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- Q, Star Trek: TNG

CNN: CBS Picks Up Jericho for a Full Season

by Ken Newquist / November 5, 2006

Jericho, the series about the inhabitants of a Kansas town surviving a nuclear war, has been picked up for a full season by CBS. I find this astounding since I've never seen it, no one I know has ever seen it, and it's generated absolutely no buzz in my various science fiction orbits.

So who's watching this thing? I've got to figure that it's gaining traction with mainstream America, which really makes me curious as to what the show's about. We've been talking about what it'll take for science fiction to regain its popular attraction ... might this series have a clue? Or, despite its highly speculative, end-of-the-world nature, is this show not considered science fiction?

Comments

I've been watching it. It's OK. Definitely geared for the mainstream, since amongst the subject matter we come to expect (surviving a nuclear incident) there's also the typical drama (who is sleeping with whom, who is divorcing whom, who has a checkered past, etc). Also its a very slowly evolving story. Next episode, though, takes the main character into one of the strike zones (or thereabouts) and promises to have lots of action.

IMHO, it really doesn't explore the issue of a town cut off from civilization enough. There isn't really any fallout effects, and the one character you'd expect to die of radiation poisoning (the one stuck out in the rain post-blast) doesn't keel over or look worse for wear. Additionally, some of the setups (female character who had some relationship with the main I-have-a-checkered-past character, finds out a bit too conveniently that her husband may have survived) are resolved in a way that is not too personally satisfying. Nonetheless, its still a decent show, and worth watching if for no other reason than to check it out.

Damon.