Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Goodbye, Eureka...

I know, it's been a few weeks since the final episode, but I wanted to make a quick note about how much I will miss this show. I think the writers did a good job wrapping this up in a satisfying way (spoiler alert: in the first scene of the first episode, Jack and Zoe drive into town and see themselves leaving; the last scene of the last episode is them leaving, and seeing themselves dad predicted that one after he watched the first episode. I could see it coming, but I would have been disappointed if it hadn't).

Eureka always managed to be clever, and if it relied a little too much on formula, at least the ideas within that formula never seemed to get old. It's also blessed with a likeable cast, especially Colin Ferguson (this one, not this one) as Jack. He's got to be one of the most downright likeable leading men on television, in my opinion (and his real-life personality, glimpsed in the Ticket to Ride episode of Tabletop, seems just as cool). I hope Ferguson winds up on another show soon.

Of course, I was a little disappointed not to have a return of Nathan Stark for the last episode, but we were lucky to get something almost as good with the return of Dr. Grant (James Callis).

I think other than Jack I'll miss the character of Fargo the most. Like most shows that run for a while, some of the actors that started with the show didn't make it through to the end. But late additions to the cast, geek-culture darlings Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton gave this show a nice breath of fresh air.

Since it's been established that Eureka shares a universe with Warehouse 13, I can only hope that one day Jack Carter shows up to help out Pete and Myka. And I didn't know this until looking up how to spell "Myka" but apparently the show Alphas also shares this universe.

Eureka will always have a special place in my memory. Part of that is because the years it was on roughly coincide with the years Connor has lived with me, and it was a show we always watched together. Part of it is that Eureka is simply a clever program that is smart, funny, action-packed, with plenty of geek references, refreshingly free of the cynicism that accompanies many other shows.

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