This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, Tiffany and I hit you with a little Sci-Fi television with Lost Girl and Eureka.
Wait a minute? Haven’t we discussed Eureka before?
Well, sort of.
Back in August of last year, I started a Eureka review only to spin it into a bit of a rant on the state of Sci-Fi on television. I discovered while reviewing that the show received its walking papers, so a rant about the networks killing science fiction ensued. You can read it here if you weren’t with us back then.
The first episode of Eureka’s final season aired recently, so it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit the review.
Eureka is set in a small Oregon town (actually filmed in British Columbia) inhabited by scientists and geniuses. It is a government-financed community that allows the townspeople to cultivate their gifts and cultivate their various projects.
At the center of it all is former U.S. Marshal and now reluctant town sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), who helps the town figure out various mysterious events that take place, usually as a result of the town’s various experiments. Jack’s character, while not a genius like everyone else, repeatedly saves the day. His ability to think simply and not “get in his own way” gives him a special skill most in the town lack.
What I really love about the show is how this average guy, Sheriff Carter, becomes a vital part of this genius community. His IQ (111, which he is pretty proud of) practically makes him an idiot compared to his neighbors, yet that doesn’t get in the way of his job. In fact, in a lot of ways, it is why he is so good at it.
The show isn’t just full of geek goodies. There’s family drama for Jack, who is raising his somewhat rebellious daughter, navigating the complications of an ex, and the possibility of romance. In other words, the show has story, not just cool toys and quips.
I’ve watched more episodes since my rant last year and I can honestly say, if you enjoy quirk and you enjoy Science Fiction, add this one to your Netflix queue. For extra geekiness, keep your eye out for recurring characters played by geek god and goddess, Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day.
New episodes are currently airing on the SyFy network (the network that cancelled the show despite the fact that it is one of their most watched, sending the interwebs into an uproar) and Hulu.
I have to give Eureka a MacTV. While there is the occasional cheese factor, it’s cheese I enjoy oh-so-well. Definitely satisfying, and leaves you ready to go back for seconds.
Now click over to Tiffany’s blog and find out more about Lost Girl.
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech