I hope you all packed your lab goggles, because we're headed back to America's most science-friendly small town for the fifth and final time.
There's more to Syfy than informational specials and so-bad-they're-great monster movies, but one of its alternatives is coming to an end.
There isn't a lot on on Friday nights, especially during the summer, so we often end up going back to the old standards for GTC, but, y'know, they're called "standards" for a reason. With Eureka, you always know what you're going to get: wacky sci-fi adventures. Whether it's Wil Wheaton guest-starring as a scientist who turns all of Global Dynamics into rage zombies or everybody switching jobs due to a change in the timeline, every episode is the worst-case scenario of science fiction. And tonight, on Friday the 13th, things are as humorously life-threatening as always.
The equation has changed! That's the tagline for this season of Eureka, which I presume means big doings in the eponymous town full of scientists with poor judgment. I can't imagine the general formula will be affected (a science experiment causes chaos and the sheriff has to solve the problem using science and common sense), but it looks like there will indeed be at least one new variable. That variable? Gaius Baltar!
We're still on the fence about this show. While we love Stephen King, and we've been known to be both up and down on any show that has a "freak of the week" pattern, the catch-all nature of Haven leaves us meh. We get it, the town has a lot of crazy stuff going on in it, which is why an FBI agent is on loan there, looking into stuff with her local cop partner, but what does it all mean? What's the point? Is there a point? Is Eric Balfour as good as this cast is going to get, acting-wise? Because sometimes it seems that way. And when both main characters speak in a monotone and the show's biggest threats are called "The Troubles," it doesn't make for a very exciting show. But at least tonight's episode has ghosts stabbing people.
If you are itching for a quirky sci-fi show and Warehouse 13 isn't quite fitting the bill for you, I recommend jumping in to Eureka. (Get caught up with our handy who's who.) It isn't exactly heavy or super-thought provoking like Battlestar Galactica, but it is a fun ride filled with interesting (and funny) characters, bizarre events and cool/deadly inventions.
Sigh. We all knew this was coming. It's an episode that appears at least once in the life of every sci-fi show (not Syfy show, although that's probably not too far from the truth, either). It's the "evil version of the main character" episode: you've seen it on Smallville, Eureka and every incarnation of Star Trek. Not only does it keep the actors happy by giving them a different personality to play, it keeps the fans happy by showing the female characters acting like sexpots and the male characters being even bigger bad-asses.
I will not be making any jokes about Eureka today, because apparently the fandom does not like to see it mocked, so I will simply say that the second half of Season 3 starts tonight on Syfy. However, I will point out that if you're watching TV with people who are familiar with the show, flipping to Syfy at the right time and yelling "EUREKA!" really loudly would be a good gag. I will also point out that in the last episode the show's main character got fired.
It's finally the season finale of Eureka! The split series means that this third season actually started more than a year ago. That's crazy! A lot has happened since then, and everything is culminating in tonight's episode, which is entitled "What Goes Around Comes Around," a fact which has put that Justin Timberlake song in my head for the last hour or so.