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Jericho – The First Season (DVD-Video)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+

 

 

Even before its DVD release, fans of the CBS series Jericho were so unhappy that the show was being axed that they mounted a campaign to save the show and it worked.  So instead of the new 6-DVD/22 episode series being a “complete series” set as it was actually originally announced, it is simply Jericho – The First Season.  The story involves the town of Jericho who suddenly is thrown into crisis when they see a nuclear bomb go off and are cut off from the rest of the world with no idea on what is going on.

 

But could there be no nuclear disaster, but instead a test by certain powerful forces to make this some bizarre, sick experiment?  The results are not unlike the half-hour classic original Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street where the electricity is being played with to manipulate the neighbors and eventually those controlling the switch start turning on each other.  Like that brilliant show (we will not give away its great twist), the real point is an examination of human nature.

 

Besides the horrid “reality TV” that pretends this and never works, Lost was already a hit doing this with a well-written narrative, but the cast is good here (though Gerald McRaney seems out of his element here, making the show seem awkward) and the writing is better than expected.  It may not be as good as Numb3rs, but it is the best show that CBS has come up with since that underrated hit.  Skeet Ulrich leads the cast.

 

Extras include deleted scenes, audio commentary tracks on five episodes and two featurettes: What If? about the nuclear arms race, how it happened and the disasters we have avoided so far & Building Jericho about the making of the series.  Now that the show has a second life, can it get better with a second chance?  Fans and the rest of us will soon know.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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