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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 9/22/06
First, let me say that the pilot episode of "Jericho" was really
outstanding. It had interesting characters and good writing, it was fast-paced
and exciting, and, despite its theme, it was fairly upbeat. I just don't know
how they will keep it up every week. I look forward to having them surprise me.
The show is about a small midwestern town (near Denver) and what happens to them
when major cities are destroyed (probably by nuclear attacks). They made you
care about the characters. They are not just stereotypes. The main family is the
mayor (Gerald McRaney), his wife, and their two sons. One of the sons, Jake
(played by TV hottie Skeet Ulrich) has just returned after a five-year absence,
to get his grandfather's inheritance. He and the father do not get along. When
disaster strikes, the family pulls together, of course (that was the only
predictable part that I noted).
I am just unsure of how they can keep this show going. If all of the major U.S.
cities are destroyed, then there would probably be enough mushroom clouds to
affect the whole country, I'm guessing. I've seen the classic post-nuclear
movies "Testament" and "The Day After". They were riveting and realistic, but
also they were horribly depressing. So far, Jericho is not depressing. I just
wonder how they can be realistic and not get depressing. Who wants to watch it
if they do get depressing? But then again, if it's not depressing, it won't be
real...so we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe "all is not as it seems", like
in "Lost", so they will keep us guessing.
From what I can see, the show is definitely worth watching and tuning in, at
least until it disappoints...I am willing to give it a chance, and so should
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