This has been a year of discovery for me and one of those finds has been the quirky Sci-Fi show Eureka. When I met the cast at their Vancouver set, I had no clue what the show was about or even what I was looking at. And it seemed like 75 percent of the assembled press were in the same boat. But the Q and A with the cast really won everyone over and their sets truly were amazing. It was clear that the Sci-Fi Channel believed in this show and was going to give it time to find its audience.
So I looked forward to the start of Season 2, the show didn’t grab me right away but after a few weeks of recording it, it really starts to grow on you – especially if you watch it in 2 or 3 episodes blocks. Things start to make a strange sort sense and you start to really like the characters especially Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) who is sarcastic and sometimes feels out of his league surrounded by a town of super geniuses. How he handles these big brains is with off-putting charm.
The town is filled with characters like the uber geek Fargo (Neil Grayston) who always finds himself doing stupid things that get him in trouble, the head of the major corporation Allison Blake (Salli Richardson), the arrogant Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn), the tough Deputy Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), the town “Handyman” Henry (Joe Morton) and Carter’s daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson).
This season was pretty much about Jo discovering her feminine side and the deepening relationship between Nathan and Allison. The season finale goes out with a bang as we finally get closure on Henry’s hunt for the reason his wife died, turns out it wasn’t an accident after all, and Nathan and Henry figure out a way to save Allison’s son who somehow bonded with a computer or artifact (I’ll admit I didn’t understand this plot line). Henry takes it upon himself to set everyone up, but all wasn’t as it seemed.
Meanwhile the Sheriff, Nathan, and Fargo try to prevent the spread of a deadly virus and Jo attempts to stop an over eager General from wiping out the entire town in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading.
Eureka does a fine job of wrapping everything up in the finale, almost too good of a job, they pretty much leave nothing for fans of the show to chew on during the long hiatus, which could be good, because the series is now perfectly poised to come back next summer and go in any direction it wants to go. This show isn’t for everyone, but fans of the show should be pleased with the Season 2 finale.
The episode airs Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 9pm EST. But it’s cable, so I’m sure there will be other opportunities to catch it if you miss it tonight.
Final Grade B
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Originally posted 10/02/07