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“Jericho” & The End of The World

Perhaps the best way to describe last night’s debut of the CBS series “Jericho” is that it is something like “Lost” meets “Left Behind.” The show borrows storytelling devices from both, but with only moderate success.

Last night’s pilot introduced us to the tiny, old-fashioned fictional town of Jericho, Kansas. But before we can become too attached to Jake Green, a prodigal son returning home for a brief visit after a mysterious absence, disaster strikes. A mushroom cloud is seen in the West–supposedly over Denver–and word of some kind of explosion in Atlanta is also heard of over the airwaves. Jericho then loses all contact with the outside world.

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Chaos ensues, as word of the explosion spreads. Soon, townsfolk turn on each other, while Jake is reluctantly turned into a hero for saving children on a stranded school bus. By the end of the episode, the folks of Jericho feel an eerie sense of helplessness over their future survival.

The problem with “Jericho” so far is that the science fiction element is not as strong as it is in a show like “Lost” or “The X Files,” but it also doesn’t have enough of a spiritual angle to snag an audience thirsty for an apocalyptic adventure. My guess is “Jericho” may vanish from primetime before anyone–including viewers–realizes the citizens of Jericho, Kansas, are still alive.

  • http://www.mentaldribble.com Robert

    Guess you were wrong with your prediction of Jerichos cancelation. It was picked up for a full season and is doing well in its time slot. I think the story line is excellent, its realistic, not over the top, and acted well (for the most part). I think it has an excellent chance of lasting 4 or 5 seasons. The really interesting part here is that the story MUST progress, its not like so many other shows where a new story can be told without connections to the past in each episode, this one will be building and growing and developing. My favorite show thus far.>

  • Melic Ric

    This show is so poorly done in respect to geography whoever wrote it should be sent back to 4th grade.>

  • Mike Contans

    Good show so far keeps you on the seat of your pants. Just FYI its a TV show. Fiction. The landscape doesnt have to be the same as any town. Good show. good actors and good website to back it up. So far so good. Tho the mushroom cloud could be any device. Maybe not nuclear. Its good to confuse folks. Most take TV too serious and want it to be real all the time. Wait till Native Time Warriors.>

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