”Jericho” finale recap: This means civil war!
Maybe I haven’t seen enough series finales to understand how they’re supposed to work (most of my favorite shows got canceled midseason or with unresolved cliff-hangers), but this one seemed much too clean. Must we get a resolution for damn near every problem that was brought up? Maybe we do, but the final episode of Jericho left me screaming at my television, ”Are you kidding me?”
We’ll begin with the love story that was, is, and always will be Stanley and Mimi. It was obvious that they would become one hell of a couple, strengthened by Mimi’s taking a bullet. Though it may have seemed that Stanley was about to go off the deep end after offing Goetz at point-blank range, he didn’t. He freaked out a bit, as any sane person would, then accepted what he’d done. You can’t blame him for leaving the hideout in order to bury Bonnie. But I was a little creeped out by Stanley and Mimi’s makeshift nuptials next to Bonnie’s newly dug grave. Ultimately, it was sweet, and I cried a little, but really — near a grave?
With that package nicely tied up, off we went to deal with Gray Anderson, who was in Cheyenne for the Allied States of America Constitutional Convention, which was really a ”let’s listen to what J&R is going to put in the constitution” convention. I wasn’t expecting Jake and Hawkins to show up in his hotel room, but I’m sure Gray was a bit relieved to be leaving Cheyenne. Jake told him that Jericho needed him and he should head home. So without much ado, Gray returned to Jericho, to see Main Street a complete and total wreck.
We can’t write off Gray that easily. He was visibly distraught with the mayhem he saw, and then Johnston’s ”Don’t Tread on Me” flag caught his eye. He took it upon himself to raise it on Main Street’s flagpole, as a symbol of Johnston speaking to Jericho’s citizens when they needed him most.
Now let’s talk about Beck, who, after much flip-flopping, finally realized the error of his ways. Granted, this was only after he searched through Hawkins’ possessions to see if he was telling the truth. Behind his tough demeanor, I think Beck knew all along that something wasn’t right, but he wasn’t sure who to believe. Good for him for getting smart and standing up to his commanders. I can’t say that I was shocked that he told his superiors that he would no longer be following orders. His character was always one to weigh the pros and cons of a situation before acting — well, except for the whole interrogating-Jake thing.
So even though he was forced to almost put Jericho under the dreaded ”phase 3” plan, he came to his senses. He apologized to Heather for not believing her. (I loved when she told him he was a ”coward.”) He went up to the Richmond farm to let the insurgents know they were free to go. And what do you know, the soldiers who were going to arrest him for potential treason ripped the ASA flags off their uniforms and asked him what they should do next. Brilliant.
NEXT: This means war!