Friday, March 13, 2009

March 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 11-16".

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 1.11 - Vox Populi
When one of Jericho's own turns up dead, Gray (Michael Gaston) organizes a manhunt for Jonah (guest star James Remar), against the wishes of Mayor Green (Gerald McRaney). As the mayoral election nears, Gray seizes the opportunity to show his strength as a leader when. Gray is convinced he knows who committed the crime and launches a manhunt to capture Jonah and restore peace to Jericho. Meanwhile, as playful reminiscing continues to heat up between Jake (Skeet Ulrich) and Emily (Ashley Scott), both are hit with a curve ball when an unlikely face returns to Jericho. James Whitmore Jr. directed the episode written by Carol Barbee. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Bob of TV Squad

Image Gallery from Episode 11 Vox Populi at Fallout: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Episode 1.12 - The Day Before
Parts of Jake (Skeet Ulrich) and Hawkins' (Lennie James) pasts are revealed during a flashback to 36 hours before the bombs went off. The day before the explosions, Jake is in San Diego trying unsuccessfully to make an honest living, while Hawkins' mysterious past is furthered by his association with a woman named Sarah (Siena Goines). Also, Emily's (Ashley Scott) fiance, Roger (Christopher Wiehl), heads to Chicago for a job interview that Emily is not happy about. Meanwhile, in the present day, refugees including Roger and Sarah arrive in Jericho bringing more questions with them. Mike Kelley wrote the episode directed by Matt Earl Beasley. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Daniel of Blog Critics Magazine

Episode 1.12 CrissCross: Click on a word in the puzzle to get started.

Episode 1.13 - Black Jack
As winter approaches, Jake (Skeet Ulrich) and Johnston (Gerald McRaney) are joined by Dale (Erik Knudsen) and Heather (Sprague Grayden) on a trip to a trading post several hours outside of town in search of equipment to fix the local windmill. Heather knows how to fix the windmills if she has the necessary equipment and convinces Jake and Johnston to travel with her to "Black Jack," a trading post several hours outside of town. Against Johnston's wishes, Dale joins them in hopes of trading supplies from the market for something the town can actually use. Meanwhile, much to the dismay of his family, Hawkins (Lennie James) brings Sarah (Siena Goines) back to their home as they both try to figure out who is watching Hawkins. Jonathan E. Steinberg & Dan Shotz wrote the episode directed by Helen Shaver. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Jason of IGN.

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Episode 1.14 - Heart of Winter
Jake (Skeet Ulrich), Stanley (Brad Beyer) and Mimi (Alicia Coppola) find themselves fighting for their lives when they run into several dangerous strangers on a hunting trip. While traveling outside the city limits in search of wild game, a truck pushes the truck that Jake, Stanley and Mimi are driving off the road, leaving Stanley unconscious and Jake pinned underneath the vehicle. Mimi realizes that she is their only chance of survival and heads back to Jericho on foot. Meanwhile, Hawkins (Lennie James) discovers that he has put his family in grave danger, and Emily (Ashley Scott) and Roger (Christopher Weihl) continue trying to rebuild their relationship. Steve Gomer directed the episode written by Nancy Won. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Peter of iF Magazine

Countdown Episode #14

Episode 1.15 - Semper Fidelis
With the arrival of the Marines, the citizens of Jericho consider what their lives will be like when law and order is restored and the nation begins to recover from the bombings. But it all unravels when Jake (Skeet Ulrich), with Johnston's (Gerald McRaney) help, exposes the "Marines" as con artists who move from town to town taking supplies by playing on people’s faith in the future. Jake must decide if he should tell the truth to the town and extinguish their new-found hope. James Whitmore directed the episode written by Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Stephen of

Memorable Quotes from IMDb.

Episode 1.16 - Winter’s End
Faced with a catastrophic complication in April's (Darby Stanchfield) pregnancy, Jake (Skeet Ulrich) forces Kenchy (Aasif Mandvi) to confront his post-traumatic stress syndrome and perform a heroic operation. Timothy Omundson ("Judging Amy") guest stars as Phil Constantino, one of the people from a neighboring town who helped build Jericho's power-generating windmill. Kevin Dowling directed the episode written by Frank Military. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Angela of Pop Syndicate.

Factoids by Lana of Tubular.

This concludes this edition of Blackjack Fairgrounds.

The theme of the April Edition is "Reviews/Musings for Episodes 17-22". If you've written a review of any of those episodes please let us know. Submission deadline is March 31st.

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