Jeremiah: Season 1 (2002)

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Genres: Prime-Time Drama, Sci-Fi Disaster Film, Science Fiction, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
In a post-apocalyptic future, a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. The only ones who survived, were those who hadn't yet reached puberty. Now, a decade has gone by, and a man called Jeremiah is set on a quest to find a mysterious place, of which his father spoke, a place called Valhalla. --IMDb
Review by Griffinheart
Added: September 16, 2008
Oh, Jeremiah. So close to being great, yet so easily distracted. Luckily for the reader, I stuck through Season 1 and got to the 23 karat gold of Season 2 Still, every story ends with a beginning or begins with an ending or something of that nature, so here we go.

Mankind is generally greedy, bastardy, and proud so it was really a matter of when we will destroy ourselves and not a matter of if. Our world ended in 2006 when the deadliest virus ever to have existed began crossing the globe, slaughtering people of all races and religions...but not ages. Miraculously, anyone under the age of puberty was completely immune to the virus. Only they, those who were twelve or thirteen at most, were left to inherit the entirety of the world. Children had to learn to be completely independent, and, let's face it, most thirteen year olds have no idea how to grow food or build a house. So, the meek inherited the earth, living in the scraps left behind.

Jeremiah's (Luke Perry) story begins with meeting Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) fifteen years after the "Big Death." Hostility quickly turns to indifference, and the two find themselves in the town of Clarefield. This town boasts a decently sized marketplace that proclaims "One thing for another!" Vendors hawk canned food (15 years old), gasoline, and "Bullets! I got two bullets! Will trade bullets for milk or cheese!". One man, perhaps the richest man in Clarefield, is even selling "two fully charged D batteries!" and is nearly killed for them. Jeremiah gets involved in the scuffle, leading to his "arrest" by the leader of the town, Theo. When Kurdy busts Jeremiah out of the makeshift prison (set up in the gym of what was once a school), they drag another man out with them. This man dies in the escape but tells them that they must go to "the End of the World," and tell them that "It's coming back." Using a map and a working car (full of gas!), Jeremiah and Kurdy make their way to Thunder Mountain, a former military base. There, they find electricity, running water, supplies of all kinds, and a group of people who may be able to help Jeremiah find a place called Valhalla Sector and discover what link it has to Jeremiah's father.

The setting to this show is amazing, and I can honestly say I haven't seen a more intricately crafted world in any other movie or series. Even Firefly's background and surroundings were not as detailed. On top of this, the acting is generally pretty good, even with the scenes of all children. The whole time you watch, you'll be rooting for Jeremiah to find Valhalla Sector and to triumph over whatever obstacle is set in his path that day. In fact, every single episode about the main story arc is amazingly good.

However, almost every episode that isn't about the main arc is abysmally terrible. There was one side episode about a "vampire" that was praying on children living in an abandoned amusement park. These children believed Jeremiah was their savior as promised by the prophecy (a painting in the park that looked like Jeremiah punching evil doers). Turns out, in the end, Jeremiah does squat, and everything resolves itself anyway. Sounds scintillating doesn't it? The first time I hit one of these off-the-arc episodes, I thought about the same thing as when I hit a bad episode of Wonderfalls: "Man, if they would have just given this idea to Joss Whedon, he would have put vampires in it, and it would have been awesome." Then I hit the vampire episode and shut myself up. Additionally, Theo will probably annoy the hell out of you until she comes into her own in the second season.

The good episodes, thankfully, outnumber the bad and are good enough to make me glad that Joss Whedon didn't get to touch this project. But, the bad episodes do drag the score down a good deal, and MGM angered the man behind the series, J. Michael Straczynski, so much that only two seasons were ever made. A pity.

Jeremiah - Season One recieves a 7.5/10.
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