutes or so of the show just drags. After the bomb goes off, you might think that the dragging would stop and the action would start. You would be wrong. There are no more surprises after the bomb goes off than there were before, so if you get to the bomb going off and think the show's interesting, then by all means, continue. If you get to the bomb going off and just can't take any more, and hope that it gets interesting soon, turn off your television, Go for a walk, and then punch yourself for ever having hope in this obviously bad show.
It really is true. Stupid people deserve stupid television. Unfortunately, these people end up breeding anyways so that their children can create and watch more bad television.
I watched the first two episodes and I loved this new show. It's an awesome drama and my favorite new show on TV. The actors are awesome and the script seems well written. I can't wait for the third episode to air- it's gonna be awesome. I rate this show a 9.8 out of 10.
Before I started watching Jericho, my favourite drama shows were Lost and Prison Break because I liked those types of themes. I likes themes which is one long story rather than a different stroyline each week. Jericho is also one of those brilliant shows which you can't just start watching half way through the season. I love Jericho because of the whole idea and I like the acting to. I think that everything in general could improve but I am still so happy with it at the moment. I hope that this excellent show lasts for 3 to 5 seasons!
The town of Jericho. Surrounded by other towns which have been bombed. The town is hit by a wave of radiation and people start going into panic mode. Jake Green, a town resident, who has come back from who knows where for who knows what. Son of the mayor of Jericho.
When the radiation hits, the townspeople must evacuate to the confines of four walls. A closed of area, to avoid radiation poisening. Cities which have been bombed include Denver, Atlanta, Chicago and many more. Who knows how far the radiation has spread, but the big question is:
Will the town of Jericho remain untouched?
I sat down to watch the pilot only knowing a few things - It was a show about a small town a very far away from the major cities which witnessed a nuclear bomb drop on the city on the other side of the mountains.
Usually I'm a spoiler freak but due to Channel Ten here in Australia decided to play it after America which intreged me more.
This show given time I think will deliever the goods - just expect the usual cliques but hey what TV show doesn't have the usual Cliché ?
The next best thing since csi. It has kept me on the edge of my beanbag wanting more. The most memorable part from episode one is when dale turner plays the tape of the phone call from his mother that sounds out her death. You have to really feel for him as you put things in persepective if that happened to you what you would feel like. Jericho for me is the show that explains WHAT IF? And fiven the events of today this show came along at the right time. Long live Jericho and may it go LOOOONG into the future.
Getting better every week. This week the ending was fabulous and still many questions go unsolved. Who is Robert Hawkins??? Is any other towns still survived??? What will happen next??? I can\'t wait till next week either, we got Jericho at 8 and Lost at 9. But at the end of the 2nd episode, Hawkins is placing the tacs on all the cities bombed. I can\'t believe their\'s that many cities bombed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But the question is will they find someplace to go ? Or will they all die, fast-paced and exciting, this show is a must watch for all ages.
I knew nothing of the show before I stumbled across it last week, so I was doubly amazed that I was immediately hooked.
So much is packed into this first episode that I was amazed when I realized it was only a standard ep long. The basic premise is that, the prodigal son (Ulrich) of the mayor of the small Kansas town of Jericho has returned home to collect his inheritance for reasons that were never explained, and upon receiving a less than warm welcome from his self-important father decides to cut his losses and return from whence he came.
On the way out of town he sees a mushroom cloud in the distance and while trying to digest that is involved in a head on collision with another car whose driver is also mesmerized by the sight.
And this is where the fun starts as the people of the town come to terms with their new reality.
There's all the usual herrings of all different colours in the guise of a busload of prisoners on the loose, grief, valour, cowardice and intrigue.
This pilot is a terrific platform for what promises to be an interesting new series - provided the executives keep their collective noses out of the mix and leave the writers and crew to get on with it.
The show is sweet. I give it a 10 + I belive that we should start to think and plan for events just like this. It is a eye opener show. I hope this show does not get cancelled . The channel that airs the show seems to cancell shows as soon as they start to get interisting. so I guess we will see. There was a short episode on the web sight i was looking for and was unable to find it that I liked as well 10 + show hopefully it will have plenty of time on the air.
This is one of the best shows on tv and I really hope that it lasts. I love the subject matter even though it is some what on the gloomy side but that is what makes it great. Skeet Ulrich makes this show great. Normally shows like this don't make it is past the first season I hope that this is not the case for this show and it becomes a hit or least enough to last.
Very Day After meets War of the Worlds. I really enjoyed the opener and hope this goes where I think it's taking us. Characters were good, acting was good, stroyline was original and engaging. I would also call this series timely, as we watch the world in turmoil. Plenty to be revealed and explained, I foresee lots of twists and turns. I was expecting to be underwhelmed as I really was captured by the promos, I was delightfully captivated by the whole show and look forward to the road ahead, wherever it takes us. Very original, very engaging, very timely. Kudos
I was attracted to try Jericho by the producers, writers and actors. Skeet Ulrich, Pamela Reed, Gerald McRaney and to make it a sure sell for me, Lennie James. I was not disappointed. The way I judge a show ultimately is after watching the show do I care about the characters, do I care what happens next. The hour zoomed by so fast I couldn’t believe it was over. The quality of the acting came through in the amount that we were shown of the relationships of characters without words. How many viewers felt a whoosh of emotion when seeing the faces of the children and adults on the bus when the little girl stopped breathing. I will be watching this live and set it up on the DVR just so I can re-watch it like I did the pilot. There are some that would pick on the science or maybe the mountains in Kansas, but isn’t our first job as audience members be that we suspend our disbelief. Don’t let worrying about such things get in your way of letting yourself get to know this set of characters facing a most pivotal moment.
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