Well, I could've had my egg sandwich this morning since I don't have to eat a diet of 100% nuts for the next year, but I'm saving it up for a late afternoon burger with my brother. I've just watched the Season 2 premiere of Jericho. The rat @^#(!$# at CBS - for whatever reason "Reconstruction" is neither on the on-demand (that makes some sense as it's a month old) or available via CBS.COM or the Innertube service (where ALL of season 1 is available and every episode of season 2 besides the premiere).
I don't think CBS is really out to squeeze whatever their cut is out of the $1.99 I paid to buy it off of iTunes. Les Moonves, despite his questionable programming decisions wasn't the fool Zucker and NBC Universal were. At least Moonves seems to understand that whatever the flaws, it's better to go where the people who are willing to buy the downloads actually are.
So I ain't gonna bitch about the buck ninety-nine. I'll watch the rest of the episodes on the On Demand. I'm glad I wrote that piece yesterday. The comments from some of the fans really spurred me on to finish season one and watch Season 2.
I definitely thought the last few episodes (especially the finale of season 1) finished better, and the pacing of the season 2 premiere seemed fine, but the truth is, I liked it, but didn't love it. That doesn't mean the show sucks or that anyone shouldn't love it. I think I can describe exactly the reasons why it's not really my cup of tea (even though I will watch catch-up via On Demand by next Tuesday just so I feel like I gave you the fans a fair shake!).
One of the comments compared this season to Season 4 of Lost (which has been excellent in my opinion), but there are differences that aren't so subtle for me. Both of the stories are in some way about survival and the nature of man, but the mystery shrouding Lost that has been slowly unveiled over 3+ years now is just more interesting to me - maybe perhaps precisely because of the mystery.
The mystery surrounding Jericho just isn't as interesting to me. Corrupt politicians? Towns battling for resources in the aftermath of the apocalypse? I'm not captivated by that, sorry.
I think the primary reason I loved the Star Treks, Stargates, Battlestar Galactica, and The Terminator franchises are because human conflict, portrayed as drama must have some really exceptional elements to keep me interested. The Sopranos could do it (at least for the first three seasons) because it was a world so far outside of my own that it was interesting. The same for The Wire - really compelling characters who deal with things very much outside of what I have to deal with on a regular basis.
While it's true Jericho's characters have to deal with surviving the apocalypse, they're just not really all that different from me. That there is now governmental strife, that's just run-of-the-mill people vs. people stuff. All the liberal versus conservative talk that happens on the Internet (even on a website about TV ratings!) is extremely uninteresting to me personally. I save that energy for sports trash-talk (which I know is completely meaningless to many!). I will watch the rest and if I wind up thinking, "Damn, it IS as good as LOST to me," I'll certainly write it and I hope it does happen that way.
But I think when it comes to humans vs. humans - it has to be exceptional, and exceptional is very hard to do. The Sopranos did it for a while and in my mind The Wire did it for its entire run. Other exceptional shows involving human vs. human drama aren't coming to the top of my mind.
The Star Trek and Stargate franchises had a benefit. Fictional aliens. Big, loud, bad teeth having stinky Klingons. Or the Wraith - kind of human, kinda insect-y. And both of those franchises plus BSG and Terminator have had huge success with cyborgs. The Borg, Human-form replicators, Cylons and of course, my governer and Summer Glau.
I suppose you could say I like fiction better than reality usually, at least when it comes to human conflict. House doesn't have Number 6 or Summer Glau going for it, but, it makes me laugh my ass off usually. Lost has - polar bears in the tropics and time travel (due to electromagnetism)? And I just like that more. I suppose that's why I like the Brad/Mimi (did Brad go and get killed, I haven't caught up yet!) I think their interactions are funny (in a very sweet way, as opposed to House which is usually in a very sarcastic way!)
For what it's worth, I do not think Jericho belongs off of CBS simply because it's not one of my favorite shows of all time. I think it belongs of CBS because even at 10pm there is an opportunity for CBS to draw 15 million viewers with the right content. Jericho is not that content. It's just business, it's not personal. For the sake of the fans (and for the potential that I will be riveted by the four episodes I have to catch up on) I hope the show survives. But it still doesn't make any sense (to me) on CBS. Even if you throw in the Internet, how flawed you think Nielsen is, etc., etc.
But you the fans should know: I'm not out to get your show - I hope it winds up landing somewhere else, where it can thrive. I still don't believe CBS is the place where that happens. So now that you have the thousand words already, here's the picture.