Jericho: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Sep. 2006)

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A small Kansas town struggles with life after a nuclear attack destroys America.



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JERICHO is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of asmall, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated andwondering if they're the only Americans left alive. Fear of the unknown propels Jericho into social, psychological and physical mayhem when all communication and power is shut down. The town starts to come apart at the seams as terror,anger and confusion bring out the very worst in some residents. Jake Green, theprodigal son of the town's mayor, becomes a reluctant hero when a school bus crashes as a result of the explosion. Mayor Johnston Green is conflicted with the return of his estranged son,but is called to action when the town begins to riot. Johnston's wife, Gail, is the strong, savvy first lady of the town who runs interference between her husband and her favorite son. Attempting to usurp the mayor's power is Johnston's political adversary Gray Anderson, who is not above ... Written by Brian Hairston

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Sheriff: [gathering in sheriff's office] Well I figure two teams, there only so many places they can be.
Gray Anderson: Well what about the parents?
[crowd of parents begins to get louder]
Johnston Green: Folks. Folks. Folks!
[crowd dies down]
Johnston Green: Look, I know that every part of you wants to just rush out there. I don't blame you. But as your friend I'm asking you to think about that. You're safe here. What if, god forbid, you go out there and you get stranded and your child comes back an orphan. You know the sheriff and his men, you know ...
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JERICHO: an actor's perspective
11 October 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

During this time when serial melodramas like LOST and 24 reign supreme, JERICHO does an excellent job of competing while carving out it's own niche.

There's a feeling of strong helmsmanship from director/executive producer Jon Turteltaub, who obviously understands that strong relationships are what make a story compelling (if only more studio execs would get that). He avoids pushing the action into wrinkled brows, teary eyes and quivering lips, and instead keeps the drama realistic and understated, something you'd actually expect from real people in that situation. The cast is fairly diverse and depicts a small Kansas town of breathing, thinking, feeling humans, rather than walking clichés.

Gerald McRaney and Pamela Reed bring a lot of class to the show. Gail Green's (Pamela Reed) love, for both her husband and her son Jake (Skeet Ulrich) is palpable and moving. Skeet Ulrich continues to impress after turning out wonderful performances in INTO THE WEST, and the short lived but fascinating supernatural drama, MIRACLES. He deserves the award for "Most Improved" when comparing his present work with his early years.

There were technical problems, music was mixed too loud, and it was obtrusive; Also, some strange camera angles that neither matched nor were flattering to the actors, especially in an early scene in a parking lot between Skeet Ulrich and Ashley Scott, who was less than stellar.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the show, now that we are smoothly over that first bump known as "pilot," which is usually rife with overly expository dialog, and tries too hard to impress. JERICHO impresses without trying.

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