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== JERICHO ==
This goes down as one of the best first season of a TV series I have ever seen. Jericho is an action/drama series that revolves around a group of townsfolk that live in the fictional town of Jericho in Kansas. Jericho is a great show and the fact that the story to the show is very intelligent and intriguing is a bonus in my opinion. I am a real sucker for a TV series with a fascinating story and Jericho features one of the best. It also has a good and solid cast who give great performances throughout the whole season. Jericho is also the type of show where every episode finishes with a cliffhanger. The only real shame about the show was the fact they only made two seasons of the show but they did create a third season but as a six-part comic book series and there are rumors of a third coming to TV so fingers crossed.
=== WHAT IS JERICHO ABOUT? ===
Jericho is about a small town of people who are really friendly and its the type of town where everybody knows everybody. Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) is the main character in the show who actually left Jericho 5 years ago for certain reasons (which you find out later in the series). Jake comes back to his hometown of Jericho where his family, friends and his childhood sweetheart still reside. Jake is coming home to collect an inheritance that his grandfather has left after he passed away. Upon returning there is tension between Jake and his father Mayor Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney) who refuses to give Jake any of the inheritance. All this leads to Jake leaving town again but just as hes driving along a road he notices something that eventually leads him back to Jericho. It turns out that 23 major cities in the United States have been wiped out by nuclear attacks. Now Jake must stand tall and help Jericho because things are about to go from bad to worse.
=== DID YOU ENJOY IT? ===
Enjoy is an understatement because I absolutely loved this season of the show. I did think season two lost its way a little bit but season one was absolutely spot on and couldn't of been much better. Jericho was the type of series that kept me on edge throughout and the type that left me wanting more and more after each episode. I loved the cast of the series as well because it simply worked. The story is probably one of my favourite parts to season one because it had everything and involved lots of different emotions and other bits such as drama, action and even the odd comedy scenes. Also what i enjoyed was that by the end of every episode I was left wanting more and each episode nearly always finished with a cliffhanger. Everything about the show seemed to fit and its one of the best seasons that is easy to follow as well. Like most seasons it did have a few bits that could of been better but Jericho season one is the type of season that doesn't drag on in places and it just seems to get better and better with each episode. Also a good thing about this is that there isn't really another TV series like it and it has tons to offer. Definitely something I really enjoyed and would recommend to almost everyone!
=== CHARACTERS///CAST///PERFORMANCES ===
The cast I feel is actually quite good with the lead role going to a man named Skeet Ulrich who is also one of my favourite actors and has been in many other TV series and starred in many well known movies such as Scream, The Craft and quite a few more. Skeet Ulrich plays as the Jake Green in Jericho and is very solid all the way through the whole series and seems to lead the pack really well. The other cast in the show include Lennie James, Ashley Scott, Kenneth Mitchell, Brad Beyer, Pamela Reed, Gerald McRaney, Michael Gaston and many more. Pretty much all of the cast do a great job with the roles they play and most also suit the role perfectly. All of the characters in this season are very interesting to say the least because, at first you don't know too much about them but in episodes with flashbacks you grow to like them with things they have done in the past. Jake Green as the lead role is the son of Mayor Johnston Green who both fell out with each other a while back and also Jake has a brother who he loves very much and you see their love grow stronger throughout this series. Also Jake has a couple of love interest characters which keep you thinking who will he end up with? If any. A great cast and a great mix of characters with some solid performances.
=== THE PRODUCERS///DIRECTORS ===
Jericho doesn't really have one director or producer mainly because TV series usually have several throughout. The main crew for the first series include the likes of Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky, Carol Barbee and Karim Zreik as producers. To be honest you cant even notice that the series has a completely new director almost every episode because it all just seems to work and fit into place. The writers have done a fantastic job and so has everybody else.
=== SOUNDTRACK AND SPECIAL EFFECTS ===
I will start by saying the soundtrack for this season is absolutely spot on and I loved everything about it. It features some of my all time favourite songs and also features some fantastic artists. Also almost all the tracks used in this season fit the scene they were used in perfectly and definitely made it more enjoyable for me. The whole series features songs from the likes of Snow Patrol, The Killers, Third Eye Blind, Paolo Nutini, Damien Rice, Five for Fighting, Sinéad O'Connor, Muse, Coldplay, David Gray and many more. As you can see there is a wide range of different types of music used in Jericho and I do believe it has one of the best mixtures and is one of the best soundtracks overall to a season of any TV series. Also something this season features more than the second is better special effects. Season two doesn't have too many but that could be because there are only 9 episode to season two where as season one has an astonishing 22. In those 22 you get to witness some breathtaking explosions, car crashes, gun scenes and plenty more action sequences that look absolutely stunning. In my opinion Jericho certainly shines well with both a great soundtrack and some fantastic special effects!
=== HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO SIMILAR TV SERIES?? ===
First thing I have to say is that I haven't seen a TV series at all like this one. Jericho features everything from action to drama and even has you going through all kinds of emotions along with the show. I would have to say the closest TV show that I have watched (out of hundreds) that is a little bit like this is Prison Break and the main reason for that is because its full of surprises, has a fantastic story and usually every episode finishes with a shock. Also each episode is on for around the 43 minute mark and that is probably the only thing it has in common with a lot of other shows. Definitely one of a kind and something I would recommend you to check out.
=== PROS ===
*The story to Jericho is fascinating and something I haven't seen before with a show or movie.
*There are a whopping 22 episodes to season one and each one is around 43 minutes in length.
*The soundtrack is brilliant with a lot of great songs and well known artists.
*Season one features some fantastic action scenes and some stunning special effects basically from episode one all the way to the end of the season.
*Great characters played by a brilliant cast and they all give great performances too.
*There is literally nothing like it. Its unique and something new and very enjoyable.
=== CONS ===
*Some of the episodes might confuse people at some point because at first there are bits that don't make much sense so you have to keep watching to learn it all.
*It slightly losses its way nearer the end of the season but there's nothing majorly bad about it.
*Some of the shocks in the show are very sad especially with one person who cannot be named.
*The season finale could of been a little better. It was good but I expected a little more.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Well Jericho definitely has to go down as one of my all time favourite TV series especially season one because it had everything. Its a massive shame that they cancelled it after season two especially with over 15 million fans of the show. The one thing that always impressed me about season one is the fact that when you think its calming down, something happens to kick up all the action again. Jericho has times where its just drama and that is also something wonderful about the show because the drama part of it is very intense and very fascinating.
I would definitely recommend this season to many people especially if you like the type of disaster/terrorist drama and action series because this kinda springs up with all of that. If you're a sucker for a good storyline then look no further than Jericho because it has it all. This season does have a lot of sad scenes which some viewers may find upsetting but it really is different and absolutely brilliant.
Jericho has a rated 15 certificate and each episode is roughly around 43 minutes long. This is also available on boxset and is retailing on Amazon for around £14.99 which should include postage. Its hard to find in most shops but HMV also have it but for a little bit more. Overall Jericho season one is one of my best ever seasons and I would have to give it a solid 9/10! Simply amazing.
Review also posted on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
This was a programme that I was a big, big fan of whilst it was running and couldn't believe what I heard when I was told it was not going to run for a second season.
The basic plot of the story is that the setting is in the small town of Jericho, in Kansas America, and after a short while of getting into the first episode, and a bit of time taken to introduce the people that are obviously going to be the main characters, we learn that a nuclear bomb has been let off in a major city, not that far away.
After the initial tragedy and the effect it ends up having on the town, ie nuclear fall out (great special effects by the way), the story starts to unfold that there has not just been one bomb let off, but in fact many have gone off all over the country, practically destroying America as we know it.
The town loses all power due to electricity not coming through and all contact with the outside world comes to a stop.
All this causes as much panic and despair as you can imagine and leads us onto some very well thought out story lines. All of the main characters begin to reveal themselves and we are introduced to some back stories that start to add to the misery of what is happening throughout the town.
One character that comes into play is "Hawkins" a guy that has only been in the town for a day or so and as such comes across a bit strange. This character goes on to having more of a role in the tragedy than you may first expect and as time goes on, begins to reveal to us the true horror of what has unfolded within the country, dun, dun, dah!
Jake "Skeet Ulrich" becomes our clear hero of the series right from the word go, but not your usual hero type, he does have a past, one that does cause problems, and one that we do learn of throughout the whole series.
There is a big supporting cast of actors that all contribute to multiple side stories all happening at the same time, some really interesting, and some that just add a bit of humour and bulk to the episodes.
We are also given a look into the real horror that would occur in such a situation too, meaning, when the saying comes into play "everybody out for themselves". This becomes clear when other towns decide that their needs are greater, and to get what they want, attacking and killing is something they won't mind doing.
All in all the whole series has a lot of depth in it's characters and there is plenty of action throughout, we have plot twists, humour, sadness, and even at times at bit of a gore factor.
Unfortunately Jericho was cancelled after the first series, due to it not constantly staying in the top 3 in the US (how annoying is it that when an interesting programme comes along, if it's not about crime or lawyers, it gets scrapped!!!!)
It did however come back for a short, purpose made 7 episode series due to fans bombarding the tv studios, something I contributed to (Yeah) and they did tie up all the loose ends in those episodes (not as well as I would have liked though).
This was a fantastic series that took us on a journey with it's plot and feel, that we don't get enough of within the current shows that keep appearing on out screens. My vote would be to have more like this and less of the typical crimes series we keep having thrust upon us.
Jericho had such a fantastic start, but was never really given the chance to evolve before it was mercilessly cancelled, twice.
The basic premise of the show concerned Jericho, a small mid-western town like many others. However, a nuclear attack is launched upon America from an unknown source and as society starts to disintegrate the townsfolk have to start to work together to survive.
Like most other American shows the quality comes in the characters. Skeet Ulrich plays Jake Green, someone who has come back to the town on the eve of the attack and ends up becoming the hero (and attracts all the town's babes). Lennie James plays Hawkins - a man who seems to know much more than he is letting on about the attacks. Gerald McRaney plays the town's mayor and is a man who tries to hold everything together as the town battles radiation sickness, violence and invasions from neighbouring towns.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jericho and watched all of the first season pretty quickly. It's a bit sickly in some places and lacks the punch of early 80's nuclear films like The Day After and Threads, but it is quality entertainment along the same lines of 24.
Each episode ends on a cliffhanger and makes you want to watch more - on some evenings you can get through several episodes before its time for bed!
If you see a copy of the first season of Jericho available cheaply then its well worth picking up and giving a go, especially if you enjoy American drama or good sci-fi. Its such a shame that the networks cancelled Jericho after the first season due to poor ratings. The fans managed to persuade the networks to allow them a short second season. There are rumours of a film version of the show which I would really be up for - come on guys give us more Jericho!
Jericho is a CBS drama focused on the small fictionnal town of Jericho, Kansas.
A nuclear mushroom cloud appears at the horizon, communication and power are shut down.
What happened? What's going on?
Later, it's discovered that many nuclear bombs exploded in several US cities. The biggest terrorist attack ever is going to change everything, forever.
It's the start of quest for the truth, with several heroes facing the everyday life, trying to survive and to understand what's happening to the United States of America and to the whole world.
Every episode show a bit more of truth, revealing the story of the different characters and posing new fascinating questions.
Who is responsible for the bombs? What's their goal? Why hitting these cities? What are NATO allies doing?
Who is the legitimate US president?
The first season, with 22 episodes of about 42 minutes, was aired in the US from September 20, 2006 to May 9, 2007.
Every episode shows a morse code giving some hints about the storyline.
Here is the list of the 22 episodes of the first season:
03 "Four Horsemen"
04 "Walls of Jericho"
05 "Federal Response"
07 "Long Live the Mayor"
08 "Rogue River"
10 "Red Flag"
11 "Vox Populi"
12 "The Day Before"
13 "Black Jack" ems.
14 "Heart of Winter"
15 "Semper Fidelis"
16 "Winter's End"
17 "One Man's Terrorist"
19 "Casus Belli"
20 "One If by Land"
21 "Coalition of the Willing"
22 "Why We Fight"
Some of the main characters:
Gerald McRaney is Johnston Green, the major.
Kenneth Mitchell is Eric Green, the trusted son of the Major.
Skeet Ulrich is Jake Green, son of the Major, with a criminal past before leaving the town. He came back just before the bombings.
Lennie James is Robert Hawkins, a mysterious man who knows much more than he admits, about the bombings.
Brad Beyer is Stanley Richmond, a young farmer with a great sense of humor.
Alicia Coppola is Mimi Clark, a federal tax inspector sent to investigate on the Richmond's Farm.
Michael Gaston is Gray Anderson, a local politician who wants to become the major of Jericho.
Sprague Grayden is Heather Lisinski, a beautiful young woman with surprising abilties.
Erik Knudsen is Dale Turner, a teenager with some social problems.
Pamela Reed is Gail Green, the wife of the Major.
Ashley Scott is Emily Sullivan, a beautiful blonde girl who had a love story with Jack Green, before he left Jericho.
Shoshannah Stern is Bonnie Richmond, the sister of Stanley.
The executive producers are Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky and Carol Barbee.
The second season:
At the end of the first season, CBS decided to cancel the show, for unclear reasons. Following an huge campaign of the fans, CBS changed their mind, allowing a second season. The second season will be aired in 2008, with 7 new episodes.
This post-apocalyptic drama has a great cast and a wonderul storyline. The fellow fans contributed to build an incredible mithology related to the show, so that you can litterally spend weeks reading all the comments and discussions they created.
Jericho official website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho/
Jericho official wiki:
Jericho official discussion board:
Jericho official blog:
Countdown: 22 short videos about Hawkins activities before the bombings.
Interviews and messages from the cast and the production:
After a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks destroys most of America, residents of a small Kansas town must come to terms with a new and very different reality.