(S01E09) Eureka has become one of my favorite shows. The show's been a nice balance of science fiction plot and character development. But I really respect the fact that the previews don't give away the store. Eureka has taken the approach of combining classic premises in interesting ways.
Being true to character, Lojack's been hit by a car. If we pay attention, we hear Jo call Taggart one of "the best in the world." Fargo's Bluetooth for the brain is intriguing. The brain interface has been a staple of sci-fi for years. Combining them with nanites for the plot is a great concept. Adding in the colorful Eurekites makes another interesting episode.
Stark's response to the divorce papers showed just how much of a social reject he is. Who calls their divorce papers 'little things'?
I loved the nap conversation between Allison and Carter. I didn't expect it, but it made me smile. Allison vs. Taggart was even funnier. They actually gave Taggart some lines this time and Matt Frewer got a chance to bring him to life. Matt's an entertaining actor, and I can't wait to see what he does next.
On a side note, Eureka needs to be turned way up to get all the jokes. There are quite a few mumbled/quiet lines that you'll miss if you don't kick it up a notch. When I do my reviews, I watch the show so I'll have an honest response. Then I step back through each scene. I've found a number of lines that slipped past me on the first round. (I've roped my wife into re-watching a number of episodes, it's not just me)
In another fit of consistency, I found it interesting that Carter and Allison both use work as a way to plow past their emotions. Last time Carter used it when he was pissed at Zoe. This time Allison used it to drop the subject of the divorce (although she claimed that she was fine).
I have a weee little nitpick for this one. When the nano-stark is approaching Allison Carter and Taggart get on the scene pretty stinkin' fast for people who are locked in the tunnels. Maybe that was just a bad edit...
Maybe it was just me, but Taggart looked a bit guilty when Carter asked him if he has a nuclear bomb. I think that Mark took a jab at Ed Quinn's abs in this one.
Carter: "But he's not perfect"
Taggart: "Have you seen his abs? It's damn close."
I've been listening to the Eureka podcast episode commentary and Colin has made a few references to just how built Ed Quinn is.
I just loved the conversation about Stark's dreams.
Carter: "You dream about world domination?"
Stark: "Not all the time.."
Carter's solution to the problem of subconscious nanobot control was a form of inspired cheesy never previously known to modern man. Making out with Allison was fantastic. So many episodes just torture you with a kiss between leads, but we get it early. Editing might have incorporated a bit more of Zoe's expression, but it was a great scene.
The look on Allison's face and the two of them trying to lead was perfect. The line about 'God and country' was just perfect. I could only wish for the opportunity to deliver that one.
One more time we get to see Jo in a dress – looking hot as ever. And she's asking Taggart 'I only wear shorts' to dance? Somehow it fits.
I felt bad for Carter at the end. I really, really, really wanted Allison to come get him for a dance at the very least. Cater taking off his ring and ending up with Lojack for a date was a poignant. In true Eureka tradition, we get a little laugh out of Carter's last words..
The preview for next weeks episode is interesting at the very least. Jo wants to "tear it up" and that was definitely Allison getting naked.