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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jericho: I wonder if maybe they got it right?

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  1. I don't know if you are aware, but the Morse code sequence was different for every episode. Being a ham radio kinda guy, I noticed something sounded odd so I got to looking into it and found out it was indeed changing each time. They are real messages to fans and can be googled.

    But to the spirit if your post. I also wonder if they have prior knowledge of future events.

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    1. I remember the furor that occurred when people were convinced they had correctly deciphered each episodes sequence. The little segments were fairly slow and were short, but they still engendered a lot of argument. I didn't know the messages had been put on the web but in thinking about it I don't know why that should surprise me. I thought it was a nice touch. Of all the apocalyptic shows I've seen, I think that for television, Jericho came the closest to being totally realistic in terms of what might actually happen in that environment. There was another series, a British one, that was realistic for them, with people having gun fights using over and under Browning 20 gauges and single shots because they didn't have anything better. I can't remember the name of it now though.

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  2. I caught the SOS..but near the end the number two, dit-dit-dah, dah, dah, kind of threw me.

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    1. Then again it's been over forty years since I 'read' morse code.

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    2. I learned morse at NAS Whiting in 1976. You had to learn it because the useless old Tacan beacons that nobody still messed with much broadcast a three letter identifier code. I think the VOR stations did too. But as soon as you passed the test everyone forgot it because you never used it again. If you remember enough to read the SOS you are doing a lot better than me.

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  3. Here's the link to episode descriptions and what the Morse code at the begining of each episode was.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jericho_episodes#Season_1:_2006.E2.80.932007

    Good series, sorry it got cancelled. Poor Lennie James...he goes from surviving nuclear terrorism ("Jericho") and right into surviving the zombie apocalypse ("The Walking Dead")...guy cant catch a break.

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  4. I was a fan, and sent them a bag of nuts when they cancelled the series. The fans will know what I'm talking about....

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    1. If you watch the series on CBS.com you'll continually see new comments begging for the return of the series.

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    2. That was a great campaign. I remember driving to work, and hearing an NPR story on it, how the corporate headquarters was awash in nuts from angry fans who wanted the show continued. The episode where "nuts" was the reply to a surrender demand, playing off on Bastogne, was really one of the best in a very good show I thought.

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  5. It was a good show. The first season was great the second one of course they were rushing things once again. My only criticism was of course my standard one for most everything that has come out of Hollywood for the last 30 years or so. Too much stretching the truth and imagination just so they can present their multi-cult propaganda.

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    1. Yeah, it had some of that but overall I think just the bare minimum to allow the producers to get the show on the air. I liked the examination of how people would react. Some pulled together, some went Lone Wolf, some turned predator. I was particularly disturbed by one scene where the protagonists were traveling down the road, and passed a young woman laying by her car who had been attacked by bandits. They didn't even slow down to see if she was dead. I was really shocked, because these were the good guys doing this.

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    2. I remember that scene but I took it as a show of how important they thought their mission was to get to the hospital to retrieve the meds their father needed. Unless I am remembering a different episode.

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  6. I am interested now. I don't know if they got it right, or not. Whenever I think of Morse code, the movie Empire of the Sun comes to mind. It's old now, but the boy in the movie uses Morse code to get the wrong people's attention, and his house was nearly bombed.

    You asked if I featured country on my blog. I really only like super old country. My husband and I were driving in Wyoming, and all we could get in on the radio was really old country. I'm not big into the contemporary stuff. The purpose of me blogging about a band once a week is to find a new band to feature. Someone I don't even know about. The closest thing I got to country was Sleepy Man Banjo: http://theapels.blogspot.com/2012/07/sing-sing-song-saturday.html and The Steep Canyon Rangers http://theapels.blogspot.com/2013/06/sing-sing-song-saturday_29.html They are bluegrass, so not country.

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    1. I saw Empire of the Sun. Good show. The period of country western you like is the same I listen to. Charlie Pride, Old Hank, Merl. You have good taste in music. I am a big smooth jazz fan as well. I will take a listen to the link you suggested. Good Bluegrass works for me.

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    2. Jericho's audience has continued to growth post-cancellation. That growth got Netflix interested. Currently CBS and Netflix are in negotiations to bring back the show as an original series on Netflix.

      In the meantime, the Jericho story continues in the Season 3 and 4 graphic novels. The Season 3 novel is back in print:
      http://tinyurl.com/JerichoS3Novel
      the Season 4 novel will be released in October and can be pre-ordered: http://tinyurl.com/S4Jericho

      SavingJericho.com

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    3. Rat Keeper, thanks for the update. I'd be ecstatic to see it come back as a series. I don't think I can get Netflix on my satellite system, but maybe I could buy the DVD's when they come out. I didn't have Show Time when Jeremiah came out, and had to wait for the DVD's but finally acquired them.

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  7. If you have internet, you can watch Netflix shows from their website. They are a streaming service. : )

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