Review: Eureka 2.1


In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, SciFi

In the UK: Sky One at some point, cunningly retitled A Town Called Eureka

Eureka bored me. I saw the first few episodes and there was pretty much nothing remarkable about it. Tuning in for the first episode of this second season, it almost occurred to me that I had been wrong and the writers and producers had started to give this generic sci-fi show about a town of government scientists some depth and edge.

Whoops. My mistake. It’s just the same as it always was.

Apparently, the end of last season had some excitement because everyone had paired up, it was 2010 and the universe was falling apart. To save it, two of the regulars go back in time to the present day and try to wrong what once went right (then wrong).

For a moment then, that was the edge. Two people with knowledge of the future forced to go through all sorts of emotional pain as their future wives die/never decide to hook up with them. Genuine human emotion. Pain, something that distinguished the show from every other transient, well executed but ultimately shallow show that the SciFi channel has put out over the years.

Except, here comes the magic reset button! Woo hoo. Pain gone. Let’s go back to normal as though nothing had happened so we can have every episode a sci-fi plot we’ve already seen countless times before on other programmes.

So no proper characterisation, no girly emotions to talk about. Just sci-fi, all the time in a show that’s essentially just for sci-fi junkies who need a fix of something, anything so long as it’s sci-fi. Erk.

Amiable, but nothing special. Again.

  • murrayp

    Either you weren’t paying attention or your review is misleading. Certainly not up to your usual standard.
    One of the two characters with future knowledge had it removed without a choice by the second. The second retains the knowledge and a deep seated anger toward the first. There’s obviously more to come in this ongoing story.
    The other continuing story you seem to have overlooked relates to “The Artefact” and the as yet unknown effect it seems to have had on one of the characters.
    Other after-affect of the previous episode include changes in jobs and relationships.
    So much for the tired old cry of “reset button”.

  • “There’s obviously more to come in this ongoing story.”
    Which will affect approximately 5% of future episodes, I predict. The most you’ll get is a couple of glances of poorly concealed dislike and until the end of the season, that will be it.
    “The other continuing story you seem to have overlooked”
    Because it wasn’t relevant to the main point or interesting
    “Other after-affect of the previous episode include changes in jobs and relationships.”
    Ignored because it’ll have minimal interesting results of any depth.
    All the depth was in the loss. For a few moments, people were actually emoting and having characters.
    Having a couple of job changes and one bloke with what will no doubt be a season-long plan that affects the last few episodes and almost none of the rest of the season is not the same.
    You can call me on it if it turns out that most of the episodes aren’t stand-alone plots that merely involve sci-fi inventions of the week.