Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thanks to 'subtle' prodding by Kevin, I decided to give this show a look-see. Wow. I soured on TV shows a couple of years ago and cut off cable (meaning in my area I get no TV at all) because I was tired of paying so much money for crap. I cannot say enough just how much I do not care about "American Idol", "America's Top Model" and other 'reality' shite that has flooded television in recent years and passes for 'entertainment' nowadays. Yet occasionally a show comes along that does interest me and when I discover them it is like savoring a fine wine. Since cutting off TV, I've downloaded programs from iTunes that I enjoy, mostly Battlestar Galactica (another excellent series) and the occasional History Channel show, along with watching DVDs from Netflix. I have to say though that Jericho is one of the best shows I've seen on television in a long time. I downloaded Season 1 from iTunes the other night and had a marathon of sorts, watching every available episode from the pilot on through those I found from Season 2. The writing, acting and even the special effects (a-bomb explosions, etc.) are extremely well-done especially for TV. I just cannot understand why it has such low ratings. Perhaps it hits too close to home for many after 9/11. I know that it was chilling for me to see video clips of the people running away from the dust cloud in NYC used in an earlier episode. Nevertheless, if you haven't seen this show I highly recommend it!
One more thing, the cast. They did a fantastic job in assembling this cast. It was good to see Gerald McRaney (Johnston Green) again. He has played many roles over the years I've liked and he also reminds me a bit of my father. Pamela Reed (Gail Green) is a treat to see starring in this, she stole theshow IMO in the 1990 comedy Kindergarten Cop. Alicia Coppola (Mimi Clark) has brought a lot of amusement to the show as the "Big City Girl" stuck in a farm town after the nuclear holocaust. The above quiz says that I am supposedly more like the character Stanley Richmond (played by Brad Beyer), which is probably more accurate than not in basic personality traits though not interests, but my favorite by far is Skeet Ulrich (Jake Green):
I've never heard of him before watching this show. He is definitely a hottie and is quite good in the role he plays! I hope we see more of him in other shows soon.