Sunday, October 29, 2006
Have I mentioned before my love of end of the world books? So it's no surprise that I've started watching Jericho. In a nutshell, Jericho is set a few years in the future. Jake (Skeet Ulrich) has returned to his small Kansas hometown of Jericho after a five year absence; he was only supposed to stay a couple of days, but on his way out of town their was a mushroom cloud in the distance.
Is it an accident? It appears that other US towns have also been hit (Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego). Terrorism? An attack? The folks in Jericho have no way of knowing; and they are struggling for answers, trying to figure out what to do next.
I love this stuff. Yep, I'm sure that people who know more about this stuff can tell me a thousand different details about what's scientifically wrong with the show. And there are a few other quibbles. But right now, I like the townsfolk trying to figure out answers, trying to hold off anarchy, wondering what to do next. In a crisis like this, at what point is money going to no longer matter? Can democracy continue? Is it OK to eat the corn that was caught out in radioactive rain? And who owns that corn, anyway? Sure, they have guns, but what about when the bullets run out?
I also like how this type of World Ending Disaster turns everything topsy turvy. Jake had been the world class screw up; but with the WED, he's become the golden boy. It's like he's the McGuyver of the Apocalypse; and all those talents that meant nothing in the Normal World mean everything now.
If you want to catch up on the action (and Skeet Ulrich, who is easy on the eyes), past episodes are available on the CBS website.