Eureka Season Finale: Observations and Discussion

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eureka Eureka Season Finale: Observations and Discussion

The Eureka season finale has come and gone.  As always, it entertained while gripping us with the character developments they so aptly throw into the works while destroying the world.

SPOILER warning: There are spoilers in this reflection on the season finale of Eureka. If you’re a time traveling (ie: time-shifted viewer who likes the DVR/recording method of choice) let your eyeballs tread with caution after the page-break.

Things went as they usually do when something goes slightly awry in Eureka and all of known physics become threatened and the world as we know it becomes endangered.

Again, basic Eureka fun, with some interesting implied story lines for next season… or non-story lines.

But amongst the fret of threat, two, maybe three points were being addressed:

Zoe (Jordan Hinson) leaving for Harvard & Tess leaving for another job in Australia.

The episode ended with Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) strongly considering (it would seem) following Tess to Australia.

Obviously Tess is “headed to Australia” because Jamie Ray Newman who plays Tess is headed to the show called Eastwick (which is nowhere near Australia).  Eastwick is a rehash on the movie Witches of Eastwick.

So the two most important ladies in the Sheriff’s life are leaving.  Grr.

I really liked the addition of Tess this season and I found myself being sad for Sheriff Carter.  Hasn’t he been through enough crap?

And don’t worry – despite the seemingly show-ending hints, another season of Eureka is coming at us.  Now, if the Syfy Channel would only come out and say exactly when Eureka is coming back for next season, that would be nice.

PS:  Not committing to an air date for the show after the season break really didn’t set well with me in this last season, but I suspect the parent company of Syfy (NBC) is conducting marketing experiments with the Syfy Channel for their own usage on other networks.  And they discovered that they can get away with it since we, the faithful fans, will return.

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  1. Ok, how did I miss the season finale? This past Friday was the episode with the ice core sample, or did I not record the right episode on my DVR? I will be extremely annoyed if there was another episode on after that….

  2. I kinda stopped watching the show last year, i might catch up when i’m done with watching the first 3 seasons of Dexter

  3. I hate to be the bearer of bad news Andy… the ice core was the next to last epi.

  4. well Bruce, I hope that they can start finding more ways to keep the show fresh, I’m getting a bit leery of the non-scientific Sheriff Carter pulling the entire town’s collective chestnuts out of the fire by proposing “solutions” to the threat of the week. If the show has any faith in its characters and background, any chance that they can mix it up a bit more? Wouldn’t it be nice if Carter screws something up for a change and the scientists have to bail him out? Isn’t there enough collective brainpower around to have everyone help out a little?

    Like the cast as it stands but maybe they’re leaving things open for the Tess character in case Eastwick doesn’t pan out and they can bring her back if needed.

    In a way, I wish the networks would simply own up and start using a Fall and Spring schedule, those shows that make the cut, get the next 13 weeks added on and placed onto the spring schedule, those that don’t appease the almighty gods of TV critics and neilson boxes get doomed or rerouted as summer schedule shows to find an audience.

  5. Looks like they’re making the show ready for cancellation. Zoe is off to college and her boyfriend is off to MIT; Carter is considering moving to Australia; Allison is on maternity leave and the actress (Salli) is probably off making movies; Fargo is now in a serious relationship (I guess you can call it that :-) ). Henry, Jo, Zane are still there and the restaurant guy, so hopefully they are not setting this up to cancel anytime soon.

  6. Piratedan:

    ZING! I was thinking that myself about the Sheriff coming up with fixes amongst all the scientists.

    I was trying to force my way past that just so I can enjoy the show, but it’s one of those quirks I MUST ACCEPT to enjoy things. (It use to bug the living crap out of me when they would try new science and ideas on things in Star Trek and always have them work… dudes, barely anything works first time off the block in science!!!)

    As far as seasons and schedules: Say Thank you to the Web, DVR’s, DVD’s, time-shifted viewing and other nefarious new elements being added to the mix.

    Networks need to figure out how to capture viewers and retain ratings, of some sort, and get away from the trap that is the Nielsen system… or the antiquated Nielsen system.

    I have a need to write up another Nielsen article… I’ve got some interesting bits to add to the whole scheme of ratings.

  7. Jordan Hinson is set to be in a sitcom starting Sept ’09 with Kelsey Grammer. Good. Didn’t like her that much along with her nutty aunt. More Henry!

  8. I don’t understand the complaints about Sheriff Carter coming up with solutions. To me, that’s one of the show’s strengths.

    He’s obviously not a brilliant scientist, so he can’t “compete” with most of the rest of the character’s on that level. But what he does have is a detective’s ability to listen, observe, and make connections. That’s his form of intelligence, and that’s how someone without a science background can contribute to the story. Plus, Carter is usually the only one who’s seen what’s going on everywhere in town, thus he’s the only one who has all the information to make those connections.

    Also, I’ve known several extremely intelligent people in my life, and I’ve noticed something about many of them. Though they’re brilliant when it comes to science, they often don’t have a lot of common sense. So the folks in Eureka need a “normal” like Carter.

  9. Kai: Point taken.

    I’ve worked knee deep with scientists (PhD’s, etc.) for most of my life, and I’m not one of them. I’m more the Sheriff Carter of the bunch. My angst is just a real world observation.

    Most issues that require math equations that are longer than most novels I read, are not issues that can get solved with a guess.

    I agree with your take on the situation, and OMG, I agree with how some super intelligent people just aren’t that smart, but that’s where I’m coming from.

    I still like the show, it was just one of those “huh” observations that isn’t a complaint… from me.

  10. I was much happier with this latest season or half a season, or whatever this thing with “8s” is… interestingly, the episode with alison having her baby was initially the season end, but they pulled two in the can episodes up and will produce two more for when it airs again. the actress playing alison was actually pregnant, which is why they ran that story arc. When they had the episode where everyone was remembering various things from earlier episodes, I thought to myself, hey, i need to go back and re look at these. I didn’t remember some of them!! I will miss Zoe and Colin F did a great job tearing up at her departure!

  11. ok can somebody explain to me WHEN Carter and Tess broke up? i watched the season Finale tonight before the premere of season 4 and did not see this blurb about tess holograming herself into Carters house to break up with him so,,,where and WHEN did i miss THAT?????