Thursday, January 8, 2009

January Edition of Blackjack Fairgrounds

Since The CW is currently airing Jericho on Sundays at 7/6 c, Blackjack Fairgrounds has decided to do a series of reviews/musings of the episodes. This edition has "Reviews/Musings for Episodes 1-5".

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 1.1 - Jericho Pilot
After mushroom clouds appear on the horizon, fear of the unknown propels Jericho into social, psychological and physical mayhem when all communication and power is shut down. The town starts to come apart at the seams as terror, anger and confusion bring out the very worst in some residents. Jake Green, the prodigal son of the town's mayor, becomes a reluctant hero when a school bus crashes as a result of the explosion. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Vic of ScreenRant.

Pilot Quiz

Episode 1.2 - Fallout
With only an hour before the fallout from the nuclear blast in Denver hits Jericho, Jake (Skeet Ulrich) rushes to get the townspeople inside and away from the rain so that they won't get radiation poisoning. When Jake and the others find that the official shelter is in disrepair and unusable, they have to come up with other protection fast. Meanwhile, Emily (Ashley Scott) and Bonnie (Shoshannah Stern) are held hostage by two men posing as police officers. Jon Turteltaub directed the episode written by Stephen Chbosky. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Bob of TV Squad.

Memorable Quotes.

Episode 1.3 - Four Horsemen
Jake (Skeet Ulrich) organizes a group to gather more information about the explosions after a satellite television in the local bar broadcasts a signal from an Asian news program shows the extent of the nuclear attacks. In addition to the television broadcast, Stanley (Brad Beyer), who is hospitalized for radiation poisoning, claims to have seen tanks headed toward Denver. With Jericho still cut off from communication and the people craving information, Jake recommends sending four search parties out in different directions to get a sense of what is going on outside of town. Meanwhile, when one of the inhabitants of the mine who sought shelter during the fallout dies unexpectedly, Heather (Sprague Grayden) questions the cause of his death. James Whitmore directed the episode written by Dan O'Shea and Dan Shotze. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Robert of TV Babble.

Musings by Lower Decks.

Episode 1.4 - Walls of Jericho
When Jake (Skeet Ulrich) and Heather (Sprague Grayden) locate a stranger on the side of the road who is sick and disfigured from radiation poisoning, they must decide whether to help him and risk contamination or do nothing and allow him to die. After they decide to help the stranger and take him to the hospital, Jake and Hawkins (Lennie James) sit vigil in the hopes that he will be able to give them information about what's going on outside of Jericho. Meanwhile, when the generator at the hospital is low on gas and supplies in town begin to dwindle, the police must ask disgruntled and panicked townspeople to siphon gas from their cars. Martha Mitchell directed the episode written by Ellie Herman. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Jason of IGN.


Episode 1.5 - Federal Response
The people of Jericho receive a pre-recorded phone call from Homeland Security telling them that help is on the way. The townspeople start to think that life might be returning to normal when the power and phones return. Their hope is dashed, however, after the power surges and electrical lines go down, causing fires to break out all over town. While Jake (Skeet Ulrich) and Hawkins (Lennie James) work together to fight the fires, they discover that neither one of them is who they claim to be. Meanwhile, still desperate for information, the townspeople vigilantly watch the satellite television in Mary's (Clare Carey) bar with the hope that another signal will come through. Duane Clark directed the episode written by Mike Ostrowski. (Summary from The CW website.)

Review by Make Me Watch.

Musings from Lower Decks.

This concludes this edition of Blackjack Fairgrounds.

The theme of the February Edition is "Reviews/Musings for Episodes 6-9". If you've written a review of any of those episodes please let us know. Submission deadline is January 31st.

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