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'Eureka' - 'Crossing Over' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 8th 2010 1:15PM
'Eureka' - 'Crossing Over'(S01E05) You can't go back again. This week, that statement proved to be both true and untrue, as Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) paid a visit to Eureka from 'Warehouse 13.' Her stop by was the second part of the big 'Eureka'/'Warehouse 13' crossover epic event! Actually, the two parts are mostly self-contained so it's not so much a big epic crossover as it is two like-minded series showing some appreciation for one another.

Claudia brought all the sass and snarkiness that made her an invaluable addition to the cast of 'Warehouse 13' to 'Eureka,' from the moment she opened her mouth upon arrival. The flirting with Fargo was relentless throughout, but then Claudia's presence suddenly became the least of our problems.

I was impressed that the writers gave us a pretty important "arc episode" at the same time as this gimmick crossover was going on, but the two worked pretty well together. Claudia was relegated to a fun B-story with Fargo, derailing them from the main investigation as to why artifacts from 1946 are suddenly appearing in the present.

I'm glad we've finally sealed the deal on whether or not Dr. Grant can return home, firmly stranding him in the present. Even by 'Eureka' standards, the solution to Dr. Grant's temporal magnetism coming in the form of the nicotine-scrubbing nanobots in his system was a little obvious. I know it's a formula of the show, and I embrace what the show is, but sometimes I want things to be at least a little more clever than that. At least it gave us some fun moments as he kept trying to light up once the patch was in place, receiving a little shock for his troubles each time.

I enjoy the culture shock moments of the character, which were oddly absent last week, so I appreciated him ordering a "man's meal" at the Cafe for lunch, and dropping terms like gams in reference to Allison's legs. He doesn't fit into this reality just yet, so those little tics that make him stand out just a bit need to stick around while he's acclimating.

I was sure Henry was going to tell his wife about his temporal journey, and that he doesn't remember his life with her, but he appears to be successfully sidestepping it. If he doesn't want to wind up alone (save Jo) like Carter, he needs to find a way to reconcile himself to this new reality, and the new woman who's a part of his life now. It should be interesting watching him falling in love with a woman he's supposed to have loved for years now. She might feel the relationship is rejuvenated.

I suspect, though, that she'll figure out the truth. She's already been proven a pretty savvy woman, and I think that if the man you've been married to suddenly isn't that man anymore, and doesn't remember all those little moments that make up a lifetime together, she's going to know.

As for Fargo, while I think he needs a girl, I don't necessarily think Claudia is that girl. For one thing, she's a teenager, though a legal one. For another, that's going to be a lot of cross-coordination to try and have a relationship across shows, and I certainly don't want to lose either of these characters from their respective series. Maybe, though, the spark he felt with Claudia will help him start dating.

Jo and Zane are making progress toward re-igniting a relationship that was never ignited in this reality. They were a cute couple, and I like Zane more as the bad boy who's not so bad anymore, so I'm glad to see him moving in that direction. Plus, poor Jo could use something positive happening in her life.

Stray thoughts:

- Fargo told Claudia that Deputy Andy was getting his face newly skinned again. Is it time to start thinking of fun guest stars who can play Andy in future episodes?

- It was funny, and cute in its own way, when Dr. Grant suspected the smoothie of leading to Jo's collapse in Cafe Diem

- I wonder if there's any record from 1946 of these various items disappearing for a period of time, or did they arrive back at the same moment they left.

- The creators have already said they'd be interested in another crossover, but I'd like to see one a little more involved, like having a genuine artifact crop up in Eureka and start wreaking havoc.

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chris

Eureka keeps better and better.

August 09 2010 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leah

Yeah. I really don't like the claudia/fargo stuff. she's supposed to be like 16 or 17 and he HAS to be at least in his twenties. Way too old for her.

August 09 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I thought Claudia was a teenager?

I'm Dateline"s Chris Hansen, Fargo what do you think your doing?

August 08 2010 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

I actually think Fargo and Claudia are damn cute as a couple. But, you're right about the potentia to keep them together while being on two different shows. Unless the warehouse decides to relocate to Eureka. Now, that would be fun!

August 08 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

the only problem with an Artifact showing up in Eureka is that they already used the actors who play Jo and Zane in the season 1 episode in vegas.

August 08 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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