Season 1 was the highlight of 'Jericho'
Jericho is a small average Kansas town and it's an average day. Jake Green returns home to his unwelcoming family, only the pet dog is glad to see him. Shame the pet dog is never seen or mentioned again after this ep. The Green family drama takes a backseat when the townsfolk see a mushroom cloud in the distance. As they try to figure out what is going on, poor unloved trailer trash Dale plays an answerphone message of his mother dying in an attack in another city. That scene with Dale was fantastic. This ep was good with so much potential. The only drags on this ep was the dumb escaped convicts subplot. Also the town nutcase thinks the attack was caused by aliens, he was never seen again after this ep.
With the threat of radiation poisoning looming, Jake races to move the townspeople to safety. Meanwhile Hawkins goes into survivalist mode and the escaped convicts subplot is wrapped up. This was okay but the ongoing and dragged out conspiracy plot with Hawkins was a mistake. They should have concentrated on survival and left the attacks a mystery.
An tv broadcast shows the extent of the attacks, so Jake suggests having search parties go out to get a better understanding what is going on outside of Jericho. This was fantastic especially Jake finding the two planes that landed on the highway. One of this show's mysteries that was never answered was: what became of the passengers? Also the talk of tank columns and F16s are wonderful suggestions as to what is going on outside town. Also Gracie is angry that people are thankless, Hawkins acts creepily and no-one wonders where Jake learned all his skills.
The Walls Of Jericho
A man with radiation burns stumbles into town. Jake solves the generator problem and leads a posse to find survivors from Denver. One quest works out, one doesn't. This was okay but the changed reality hasn't set in yet. People are still in the bar drinking and watching tv and the snotty town teenagers are partying. Also Dale takes his first steps into evil mastermind territory. Plus Jake takes a gratuitous shower mainly to show off his dog tags. But after the revelation in season 2 one wonders, why Jake would wear Ravenwood dog tags?
The power comes back on and the town nearly burns down as a result. While looking around his burned out house Eric learns his wife April was planning to divorce him. He's angry about this despite the fact he is cheating on her with barmaid Mary. Hawkins sits in his backyard with a huge satellite dish, Jake tells Mimi how he beat up the prom king and Jake offers to tell his dad what he was up to for his lost five years. Johnston Green doesn't want to know, no doubt he fears stories of jail, adult movies and meth dealing. But then everyone is shocked into silence by an ominous final visual. This was good, the final scene was creepy.
An EMP plunges the town into darkness. It seems the power is out, forever. As a result there are snotty teenagers playing baseball with phones, horse rustling, Stanley fearing his farm may be collectivised and a nearby band of survivalists want to do some looting. Jake hung out with the survivalists in his bad boy days. The town jail with its one jail cell still bears scars from a time Jake was locked up in it. Once upon a time Jake was locked up and hung out with survivalists into burglary and killing people, Johnston and Gail need to grade their own parent papers. This was okay leaving aside the cheesy harvesting scene.
Long Live The Mayor
Gray Anderson returns to town (he left to explore in 'Four Horsemen') and has terrible accounts of what is going on outside Jericho. With Johnston ill, Gray leverages his exploring hero status into being able to wield power in town. Also it is revealed that the survivalist leader Jonah is the father of Emily (Ashley Scott of 'Walking Tall' and 'Birds of Prey') who is Jake's ex-girlfriend. Oh and Jake may have caused the death of her brother. This was okay leaving aside Dale hooking up with mean girl Skyler.
Jake and Eric head out of Jericho to the nearby town of Rogue River to medicine for their father. In the desolate town they encounter a mercenary group named Ravenwood. Jake claims to have been a contractor in Iraq and Hawkins claims to be an FBI agent. Both are lying liars who lie. This was good. Eric thinks Jake was in jail and is stunned to hear the Iraq story. Also April reveals she is pregnant, there are reports of a tent city that nobody ever investigated and a new cast member debuts: Doctor Dhuwalia who was left in Rogue River by FEMA.