Akin wrote:I enjoyed Jericho, I was happy when the season three comics were resumed, and I'd love to see a new series... but I don't see it as "post-apocalyptic". It got bad were they were, true; but to me, an apocalyptic world is one in which there *isn't* a government of any sort building a new capital and sending out the army to rebuild things, even if the motives of the leaders are suspect. Let alone multiple governments... and of course, it has to be worldwide. If America in the series doesn't get it's act together soon, you have to wonder how long it'll be before the rest of the world steps in to "help". Kind of like in One Second After... the Chinese have occupied everything west of the Rockies. Sure, they are rebuilding and they saved countless lives with their aid, but they aren't showing any signs of leaving. Hell, even the Mexicans have occupied a decent chunk of the US...
If the U.S. is ever hit with 24 nukes and D.C./Los Angeles/Atlanta/Baltimore/Seattle/San Francisco/San Diego/Chicago, et.al. are obliterated, then it will at the very least be a worldwide economic apocalypse - including in China because U.S. consumer spending and U.S. trade will drop to approximately zero. If, as per Jericho, a massive EMP occurred it would certainly be apocalyptic, ala "One Second After."
In Jericho, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is intact (cities were the targets, not silos or military bases) as is the bulk of our army-navy-air force. The nation's political situation has fractured and regional governments fill the void where Washington, D.C. was, but I imagine the first thing such regional power brokers would ally on is to keep China, Russia or any other hostile power from invading.
The Jericho television series was not nearly as gritty as the reality of the scenario would be. In fact, it was quite sanitized in being as civilized as it was in the town. Being on CBS during prime time they tried to lighten the darkness of the scenario through the romance sub-plots (we see some of that on TWD, too, with Glenn and Maggie) and there was virtually no graphic violence.
Unconstrained by network censors, I would hope that a Netflix-produced Jericho would take the drama into darker places through its plotlines and characterizations.
Hopefully we'll get to see them try. I adore TWD and there is plenty of room for more post-apocalyptic (or mere post-catastrophe dramas).