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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Town of 'Jericho' is No More

Though it was a mere formality, CBS announced yesterday that Jericho is no longer.

The series, which was rescued from its first cancellation after an outpouring of support from some nutty fans, couldn't manage to capitalize on its reprieve, averaging over 25% less viewers than season one. This time 'round, however, fans will get a proper send off as the producers shot an alternate ending against the possibility Jericho would not return for a third season.

Personally, so long as the series finale provides closure, I'm okay with putting Jericho out to pasture. Despite the limitless potential, this season has been terribly executed.

Rather than subtly examining a government and town trying to rebuild from the ashes, the series disintegrated into a soap opera lacking any semblance of reality. Geotz and Ravenwood were so over the top and exaggerated they rendered the concept of corporate influence within a provisional government laughable.

However many tough choices Beck could have been faced with, dealing with Ravenwood was not one of them. And with that absence of moral ambiguity, Beck's struggle was nothing more than a heavy-handed approach to showing the struggles of war.

But perhaps most crippling was the absence of Gerald McRaney. Though I had always suspected as much, Jake's performance as leading man proved that the town of Jericho really couldn't survive without Johnston Green.

Skeet Ulrich never exactly hit it out of the park as Jake, but by sharing so many scenes with Lennie James (Hawkins) and McRaney, the damage was minimal. Well, with Hawkins off dealing with the bomb and Mayor Green six feet under, season two saw Jake forced into a spotlight he was ill-equipped to handle. The results were crippling to say the least.

Truthfully, I always enjoyed Jericho and while I could never stand the romantic subplots and knew it could be doing more, McRaney and James ensured it was never in any danger of getting knocked off the TiVo. But with McRaney gone and James' role less than it should be, I can't help but feel it's about time to say goodbye to Jericho.

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Anonymous said...

This was a great show. RIP.

Anonymous said...

I missed Gerald McRaney terribly, but I also thought that Skeet Ulrich did a great job.
I am sorry to see the show go.


Save Jericho said...

Best show on TV and it gets canned twice. CBS sucks.

Anonymous said...

I can see why someone might think this season dipped in quality, but it's not all that different from last year.

Sure McRaney is gone and that's a big blow but other than that I thought this season was a lot better without all the romantic storylines.

I hate CBS said...

CBS wouldn't know good television if it hit them in the NUTS!

Greg said...

I agree. The show has definitely gone downhill this season.

Rebecca said...

I agree with anonymous. Without all the romantic storylines it's much better this season. I'm going to be sad to see it gone.

Anonymous said...

This is a really bad shame. Despite all its flaws it was still one of the best shows on television. Even at its worst it was better than the procedural crap they have on CBS.

Joyce said...

I agree with the general sentiment. It wasn't perfect but it's a shame to see it go.


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