Thursday, October 26, 2006

More "Jericho" plot holes

While I'm still following the TV show "Jericho", I'm finding more plot holes in it all the time. I think CBS should hire me as their agricultural consultant; even though I'm not from Kansas, I probably have a better understanding of dryland farming there than Hollywood does.

Stanley, the farmer, finds that he's got earworms in his corn that is green and lush. He goes to the local grocery store and asks to purchase the remaining pesticides off the shelf. He later threatens to burn down the infested plants with gasoline. The townpeople show up at the end of the program to help harvest the corn, put them on plastic boxes, and store them in the barn.

Where do I begin?

  1. Unless that corn is under irrigation (no sign of pivots), it wouldn't look that nice in western Kansas.
  2. Asking for "pesticides" will give you a wide range of products, most of which will do nothing for corn earworms. Insecticides would have been a better term.
  3. Obtaining the "pesticides" at a grocery store is highly improbable; who wants to buy food at a place where toxic chemicals are located two shelves down? He should have gone to the coop, but I'm guessing the producers didn't want to hire another actor to play a coop manager.
  4. Instead of firing up his Case 1370 and disc (shown in the background of one scene) to disc under his infested corn crop, he attempts to burn down the GREEN corn with gasoline, something that will A) not do the job, and B) waste a precious resource. The Case should have started, as this model was pre-electronics and the EMP blast would not have affected its ability to run.
  5. No mention if the corn was regular field corn or sweet corn, but the townspeople pick the ears as if they were sweet corn (green husks, tender kernels), put the ears in boxes, and store them in a warm barn where they'll mold and become inedible in a few days. Brilliant.

Oh well, it's just a show, I should really just relax.

Anyone out there in the blogosphere - if you know the producers (or have any dirt on the producers, writers, or best boy), have them get in touch with me, and we'll right this wayward ship of a show.

12 Comments:

Blogger IrishWalsh said...

You sound like me with war/military movies. My wife hates it when I just blurt out "Oh that's bullshit!" in the middle of an intense scene.

12:45 PM, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jericho is simply unwatchable. From the nuclear weapons effects/radiological effects that are so horribly botched to the simple technical aspects that are bungled you have to wonder who the hell is doing technical advising or research.

The disturbing part is that people are watching this and getting a really distorted view of what would happen in an actual national emergency, a terrorist attack of nuclear or radiological nature or god forbid an actual nuclear exchange of some sort. Don't forget the Russians still have a rather large and somewhat robust nuclear arsenal and an attack, contrary to popular belief and movies like “the day after” wouldn't result in everyone dieing in a brilliant flash of light. In fact given the reduction of nuclear arsenals, the type of attacks i.e. Target profile counter force/counter value and the burst height of weapons and the actual cleanliness of modern weapons it would be quite survivable for most folks as long as you weren't killed immediately or happen to be downwind of a ground burst and get caught of a fallout plume. Nuclear weapons are not the mystical magical killing weapons that the general public imagines them to be.

12:18 AM, October 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh well, it's just a show, I should really just relax."

MST3K reference???

10:32 AM, November 05, 2006  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Anonymous 10:32 - You are right! I am a big MST3K fan, and sometimes it slips into my conversations.

Deal with it pink boy!

7:37 PM, November 06, 2006  
Anonymous crisps said...

i'd sign a petition today to have that show changed from nuclear-survival-fiction to something akin to 'Home And Garden: Growing Your Own Corn - The PROPER Way'.

You realise, of course, that Jericho isn't actually in Kansas. That's just what they say to confuse strangers.

And that ain't regular nor sweet corn. It's a new, hardy strain mutated by radiation. It keeps forever in boxes, but it's still prone to radiation-mutated earwigs.

Besides, the Case 1370 was broken from a run-in with a mutated cow.

Now that you know the truth, perhaps you can overlook these trivialities and enjoy the message of hope and comraderie in a world gone mad that the producers were trying to convey?

8:13 PM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous crisps said...

Also, to the "Jericho is simply unwatchable" Anonymous:

Dude, you've got to come up with a better intro than "it's simply unwatchable, so i watched it for an entire episode (or episodes?) to see exactly where they went wrong so i could give my unneccessary 2c"

How about, "Jericho does not live up to my mysterious and incomprehensible expectations. Let's watch Steven Seagal's message of hope and extreme violence instead. Them's good family values."

Seriously, why are people so up in arms over this show? It's just tv. And, incidentally, much better tv than most tv out there. Shouldn't we root for the better stuff, to encourage improvements in the industry?

"The disturbing part is that people are watching this and getting a really distorted view of what would happen in an actual national emergency"

[In all seriousness, could you eloborate on what kind of 'distorted view' you mean? It's a very ambiguous term, and I can imagine a gamut of perspectives, ranging from extreme to extreme.]

In reality, tv is not intended as an educational tool. It should be, and some good shows in this vein are produced, but for the most part tv producers deluge their audiences with fiction because it sells. So, wisely, people should realise that what they watch -is- fiction. Jericho is fiction.

The producers of Jericho are not setting out to make tutorials for emergency situations. They're making a fictional drama. They can portray the government response in any way they choose. It's no different from Ian Fleming portraying MI6 as he envisions it would work, and not how it actually does. That's fiction.

Besides, given the New Orleans fiasco, isn't Jericho's representation of a government reponse fairly generous?

"An attack, contrary to popular belief and movies like “the day after” wouldn't result in everyone dying in a brilliant flash of light."

..which echoes uncannily the speech by the Eric character in episode 2 of Jericho..

"Target profile counter force/counter value and the burst height of weapons"

Okay, Mr Hawkins. We know it's you.

"..the actual cleanliness of modern weapons it would be quite survivable for most folks.."

..you mean, like folks in a small town, far enough from a nuclear strike..?

"Nuclear weapons are not the mystical magical killing weapons that the general public imagines them to be."

Now you're just blowing my mind! I can hear a Beatles parody in my head, '..the magical mystery bombs will come and take me away. Come and take me awaaay, awaaaaaaay...'

I get it now. You're not against Jericho at all. You've been reiterating the show's dialogue and message all through your post.

As a fellow fan, I salute you!

9:00 PM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger khushi said...

Dude, you've got to come up with a better intro than "it's simply unwatchable, so i watched it for an entire episode (or episodes?) to see exactly where they went wrong so i could give my unnecessary 2c"

How about, "Jericho does not live up to my mysterious and incomprehensible expectations. Let's watch Steven Seagal's message of hope and extreme violence instead. Them's good family values."

6:32 AM, October 17, 2008  
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2:42 AM, February 02, 2010  
Blogger charley said...

Jericho TV Show is an American drama. I like this show very much. It has very interesting storyline. And show is really superb.

12:46 PM, October 24, 2010  
Blogger manu said...

Jericho begins on 9-20-2006 and it faces a disaster on the very first episode of series. Several terrorist attacks cause a nuclear tragedy and it wipes out most of the North America. After this incident, People of Jericho become paranoiac about each other. This is the plot of Jericho Season 1 and I love this show very much.

6:55 AM, December 22, 2010  
Blogger dan said...

Episodes are really very interesting and I have seen full Jericho TV Show online.

5:43 AM, February 20, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of whether it's technically right or whatever, the acting is horrendous and the plot makes no sense.

I really like the idea and the twists are excellent, but damn, certain aspects of society would not continue following an event like this, and the demise would not come so quickly.

Why would the town care so goddamned much about money and stores and jobs and shit? They wouldn't, sorry.

And yet there's borderline riots and attacks and what not, and the people just act like it's just a normal day.

"A nuke just hit, let's go to the bar and play pool!"

Really?

How bout you gather together as a community and make sure everyone has a roof over their head, there's enough food to go around, and the town is safe?

Wouldn't you compile a list of jobs that need to be done? Most of the county is gone, the world is different, why the fuck would worry about you old life?
Figure out what you need to do as a community, damn.

5:54 PM, April 24, 2013  

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