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On a lighter note - the Apocalypse
Posted Feb 19, 2008 - 13:13:33

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JerichoSo, today is the Wisconsin Primary. As noted in this month's News of the World, the Democratic race is pretty tight, and this is the last big one until Texas and Ohio. I'm an Obama supporter, so, I'm paying attention to this closely...

...but as it is ongoing I have absolutely nothing new to write about it that I haven't talked about before. So, I'm going to talk about my latest favorite distraction instead: Jericho.

I would like to start out by saying "How the heck did I not catch this show when the first season aired?" I mean, I had heard of it... but only after it got cancelled. The reason? It's on CBS. No one my age watches CBS beyond CSI spinoffs. But, when I found out that it had got renewed after a massive fan campaign (and you know I'm a sucker for those) and Season had started... well, I had to get up to speed.

So, this weekend, Crysta and I watched the entirety of Jericho season 1, the first episode of season 2 which had aired...

...and episodes 2 and 3 of season 2 which hadn't aired yet...

...thanks to their being leaked on the internet...

Needless to say, I'm hooked. I'm so hooked I'm going to hook the members of OA on it too.

For those of you who don't know what it's about, Jericho tells the tale of a small town in Kansas (called Jericho - duh) that manages to survive a nuclear apocalypse.

First off, I've always been a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction. The idea of communities forming to survive the deconstruction of modern society has always fascinated me -- and Jericho takes an interesting spin on the genre. The town is already a community, so it's not about a new one forming (as you often see) but instead how this community survives and adapts to what's happened. What they leave behind, and what they hold onto redefining who they are...

...okay, so that sounded really boring.

But it isn't. What Jericho does well is hook you in. Crysta and I didn't intend to brainspike Jericho, it just happened because neither one of us wanted to stop watching it. The show makes you want to know what happens next. While the first season is slow, what it does do is make you care about all of the characters.

The second season pairs down the cast a bit, sometimes due to plot and in other cases just due to the consequence of the show having halted and restarted production so dramatically. But you now care for the character who is no longer a part of the main story when they are in jeopardy -- they mean something to th viewer even if they are rarely on screen. A line of dialogue can acknowledge an emotional shift for the long time viewer.

God, I get so hyper analytical about this stuff, it's scary. I think it drives Crysta nuts that I can't just watch something or listen to a piece of music without coming up with ten things to say about it, analyzing it, and then comparing it to other pieces of the genre. And then, if I've come up with negative stuff but it's something I enjoyed, I have to explain that I actually did like it.

Why she puts up with it, I'm not exactly sure. But she does, and I'm thankful for that.
- Traegorn

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I watched Jericho when it first started, but abandoned it when they had an entire episode about horse thieves.
Seriously - watch the rest (CBS.com has all of the episodes)

It's worth it.  Season 2 has paired down the cast so it's going to move much faster too.

...and that episode had a lot more in it than horse thieves... :P
Looks like Obama won relatively convincingly with a 58% to 41% majority. He even recieved more votes then the entire republican side cast. Hopefully the momentum he's getting from WI and HI will carry him into Ohio and Texas and do well in both states.




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