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.
Well, the first season of the U.S. adaptation of Being Human is almost over, and it seems to be a resounding success. The second season has been greenlit, it wasn't a desecration of the original, and all of the main characters are still alive. Right? The season finale is tonight, and I'm assuming none of the three main characters is going to die. Well, aside from the two who are already dead.
The more I think about this show, the more brilliant I think it is. There are competitive reality series for fashion designing (Project Runway, The Fashion Show), hairstyling (Shear Genius) and even studio art (Work of Art), so why not a series that combines elements of all three? Professional make-up artists creating movie monsters to win cash and prizes? It's genius. In fact, now I wonder why there isn't a series for regular make-up artists, although a good smoky eye is no match for a subterranean mutant.
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.
Everyone gets all up-in-arms about U.S. remakes of British and Australian TV shows, and with good reason: They are often terrible. But it looks like Syfy may have actually gotten Being Human right. I mean, of all the channels the show could have turned up on, Syfy seems like the perfect fit. A werewolf and a vampire who are friends and roommates in an apartment haunted by the ghost of a former tenant? That seems right at home on the channel that's already importing Teen Merlin and airing a show like Eureka.
So excited! I enjoyed myself last season, watching this goofy, fun show about the secret government agency tasked with protecting magical and scientifically unfathomable artifacts, and the season finale had a pretty big cliffhanger. Of course, we know that Warehouse director Artie (Saul Rubinek) isn't really dead, right? And that techno-geek Claudia is coming back to work? And that Leena the innkeeper isn't a dirty, stinking traitor?
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.
Fans of Merlin on NBC, we have good news! The show is back for a second season... just not on NBC. No, NBC has wisely shunted Merlin off to its sister network, Syfy, where it will better fit in with their Destination: Truth marathons and their Saturday night monster movies, like Beyond Sherwood Forest and Beauty and the Beasts. Considering how those movies play fast and loose with mythology, Teen Merlin and His Cleverly Hidden Magic Powers should fit right in.