When we last left the fine citizens of Jericho, Kansas they were in the middle of a war started by the neighboring town of New Bern, whose Sheriff/Mayor/Dictator decided that he wanted the farms, salt mine, and other material resources that Jericho had access to. Speaking of which, for a small town in the middle of nowhere, Jericho sure has access to a lot of critical resources.
That final episode unknowingly gave birth to the movement that brought the series back from the dead when Jake Green, responding to a demand to surrender, quoted General Anthony McAuliffe, encircled by the German Army in Bastogne in 1945 — “Nuts.” As what we all thought would be the first and final season of Jericho ended, both armies paused as helicopters from a mysterious new government flew overhead.
Frankly, I never thought it would work, but a fan-based movement, complete with nuts sent to CBS headquarters, began and Jericho was given a seven episode reprieve that started Tuesday night.
First of all, if you missed the episode, you can watch it here for free. Otherwise, be warned that spoilers follow.
I liked this episode a lot, mainly because it did something that was only done in bits and pieces during the first season; it answered questions about what’s happening in the outside world.
The attacks that we saw when the series began ended up killing more than 15 million American and shattered the Federal Government completely. In it’s place, and taking holding in Jericho, is something calling itself the Allied States of America, based in Cheyenne, Wyoming and controlling nearly all North America west of the Mississippi. Controlling most of the East is a nation based out of Columbus, Ohio (incidentally the city that Robert Hawkins was supposed to destroy with the bomb he stole). And, in the middle, controlling a lot of oil and not taking sides yet, is the Republic of Texas.
Left unanswered, and possibly at the heart of the conspiracy behind the attacks, is the question of who controls the Columbus government and whether they might be the rightful successor to the President who was killed when Washington was attacked.
The ASA, it seems, is led by the former Junior Senator from Wyoming who, apparently, was not in Washington on the day of the attacks and has taken control of a new nation that seems to have a wide variety of military equipment and infrastructure at it’s disposal. We also learn that the missiles we saw launch early in Season One were sent to, and effectively destroyed, North Korea and Iran, whom Cheyenne claims to have been behind the attacks.
The best parts of the episode ? Jake Green dealing with his father’s death during the New Bern War and putting behind the need to exact revenge. Hawkins meeting up with Chavez, who was involved with him in the effort to stop the attacks and has infiltrated the Cheyenne military (how long will it be before Hawkins, Jake, and Chavez are working together ?).
The worst part ? Anything dealing with Stanley and Mimi and their stupid romance.
On the whole though, it was a pretty good episode and a great setup for a shortened season that, hopefully, will answer old questions and raise new ones.
Four stars out of Five
- What involvement did the ASA President have in the conspiracy behind the attacks ?
- Even after a devastating nuclear war, how did a junior Senator from Wyoming get access to the launch codes for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles ?
- Who was responsible for the Electromagnetic Pulse that wiped out electricity ?
- Who’s in charge in Columbus and what role did they have in the Federal Government ?