So a bad day of pain means a bed day of Netflix binge-watching something. Jericho is one of those series I’d always meant to watch when it came out and never did. So it came up on my Netflix queue and I’m on episode 6.
I want to like it. (That I’ve stuck it out through 6 episodes when I’ve got a Netflix queue nearly as long as my TBR pile should tell you something.)
I REALLY want to like it.
Yeah, I know. Writer brain can’t shut down and STFU. I’m catching plot holes and logic flaws galore. The storyline is barely enough to counteract that. See, I weigh stuff by entertainment value. Sharknado made me laugh my ass off, hence why I watched it and the sequel (and the third, when it comes out).
Things like a day after nuclear blasts, the deputy mayor is sitting at the bar and having a drink? Really? The guy who owns a farm and is worried about livestock is like ALWAYS in town and never at, ya know, HOME? On the FARM? Doing FARM SHIT? People in town are just wandering around like, “Oh, wow, this sucks. We have no clue if anyone’s still alive outside of our little town. Hey, this sucks we have no TV. Oh, well.” No disaster prep, no…I don’t know…panicking?
Well, except for one gas station scene where a guy who wants to run for mayor gets his balls handed to him (metaphorically) by the incumbant mayor with a really melodramatic speech.
*sigh* If I was a drinking person, I’d make a drinking game of the line, “I’m really worried about Jake.”
I love post-apocalyptic stuff. I was raised in the era of pre-Berlin Wall falling, Regan doing a mic-check joke about bombing Russia, and all that lovely shit. The Day After (John Lithgow pre-Dexter and pre-Third Rock From the Sun) scared the crap out of me.
I mean, Robert Hawkins was supposedly a cop from St. Louis but we know he’s more than that, but he seems to have a transporter and spends a lot of time in the bar, too, and is everywhere at once.
It’s just…I’m going to stick with it a little longer. But the entertainment-to-plot-flaw equation isn’t really working out much in its favor. There’s too much contrived drama when a nuclear war is pretty dramatic to start with. It’s like slapping peanut butter on a filet mignon. (And if you like that on your filet, no offense, but ew.)
I see so many ways they could have done better and they took easy ways out. What do you think? Did you watch it? Are you a fan of the series?