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Jack and Zoe in jail

Ths Sheriff,Jo, Walter, Henry (with back turned) and Jack

Taggart
Pilot



Original release date July 18, 2016.

Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia.

Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter, Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Jordan Danger as Zoe Carter, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Erica Cerra as Jo Lupo, Neil Grayston as Douglas Fargo, Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake, Matt Frewer as Jim Taggart, and Chris Gauthier as Vincent.

With: Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Greg Germann as Professor Warren King, Maury Chaykin as Sheriff / Major William Cobb, Rob LaBelle as Walter Perkins, Garry Chalk as Colonel Briggs, Jennifer Clement as Susan Perkins, Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin and Zak Ludwig as Brian Perkins.

I haven't watched Eureka for a very long time, so I wondered if I would really want to watch the series again. Turns out, it is rather enjoyable. It has an upbeat feel, as if anything is possible, and life is good.

US marshal Jack Carter is driving his wayward teenage daughter, Zoe, back to Los Angeles when he serves to avoid a dog and ends up off the side of the road. Henry, Eureka's resident mechanic, tows his car to his garage for repairs. Jack locks Zoe in a jail cell for safekeeping under the watchful eye of Deputy Jo Lupo.

While waiting for his car to be repaired, the back half of a motor home disappears, cows get fried, a child is missing, and so is his father.

Welcome to Eureka, where science tends to run amok.

This is a surprisingly good show that holds up quite well even though it is seventeen years old.

Carter has just the right amount of skepticism and insight to make his character believable.

Zoe is a mouthy teen, unhappy with her family situation. But, instead of being a broken person trying desperately to overcome a tragic past, she takes control of her life, is happy, and successful. Note that while she waits for takeout food, she is reading Scientific American.

Jo Lupo is a great character. She is tough and macho but every bit a woman.

Jim Taggart is a strange one. He is over the top, fresh from the Australian outback, and not all that believable. But he is the perfect person to provide comic relief where animals are involved.

Henry, the grimy mechanic/engineering genus, has a childlike enjoyment of life and insight into things that go wrong.

Although this two-hour episode comes to a conclusion, it isn't quite the end of this missing father story.

If you haven't watched Eureka, I suggest you give it a try.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 16, 2023.












Walter's Ghost

Susan and Allison

Jack watching S.A.R.A.H fill a glass of beer.
Many Happy Returns


Season 1, Episode 2

Originally aired July, 25, 2006

Directed by Jefery Levy. Written by Jaime Paglia and Andrew Cosby.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston.

With: Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake, Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Ed Quinn as Nathan Stark, Jennifer Clement as Susan Perkins, Rob LaBelle as Walter Perkins, and Zak Ludwig as Brian Perkins.


Back home after their adventures in Eureka, everything returns to normal. Zoe returns to living with her mother, and Jack returns to his desk job until he gets promoted. If moving to Eureka as the town's sheriff is a promotion.

After the funeral for Walter and his wife Susan, Jack returns to the sheriff's office only to find Susan alive and pissed. She doesn't understand why her parents were told she died. And denies ever having been married to Walter.

And people are seeing ghosts.

This episode concludes the saga of Walter and Susan, giving more insight into the town and its occupants.

In many ways, the Walter/ghost/Susan story takes a back seat to S.A.R.A.H (Self-Actuated Residential Automated Habitat), the AI that controls Jack's house. Despite all the ultra-modern, super high tech functions, the house has a few believability problems. I don't see how an AI can pour a glass of beer or cook a pot roast without either beaming or replicator technology, which doesn't seem to exist in Eureka.

And, at the very end, Zoe shows up at Jack's door. Perhaps a town full of super smart, creative, and just a bit weird people is more appealing than a safe and routine life with her mother.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 19, 2023.












The Gang Searching for Aliens

Faraday as an Alien

Spencer's Crop Circle
Alienated



Season 1, Episode 4

Originally released August 6, 2006

Directed by Marita Grabiak. Story by Varina Bleil and Betsy Landis. Teleplay by Harry Victor and Dan E. Fesman.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Matt Frewer.

With: Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Garwin Sanford as Congressman Faraday, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin, and Layla Alizada as Dr. Sharat.


Spencer, Fargo, Taggart, Vincent, and Jo start acting really strange, even for Eureka. There are bright lights in the sky and even a crop circle. It takes a while to put all the bits and pieces together.

In the meantime, Congressman Arnold Faraday has come to see a new weapon that will make enemy soldiers turn on each other. When that fails, and he is nearly killed, he insists on seeing the artifact locked in Section 5.

The show starts out pretty normal, complications set in, and the tension builds to a nerve-wracking showdown. The glee on Taggart's face as he prepares to slice and dice the congressman is great.

The artifact doesn't make sense. It is so powerful and dangerous that it has to be kept in a vault, but it doesn't seem to have a solid physical form. I wonder how they got it into Section 5 without killing everyone.

Jack and Allison are obviously attracted to each other but probably completely mismatched, which comes off as cute. Beverly is proving to be much more than a therapist and B&B owner. And Nathan's motives and plans always seem a bit questionable.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 26, 2023.












Carlson and Jack on the Bridge

Carlson in the Lab.

Invincible



Season 1, Episode 5

Originally aired August 15,2006

Directed by Michael Grossman. Written by Dan E. Fesman.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston.

With Matt Frewer as Jim Taggart, Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Saul Rubinek as Dr. Carl Carlson, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.

The bumbling, germophobic, and somewhat OCD Dr. Carl Carlson needs a ride to work. Jack reluctantly agrees to chauffeur him. At least, it will get Jack out of his required physical exam. Jack even follows Dr. Carlson into his lab, where he is working on a way of preventing death.

To avoid the physical, Jack stays to watch Carlson. Then an explosion sends Jack through a window and Carlson into a wall.

Nathan Stark comes on the scene and promptly fires Carlson. As bumbling and inefficeint as Carlson is, it is suprising that he hassn't been fired sooner.

It isn't long before Jack has to stop Carlson from jumping off a bridge. Instead, they both fall. Jack survives with minor injuries by landing on Carlson. Carlson, however, walks away with minor injuries that heal within minutes.

But invincibility is just the beginning of Carlson's problems.

This is a bit of a mystery with Jack running around trying to figure out what is going on, at first, trying to help Carlson, then to save his life.

The success of this episode rests mainly on the performance of Saul Rubinek, Artie from Warehouse 13. He makes Dr. Carlson both likable and believable despite all his faults.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 31, 2023












Silo in the Roadway

Thatcher and Jack at the Nobel Awards Ceremony

Geezers to the Rescue
Dr. Nobel



Season 1, Episode 6

Originally aired August 22, 2006

Directed by Jeff Woolnough. Written by Dan E. Fesman and Harry Victor

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Chris Gauthier.

With Antony Holland as Dr. Irvin Thatcher, Donna White as Eugenia, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.


Stark gives Fargo a kind of promotion -his own office. Of course, it is an old storage room in a subbasement far away from everywhere. Fargo and Spencer discover an old console and fiddle around until they activate it. Oops.

Enormous silos emerge through the street. Each is capable of firing ion beams at mirrors on the moon, which will reflect back and destroy cities on Earth. The only person who can deactivate the devices is Dr. Irvin Thatcher, a reality-challenged old man living in a home for retired scientists.

As is typical in these kinds of stories, everything anyone does to turn off the doomsday machines, shortens the timeline. But it is done with enough humor to make it enjoyable.

Antony Holland does a wonderful job of playing Dr. Thatcher. Even though he lives in an 'alternate world,' he comes off as a lovable old man - just a bit confused. The reason for his break from reality doesn't quite ring true.

Jack's feelings for Eugenia and his solution to the 'missile crisis' add great comic relief.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 7, 2024












Callister Raynes

Zoe with Red Hair

Jack and Allison Stuck to the Fence
Right as Raynes



Season 1, Episode 8

Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Johanna Stokes.

Originally aired September 5, 2006

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Chris Gauthier.

With Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, David Paetkau as Callister Raynes, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.


Zoe dyes her hair bright red, and Callister Raynes returns to Eureka. Then everything goes haywire.

Callister has a rather unique relationship with Nathan. He has returned because, as he puts it, "Something is wrong." Everywhere Callister goes things happen; It snows in Cafe Diem, fires break out, and traffic lights fail. A fence is magnitized pulling Jack and Allison to it. Although why a magnetic fence would attract people is not explained. Neither appeared to be wearing enough metal to get that stuck. But it is another opportunity to build an attraction between the two.

As more and more glitches happen, Jack suspects foul play and investigates but doesn't get very far.

This episode is a bit more serious than previous episodes. Callister is a complex character, not at all what he seems on the surface. The show does a good job of hiding the real problem until the very end. And it isn't expected.

A softer side of Nathan is revealed. And Jack's relationship with Zoe is quite strained. It also has a bit of a tragic ending. It delves deeper into the emotions of several characters.

However, the story moves along at a good clip and stays interesting throughout.












Lo Jack and Taggart

Stark and Fargo

A Sea of Starks
Primal



Season 1, Episode 9

September 12, 2006

Directed by Colin Bucksey

Teleplay by Martin Weiss and Johanna Stokes

Story by Karl Schaefer and Martin Weiss

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin and Robert Clarke as Larry the IT Guy.


Lo Jack gets hit by a car, so Taggart uses nanoids to heal him. Of course, the nanoids escape and cause havoc. Which might not have been so bad, except that Fargo has a new toy. He hooks Stark's brain into the computer system via a small red button on Stark's neck.

The nanobugs are programmed to replicate and repair. Once they invade the computer system, Stark subconsciously controls them.

This episode has a few rather scary scenes as well as some rather funny ones. Imagine a sea of Nathan Starks covering the city or the world.

There is some interesting character development. Fargo is becoming a more complex and important character. And Taggart is more than just the crazy Aussie he first seemed to be.

And they have tunnels to crawl through. They are not ventilation shafts, but access tunnels that look very much like Jefferies tubes.

If you have rooms with the same floor and ceiling heights, why build an access shaft between them that is only high enough to crawl through? Why not build it like a corridor? Is there something on top of the tube? Another tube, perhaps. It's a common plot device, but rather silly.

I feel for the actors who have to crawl around on their hands and knees.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 13, 2024












Fargo Being Chased

Allison Coming on to Jack

Hunting Evil Plants
Purple Haze



Season 1, Episode 10

September 19, 2006

Directed by David Straiton

Teleplay by Johanna Stokes

Story by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, Debrah Farentino, and Chris Gauthier.

With Alan Legros as Seth Osbourne, Michael Benyaer as Dr. Louis Glazer, Bryan Wilson as Baker Twin #2, and Keith Wilson as Baker Twin #1.


Fargo's neighbor, Seth, plays Flight of the Valkyrie day and night, so Fargo sneaks in at night and cuts the power cord. Then passes out. So does Seth.

The next day, everyone is different. Allison tries to seduce Jack, Jo is carefree and cheery, and Henry is morose. Other than Jack, only Zoe seems normal. The Beverly gets on the comm and tells all to everyone. Oops.

It is interesting to watch the actors play their characters with different personalities.

The offending plants look like giant spider plants on short, fat posts. Interestingly, when Jack drops the flamethrower on the ground, nothing catches on fire, but the plants burn vigorously when torched.

Also, Taggart running around naked is great comic relief.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 16, 2024












Fargo and Beverly - An Awkward Moment

Everyone's Making Up

The Pizza Guy Has a Red Shirt!
H.O.U.S.E. Rules



Season 1, Episode 11

September 26, 2006

Directed by Jeff Woolnough

Written by Harry Victor

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, and Debrah Farentino.

With: Michael Coleman as Pizza Dude.


Nathan can be a real ass, and Jack is fed up. He goes home, takes a few sick days, drinks beer, and eats pizza. He also searches the world for a better place to live, not that he could afford any of those estates.

Unbeknownst to Jack, S.A.R.A.H invites Nathan, Fargo, Allison, Beverly, Henry, Jo, and Taggart. Everyone shows up except Jo and Taggart. They are having a paintball war.

Once everyone is inside. S.A.R.A.H locks the door. She’s not letting anyone out until the “kiss and make up,’ so to speak.

She also lets the pizza delivery guy in.

Of course, things go wrong, and B.R.A.D (Battle Reactive Automatic Defense) AI takes over and tries to kill people. While Jo and Taggart, sensing something is bad, try to access the house from an underground labyrinth or lethal defenses armed with paintball guns.

This is a fun episode. It starts out pretty mild but continues to build as the threats increase and the characters are placed into ever more uncomfortable situations. And B.R.A.D isn’t opposed to using lethal force. And the pizza guy even has a red shirt!

The scenes with Taggart and Jo are great fun. They add just the right amount of action and comedy to the episode. They make a very convincing ‘odd couple.’

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 20, 2022












Fargo In the Impenetrable Bubble

Taggert and Joe to the Rescue

Jo Using a Sonic Fishing Rod
Try, Try Again


Season 2 Episode 2

Originally Aired July 17, 2007

Directed by Michael Nankin. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Charles Grant Craig.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Vincent Gale as Dr. Todd, Barclay Hope as Gen. Mansfield, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, and Don Thompson as Victor.


Nathan Stark has been demoted, and Allison Blake is now head of Global Dynamics. All the computers must be reset. That will take eight hours. That doesn't make sense, but you'll just have to go with it.

Fargo finds an object in his pocket. Not knowing what it is, he pushes the button on top. It lights up but doesn't seem to do anything else, so he puts it in his pocket. All is well until he tries to wash his hands and discovers the water is repelled. So is everything else.

He can still breathe and talk but can't turn the force shield off, and it keeps getting bigger. The instructions are in the GD computer system, which will be offline longer than Fargo has to live.

Two things about this episode are somewhat hard to believe. Why would they need to shut down the entire computer network for eight hours? But the bigger question is, why does GD just conveniently have a ten thousand-foot deep hole that looks to be twenty feet in diameter. I wonder what they did with all the dirt they removed.

The Russians dug a forty thousand-foot deep hole, but it is only a few inches in diameter.

This is a fun episode. Mansfield gets a bit boring, but the rest of the characters keep the pacing moving along and break the tension with just the right amount of humor.

Also, the previous two episodes, the last episode of the first season and the first episode of this season, brought a few changes and revelations. But I don't have those episodes. If I find them, I will review them.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 25, 2024.












Jack and Abby

The Frozen Guy

Jack Trying to Push a Button


Unpredictable


Season 2 Episode 3

Originally Aired July 24, 2007

Directed by 2

Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Thania St. John

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Olivia d'Abo as Dr. Abby Carter, Patrick Gilmore as Pete Puhlman, Stefanie von Pfetten as Wendy Whiticus, and David Nykl as Dr. Steven Whiticus


The weather is going bonkers, and Jack's ex has come to take Zoe away on her sixteenth birthday.

When the spa's hot tub temperature drops to -460 instantaneously, a man is frozen solid mid-stride. The weather changes every few minutes between rain, wind, hail, snow, and bright sun, causing havoc. Abby, Jack's ex, insists she be part of everything, which complicates both keeping Zoe's party secret and getting her to it, and figuring out why the weather is bonkers.

And Henry returns to Global against Beverly's advice. And Beverly makes it clear that she is much more than she appears.

This episode is full of excitement, tension, and character development. Jack's and Zoe's relationship with Abby is refreshing. There isn't any hatred, just incompatible goals and responsibilities.

Allison seems to be rekindling her relationship with Nathan, and Jak has mixed feelings about his wife. I think this is done to put a bit of a damper on the Allison/Jack relationship.

In a great scene, Jack has to push a button to save Eureka from a devastating storm, but the wind is too strong, and he can't reach the button. I wonder if they had him hung from a rope or if Colin Ferguson could actually walk in that position. I'm betting on a rope.

Both the flash freezing and the instantaneous boiling are a bit hard to believe. But, like most of Eureka, it's best not to question the science too rigorously. Instead, just go with it and enjoy the show.

Seeing David Nykl from Stargate Atlantis playing Dr. Steven Whiticus was nice.

Although this episode concludes, it is part one of two.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 26, 2024.












Zoe in Counseling

Jack and Zoe into the Unknown

This Wasn't the Culprit
The Games People Play


Season 2 Episode 4

Originally Aired July 31, 2007

Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, and Ethan Lawrence.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Olivia d'Abo as Dr. Abby Carter, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Syn Narula as Dr. Babajanian, Ed Hong-Louie as Man at Bar, Michael Kopsa as Doctor, Sharon Taylor as Townsperson, and Cameron Park as Doctor.


Jack has agreed to send Zoe home with Abby. No one is happy except Abby. Zoe is in her room having a counseling session. In typical Eureka fashion, she is lying on the bed wearing VR glasses. Jack interrupts, and they argue. Then things get weird.

People disappear in a flash of blue light. Not only are they gone, but only Jack remembers them.

This is a fairly common trope in science fiction. It is usually explained by time bubbles, time loops, or something similar. It is usually resolved when the time loop is broken. Or perhaps it's only a dream.

Dreams are another common trope used in many genres. The dream sequence is obvious fairly quickly. But this is Eureka. People disappearing from history might just be possible.

By the time the viewer begins to question the validity of Jack's experiences, his situation is revealed. Then, the story shifts to finding some way to get him out of his dreams without killing him.

And another common trope is invoked. Turning off the machine manipulating his mind will kill him. That one never makes sense to me.

Check out the machine that hit Jack. Some poor prop guy had to build that.

All that aside, this is an exciting and fun episode, well worth watching. It also adds depth the Jack and Zoe's relationship and cements Zoe as a regular character.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 30, 2024.












Zoe and Jo Ready for the Science Faire

Taggart and his Geese

The Saboteurs
Duck, Duck Goose




Season 2 Episode 5



Originally Aired August 7, 2007

Directed by Michael Lange. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Johanna Stokes.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Anna Galvin as Dr. Jane Harrington, Elise Gatien as Megan, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, David James Lewis as Dr. Aaron Finn, Brenda Crichlow as Principal Wallace, Matreya Fedor as Tina, and Karissa Tynes as Stephanie.


It's time for the science fair, and everyone is geared up for disaster. Genius students with access to unlimited technology might just destroy the world. Then, space junk bombs Eureka.

At the fair, a couple of genius girls sabotage Zoe's project, so she messes with theirs. Oops, this might be a problem. They are the children of successful, extremely brilliant parents, but Zoe is a 'norm,' a child of ordinary parents. Especially Jack, with his IQ of 111, which is just average. Although he is rather proud of that.

In the meantime, just to keep things interesting, Taggart has a flock of geese, mechanical geese. He loves them but also wants to set them free. Odd.

While Jack runs around investigating and making connections that the brilliant scientists overlooked, Zoe saves the day.

This is a good episode to follow the previous one. Zoe obviously belongs in Eureka. She has a very high IQ and an understanding of complex electronics.

Reviewed by Romana Drew February 3, 2024.












Pierre in Cryostasis Chamber

Pierre and Fargo

Charlie
Family Reunion




Season 2 Episode 7.

Originally Aired August 21, 2007

Directed by Michael Lange. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Anne Cofell Saunders.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Tygh Runyan as Pierre Fargo, Scott Hylands as Andre Sandrov, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Terence Kelly as Charlie, Deirdre Blades as Belle St. John, Martin Christopher as Doctor, and Kevin O'Grady as Technician.


Apparently Global Dynamics has several bodies stored in cryostasis chambers. While updating the system an unidentified chamber is discovered. Of course, they revive the man and discover he is Fargo's grandfather Pierre Fargo, who disappeared in 1957.

Pierre gets pissed when he discovered that Andre Sandrov got rich and famous claiming Pierre's research as his own, and he never had a chance to propose to his girlfriend. Which makes one wonder how he could be Fargo's grandfather.

This is more of a mystery than a technological problem. How Pierre managed to survive the freezing is never address. Neither is the question of why it took so long to find him.

This is not the first Eureka story where the woman waited a lifetime for the man she loved to finally connect with her. This doesn't survive deep scrutiny. These are highly intelligent successful people. The idea that they would spend their lives pining for someone who left them just doesn't quite ring true.

One of the best parts of the story it Fargo's insistence on calling Pierre Grandfather, even though they are close to the same age, and Pierre obviously doesn't like it.

Reviewed by Romana Drew February 19, 2024.












Busted

Playing Games in GD

Saving the Day
E=MC...?


Season 2 Episode 8

Originally Aired August 28, 2007

Directed by Tim Matheson. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Bruce Miller.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Niall Matter as Zane Donovan, Allison Hossack as Dr. Emily Glenn, Bill Mondy as Sam Lovejoy, Gabrielle Rose as Carol Taylor, and Michael Brock as Jasper Cole.


Stark and Henry want to re-create the big bang inside a containment field. What could possibly go wrong?

This episode introduces Zane, a super genius but also a fun loving bounder. Carter would prefer to keep him safe in jail but that proves impossible. And instead of monitoring this dangerous and explosive experiment, everyone acts like out of control third graders. Leaving Zane, Carter, and a veterinarian to stop the containment field from collapsing and the big bang experiment from becoming a genuine big bang.

There are some truly funny scenes in this episode and lots of clever dialogue. The technobabble explaining the experiment doesn't make sense, but that isn't uncommon for Eureka. The device looks great.

Zane could be a really obnoxious character, but Naill Matter play him with charm and sensitivity, making this a thoroughly enjoyable episode.

Reviewed by Romana Drew February 23, 2024.












Looking into the Invisible Car

Explosion at the Dry Cleaners

Invisible Jack
Sight Unseen




Season 2 Episode 9

Originally Aired September 4, 2007

Directed by Donna Deitch. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Charles Grant Craig.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Chris Gauthier, and Niall Matter.

With: Sonja Bennett as Callie Curie, Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Michael Brock as Jasper Cole, Adam Bergquist as Mr. Hall, Paul Moniz de Sa as Lincoln, and Iris Paluly as Home Owner.


Callie Curie, the dry cleaner flirts with Jack as she reminds him that this is his one year anniversary in Eureka. Moon rocks sprout radioactive crystals, Zoe crashes her car into something invisible, and polyethylene glycol goes missing. The dry cleaner blows up. Then Jack turns invisible.

The moon rocks are growing radioactive crystals because someone extracted aluminum-26 from them.

Al 26 is does not naturally occur on Earth, but is found in some extraterrestrial objects, and can be used to determine the age of meteorites. It decays to magnesium-26. Since the decay rate is constant, the ratio of Al-26 to Mg-26 determines the age of the rock.

How can Al 26 be extracted from a moon rock without removing the rock from its secured container inside a secure room, and without changing the rock, grinding it up, melting it down or something? Why would removing a radioactive substance cause the rocks to grow radioactive crystals. That would take some kind of energy input. Atoms and molecules don't spontaneously rearrange themselves.

This episode shows that Jack almost has a girlfriend. At least for this episode.

As in much of Eureka, the science doesn't make sense. I can suspend my disbelief and accept invisibility, but the way they achieve it doesn't ring true. As every good scifi writer knows, don't try too hard to explain impossible technology.

Reviewed by Romana Drew February 28, 2024.












Martha

The Viper

Eva Thorn
Bad to the Drone




Season 3. Episode 1.

First aired July 29, 2008

Directed by Bryan Spicer. Written by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Jonathon Young as Dr. Ethan Edison, Lauren K. Robek as Mina, and Barclay Hope as Gen. Mansfield.


Eva Thorn, the fixer, arrives at GD. Her job is to make GD cost-effective, no matter the cost. There is also a test of the Viper, an air defense weapon.

Twelve target drones are sent off. The Viper easily destroys eleven, but the twelfth, Martha, turns around and kills the Viper. Then Martha heads off on her own, evading capture and causing general havoc.

The main story, catching and controlling Martha, is well-written and fun. There is both excitement and humor.

This episode also explores the relationship between Stark and Allison, Jack and Zoe, Zane and Jo, and Henry's plight while still in jail. And, although it isn't clear how or why, Eva Thorn is bound to be trouble.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 2, 2024.












Bob

Hologram Henry and Jack

Lab 27
What About Bob?




Season 3. Episode 2.

First aired August 5, 2008

Directed by Fred Gerber. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Charles Grant Craig.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Elysia Rotaru as Teri Wallace, Richard Kahan as Derek Bowers, Malcolm Stewart as Rick Wallace, Woody Jeffreys as Bob Nobb, Jax Smith as Grace, Neil Schell as Abe, and Patricia Harras as Laura Wallace,


Lab 27 is an underground self-sustained habitat where eleven volunteers have lived for eleven years. No one has gone in or come out during that time. The entire area is under constant video surveillance. Now, Bob is missing. Eva thinks it's too expensive and wants to shut it down.

Jack and Allison go in to investigate. Bob isn't exactly missing, but he isn't exactly human, either.

Back in Eureka, Eva is instituting changes. The museum is to close, Cafe Diem must charge for food, and seventy-five employees are to be laid off.

Fargo has hacked the surveillance system, and everyone in Cafe Diem watches the events in Lab 27 unfold.

As in many Eureka stories, the reason for Bob's transformation is a bit farfetched. But otherwise, the story is fine.

Although eleven people living in an enclosed environment with no contact with any other people or the outside world, completely reliant on GD to turn the sun and on and off, maintain the temperature, and generally keep the habitat livable, is a bit unbelievable.

In the end, Henry returns to Eureka, and Eva may be more than she appears.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 5, 2024












An Exploding Dog

Jack Covered in Synthetic Mucus

The Winning Dog
Best in Faux




Season 3. Episode 3.

First aired August 12, 2008

Directed by Paul Holahan. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Bruce Miller

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Alan Ruck as Dr. Hood, Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Holly Elissa as Dr. Tracy Fox, Gabrielle Rose as Carol Taylor, Lexa Doig as Dr. Anne Young, Shawn Macdonald as Dr. Mendel, and Kayla Deorksen as Sales Lady,


It's the annual Eureka dog show. In typical Eureka fashion, all the dogs are mechanical. When the front runner blows up, it is assumed to be an accident, but it happens again. And there are earthquakes that only Jack feels.

Dr. Hood has an underground tunneling machine, which is believed to have caused the quakes until a pocket of magna is discovered.

And GD has a stash of logic diamonds that may have been illegally used in the exploding dogs.

While this is happening, Eva and Henry hunt for a place to build a hotel and find a new kind of radiation.

This is a complex story, covering many facets of GD and Eureka. It's kind of hard to follow all the stories. Allison running around in a wedding dress she can't get off adds a bit of comic relief, as does Dr. Hood's sometimes rather insane behavior.

The bit about finding the magma pocket using a mechanical dog with a souped up sense of smell because of artificial mucus might work except the dog is inside the burrowing machine. Stopping to let him out for a moment didn't quite work.

This is another wild Eureka episode that works if you don't analyze it too closely.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 7, 2024












Allison and Nathan

Lexi, Zoe, and Henry

Goodbye Nathan
I Do Over




Season 3. Episode 4.

First aired August 19, 2024

Directed by Matt Earl Beesley. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Thania St. John.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Nicholas Carella as Leo Weinbrenner, Paul Moniz de Sa as Lincoln, and Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake.


It's Allison and Stark's wedding day, and Jack is supposed to walk Allison down the aisle. SARAH blasts him with a cold shower, and Zoe teases him for cutting his face shaving. Lexi, his hippy sister, shows up three days early with two cats. And Eva hands him a list of people to lay off.

All goes well until Allison and Stark reach the alter, then Jack is back in the shower blasted with cold water, and the day starts over. Again and again.

Eventually, Jack finds someone else stuck in the same time loop, the guy who created it.

With every loop, we learn a little more about Lexi, Zoe, and Jack's feelings for Allison. And Stark gets to be the hero saving the world, or at least Eureka.

Time loops are a common trope in science fiction. This one works fine. But by now, viewers must wonder why Jack is always the only one who can feel, see, or know about the strange things that happen or why it takes so long for others to believe him.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 11, 2024.












The Mummy

Opening the Tomb

Bugs
Show Me the Mummy




Season 3. Episode 5.

First aired August 26, 2008

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson.. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Curtis Kheel.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Zak Santiago as Dr. Sebastian Marx, Adrian Hough as Dr. Wilding, and Tricia Collins as Eileen Michaels,

The entire tomb of Queen Niota has been transported to GD. Dr. Marx is about to open it. Of course, there is a possible curse, and Marx is soon found dead. The mummy is missing. So is the camerawoman. Then Fargo gets sick.

Taking a cue from several old movies, a mass of something grows inside the dead bodies, eventually bursting, releasing a swarm of flying bugs. This might mean worldwide destruction, except they're attracted to Lexi's yoga music.

There are some unanswered or poorly answered questions. If Queen Niota was killed before the bugs matured, why did touching her transfer the disease to Marx and the camera woman? Why did the camerawoman turn to dust but not Marx?

How in the world did they transport and entire tomb intact from Egypt to GD. Even if the Egyption government would permit it, how do you separate the tomb structure from the surround rock? Having done that, how do you move something that big and heavy? Better yet, why did they walk into the newly opened tomb without masks or suits? They talked about not contaminating the site, then did nothing to prevent that.

This is a nice who-done-it story with a creepy twist.

Although Nathan Stark is gone, he is not forgotten, which adds emotional closure to his leaving the show.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 13, 2024.












Captain Eureka

Luke, Pilar, and Zoe

Jack Walking Through a Door.
Phased and Confused




Season 3. Episode 6

First aired September 9, 2008

Phased and Confused

Directed by Michael Robison.. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Nick Wauters.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Mark Hildreth as Chuck, Adrienne Carter as Pilar, Jody Racicot as Doctor Peterson, David Mackay as Doctor Gaz, and Kaaren de Zilva as Doctor Lee.

When Henry refused to open Eva's magic box, Zane obliged. They go into the woods, and Zane works the combo. A side of the hill moves aside to reveal a deep elevator shaft. At about the same time, part of a classroom wall fell, revealing a long unused corridor. Zoe, Pilar, and Lucas explore the maze of halls and rooms. Eventually, they meet Zane and get trapped.

In the meantime, a superhero dressed in blue is saving Lexi from certain death. Once might be a coincidence, but it happens too many times. Not only can the guy fly using jet-powered boots, but he can walk through walls.

Unfortunately, the phasing technology has one serious drawback eventually the user goes completely out of phase and evaporates into nothing. However, it is the only way to save Zoe.

Although why the schoolroom wall collapsed isn't explained, the rest of the plot is quite interesting. Several unrelated things happen to both get Zoe trapped and give Jack the skills he needs to save her.

Eva is definitely more than just someone who came to streamline GD. In fact, that is probably her least important reason for being here. Although the character doesn't seem inherently evil, she definitely isn't benign.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 16, 2024.












The New Sun's Escape

Dr. Herrrera's Clouds

Shooting the New Sun
Here Come the Suns




Season 3. Episode 7

First aired September 16, 2008.

Directed by Oz Scott. Written by Jaime Paglia and Eric Wallace.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Dean Marshall as Dr. Herrera, and Margot Berner as Kylie,

While Lucus, Vincent, and Dr. Herrera all run for mayor of Eureka, Zoe's nine-year-old science partner creates a model of the solar system, including planets that fly around a room and a sun that bakes the entire town. That wouldn't be so bad, except Dr. Herrrera's cloud experiment put too much hydrogen into the atmosphere, and the sun keeps getting bigger and hotter.

This would be a pretty short story except for the election and Eva Thorn. She has scheduled the underground complex for thermal sterilization, which will destroy any evidence, so Jack and Allison take a look and find evidence of bodies that have been recently removed.

None of these stories, Eva Thorn, the extra sun, and the election, are particularly complex. Mixed together, they make for a fun episode.

With each episode, the odds pile against Thorn getting away with whatever she intends to do. No one trusts her, and, in the end, Allison finally shows some backbone and defies her.

Jack and Zane have a way to turn off the sun, but, of course, it isn't as easy as it should be. It is fun to watch the two actors play off each other.

None of the three candidates seems up to being mayor. Despite the sun's intense heat wave, the election voting continues undeterred. The winner is a surprise, giving the show a rather satisfying ending.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 18, 2024.












The Foam

Zoe and Jack

Jack Trapped with Eva Thorn
From Fear to Eternity




Season 3. Episode 8

First aired September 23, 2008

Directed by Eric Laneuville. Written by

Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Thania St. John.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Frances Fisher as Eva Thorne, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Barclay Hope as Gen. Mansfield, David Richmond-Peck as Dr. Hendricks, and Julius Chapple as Guard.


Eva Thorn hires a military contractor to block all entry to the underground complex using an impenetrable foam. She also orders the bodies shipped someplace far away. But Allison sends the bodies to Henry, who determines they died of a rapid aging disease. Zoe contracted the disease when she slipped in the purple goo a couple of episodes ago.

Zane and Jo get stuck in some of the foam which gives Zane a chance to find a way to dissolve it.

Eva Thorn isn't quite as evil as she has seemed until now. She does have a good reason for what she is doing. However, if she had simply come clean in the beginning, things might have been much easier.

As is typical of Eureka, some things don't warrant close examination. Why was the purple goo still liquid after sitting on the floor for over fifty years? Why does Henry do autopsies in his garage? After lying on the floor for so many years, there shouldn't have been much left of the bodies, especially if the rats got to them?

Setting the above aside, this is a good episode. Eva may not have solved her problems in the best way possible, but she did have good reasons. Unfortunately, General Mansfield doesn't see it that way.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 20, 2024












Sheriff Andy

Oops. The wicked witch of the West?

Fargo Can Fix Him
Welcome Back, Carter




Season 3. Episode 9

First aired July 10, 2009

Directed by Matthew Diamond. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Bruce Miller.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, Ty Olsson as Sheriff Andy, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Barclay Hope as Gen. Mansfield, Kevin Kruchkywich as Dr. Fielding, Kim Poirier as Dr. Maria Leonardo, and Kurt Max Runte as Agent Turner.


There's a new sheriff in town, a robot named Andy. Carter was fired in the last episode but now has a job with Homeland Security. Zoe is pissed. Then things start falling down. First, it's trees, then a radio dish, then a traffic light.

Sheriff Andy is a personable enough guy with many laudable characteristics, but he just doesn't quite get it. He is indestructible. He gets smashed and cut in half, always coming back without a scratch.

Every attempt to fix the gravity wells popping up randomly around the town fails spectacularly. The one guy everyone thinks is responsible obviously isn't.

Carter does figure it out, but the culprit is a bit unbelievable. How can an A.I. be so smart that it can outsmart all the G.D. geniuses?

At least the writers didn't try to explain how a mobile gravity well is created. That might have been interesting.

I also don't see Allison giving birth floating in a gravity-free chamber.

This is a fun episode that takes pride in beating up Andy. And, in the end, Jack gets his job back.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 20, 2024












The Test

Fargo and Not Jo

Who is Who?
Your Face or Mine


Season 3. Episode 10

First aired July 17, 2009

Directed by Colin Ferguson. Written by Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Leela Savasta as Julia Golden, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Tobias Slezak as Dr. Jacob Stefano, Julia Arkos as Dr. Bella Pagani, and Martin Christopher as Doctor,


It's time for the annual physical and psychological tests. Jo walks out, having aced the test. Jack is ushered into a room with a big red button on the opposite wall and a mechanical voice saying, "Push the button." He takes a step forward, and the floor disappears.

In the meantime, Jo seems to have gone bonkers, singing in Cafe Diem and kissing Fargo, while S.A.R.A.H. swears she was in Jack's house with Zoe.

Putting Jack in the testing room gets him out of the way so the plot can concentrate on Jo as both victim and investigator, it makes for great comic relief. In an earlier episode, Unpredictable, Jack also had to push a button under difficult conditions.

I wonder how completely invisible squares of floor can float in space with no visible means of support. Oh well, it's Eureka where the impossible is every day.

I also wonder how someone smart enough to manipulate D.N.A. to change their appearance can be so dumb as to think that looking like Jo will make her like Jo. I also wonder how a complete change of body shape and appearance can happen so quickly. It would be more plausible to switch minds, at least in my mind.

It is fun to watch Zane and Fargo deal with the changes in Jo.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 24, 2024












Dr. Murray Drechmeyer and his T.I.R.D

Don't Stand There

Jack and Tess Trying to Get Home
Insane in the P-Brane




Season 3. Episode 11.

First aired July 24, 2009

Directed by Steve Miner. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Thania St. John.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Jaime Ray Newman, as Tess Fontana, Jeff Pangman as Duncan, Brendan Beiser as Dr. Drechmeyer, Chelah Horsdal as Mary-Beth Curtis, Mark Gash as H.J. Johnson, Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, and Rachel Gassi as The Dress Lady.


Jack meets Dr. Tess Fontana taking a potty break on her way to Eureka. How her car got into the middle of the road is a mystery.

Dr. Murray Drechmeyer and his partner/ex Mary-Beth have a disagreement about his T.I.R.D., Thermal Imaging Reactive Disturbance. It detects ghosts. Or so he says.

In the meantime, Duncan, the father of Lexi's baby, shows up unexpectedly. Lexi is wearing a magic dress that hides her pregnancy, and she doesn't tell him about the baby.

In another lab, H.J. Johnson is on the floor unconscious. There is a raised dais in the center of the room and a similarly patterned rectangular device on the floor. After Jack and Tess mess around for a while. Others enter the room. Oops. They can't see or hear Jack and Tess. This is the device that lets people pass through the membrane that separates dimensions, called a p-brain. It generates p-brains all over the place and causes disturbances everywhere.

Tess and Jack play off each other rather nicely. There is an obvious attraction, but they both deny it.

For a while, it even seems as if Murray might actually be able to contact ghosts.

There is plenty of story and excitement in this episode.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 26, 2024.












The GD Bowling Team

The Blob

Bowling Fargo's Way
It's Not Easy Being Green




Season 3. Episode 12.

First aired July 31, 2009

Directed by Sarah Pia Anderson. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Curtis Kheel.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Jeff Pangman as Duncan, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Sean Owen Roberts as Toby Bismarck, Alan Legros as Seth Osbourne, Ever Carradine as Lexi Carter, and John DeSantis as Big Ed,


The annual bowling grudge match between Eureka and Area 51 is about to start. Pranks are on the menu. Soon the entire Eureka team turns green and slightly radioactive, including Big Ed.

Allison asks Jack to collect all the Globidium in town. It's a power source, and most of it is missing. It is needed to power a laser telescope to track a signal headed for earth. Given what the Globidium had been powering, this laser telescope would take as much energy as a small town which doesn't make a lot of sense. I am assuming they are bouncing a laser off an object and analyzing the return signals, like radar. But that is never explained.

It turns out that Big Ed, the star bowler, is also a cleaner. He has a pet that cleans up radiation. It eats Big Ed. Then it goes after the Globidium.

This is right out of the 1958 movie The Blob, of which there are several remakes and several "Goosebumps" books along the same line. I believe that blob was purple. I may be wrong. This one is green.

Duncan and Lexi almost resolve their differences when the blob comes after them.

There are some good scenes in this episode, especially how Fargo wins the bowling tournament.

And, whatever it is, is still headed for Eureka.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 28, 2024.












Building the Contraptions

Fargo and Larry in Tabitha's Trunk

It's a Boson Cloud Exciter!
If You Build It...




Season 3. Episode 13.

First aired August 7, 2009.

Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Bruce Miller.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Christopher Jaco as Larry Haberman, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Eric Hempsall as Dr. Wyman, Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, and Darryl Scheelar as Ranger Tom,


Things are going missing, toasters, blenders, chairs, etc. And self-driving cars are the norm. Even Zoe has one. Fargo trades his old car, Tabitha, in for a new one. Tabitha doesn't take kindly to her new owner. She is determined to get Fargo back.

Outside of town, strange structures appear without explanation. Jack surveilles them only to discover people are bringing pilfered items and attaching them to the towers - even Zoe.

Larry, Tabitha, and Fargo make great comic relief.

The towers are a Boson Cloud Exciter, a catcher's mitt for whatever is coming from space. Since the items are eventually returned to their owners, I wonder how they are integrated into one machine without damaging or changing them.

This is not a cliffhanger, but the next episode finishes the story.

Reviewed by Romana Drew March 30, 2024.












The Ship has Landed

Allison, Henry, Kim, and Tess

Tess and Jack Stargazing
Ship Happens




Season 3. Episode 14.

First aired September 14, 2009

Directed by Chris Fisher. Written by

Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Charles Grant Craig.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Tamlyn Tomita as Kim Anderson, Ben Geldreich as Dr. Lieber, Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, Glynis and Davies as Toaster Owner,


An unmanned spaceship that Henry built twenty years ago has come home. It used the smart car road system to program people's minds to build the Boson Cloud Exciter for a soft landing. After a few minutes, a door opens, and out pops Kim.

Kim is a human form computer with all the data the ship collected on its travels. Although Kim is in isolation, random people's bodies are giving off massive electrical charges, sometimes killing themselves. If a solution isn't found soon, everyone may succumb.

There is a cure, a special kind of light, but everyone needs to be exposed, and there isn't much time. Jack, in his odd way, comes up with the solution.

This episode works quite well. This Kim isn't Henry's Kim, and he has difficulty dealing with his feelings.

This is a compelling episode. No one wants Kim terminated, but that may be the only way to save everyone else.

Two technical things bothered me. This episode was broadcast in 2009, which would make this space ship being launched in 1989. How could a computer from 1989 be able to construct a living being from a single cell? Practical laptops didn't exist, the internet was limited to computer nerds and scientists, and cell phones were big and only made calls.

How did the light from the Boson Cloud Exciter get deep inside large buildings?

Reviewed by Romana Drew April 1, 2024.












Dr. Monroe

Kim Dissolving

Allison and Jack
Shower the People




Season 3. Episode 15

First aired August 21, 2009

Directed by Stephen Surjik. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Thania St. John.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Billy Campbell as Dr. Bruce Manlius, Tamlyn Tomita as Kim Anderson, Laura Mennell as Dr. Rivers, Stefanie Samuels as Dr. Draper, Jennifer Spence as Dr. Monroe, Meredith McGeachie as Dr. Bell, Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, and Stacey Bendfelt as G.D. Gym Manager,


When Dr. Monroe is found drowned in a car full of water on an otherwise dry roadway, the search is on to find her killer. In the meantime, Jack seems to be having pregnancy symptoms, and other people are spontaneously spewing water out of their bodies then dying.

And Kim is still an issue. Since her entire body is a data storage device, retrieving the data is likely to kill her.

The culprit is compressible water. As Eureka ideas go, this one is a bit far-fetched. This seriously violates some basic laws of physics. But, oh well, the story works fine.

My one comment is that I could never quite feel the chemistry between Henry and Kim. All the other emotional pairings - Jack with Allison and Tess, Jo and Zane - feel real, but Henry and Kim always feel a bit forced.

Reviewed by Romana Drew April 3, 2024.












Jo With a Memory Catcher

Fargo Deleting Memories

Allison's Baby.
You Don't Know Jack




Season 3. Episode 16.

First aired August 28, 2009

Directed by James Head. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Eric Wallace.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Jillian Fargey as Dr. Ashe, Richard Side as Dr. Kinnison, Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, and Andrew Cownden as Dr. Bubay,


It's time for two things to interact badly. G.D. is about to be sonically cleaned, killing everything that might be alive. And everyone is supposed to record their fondest memories into the computer.

Fargo decides to erase all negative memories about him and, in so doing, erases lots of other memories, not just from the computer, but from everyone who has used their "Storycatcher."

The sonic cleaning is on auto-start. No one remembers how to turn it off, or even what it is. And Jack and Allison are trapped inside G.D. And just to make things interesting, Allison goes into labor.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield was really pregnant during this season of Eureka.

This episode further develops Jack and Allison's relationship.

Although the episode is full of flashbacks, they do contribute to the story and do not bog down.

Reviewed by Romana Drew April 5, 2024.












Taggart

The Ice Core

Yuri Gregor
Have an Ice Day




Season 3. Episode 17.

First aired September 11, 2009.

Directed by Joe Morton. Written by Andrew Cosby

Charles Grant Craig, Bruce Miller, Joan Binder Weiss, and Constance M. Burge.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, and Jay Brazeau as Captain Yuri Gregor.


Taggart is back, at least for this episode. He and Zane return from the Antarctic with the longest ice core ever extracted. It must be a mile long and was transported in a ridiculously long series of trailers.

Although Taggart is his old self, Zane is cold and distracted.

Since the ice came from Russia, security liaison Yuri Gregor must sign off before G.D. personnel can work on the ice, but he hesitates. Then, ice invades everywhere.

Apparently, a fungus was in the ice, and it reacts to G.D.'s insulation, causing ice to form everywhere, including inside Zane's brain.

As reasons for unexpected things happening, this is pretty weak. First, ice is frozen water. You can't have ice without first having water. It can't just sprout from a dry wall. Second, ice crystals in the brain, with or without fungus, is pretty deadly. I don't think it would cause just a change in personality.

And, how did they transport the core? Yes it was on a long line of trailers, somewhat like a train, but the core is ice, not flexible, and the train of trailers went around corners. Oh Well.

This is a fun and fast-paced story. Well worth watching.

Reviewed by Romana Drew April 7, 2024.













Fargo on the Ceiling

Broken Supercollider

Zoe About to Dive
What Goes Around, Comes Around




Season 3. Episode 18

First aired September 18, 2009

Directed by Matthew Hastings.. Written by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, Leela Savasta as Julia Golden, Vanya Asher as Lucas, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Adrienne Carter as Pilar, and Jonathan Nichols-Navarro as Announcer.


Nemesis is on the way and will cause a mass extinction event in 2,000 years. The supercollider explodes and Fargo gets stuck on the ceiling. Zoe does an AI augmented high dive just as the water bursts into flames. A typical day in Eureka.

Zoe is fine but a new north pole has developed over Lucas' apartment. Oops.

Once again Jack has to muscle his way past force fields and moving furniture to push a button, or in this case flip a switch, to save the world.

And in typical Eureka fashion much of the science doesn't stand even casual scrutiny. The Earth's magnetic field reverses direction every 200,000 to 300,000 years. It takes a few thousand years to happen. First the fields weaken,. When they get strong again, a compass needle will point south not north. As far as plants and animals are concerned, this doesn't seem to be much of a problem. I've no idea what it might do to electronic communications. But since it is a slow process, technology should adapt. The sun's polls reverse every 11 years.

This is a fun episode and it further develops Jack and Tess' relationship.

Reviewed by Romana Drew April 9, 2024.













Eureka in 1947

Fargo and Jo in Jail

Jack and Allison Waiting to Go Home.
Founder's Day




Season 4, episode 1.

Directed by Matthew Hastings. Written by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, James Callis, Tembi Locke, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Noah Dalton Danby as Major Ryan, Jaime Ray Newman as Tess Fontana, Trevor Jackson as Kevin Blake, Elias Toufexis as Adam Barlowe, Jill Morrison as Supply Clerk, and Marie West as Singer.

With a new season, many changes come to Eureka. Tess dumps Jack. Zane proposes to Jo. Jack goes for a run. Then things get really weird. Suddenly, it's 1947.

Jack, Allison, Jo, Henry, and Fargo are transported to 1947 when Eureka was a military base, security was high, and strangers were assumed to be enemy agents. After a few adventures and close calls, they make it back home - almost. But things are not quite the same.

Henry is married, Jack is still with Tess, Zane wants nothing to do with Jo, Kefan Blake is a normal teen, Trevor Grant is here, and Fargo is the head of GD.

For any science fiction story to work, viewers must suspend their disbelief. Things like time travel and faster-than-light travel are so far outside of the realm of possibility, as we know it today that the viewer must simply set that aside and enjoy the story. But Eureka often goes beyond that.

Vacuum tubs are not transistors. How do you connect vacuume tubes to solid state devices? The tubes require a lot of power and the size of the wires and connectors would make that impossible using 1947 technology.

Jack has to climb a tower with a big wrench to adjust the angle of an antenna so it continues to gather information from a satellite. I could discuss satellite orbits and explain why this wouldn't work, but that would take a lot of writing. If they had the technology to put a satellite in space ten years before Sputnik, why can't they control the angle of the antenna from the ground?

This is a fun and exciting episode. It changes a lot of relationships, giving Eureka a fresh start for the new season.

Reviewed by Romana Drew May 3, 2024.