Suspension of Disbelief: Eureka
Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen.
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, there is a sleepy, insular town called Eureka. It seems boring to the casual observer, but upon closer inspection, anyone can see that it’s the most extraordinary town in the world.
Eureka, the TV show, not the eponymous town, is in its fifth and final season and airs on the SyFy network. The show follows the inhabitants of this secret town; a town full of the best and brightest scientific minds the world has to offer. Eureka is home to Global Dynamics, a gigantic research facility, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Defense and directed by Allison Blake (Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield), which is responsible for every major scientific advancement for the last 50 years.
Its central protagonist is a former U.S. Marshal called Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), who accidentally ran across this town when delivering his fugitive daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) back to her mother in Los Angeles. As should probably be expected from any show in the SyFy channel, weird stuff goes down and Jack turns out to be an invaluable resource. When the sheriff of Eureka is maimed, Jack is quickly tapped by the government to take the job. From then on, Jack and his partner Jo (Erica Cerra) work to keep Eureka from basically destroying the world.
Even though the entire show is based around a giant government research facility, it’s not a good idea to watch this show for the science. Like many sci-fi genre television shows, it’s definitely more fiction than science. But it’s also a fun and quirky romp with likeable characters. If you like that sort of thing, then this is a show for you. It’s a bit like Psych in that regard. With fewer 1980s pop culture references. The show is paced well and the science, while basically fake, doesn’t get overwhelming. And even though there is copious amounts of pseudo-scientific explanation (because, you know, everything has to be explained to Officer Dum-Dum) the dialogue is more natural than you might expect. It’s not easy to write sci-fi dialogue that is believable while incorporating elements of the fantastic, but the writers of Eureka do it fairly well.
Since Eureka is in its final season, it’s probably not worth the headache to jump into new episodes. But you’re in luck! You can catch up on Netflix Instant Queue. It’s certainly worth your time.
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