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Straczynski's JEREMIAH!! Talk Back!!

Straczynski’s JEREMIAH!! Talk Back!!

I am – Hercules!!

A post-apocalyptic future where everyone alive is under 30? No, they’re not bringing back “Logan’s Run”; it’s the latest series from J.M. Straczynski, creator of “Babylon Five,” mon! Twenty episodes air on Showtime at 10:45 p.m. Friday nights – but the 95-minute premiere first airs tonight at 8 p.m.

TV Guide says:

Debut: Luke Perry goes the taciturn tough-guy route in this futuristic cable series. He plays the title character, a survivor of a supervirus that, 15 years earlier, killed everyone past the age of puberty. Jeremiah roams a blighted countryside rampant with raiding parties, racist wolf packs and armed gangs. In the opener, as he searches for the “Valhalla Sector,” a safe zone that his dying father told him about, he meets opportunistic Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), who makes off with Jeremiah's freshly caught fish. But when their paths cross again, Kurdy saves him from a brutal gang leader (Kim Hawthorne), and the two mutually suspicious road warriors hit the highway.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

An absorbing if disquieting series set in a future that looks a lot like a prehistoric and primitive past … Without government, electricity, phones or currency, the inhabitants fend for themselves, barter for what they need and feed as best they can off the decaying remnants of the former civilization … The two-hour opener and the rest of the 20 episodes follow Jeremiah and Curdy from adventure to adventure as they try to piece together the answers to various mysteries and stay one step ahead of various groups of thugs, arsonists, skinheads and other antisocial types … Reflecting the world in which it occurs, the series can be grim, violent and raw, but rarely dull.

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  • March 3, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST

    TV guide and hollywood reporter.

    by Sofa King

    You could at least include something of your own.

  • March 3, 2002, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Drat! Almost first!

    by bdowns3

    Well, almost got in first...oh, well. Been reading some info from JMS about this show...wasn't going to watch it, but now I think it might be interesting. I've liked his stuff so far. We'll see.

  • March 3, 2002, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by bongjuice

  • March 3, 2002, 4:26 p.m. CST

    can't wait for the episode with Priest

    by ArchDiver

    ...will Cockroach guest star as well?

  • March 3, 2002, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Isn't this just an old episode of Star Trek?

    by PoshKittyKat

    An old episode of Star Trek starring Krusty the Clown's idiot half-brother, Sideshow Luke Perry. Maybe JMS is looking for payback after DS9 (allegedly) stole his best riffs.

  • March 3, 2002, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Saw this two nights ago...

    by RenoNevada2000

    But unfortunately haven't had any time to write up a good review to do the pilot justice. Suffice it to say that Brandon and Theo Huxtable do a very good job in NOT making you think about their earlier television works. My biggest complaint is that the premier feels like tow hour episodes that were pasted together. (Even though their is story material that links them together.) Since this series will eventually go on to be syndicated a la "Stargate" this is to be expected though...

  • March 3, 2002, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Less than 1 hour in...

    by Dr. Nadir

    and already we have the first "What part of (fill in the blank) don't you understand?" I love Straczynski's work; but that's one gag I wish he'd ease back on a litle.

  • March 3, 2002, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I dug it

    by hiredgun

    I thgought it was cool, with a lot of potential. And it s more credible reason for and a more credible imagining of a post-apocalyptic world than anything else on tv. Even Luke Perry was pretty good in it.

  • March 3, 2002, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Good show

    by VultureKing

    I rather liked this show, Not entirely original, seems to borrow heavily from, The Stand, Swan's Song, and Omega Man. but still it was entertainig and I look forward to how it's all going to play out (what is Valhalla anyway?)

  • March 3, 2002, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I really like it!

    by Kikstad

    Great characters, cool story. It's what post-apocalyptic TV shows should be. And it's on cable so we get some graphic language, violence, and sex thrown into the mix! Woohoo!

  • March 3, 2002, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Seen Jeremiah

    by bdowns3

    Well, I'd have to say I enjoyed it. But the fact that it's on cable TV vs. syndication or network doesn't really improve it, in my mind. There was language and nudity, yes, but it struck me as gratuitous. The show could have worked just as well without those elements. Anyway, I liked it enough to keep watching, so thanks, JMS! Enjoyed it.

  • March 4, 2002, midnight CST

    Pretty solidly entertaining bit o' sci-fi

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    I'm an hour into it and I dig it. Luke and Malcolm have some good chemistry going on and I like what they're doing with the story. Whoever said that you forget these guys' TV past pretty quick is accurate. Weird fucking show, but they do a good job of giving it real scope.

  • March 4, 2002, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Screw this!! Wheres Amazing Spider-Man #39,40 and 41?!?!

    by spiderblood1969

    Its hard for me to like this show because its one of the reasons JMS can't get ASM out on time and is now three months behind.

  • March 4, 2002, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I went in with serious reservations...

    by SG7

    ...but rather liked it. The only part I didn't quite buy was the crew at "Thunder Mountain." I mean, how'd they get there? Did their folks take them there? I hope they address this in future episodes. Due to thier crap-tv roots I was expecting the two leads to suck, but they did not. As to the naughty words and boobies: don't expect much of that in the future. The SG-1 pilot had a lot of boobie action but they went syndie-friendly after that.

  • March 4, 2002, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Miri: The Series

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    So when does Shatner show up and save everybody?

  • March 4, 2002, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Miri: The Series

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    So when does Shatner show up and save everybody?

  • March 4, 2002, 11 a.m. CST


    by LeeScoresby

    In case you're still interested- Valhalla (in the mythic sense) is the great hall/afterlife where Norse warriors went after death. My guess without having seen any of the show and with my only knowledge having been gleaned from some of the promotional stuff: Valhalla is some sort of sanctuary where older members of humanity have managed to stay alive, or it is an information resource of some kind.

  • March 4, 2002, 11:07 a.m. CST

    sounds good to me....

    by exador

    but can folks up here in Canada see it?...not sure if our 'sci-fi'channel plays it or not... but I'll say this....i think it sounds like a pretty good idea, and the idea of getting Luke perry and Jamal together is a bit of casting genius....i never would have thought these two could work, but from the sounds of it, they work great....______________________________does anybody remember the 1st episode of buck rogers (80's tv show)....i seem to remember that near the begining of the show, buck is roaming around a ruined city, and almost get's attacked by the crazies, or something....this new show reminded me of that...or maybe a bit of that scene from escape from new york, where the homeless cannibals grab that girl.... or somthing like that...kind of losing my train of thought here...oh well...back to work...

  • March 4, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Good show with lots of potential

    by JCHobbs

    Actually Spiderblood1969 if you have read any of JMS's interviews recently you would know that he has finished and turned in the next 3-4 issues of ASM. The reason that the comic is late has nothing to do with him. Talk to Marvel Comics if you have a problem with it. On to Jeremiah.... I really liked the show. For those of you complaining about the language and nudity, How do you think a world of people who grew up with almost no parental guidence would turn out. I would expect a world where bad language would be second place. I would also think that most of the bad words used would loose most of thier taboo meaning. I really feel that the show needs the language to feel authentic. As for the nudity, I don't mind seeing a topless woman every now and then, but I don't think that it fits in as well as the language does. Jeff

  • March 4, 2002, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Slow start, but picked up

    by Airmcnair9

    I thought the show started off a little slow but it picked up after the first 45 min. Perry and Warner bring a lot of baggage to the show, and it will take some time to get the 90210 and Cosby roots seperated from these actors. Much like SG-1 and Anderson, having to constantly remind yourself that this guy is not Mcguyver. Didn't you guys want to smack Cleo or whatever her name was. Something about a chick with attitude, you know their is no way a woman could have that kinda control, unless of course she was Tina Turner in Thunderdome. Which reminds of the similarities between this show and the third installment of Mad Max.

  • March 4, 2002, 3:22 p.m. CST

    not bad at all

    by Orion7

    I also went in trying to keep my expectations down, and was pleasantly surprised. The show's got a lot of promise, and the pilot was fairly well done. In fact, I'd say this is probably about the best pilot I've ever seen from JMS -- pilots seem to be a week point for him, though this one came off quite well. I do also wonder if working for Showtime rather than direct syndication helped free his hands a bit...

  • March 4, 2002, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Nudity, language, and violence

    by Kikstad

    I think the "gratuitous" stuff works and isn't gratuitous at all. It makes the setting more believable. I think it'll be a mistake if they tone it down. That was the problem I had with Dark Angel first time I saw it -- I thought it was actually bland and didn't take enough chances. In JEREMIAH, the nudity, sex, language, violence, etc. gives the story a gritty believable "never-know-what-to-expect" atmosphere. It works. I'll be disappointed if they change it. And think about it, kids growing up without adults around? There would be a LOT of shenanigans going on. It's fine to show it, especially since it's on cable without any advertisers to appease.