Besides Doctor Who, Eureka is one of the few shows I watch regularly and, for what it’s worth, the only other SciFi Channel show I watch. Although the show keeps me coming back, it’s not perfect. Here’s are my thoughts on Season 2 so far…
- Eureka, as JP has mentioned, is about the characters, and the characters are strong. Mostly. See the exceptions noted below.
- It looks like they are trying to get Carter away from “stupid newbie” to “unintentionally smart Do-Gooder”. The crimes that Sheriff Carter has to solve always seem involve Carter’s basic understanding of the science that somehow escapes the town full of Braniacs. That dumbing-down they do for him works wonders, but the stories are in danger of becoming formulaic.
- Seeing Carter’s ex-wife was a nice glimpse into his personal life. Seeing Carter and Allison get closer isn’t. Their chemistry worked better with the unrequited lust spin.
- Speaking of Allison, what’s up with her replacing Stark? I guess her “temporary assignment” gig was wearing thin. And what about Stark himself? Stark still annoys me. I thought – no, hoped! – that his dismissal would be the last we saw of him. Sadly, that was not to be. Now he loiters around like a wet napkin, failing to emote anything at all, with his deadpan delivery of every single line of dialogue that the writers are forced to throw his way.
- Taggert (Max Headroom) is virtually gone from this season, which is fine by me. That character did nothing for me. But I still would rather see him stick around instead of Stark.
- Deputy Jo Lupo is emerging as a standout character. Good move.
- Fargo is getting more screen time this season. Every time he appears, I can’t help but think of his effeminate house-voice: “Good morning, Sheriff Carter!”
- The story arc of Henry and his wife’s accident looks intriguing. I’m interested in seeing where they are going with it, but not if they drag it out too long. They need to ratchet up Beverly’s dastardly quotient.
- Speaking of story arcs dragging out, I’m interested to see where they go with the Artifact story line, but they need to show us more and soon.
Bottom line: The show’s quality is a bit uneven. Some episodes are good, others not so much. Overall, I think the show is worth watching, if only for the quirkiness of the characters and humor.