Jericho - Season 1 [DVD]
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When twenty-three nuclear bombs go off across the USA, the residents of Jericho are left wondering whether their small Kansas town is all that remains.
As the impact of the crisis sets in, the towns people pull together and roles within the new community-some unexpected and some unwanted--become established; Jake Green (played by heart-throb Skeet Ulrich; Scream, The Craft), the prodigal son of the towns Mayor finds himself stranded in Jericho as a result of the catastrophe. Having just experienced a tense family reunion after five years unexplained absence he finds himself reluctantly assuming a leadership role within the community from which he has run: Emily Sullivan (Ashley Scott; The Kingdom, Dark Angel), Jake's high school sweetheart who lives outside of town and innocently goes about her business unaware of the catastrophe until a chance encounter with two escaped convicts; Emilys estranged father Jonah Prowse (James Remar; Sex & The City, Dexter), the leader of a group of survivalists who have settled just outside of Jericho, who finds himself having to flee the town when he is accused of murder. Robert Hawkins (Lennie James; 24 Hour Party People, Outlaw), a mysterious jack-of-all-trades stranger who moved to Jericho three days before the attack and who seems to know more than hes letting on; Mayor Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney; Deadwood), a man dealing with conflicting emotions after the return of his son but who is forced into action as the town begins to riot; Bonnie Richmond (Shoshannah Stern), a pretty 17-year-old who is hearing impaired; and Bonnie's older brother Stanley (Brad Beyer), Jake's best friend from childhood and an avid car lover who works on the family farm.
The townspeople start to think that things are getting back to normal when the phone and power lines are reinstated and they receive a pre-recorded phone call from Homeland Security telling them that help is on the way. However, their hope is quickly dashed when a power surge disables all of the towns electronics and fires break out across the town.
Compelling throughout, the first season of Jericho captivated viewers attention to such an extent that, when the network attempted to cancel the show, it was resurrected for a second season based upon sheer fan power alone. This essential post-apocalyptic drama instantly embroils the viewer into the complex character interactions that occur following the explosions and remains absorbing right through to the seasons dramatic finale.
Part-Lost, part-The Day After, this television drama very effectively taps into palpable post-9/11 dread. The residents of Jericho are literally in the dark when they are cut off from civilization in the wake of a nuclear blast. Has the United States been attacked? How many cities were destroyed? Was it terrorists, or something way more sinister? It is up to Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney), the town's mayor (and series bedrock), to calm the community, keep its citizens from turning on each other, and protect them from predatory outsiders. Johnston's son, Jake (Skeet Ulrich), a "screw-up," returns home just prior to the blast following a mysterious five-year absence. Jake is at odds with his estranged father, who is running for reelection, and his brother, Eric (Kenneth Mitchell), his deputy. He isn't welcomed back by his former girlfriend, Emily (Ashley Scott), who is now engaged to a man who is missing following the blast. With the fate of America in the balance, one would think that "small town problems" wouldn't amount to much in this crazy new world, but it is Jericho's human dramas that resonate most deeply.
On the most cherished TV shows, characters come to feel like family. Jericho's characters come to feel like neighbours. Dale (Erik Knudson), the orphaned teenage outcast, forms an unexpected friendship with the town's spoiled mean girl, Skylar (Candace Bailey). Robert Hawkins (Lennie James), just arrived in town, introduces himself as a former cop from St. Louis but his secret basement command centre suggests otherwise. Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston), a mayoral candidate, politicizes the disaster to undermine Johnston. Stanley (Brad Beyer), a farmer, falls in love with his condescending IRS auditor from Washington, D.C. (Alicia Coppola) and Eric plans to leave his wife, Alice (Darby Stanchfield) for bartender Mary (Clare Carey). But at the heart of Jericho's first season is Jake's hard-earned redemption in his family's (and Emily's) eyes (suddenly, he's a regular MacGyver, able to perform a tracheotomy with a juice box straw!). Star Trek has its Trekkies/-ers and Laurel and Hardy its fraternal organization, the Sons of the Desert. Jericho has its "Nuts," who mounted a monumental campaign to rescue the series after it had been cancelled. Fans posted a barrage of videos on You Tube and deluged the studio with peanuts (the significance is explained in the season finale). "What is it about this town that has you so addicted to it?" someone asks Emily at one point. Just watch a couple of episodes, and you'll also be hooked. This First Season set should rally Jericho's army and inspire new recruits. --Donald Liebenson
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The fans stepped-in, creating a media storm. An online petition gathered over 107,000 signatures, newspapers featured articles and 20 tons, yes tons of peanuts were sent to CBS' offices.
Within a few weeks this show was un-cancelled, something incredibly-rare in America.
As of now, CBS has purchased 7 episodes, to be broadcast sometime next year. More are promised if ratings improve. You bet your a** they will, CBS.
Now, to the plot. Jericho is a small rural Kansas town. Jerico is left paralysed after a series of nuclear attacks on the main US cities. Soon after an EMP attack knocks-out communications.
This might not sound like much of a basis for a show, but it works. It grips you right from episode 1 and doesn't let up.
I've already pre-ordered this. I urge you all to do the same.
Set in the USA if focuses on the lives of people in a small Kansas town called Jericho after a nuclear strike. The series grips you because it deals with the people issues of nuclear war - how it changes normal lives and how the new uncertain future means all the rules have changes. I like the fact that although it deals with the terrible effects of a nuclear strike, it is not all blood, guts and radiation sickness. It has something for everyone, tense nail biting scenes, humour, emotion.
I for one am thrilled the fans won and a second series is on the way.....there had better be a third too!
A huge highlight is the character of Robert Hawkins. Finding out about his role, his past, and his character as a whole is brilliant. He is one of the most intriguing characters ever to be introduced!
This show is well worth the 5 star rating! It is my favourite show, and i watch a lot of tv! I highly recommend buying this product.
The first episode was well done and gripping and I thought "this is going to be good like everyone says". Sadly the drop-off from episode 1 is massive. After that point it becomes a slushy mix of melodrama (extra-marital affairs, teen romance) and episodic drama (each week the denizens of Jericho face a new challenge and overcome it - fallout, fires, food shortages, power cuts etc).
The biggest problem is the plain lack of believeability. The US is "attacked" with nuclear weapons, planes crash, birds die, fallout clouds loom. So what do people do? Go to the snug-looking bar and pretend it's an episode of Friends. And the people aren't ordinary: all the guys are "hunks"; all the women "babes" in keeping with most US TV. Like the Pamela Anderson-alike ex-girlfriend of the erstwhile hero. As if she would be in smalltown Kansas with her high-flying banking husband - what bank is he meant to be working at?
She's not the only immaculate beauty - everyone has lovely lipstick, mascara, trendy haircuts or rugged stubble-covered square chins. So after a nuclear blast and war, people will spend hours making-up before they trot down to the bar to flirt and play pool. Nuclear armageddon sounds okay to me!
Clearly reality is a concept the writers have chosen to ignore. Soon after the nuclear blast, fallout hits the town in the rain.Read more ›
Jericho grabs you straight away and gets better the further along you watch. Full of good actors playing interesting and broad characters, good music and great stories which unfold along the duration of the series into some gripping stuff.
This is top of my to-buy list for September!
The storyline wass brilliant and the characters are so well played. It was great news that the show was saved by it's fans ( I was one of them too!!)
Heres to season Two.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works ok, but arrived very scratched with disk that were not placed in the cases properly.Published 5 months ago by Charlotte Packer
Really good series and micro take on the aftermath of a Nuclear Conflict. A real shame it was cancelled after two seasons...compelling and human.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awful! Hammy acting and bad writing. The only decent thing was the camera work.Published 13 months ago by Wendy Todd
fantastic series I couldn't stop watching it such a shame they culled it.Published 15 months ago by Carole Booth
would of been better rating if had known you cant download amazon videos anymore which is not stated and the quality for hd was abysmal if you buy something you should be able to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dave