Jericho review – 2×01 Reconstruction

February 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

 Sorry it’s so late. My computer broke down. Comments are always appreciated.

 The recap at the start was kind of lame, but whatever. You know what would have been cool? If he’d just been talking the whole time about all the girls he’d been getting, with the clips to back him up. Shot of him and Heather flirting, then him and Apocalypse Barbie flirting, then him and Maggie flirting. Then hugs, or more flirting for Maggie. More flirty flirty, then come the kisses. Then he can claim that the next footage is not appropriate for CBS. At this point the screen will go black and we will just hear Addison of Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice fame saying “Man whore.” Oh, what? You want me to review the real Jericho, and not the fantasy man whore version? Oh alright, if you insist, just go ahead and ruin my fun. 

‘Kay, so Constantino and Jake got dragged into the principal’s office for having a scrap. Jake tried to go again right in front of everybody, whereas Constantino chose the smarter, sneakier method of lying that Jake started it and he had no choice. Jesus, Jake, use your head a little. However, Principal Beck declares that their fight is over and done with.

 

Jake being dumb seemed to be a theme this episode, what with the sloppy Constantino murder plot. However, Hawkins abstained from said plot, because Hawkins is smart and knows how to kill people and not get caught. So does Dale, come to think of it. Maybe he should have tried to kill Constantino.

 

Jake and Apron: Ewwww. Their first scene was nauseous, their second one was terrible, but at least it was amusing. Snoozebutton tried to bake a cake for Gail. Apparently not the simple kind of cake that kids can make with their mums, because she indicated that loud noises or vibrations would ruin it. Her and Jake then established that she has only ever baked anything once in her life, so long ago that she had actually been a kid at the time, and it caused a fire. Jesus Christ, and she’s trying to cook a complicated recipe? That cake must suck. More likely to burn the house down or give Gail food poisoning than actually taste good. There were a lot of stupid decisions in this episode, but The Drapery takes the biscuit. You thought I was going to say cake, didn’t you? Dream on.

 

I’m going to enjoy writing this bit: Heather is back in Jericho! It was sweeeet. She had a big reunion hug with Jake. He just grabbed her tightly and she laughed but it kinda turned into a sob at the end. Can I give her a hug too? And then she noticed at this guy who’d tried to shoot up the place and been stopped [by our interprid hero Jake] and arrested. From the look she gave him, and the look he gave her back, it’s obvious that she knows him, he doesn’t like her, and she’s kinda scared of him. In her second scene, we found out why.

 

She was sitting at a table at Bailey’s with Mary, just having a burger, and then Major Beck, who is the head of the military presence in J-Town, comes in and asks to talk to her. He implies slightly that he wants Mary to leave, and there’s a little moment I love where Mary looks at Heather like “Are you okay talking to him alone, or do you want me to stay here?” And Heather shrugs all like “I’m uncomfortable with it, but I guess you should go.” Awwww. Can we have them as BFFs instead of Bimbo and Heather? So. Moving on. Beck, who had noticed the look between her and the gunman, asks how she knows him, and she explains that Constantino ordered her to be taken out of town and executed, but the deputy assigned to do so refused to take those kind of orders. Okay, folks, anyone with half a brain who watched Casus Beli and Why We Fight can infer that he let her go instead and pretended he’d killed her. I’ve seen someone saying that she hadn’t explained how she got away from New Bern, but this isn’t rocket science. It’s not very hard. And good for that nameless deputy, BTW. Hope he wasn’t found out or anything. Who knows, maybe he’ll turn up in Jericho someday.

 

Oookay. Now, how does she actually know the shooter? Well, not all the deputies were as brave and righteous as the one she got, and Shooter was “one of the worst.” I swear to god, the way that line was delivered gave me a shiver. I got a sick feeling that he has done truly horrific things, and that Heather has been forced to watch some of them, or quite possibly subjected to some. Which is a really scary thought. That line delivery was awesome, though. This may be Sprague’s finest episode, in fact, as she was awesome in her scenes. There was so much emotion in every line and facial expression. Yay for Sprague!

 

Right. Moving on. So, then Beck wants to know if she thinks Shooter should die for what he did, and she says “I think there’s been enough dying around here lately.” This is a clear contrast with Jake and Eric, that they all have a lot of bad blood with a horrible and vicious person. Jake and Eric want to kill Constantino for revenge, which is understandable if morally wrong and bad for Jericho in the long term. However, Heather is more passive, and she would rather have peace than vengeful bloodshed. Which in turn proves that although her experience in New Bern may have changed her, she’s still undoubtedly Heather at her core.

 

Presumably Beck asked that last question to see if she’s a vengeful person, because vengeful people suck at being liasons. That’s what he’s here for, to ask her to be a liason between New Bern and Jericho. She’s not so enthusiastic about working with the military, because she was just in a place where similar people made life hell. Beck just says that he’d thought she would be able to tell the difference between him and Constantino. Backed into a corner,  the closing shot of Heather’s face indicates that she will take the job, but isn’t happy about it. On the upside, this means that she may be able to get certain people out of New Bern, ones who would be in danger there. Such as Ted or the nameless deputy who let her escape, or maybe even Russell.

 

Major Beck had a lot of characterization in that scene. In the scenes with Jake, he appears as a harsh but well-meaning man who truly wants to help get Jericho back on its feet. In this scene, he carefully manipulates Heather into taking a job where she will have to have extensive contact with New Bern, even though he knows she recently went through something quite traumatic there. It’s true that a liason between the two towns is needed, and apart from the unpleasent memories Heather is a good choice. But it’s not like there wouldn’t be a single other person in town who doesn’t have the whole vendetta thing going on. So he’s willing to use manipulation to do bad things to completely innocent individuals to improve the big picture. It’s a pity him and Hawkins are on opposite sides, they would be great mates.

 

Sorry I blathered on so much about that single scene. But it’s my favourite from that episode, ‘cause Heather’s back, Mary’s being cool, Sprague was motherfucking awesome, and there’s just so many subtle little bits of characterization going on there beneath the surface.

 

Okay, there’s another organization in town, a non-military one. They do stuff like getting the schools working again [‘cause God knows Peroxide Girl couldn’t] helping at the hospital, and repairing the economy.

 

Stimi were adorable, though Stanley, like Jake, was majorly dumb. It was like, seriously man, your girlfriend used to work for the IRS. If your offered a contract to settle your debts to the government, have her look at it before you sign it. But Mimi, because she is awesome, made it all better anyway. Turns out the contract was illegal. Oh, and she got herself a job, too. But most importantly, Mimi proposed! And Stanley said yes, but it was all awkward and she thought he was doing it out of pity! But then he told her he’d been planning to ask her anyway and then he did ask her and everything was better! And Bonnie was missing, which was really annoying! But still, Stimi = Adorable! I am so worried that someone is going to get killed.

 

The one thing I didn’t like this episode was the amount of Beck n’ Jake scenes that amounted to “No! Bad Jake! You do not try to kill Constantino. Bad!” Beck seems cool, and Jake is cool, but we did not need all of those scenes.

 Okay, if I had to rate this episode? B+. Shiny, but not very shiny. There are a lot of times that the first episode of the season, on any given show, will kick ass. But even more common is the first episode of the season sucking ass. So comparing it to other shows, I think Jericho did pretty well.

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1 Comment

  1. Gwen said,

    Thanks for spreading the word about Jericho. I’ve put a summary and link to your recap in our news archive.

    Gwen
    http://www.jericho-kansas.com

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