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Eureka: Phased and Confused

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 10th 2008 10:45AM

The cast of Eureka

(S03E06) "Who was that masked man?" -- Lexxie Carter

"Trouble." -- Jack Carter

After a week off of the schedule Eureka has returned to complete the second half of its summer season. So far, the third season of Eureka has been interesting. Both the "death" of Nathan Stark and the introduction of Eva Thorne and her mysterious mission have turned this show slightly on its heel. What they can do in the next three episodes to move the underlying stories ahead is unknown right now. So we'll just have to watch and wait, wont we?

This week's installment had a different vibe to it as there were many different things going on at once. Or, at least it seemed like there was a lot of stuff going on. Perhaps it wasn't the activity that changed the feeling of the show but rather the amount of characters that appeared this episode. Instead of the usual top three (well, top two now that Stark is gone) we had more meaty appearances by Jo, Zane, Zoe (and friends Lucas and Pilar), Lexxie (who had her biggest role so far on the show), Eva, Henry, and Fargo.

We also had a number of story angles, including Captain Eureka, the battle between Lexxie and Jack over Zoe, Zoe's adventures, and some further inroads into the reason why Eva is actually in Eureka. Actually, Captain Eureka wasn't nearly the top story line as the promos made it to be (why won't I ever learn!). If anything it was a plot point that fed into the bigger story. It wasn't a big surprise that it was Chuck under that mask. The way that he fawned over Lexxie it was pretty obvious that he would do anything to impress her.

What Chuck's role as Captain Eureka did was set a scenario for Jack that he doesn't like to get into too often -- personally using Global Dynamics technology. Let me be clear: he'll let others who know how to use the technology utilize it to take care of a situation. When it is on his person it's a different story. Take the embedded communication chip as a perfect example of his dislike for this type of technology (being shocked any time he tried to call someone whose name started with a 'Z' didn't help in this case). However, when someone close to him is in danger, he'll do anything to keep them safe. Even it is means this quantum phasing shifts out of our plane.

And the reason why Jack had to walk through walls? Zoe and her version of the 'Scooby' gang decided to go exploring through an unknown portion of the town. Being that walking two steps in any direction in Eureka can cause bodily damage, taking a tour of a unknown space underneath the high school probably wasn't such as good idea. Then again, Zoe was just a bit miffed at her dad (again) for not allowing her to go to a Yoga retreat that Aunt Lexxie recommended. No shock that it led to a life-saving situation for Jack.

Speaking about Lexxie ... while popular with all the boys in Eureka (and, by the way, why is she so popular? There are plenty of good looking women in the town.), she is definitely not in Jack's good graces. Particularly since she has taken it upon her self to step in and be a surrogate mother to Zoe. Granted, Zoe needs a motherly influence in her life -- especially right now as she moves from teenager to young woman -- but Lexxie may be the wrong influence. Where Jack can be rigid at times, Lexxie has that hippie, live life type of attitude. So, there's really no middle ground for Zoe to latch onto. As the episode moved on it seems that Lexxie realized the path she was leading Zoe onto and will step back a bit to let Jack do his job.

Well, thanks to Zane (who we have seen very little of this season), more was revealed as to why Eva Thorne is really in Eureka. As we thought, the mystery revolves around the films that she discovered earlier this season -- the ones that showed potential atomic bomb tests in the 1930s. After Zane decrypted the locks' combinations we got a look into the underground facilities that Thorne has wanted to get into. Now, it looks like the next piece of the puzzle is being in put in place with Eva displaying an old USB port key at the end of the episode. We can only hope that we get some sort of idea as to what's going on before the summer season ends.

That's it for this week. Next time on Eureka -- Let the suns shine in on the town during debate season.

How do you think this season of Eureka has gone so far?
Good. Stark's death and Eva Thorne have brought a new feeling to the show.160 (46.8%)
Okay. I still want to see how the rest of the season turns out.144 (42.1%)
Not good. Things should have stayed status quo.16 (4.7%)
Love the Degree product placement!22 (6.4%)

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I actually saw Salli Richardson on a plane to Chicago mid-August. Stood behind her in the tunnel-thing from the gate to the plane. Told her I was a fan. That was about it. Seemed nice, though.

September 11 2008 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dunno, this episode felt kinda off. I know that Lexxie was introduced so that Jack would have someone slightly antagonistic to play off of and someone who would keep Jack honest and on his toes... but their interaction just doesn't have the same good natured playfulness that Jack and Stark had... it feels a little too bitter. Maybe because too often they're fighting over Zoe?

September 10 2008 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to see what happens with Zoe, that Goo she slipped on has some properties that should make it coveted by eva. I mean it caused her to break her leg. Oh well, can't wait for next week.

September 10 2008 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

The goo also looked like the stuff Eva had in a vial in her office when she was watching the museum movies.

I sort of dread next week as with the heat wave scenario shown in the promos it looks like that will be the armpit episode.

September 10 2008 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dan Chichian's comment
Mack Swift

The goo in the vial!! That's right, I had forgotten a bit about that.

September 10 2008 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mack Swift

So far, so fun this season.

Here's a question: The camera lingered a bit on that goo that Zoe slipped on, and remember that strange, rare, and theoretical radiation that Henry discovered at the site?

Coincidence? Related?

I'm really digging this show.

September 10 2008 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

Couple of things ...

the embedded phone did actually help Jack as the spark was what made him able to restore power

I think the reason why people like Lexxie is that she is not one of them ... she is something else and change/differences are a good thing in a place like Eureka

and finally ... that wasn't a USB key ... it was just some fancy-looking multi-side key

September 10 2008 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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