Jericho Season 2 premiere (slight spoilers)

January 31, 2008 at 5:24 am 3 comments

(ignore the July 6 date, the new season starts February 12)

When we last left the citizens of Jericho, Kansas, they were embroiled in an armed dispute with the neighboring town of New Bern. Actually, ‘armed dispute’ is a bit of an understatement; Jericho and New Bern were basically at war. New Bern, led by Sheriff Constantino, wanted Jericho’s farms and salt mine. Jericho, on the other hand, was dependent on New Bern for their factory and windmills.

Season 1 ended with the Green boys leading the defense of Stanley Richmond’s farm, which lies on the outskirts of Jericho, but is one of the largest farms in the township and a prime target for New Bern’s militia. Meanwhile, the mysterious Robert Hawkins borrowed Jericho’s tank to go stop a train everyone assumed was being used to supply New Bern’s offensive. And miles away, Heather, presumed dead by the rest of the characters, ended up with an Army unit moving through the area, attempting to bring the region under control. Heather is able to convince the commanding officer that the Army needs to intervene in the New Bern War (as the conflict is eventually called) and wrest control of the area from local militias.

Season 2 opens a month after the Season 1 finale. The Army has moved in and life ‘before the bombs’ seems to be returning to Jericho. The first half of the episode sheds some light on what really happened to the United States after the nukes went off and who the leadership really is. During Season 1, the characters learned bits and pieces of what is going on beyond their borders, but all of it was hearsay and nothing was confirmed. Apparently, the government fractured and the presidential line of succession was broken, leaving a power vacuum which was eventually filled by John Tomarchio, a young senator who establishes the new federal government in Cheyenne, Wyoming (I believe called the Allied States, or ASA). Unfortunately, not every state agrees with this and the states east of the Mississippi River rally around what’s left of the old government (the United States), now based out of Columbus, Ohio. Everything now rests upon the state of Texas, which has yet to ally herself with either government, but in doing so could tip the balance of power.

For the residents of Jericho, new lives must now be built (hence the name of the episode, “Reconstruction”). Stanley Richmond must once again deal with tax issues relating to his family’s farm, but this time with help from his accountant girlfriend Mimi. Gail Green lives alone now following the events of the previous finale. Emily, now openly in love with Jake Green, tries to console Gail. Speaking of the Green Boys, Jake and Eric are consumed with the belief that New Bern, and especially Constantino, were not punished severely enough for their attempted invasion of Jericho. This hate drives them to begin planning a raid into New Bern to kill Constantino. Hawkins is still putting together the pieces of what really happened when the nukes went off, only now he’s aided by his wife.

The story, as it seems like it’s being set up, will focus more on the far-reaching effects the bombs had on the American way of life. If season 1 was about a town attempting with withstand a new, lawless, Dark Age without electricity, fuel, or food, then season 2 will be about moving on. How does the world continue if the only remaining super power suddenly gets thrown back 150 years? The economy is decimated, the states are divided, the military is fractured. How can things possibly go back to normal, and what will ‘normal’ mean in this new future? Part of what made the first season work so well was how isolated everything felt. The characters were not ‘alone’, they had a whole town to support them (most of the time), but it made you realize how dependent we are on the convenience of things. If you need food, you go to the grocery store. The food doesn’t come from the grocery store, but that’s where you go to get it. What if the farm that the food comes from suddenly vanishes, or no longer sends their crops to the store? Do you grow your own? Do you go to the farm and get it yourself? What about law and order? Do the old laws still apply, or does a new and uncertain future prompt people to make their own laws?

There are some things that I want answered during this new (and almost definitely last) season. Where’s Kenchy, the drunk doctor who showed up in the latter half of season 1? He’s mentioned in the first episode, but not seen. I like Aasif Mandvi (who plays Kenchy); not only is he funny on The Daily Show, but he really showed some acting chops, especially in the episode Winter’s End from season 1. Also, if you look at the uniform of the Army soldiers, there looks like what appears to be the Confederate battle flag sewn below the new ASA flag. If it is the Stars and Bars, then that could make things more interesting from a political standpoint within the show.

(Note: I know episodes 2 and 3 are floating around somewhere, and maybe they explain some of these things. I just haven’t gotten around to watching them yet. )

Thanks to all the fans for the ‘nuts campaign’ that got this show back on the air. I’m glad to see Jericho back, even if CBS only ordered 7 episodes. If they can wrap up the show in that short amount of time, then I guess that’s OK, as long as we get to see what becomes of our favorite small town.

(images from Google)

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gwen  |  January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for helping to spread the word.

    I’ve put a summary and link in our news archive.

    Gwen
    jericho-kansas.com

    Reply
  • 2. littleman00  |  January 31, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Glad I could help. Can’t wait ’till the new season officially starts.

    Reply
  • 3. Steve  |  February 12, 2008 at 12:13 am

    It looks like the 10th Mountain Division’s Patch but with the colors inverted.

    Reply

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