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Eureka: Season 1 Impressions

I watched the Season 1 finale of Eureka last night. Since I posted my initial impressions, I thought I’d give my final impressions of Season 1, too.

I still like the premise of and I’m glad the story arcs didn’t become the focus of the show, although I have to admit to leaning the other way now; “The Consortium” thread was left annoyingly unexplained. Is this another Blue Sun à la Firefly?

I’m digging the Northern Exposure feel of the small town and the characters within it were likable, even if the cast sometimes felt heavy. It kept occurring to me that maybe they didn’t need all those characters when some of them (like Taggert – who I will forever think of as Max Headroom Guy) appeared with no involvement whatsoever in that week’s story. The will-they-or-won’t-they storyline between Jack and Allison is so Sam & Diane. Who cares? For some reason, I like the character of Fargo, I think because I find it humorous that he provides the effeminate voice for Carter’s automated house. I laugh whenever the house talks. The Stark character annoys me, not because he plays the antagonist or the jealous soon-to-be-ex husband (which actually provides some drama), but because of the way the actor plays him devoid of any emotion whatsoever.

The real science, alas, is not as prominent as I had hoped when I earlier compared it to the short-lived series Probe. Instead, the science is weakly explained if it is explained at all. This is a lost opportunity in my opinion but hey, I’m speaking as a science fiction fan. I suspect that they want a larger audience and want to make it more accessible so they don’t want to scare off the sci-fi hatahs, despite being on the SciFi Channel.

Last night’s finale (Spoiler Warning!) included the apparently requisite time travel theme, though there was a paradoxical question left unresolved. Now that Henry knows Jack came back to stop him, why didn’t he just use the device to stop Jack? And, are we to assume that the future that saw Jack and Allison together means they eventually will end up together? That takes the mystique out of the will-they-or-won’t-they storyline, doesn’t it? (End Spoiler Warning.)

All in all, though flawed, the show is fun, though not as good as I had hoped. Some episodes were better than others, some were flat-out weak. There were only a scant 12 episodes in Season 1 but it apparently did well enough to get renewed for another season. I wouldn’t call Eureka must-see, but I like it well enough (especially in the dearth of decent TV scifi) to catch a show every now and then as a run-of-the-mill diversion.

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2 Comments on Eureka: Season 1 Impressions

  1. We’ve been enjoying Eureka, but more as a “background” show, i.e. we’re able to watch it and have it on in the background as we do other things. You can tell that they’ve enjoyed putting it together, and although the science is wonky, it’s not too wonky, if you get my drift.

    Now, Probe….that was a great show. Wish they’d release it on DVD, perhaps with the “Sci-Fi Showcase” commentary that the Sci-Fi Channel made when they rebroadcast it in their early years.

  2. Yikes – should have put that spoiler ‘after the fold’ into the body of the post maybe?

    However, I’d like to comment that the ‘will they or won’t they’ romance element is the staple of many, many shows (btw, I’d argue Moonlighting was the best) and adds a particular element that people just seem to love in TV shows. Note it’s inclusion in everything from comedy like Friends or Frasier, to dramas like CSI and Lost.

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