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post #31 of 3245
I have a relative that works on the show. She said that she is a little concerned about episodes 3 through 7 or 8 because there is a ton of dialogue and not much actin or anything. She is worried that the audience may drop off during those weeks because not much is going on. I'm not sold on this show at all.
post #32 of 3245
I give Jericho an enthusiastic thumbs down so far.

Pluses:

The dude form Snatch
The answering machine message
The guy who played Skip Muck in Band of Brothers

Minuses:

Just about every other cast member. The older brother from Odyssey 5? The deaf girl from Weeds? The partner from Kindergarten Cop? Major Dad? Come on.

Pop music from three years ago. Yes, that certainly adds a feeling of gravity, fellas.

The boring and predictable melodrama.

overall:

the music was really silly, and the whole show felt like it was trying to be a hip family drama while keeping its Lost sensibilities. I felt pandered to.

I was checking to see how much longer it was going to last about halfway through. I'll give it one more week, though. It has potential.
post #33 of 3245
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Originally Posted by jmallory View Post

Another clue may been in the Mayor's speech at the end when he said the phrase "against all enemies." I wasn't in the military but isn't part of the military oath, "to defend the United States, against all enemies, foreign or domestic ?

Also, the nuclear explosions may have been used to confuse the public and allow the military time to ...

1.) Secure power generating plants. This would allow them to cut off the power (and after an attack, who would think anything nefarious about the military "protecting" the power plants?)

2.) Secure communications, take TV/Radio off the air. Take over Telephone Central Offices (cutting off voice and data transmissions)

I think this reenforces the idea that only certain cities were hit. If you hit Washington, New York, LA, and Atlanta...you basically take out leadership, the major broadcast networks, and the major news networks. I still have no idea what is Denver worth striking. Maybe a local can help.

-- Jim


Well...the "who" and "how" are probably going to be ongoing plot threads throughout the series...

My best guess? Standard issue ICBMs launced globally due to some royal screwup, computer bug or something...and of course, the government suppressing any knowledge of the launches in order to prevent widespread panic and confusion, hence the 'surprise' attack...

A show like this just would work without some top-secret coverup taking place in the background of all this drama...
post #34 of 3245
sucked
post #35 of 3245
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Originally Posted by raaj View Post

It was a big yawn. Sloppy is the word.

My sentiments exactly.

Wolfie
post #36 of 3245
I'm curious to see what's really happening....global thermonuclear war, domestic coup?

Yes, the 'cop' from St Louis (guy from Snatch) is an intriguing character...what the heck is he even doing there? Moved there recently, but why?

Things I liked:

1) The answering machine message was chilling
2) When told "I didn't know your parents were even IN Denver", he responds "They weren't....they were in Atlanta" That sent a jolt through me....very well done. Any thoughts of it being a hoax, or an isolated incident went away right there.
3) St Louis cop
4) Dead birds on the road...nasty

Dislikes:

1) Skeet...don't know much about him...hard to root for him. He saved the busload of kids, but makes no mention of the 2 people who were killed in the head-on collision (not his fault, but still warrants mentioning).
2) Prioner bus....a bit of contrived drama that removes the Sheriff from the picture and puts some danger out there.

Like I said, I'll give it a few more episodes to see if they can deliver on the chills and information. I hope they learn from Invasion's mistake and gives some answers in a timely manner. Invasion waited WAY too long to hit their stride and it cost them.

***EDIT***

Forgot to mention this, but anyone who compares this to the Day After is comparing apples to oranges. That movie was an EVENT...scared the bejeezus out of any kid (I was 12-13 at the time) and adult who watched it. The bleak nuclear winter, the lack of hope were difficult to watch. And at the time it seemed VERY plausible...4-5 nations all had loaded pistols pointed at one another, and any small misunderstanding/conflict had the potential to set it all off.

This series seems like a social experiment 'what if' of how regular americans would react to an emergency like this...
post #37 of 3245
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Originally Posted by Vampz26 View Post

Well...the "who" and "how" are probably going to be ongoing plot threads throughout the series...

My best guess? Standard issue ICBMs launced globally due to some royal screwup, computer bug or something...and of course, the government suppressing any knowledge of the launches in order to prevent widespread panic and confusion, hence the 'surprise' attack...

A show like this just would work without some top-secret coverup taking place in the background of all this drama...

OH! And don't forget the hometown 'every man' hero on a quest to expose this hienous activity!

post #38 of 3245
I thought the show was ok, I'm definitely going to keep watching to see what happens. But I have a few questions/issues.

1) Do they really expect us to believe that you can see mountains etc. from Kansas? Give me a break. Like someone said above, Denver is towards the middle of Colorado, so it's not like it's 50 miles from Jericho. I didn't even realize that Jericho is not a real town. But I remember the sign they showed at the beginning of the show said it was 396 miles from Kansas City. Where on I-70 would that be? Anyone with a lot of extra time on their hands?

2) Did the school bus just run off the road, presumably due to the shock of seeing the explosion? I must have missed that. Same thing with the prison bus...what's the deal there?

3) It's so easy to be connected in today's world, it's really hard to believe that these guys have NO way to communicate with anyone. I think I can accept the fact that they are completely shut off from everyone else, but it's something that's always going to linger as far as I'm concerned.

4) Major Dad? Seriously?
post #39 of 3245
The most ridiculous part of the show is it's depiction of the people who live in small towns in western Kansas.

They don't look, act, or think like anybody on this show.
post #40 of 3245
You guys are going too deep. I really hope we get 'Mad Max Beyond Kansas'. I really liked the first ep.
post #41 of 3245
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4) Major Dad? Seriously?

Oh yeah, seriously. Didn't you see his knockout performance this past season on 'Deadwood'? After seeing that, besides locking up the best supporting actor Emmy for next year because of that role, you'll never see him as "Major Dad" again. He was simply astounding.
post #42 of 3245
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3) It's so easy to be connected in today's world, it's really hard to believe that these guys have NO way to communicate with anyone. I think I can accept the fact that they are completely shut off from everyone else, but it's something that's always going to linger as far as I'm concerned.

I have been in parts of West Viriginia that no cell phones work and if you hit seek on a digital FM tuner in a car it finds nothing (and that is before the nukes fell.) So I don't have a big problem with the town losing its ability to communicate. I did find it unusal that the local Ham Radio operator did not have a Shortwave. That would have come in handy, esspecially if it was battery powered.
post #43 of 3245
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Originally Posted by posg View Post

The most ridiculous part of the show is it's depiction of the people who live in small towns in western Kansas.

They don't look, act, or think like anybody on this show.

Picky, picky, picky.

The show isn't perfect, but overall I enjoyed it and so did the wife. We're anxious for the next episode and I see us sticking with it.
post #44 of 3245
I thought the show was pretty boring. I will watch a few more episodes to give it a shot because you never know it could be another Invasion where it takes time to build the characters and plot.
post #45 of 3245
I'll give it one more shot, but really, even in western Kansas there's another town 10 miles away in any direction.

I wonder how the writers will believably "isolate" this one town from the rest of the world.
post #46 of 3245
Personally I thought it was good, not spectacular. I will definitely be giving it a few more episodes at least to catch me.

I thought that the pacing was well done. Sure not much happened in the town itself, but it wouldn't. Fallout is coming next week, and I am sure we will get "others" coming from other towns looking for sanctuary in Jericho (care of the foreshadowing "make sure you black out the Jericho name on the side of the police car!").

I am interested in what happened, what was Skeet doing for the last 5 years, and who the hell is the St Luis Cop.

I do get bugged by suspension of deisbelief problems though, there is no way they would have been able to see Denver, but I give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
post #47 of 3245
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Oh yeah, seriously. Didn't you see his knockout performance this past season on 'Deadwood'? After seeing that, besides locking up the best supporting actor Emmy for next year because of that role, you'll never see him as "Major Dad" again. He was simply astounding.


You beat me to it arch. Anybody that watched "Deadwood" knows that "Major Dad" can be a Major Badass. I wonder if he grew the beard for "Jericho" or "Deadwood?"
post #48 of 3245
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Originally Posted by jmallory View Post

I have been in parts of West Viriginia that no cell phones work and if you hit seek on a digital FM tuner in a car it finds nothing (and that is before the nukes fell.) So I don't have a big problem with the town losing its ability to communicate. I did find it unusal that the local Ham Radio operator did not have a Shortwave. That would have come in handy, esspecially if it was battery powered.

I can almost buy the premise of the town being unable to communicate, except they didn't show a single person attempting to use the internet. There would be at least the telephone and cable company service, and possibly satellite and Wifi type services. Not even Blackberry or pager services?

Years ago it was claimed that the design of the internet was so robust, it could survive a nuclear war. Sure doesn't seem like the case in Jericho.
post #49 of 3245
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Originally Posted by Iteki View Post

Forgot to mention this, but anyone who compares this to the Day After is comparing apples to oranges. That movie was an EVENT...scared the bejeezus out of any kid (I was 12-13 at the time) and adult who watched it. The bleak nuclear winter, the lack of hope were difficult to watch. And at the time it seemed VERY plausible...4-5 nations all had loaded pistols pointed at one another, and any small misunderstanding/conflict had the potential to set it all off.

Amen. That scene where the nukes are flying over Arrowhead Stadium and nobody has a clue in "The Day After" was spine-tingling. I remember when my grammar school offered counseling to anybody that had watched it. Scary.
post #50 of 3245
Kids in a school bus. Gee I wonder who came up with that original idea.
post #51 of 3245
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Originally Posted by Jolard View Post

I am interested in what happened, what was Skeet doing for the last 5 years, and who the hell is the St Luis Cop.

A more interesting question is how much was his parking garage toll having been parked there for five years.
post #52 of 3245
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Originally Posted by darthrsg View Post

You guys are going too deep. I really hope we get 'Mad Max Beyond Kansas'. I really liked the first ep.

I saw nothing "Mad max" about the first episode at all. Silly melodrama, three year old pop music, and a bunch of one-dimensional characters so far.

Let's hope it gets better, but it's not off to a great start.
post #53 of 3245
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Originally Posted by posg View Post

A more interesting question is how much was his parking garage toll having been parked there for five years.

I thought the same thing! Maybe as the son of a small town mayor in a neighboring state he got free parking
post #54 of 3245
The "St Louis cop"? My money's on him being one of the escaped prisoners from the bus.

I'm not sure about this show, it will be interesting to see how they handle the radioactive fallout issue, or if they even handle it at all. They're going to run out of food very fast...small towns generally don't have their own fuel-burning power plants do they?...which is what they would have to have if their going to have the power back on...I don't know, depending on how they portray these issues and others will be a big factor for me in whether I continue to watch or not. IOW, if they send a team into Denver to get food, then that would be a jump the shark moment.
post #55 of 3245
From Marc Berman's Thursday, September 21, 2006, Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com )
Primetime Ratings For Wednesday, September 20th

the big surprise in the time period was the unexpected sampling for the debut of CBS drama Jericho. Jericho finished a solid second with a 7.7/12 in the overnights, 11.40 million viewers and a 3.2/10 among adults 18-49. Comparably, the year-ago season-premieres of former occupants Still Standing and Yes, Dear averaged a considerably softer 5.1/ 8 in the overnights, 7.05 million viewers and a 2.4/ 7 among adults 18-49 (on Wednesday, Sept, 21, 2005). But will viewers be back for week two of Jericho?...

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
post #56 of 3245
I was really bummed when Invasion was not renewed for a second season as having Lost and Invasion accounting for nearly all my non-sports related TV watching on the same night really made it an evening to look forward to.

I was hoping that Jericho could take the place of Invasion on Wednesdays and while it has potential, I don't think it will ever be what Invasion was. As others have said, the phone message scene was chilling and seeing a mushroom cloud is always fun on TV, but other than that it was pretty bland. I'm not liking the developing B-plot of the prisoners' escape either....seems like useless filler.

I've watched enough slow starting TV shows to have learned to give the show plenty of time to prove itself so I'll keep watching, albeit with less enthusiasm than I had after seeing the previews.
post #57 of 3245
can someone please tell me the artist or the name of the song at the end of the show where the girl got out of the car and saw all those birds on the ground? I love that song the only other time i heard it was during an hbo commercial for the sopranos last spring .
post #58 of 3245
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Originally Posted by VideoJames View Post

I can almost buy the premise of the town being unable to communicate, except they didn't show a single person attempting to use the internet. There would be at least the telephone and cable company service, and possibly satellite and Wifi type services. Not even Blackberry or pager services?

Years ago it was claimed that the design of the internet was so robust, it could survive a nuclear war. Sure doesn't seem like the case in Jericho.

Monday near me a tree fell across an overhead fiber optic line and cut off all 911, DSL, and most cell phone access on the Olympic Peninsula (about 80,000 people spread out over hundreds of square miles) for hours.

It could happen.
post #59 of 3245
Didn't care for it at all. Whereas Lost is very compelling, this was a yawner. And I find nothing interesting about the characters and/or the actors playing them.
post #60 of 3245
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Originally Posted by posg View Post

The most ridiculous part of the show is it's depiction of the people who live in small towns in western Kansas.

They don't look, act, or think like anybody on this show.

Well the network does want people to actually watch the show - they can't make it too dul... lol
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