Sunday, October 15, 2006

A critique of Jericho TV show

I don't watch much TV, but my latest favorite show is Jericho (it used to be The Apprentice, but it got old, like a lot of "reality" shows get). To refresh you, its about the residents of a small town in Kansas after an apparant nuclear war is started.

However, I am finding some holes in the plot:
  1. Eric Green, the mayor's son, is cheating on his doctor wife with the local bar owner (gratuitous adultery sex scene at 7:30 PM for ya, Gavin). If in the event of a nuclear war, next to the gun store owner, I'd want to be as close as possible to a doctor. Just a little thing.
  2. When a group leaves to go find contact with the outside world, what do they drive? The biggest pickups and SUVs that suck gas like tomorrow. I'd think it would be difficult to get gas at the Kum N Go in a post-apocalyptic world, and driving a Hummer H2 would be bad idea.
  3. The rich girl, whose parents are probably dead, decides to throw a party 4 days after the blasts. Wonder if they were playing REM's "Its The End Of The World As We Know It"?
  4. The grocery store runs out of food after a run. The owner says her next shipment was due on the next train. Now, I don't think of Union Pacific and "just in time" delivery in the same sentence, and therefore, hauling perishable goods on train might not be a good idea. Maybe the writers should have considered that even though they are in the middle of Kansas, semi trucks can reach it in less than a day?

Anyway, just a few issues. It should be interesting to see if the writing picks up or we'll see more plot holes big enough to drive a grocery supply train through.


Blogger noneed4thneed said...

If the Liberal Elites and Hollywood are putting raunchy sex on TV during primetime then turn the channel.

10:09 PM, October 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a list of radiological and other technical holes in that show you could not only drive a hummer but a train through. But then again I'm the kind of guy you can't take to the movies because I'm always pointing out "that magazine hols 30 rounds and he just fired at least 400 times now." or "how many times is he going to rack that shotgun slide for dramatic effect without a shell ejecting?" or "for the love of pete grenades don't blow up like that!"

1:05 AM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger bgunzy said...

NoNeed, I want to watch a show about nuclear armageddon that doesn't involve a subplot of adulteress sex. There's "no need" to have the sex in there, but some Hollywood writer thought it would "spice" things up. Even if they wanted to depict the affair with the couple talking to each other privately, I can understand that. But blatantly showing them getting it on in bed at 7:30, during "family time", is wrong.

The major networks are regulated by the FCC; the people own the airwaves over which CBS, ABC, and NBC broadcast. This might imply that the FCC, and the government in general, endorses adultery? It would probably make Mark Foley a happy boy. (wrong choice of words...or was it?)

7:37 AM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Anonymous - I was the same way when I saw "Twister" 10 years ago.

- Who the heck grows sunflowers in Iowa?

- That combine dropping out of the sky "just ain't right".

I lived in Ames when they were filming the movie.

7:45 AM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger IrishWalsh said...

I watched half of it this week. It looked corny to me.

However to be fair the only network TV shows left that I can watch are ER, and Extreme Home Makeover. Other than those I NEVER, and I mean NEVER turn on the networks.

9:48 AM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Dorf said...

Have not watched it yet, but it kinda comes off as LOST clone?

As to the sex stuff.. yeah, it probably doesn't belong on network TV at 7:30, but if they are going to do it, they should put up a disclaimer before the show starts, and between that commercial and that scene.

It's easy to say, "If you don't like it, turn the channel." I've said that before too, but it can be kinda a lame thing to say. Let me explain.

If it is a show that you know is not meant for kids. (NYPD Blue for example.) Then yeah, if you don't like that they show a little butt, or drop the 's' word once a show, don't watch. That's totally cool.

Now, if it is a show that is maybe targeting a family (Like I've said, I've never seen it so I don't know their target audience.) Then dropping a sex scene in there isn't a good idea without warning. IMHO

All I'm really saying, is if you warn the peeps about what is going to be on the show beforehand, then they can decide if they want to watch. (I hope that all made sense.)


10:19 AM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Exactly - I'm not saying you can't have a show like NYPD Blue, just don't show it at 7 PM. I guess the ratings guide (TV14, L, etc) is too vauge for me.

I remember about 20 years ago when KCBR Ch 17 (before it became KDSM) got started. They must have really been needing ad income, because they were running Budweiser commercials between cartoons after school.

7:45 PM, October 17, 2006  
Anonymous Dorf said...

Yeah, it ain't cool to run beer ads during kid shows.

11:56 PM, October 17, 2006  

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