Jericho (2007) - The Second Season

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Mystery
Paramount || NR - 347 minutes - $39.99 || June 17, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Stephen Chbosky & Josh Schaer & Jonathan E. Steinberg (creators)
Cast: Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Ashley Scott, Kenneth Mitchell, Brad Beyer, Alicia Coppola


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentary
  • Nut Job
  • Rebuilding Jericho
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“Jericho”: the show that was raised from the dead only to be canceled after its 7 episode Second Season.

Even if you have never seen an episode of “Jericho”, you probably heard the tale of the shows cancellation. When the show first premiered, it garnered decent ratings but slowly each week the ratings dropped a few more point and then CBS decided to put the show on an almost 3 month hiatus halfway through its run. When the show finally came back, the town BBQ and picnics were long gone in favor of much darker stories and characters.

While I thought the show got better... the ratings continued to decline and CBS outright canceled “Jericho”. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle when fans of the show banded together to bombard the network with phone calls, e-mails, and, well, Nuts (yes, REAL nuts). CBS saw some hope and brought back Jericho for a 7 episode Second Season to give fans some closure from the cliffhanger and hope that all that enthusiasm would bring in more fans to show and increase ratings. Well, long story short, that did not happen. Ratings continued to decline and the show was once again canceled, this time for good.

Season 2 of “Jericho” picks up minutes after the Season Finale ends. The Military has now stepped in and the war between the two towns is over. Both Phil Constantino (Timothy Omundson) and Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) come to an agreement (forced by the Military) to leave each other alone.

We are introduced to a few new characters, the most prevalent one being Major Edward Beck (Esai Morales) who plays an important role this season. Beck, now in control of Jericho, makes Jake the Sheriff of Jericho due to his leadership skills he has shown us before.

The final 7 episodes of the Series are absolutely wonderful. Almost all the loose ends have been tied up, and we are given some hope of a future for the show (whether it be a Third Season on some other network or a comic book series). The writing is spot-on and the actors appear to give it their all, maybe because they know this is the end.

There are a few minor problems with Season 2, but they can be overlooked because the show essentially has 7 episodes to wrap everything up possible and leave us with a fitting conclusion. One of the issues is that the creators of the show felt the need to go after the 18 - 35 ratings demographic and nixed all the characters below 18 or above 40. Gone are Dale (Erik Knudsen) and his girlfriend Skylar (Candance Baily) as well as Mayor Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston) and momma Green (Pamela Reed). While these characters do show up for an episode or two, they are pretty much written off the show in favor of the core cast of characters.

The only other issue I have is that Emily (Ashley Scott) and Heather (Sprague Grayden) serve no purpose. While they were important in first Season, in the Second they are side-lined in favor of solving the shows mystery. By doing this I truly believe they knew these were going to be the final episodes of the series and wanted fans to have a fitting conclusion to the show and not focus on the love triangle between them and Jake. Kudos for that, but it would have been nice for Emily to have a few more speaking parts.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Executive Producers Dan Shots and Jon Steinberg on 5 select episodes - If you are a fan of Jericho, these are a must listen. They answer a lot of questions regarding the series, CBS, and discuss the episodes various behind the scenes antics. Recommended Listens!

Nut Job (9:46) - Shows how far the fans went to get the show back for another (albeit short) season. It’s wonderful that this happened, but due to Jericho now being officially canceled (again), it’s going to be tough for other hit shows with a huge fan bases (See "Moonlight") to ever be taken seriously again.

Rebuilding Jericho (25:55) - A fairly long documentary that goes into why and how the show was canceled and the struggles to get Season 2 going. Recommended Watch!

Deleted Scenes ( ~11 Minutes) - CBS has provided 3 deleted scenes from various episodes. Nothing spectacular, but still worth a watch. Available with or without commentary.

Alternate Ending (25:11) - Had the show been renewed for a Third season this ending would have aired instead of the one broadcast. I won't ruin it here for you but beware; it’s almost as long as a normal episode! Available with or without commentary. Recommended Watch!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Jericho” is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1. I was fairly impressed with the transfer here by Paramount. While not as nice as the HD Broadcast, it was still a very clear picture and much nicer the SD broadcast versions.

Paramount presents the final Season of “Jericho” in Dolby Digital 5.1. I found this mix to be much better then what I remember it being when the season aired on CBS HD. It appears to be a bit richer and dialog was definitely a lot cleaner.



.::OVERALL::.

Season 2 is a fitting end to “Jericho”. Nearly all the story lines have some sort of conclusion to them and Robert Hawkins (one of TVs best bad asses) finally lets the world know exactly what happened on that faithful day. While the show was not an answer to ABC's “Lost”, it still was a great drama that could have lasted a few more seasons had the ratings been decent.

Please keep in mind if you have yet to purchase Season One of “Jericho”, Paramount has a special bundle available of both Season One and Two together with a few additional special features.