I just got done watching all five episodes of the new show _Jericho_ airing on CBS. (They’re streaming them from the “official website”:http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho.) I thought the show looked intriguing from the previews, and so far I’ve not been let down.
From a writing standpoint, they’re doing a great job on three fronts:
1) They’re telling a great story from the perspectives of each of the important characters. It’s hard to care about the outcome of a story if you don’t care about the characters. They’re doing a good job of creating empathy for the folks of Jericho.
2) All the crises that they’ve faced so far have been realistic ones that you would expect to face after a disaster like this. The power outages, food shortages, and fires are all things that could reasonably follow this sort of an event.
3) The pacing on revealing the conspiracy details is excellent. Just one or two little bits with each episode. Just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The jury’s still out for me as to whether or not Hawkins is a good or bad guy. He’s definitely in on a conspiracy. I just can’t decide what side he’s actually one yet. We don’t know enough to make that determination. But the key to the whole show lies with him.
I’ll be curious to see if this show makes it a full season and, if so, how much they resolve by the finale. I’m looking forward to seeing more of what’s to come.