Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Caught the last episode tonight.

Too bad the series was canceled, it had lots of potential.  Some readers on Instapundit were giving the show shit cause of its apparent leftwing bent, the idea that a Halliburton-like company would nuke a couple of dozen cities and try to make a new country for itself to run.  How was this a surprise?  From the get go I pretty much knew where it was going.  The premise of the show can be summed up as, "9/11 was an inside job."  Strangely this doesn't bother me if for the fact that it was also knocking of Lost.  Lost in Kansas.  That's how it all felt.  And honestly the first season mostly sucked.  When the characters became more aware of how things were outside of their town, then things got loads better.  I was hoping that the scale of the show would have bene worldwide, but that would have left the characters as nothing more then passive observers (which describes most of the first season) and would have sucked.  Making it an internal conspiracy meant that characters could actually do things and influence events.  It gave the show tension and drama.  In other words it made the damn show worth watching.  I'm glad CBS gave it a second chance.  It sucks that the show wasn't a success, but the network giving the show and it's creators the chance to prove themselves was a really cool thing on their part.  Also, it meant that they could give the story something slightly, vaguely resembling closure.

Speaking of which, the series did end relatively well all things considered.  So Ulrich and the black guy finally get the nuke down to Texas (The Independent Republic of Texas!) causing the Texans (I love the fact that we're so central to the plot...fuck you, haters!) to join up with the US government in Columbus, Ohio.  It was established that Texas would be the ultimate kingmaker when they picked a side and the "ending" centers on that fact.  So now it's a new civil war but with Texas fighting on the Union side.  Awesome.  (As for the left-winginess the producers still recognize the need for guns when the mayor of Jericho, while at the Consitutional Convention, laments the fact that they stripped out the second amendment because it makes it easier to stomp over a populace.)

The producers have stated interest in continuing the story in other mediums.  I hope they follow through cause I really want to see how things play out.  Even though it was only seven episodes, this season did a helluva job proving that a show could have a giant story without moving it forward at a snail's pace.

So long, Jericho, it was fun while it lasted.

Though I should start a petition demanding a show about how awesome Texas is.  It's Jericho's fault, they revved up my nationalism.


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