'Jericho': All Politics Is Loco
No gunfire or big 'splosions in last night's episode of "Jericho" -- for a change. Nope, the CBS series struck a political chord with all its talk of Constitutional Conventions and historical revisionism -- as well as veiled references to the Patriot Act.
The president of the Allied States of America, who looks all of 13, came to town -- the emptiest of empty suits. ("Jericho" writers making a political statement about current events? Discuss amongst yourselves.) The Prez and that scary Cheyenne government look to be on the brink of Totalitarianism. They just need Texas to go their way, which seems mighty likely.
It's going to be one scary, Orwellian future judging by what they want to do to those history books. Emily, the hottest high school teacher in Kansas, and Eric, the new acting mayor, look to be particularly concerned that those books will now imply that the downfall of America began right after World War II.
Thin-skinned Mayor Anderson seemed less concerned about that interpretation of history but he promised to bring it up at the Cheyenne-mandated Constitutional Convention. Yeah-sure.
Stanley continues to be an idiot, telling Mimi he's worried about the highfalutin' guests she might bring to their wedding. Oh, wait. All of Mimi's friends and family are dead. It took sister Bonnie (good to see her back) to remind him of that unpleasant little fact.
Oh, that Stanley. Of course Mimi couldn't stay mad at him and he gets a big kiss at the end.
Hawkins continues to remain super intense -- does the man ever smile? -- as he works with Chavez to bring down the rogue Cheyenne government. Jake is now also in on the plan and he thought that the drunk Modesto Bee reporter might be able to help. Ha!
Things were looking upbeat toward show's end as Chavez, with an assist from Jake, murdered his way out of permanent detention and now looks to be the one to deliver the nuclear bomb (or, the smoking gun) to someone, anyone, in Texas who might be able to implicate the Cheyenne government.
But in typical "Jericho" fashion, things end on a sour note when those nasty boys from Ravenwood reared their ugly heads. Even the cool, in-charge Major Beck can't stop those bad boys.
-- JOHN MAYNARD
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