SyFy’s “Eureka” is goofy, good-natured science fiction fun
Fans of SyFy’s “Eureka” said goodbye to their favorite show this week.
Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia, the Emmy Award-nominated show first hit the airwaves in 2006, gradually gained a faithful following among science fiction fans over its five-season run. The series finale, “Just Another Day,” aired Monday on the SyFy channel.
Whether you’ve never seen “Eureka” or you’re a hardcore fan, you’ll be happy to know that most of the show is now available via Netflix’s streaming video service.
In a “What to Watch” first, here’s my take on the Syfy television show.
Eureka isn’t your typical town.
Tucked away in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, Eureka is home to Global Dynamics, a mysterious corporation that designs innovative, yet, dangerous, gadgets for the U.S. Department of Defense. Its location is a closely guarded secret.
Enter U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), who stumbles across the hidden hamlet while transporting a fugitive — his rebellious teenage daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) — back to her mother’s house in Los Angeles. He takes over as sheriff and gradually settles into his role as the only normal guy in a community of super-geniuses.
With no-nonsense sheriff’s deputy Josephina “Jo” Lupo (Erica Cerra Jo) by his side, Carter fights to keep the residents of Eureka safe and sane despite a constant stream of rogue robots, biological agents, weather anomalies and doomsday devices — all while deciphering life as a single dad.
Salli Richardson-Whitfield co-stars as Carter’s love interest, cool, collected Department of Defense agent Allison Blake, while Ed Quinn plays his nemesis, arrogant Global Dynamics scientist Nathan Stark, and Joe Morton plays close friend Henry Deacon, a brilliant researcher-turned-mechanic with grave ethical concerns about Global Dynamics.
Neil Grayston brings the comic relief as a bumbling but brilliant junior scientist, Douglas Fargo.(Geek icon Wil Wheaton — aka Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — has a series of appearances as Fargo’s smug rival, Issac Parrish.)
Although the show occasionally has dark undertones, “Eureka” is a genial, good-natured show what doesn’t mind poking fun at its science fiction roots. Goofy comedy and engaging characters, balanced with solid special effects, make watching this dramedy an engaging experience.
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