Friday, February 6, 2009

February Edition of Blackjack Fairgrounds

Since The CW is currently airing Jericho on Sundays at 7/6c, Blackjack Fairgrounds has decided to do a series of reviews/musings of the episodes. This edition has "Reviews/Musings for Episodes 6-10".

We hope that you enjoy your time at Blackjack Fairgrounds. Remember the rules: no guns, thieves will be strung up, and be sure to leave before nightfall!

Episode 1.6 - 9:02
An electromagnetic pulse fries everything with a circuit board at 9:02 p.m., plunging the town into darkness. Before the power goes out, the citizens of Jericho watch as minutemen missiles are launched into the sky. One by one, the townspeople receive phone messages alerting them that the Federal government has been shut down and that everyone is under local or state jurisdiction. For the first time since the explosion, people realize they are on their own and must be responsible for maintaining law and order in their town. Meanwhile, Allison (guest star Jazz Raycole), Hawkin's daughter, starts to question her father's motive for moving to Jericho. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Nancy Won. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Jason of IGN.

Thoughts on Jericho 9:02 by Lower Decks.

Episode 1.7 - Long Live the Mayor
While the town prepares to celebrate Halloween, Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston) returns after traveling outside of town and reports back on the horrific things he saw while he was away. Upon his return, Gray is able to provide more information about which cities were hit by bombs and which cities have not been affected. Having witnessed unspeakable terror, Gray is determined to protect the citizens of Jericho from danger. To this end, he wants to interrogate all the new families who came to town before or after the attacks, including Rob Hawkins (Lennie James). Meanwhile, Jake (Skeet Ulrich) tries to negotiate with Jonah Prowse (guest star James Remar), who came back to town to retrieve a member of his gang who was arrested for stealing horses and food. Also, while overseeing Halloween preparations for the town, Emily (Ashley Scott) tells Heather (Sprague Grayden) a bit more about her former relationship with Jake. Sanford Bookstaver directed the episode written by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Josh Schaer. (Summary from the CW website.)

Review by Stephen Lackey of Mania.

Memorable quotes by IMDB.

Episode 1.8 - Rogue River
Mayor Johnston's life hangs in the balance when he comes down with a bad case of the flu, and it is up to Jake and Eric to save him by traveling to another town to get the medicine he desperately needs. While traveling to Rogue River, Jake and Eric get a glimpse of what's gone on in the surrounding areas and discover that, since the explosions took place, the world outside of Jericho has changed immensely. Meanwhile, Gray questions the Hawkins family about their mysterious arrival. (Summary from the CBS website.)

Review by Angela of Pop Syndicate.

Countdown Episode 8

Episode 1.9 - Crossroads
When Jericho receives a surprise visit from several seedy out-of-towners, the residents realize they need a plan to keep intruders out. Emotions run high when the townspeople meet to discuss ideas for securing their borders. One solution that strikes a nerve with several citizens involves a strategy that would isolate a large part of the town from the other. Meanwhile, Emily (Ashley Scott) wakes up on the day she was supposed to get married and imagines how her wedding day would have gone if Roger was still there. Paul McCrane directed the episode written by Robert Levine. (Summary from the CW website.)

Review by Lana of Tubular.

Image Gallery at Kryptonsite, with funny captions:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.

Episode 1.10 - Red Flag
As bombers fly over Jericho dropping parachutes with palettes of supplies attached, citizens are both thrilled and cautious about their much-needed relief. As the citizens scramble to retrieve the food and supplies that are dropped from the sky, Mayor Green (Gerald McRaney) tries to convince them to wait until everything is tested to prove that they are safe. Meanwhile, Jonah (guest star James Remar) attempts to commandeer two of the palettes for himself. Martha Mitchell directed the episode written by Mike Ostrowski. (Summary from the CW website.)

Review by staff of TV Babble.

Countdown Episode 10

This concludes this edition of Blackjack Fairgrounds.

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