Ana and I have been pretty big fans of the tv show Jericho since its pilot episode last year. For the uninitiated, it’s about a post-nuclear-attack United States, focused on a small town in Kansas’ tribulations. The show was dropped at the end of the season, but due to overwhelming fan support it was brought back for a second trial run this season (6 episodes). I find it to be a very interesting and entertaining show, one in which I’m able to easily ignore some of the usual tv/movie technology stupidness.
But so far this season there are a couple things that have started to tarnish the show for me. The part of the story so far this season is that a new government has formed in the Western US and is starting to spread further East. They even have a new/modified US flag being flown everywhere, and the military has this flag patch on their uniforms. In tonight’s episode a local teacher was given new “US History” books to distribute and teach in her class – it’s clear the new government is a veiled dictatorship. This is all something like 6 months after 20+ bombs have taken out large cities all over the country.
6 Months. A new flag was designed, chosen, MANUFACTURED, and distributed all over the place. In 6 months. With what you can only assume would be a dramatically reduced capability to produce anything. Then, they even got tons of military patches made. Again, in 6 months.
Then comes the textbook. History was literally rewritten in 6 months, and again they were able to get them mass produced in a country with a destroyed infrastructure. It occurred to me as I was typing this that maybe the story would end up showing that all of these things were planned before the bombs, all part of the unfolding conspiracy. But I find it even harder to believe such history-rewriting could be done “in the clear” without any one of the million failure points letting the secret out.
I know, I know, it’s just a show. I’ll shut up now.