A few announcements were made regarding the upcoming season throughout the night. I tried to keep things spoiler-free, but stuff might leak through. You have been warned.
- The new season begins April 4th, if you didn't already know.
- A streaming version of the season premiere will be available on scifi.com that day at noon if you can't wait until that night.
Gallery: Sci Fi Channel Upfront 2008
The Saturn Award nominations are in, and many popular sci-fi and fantasy shows made the cut. Returning favorites like Lost, Heroes, and Dexter were recognized by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, as were newcomers Pushing Daisies and Journeyman.
With seven nominations, Lost is ahead of Dexter and Heroes, which received five and four nominations, respectively. Heroes was the big winner last year, taking home awards for Best Network Series as well as acting awards for Masi Oka and Hayden Panettiere. Both actors received nominations this year, along with co-star Greg Grunberg.
The SG-1 spinoff has performed well in its first season out of big brother's shadow. The show is currently averaging 1.8 million viewers, well above SciFi's 1.3 million prime time average. For its part, Eureka continues to be very popular, with the network touting it as bringing "3 million new viewers to the channel." I'm not sure how that number works out, but if it means more Eureka, I'm all for it. Unfortunately, there was no word on the fate of Flash Gordon. Although, the fact that the show at least got a mention in the article gives some hope.
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He mentioned his growing annoyance with the formula of Eureka. I think it's a fair criticism. It hasn't worn on me yet, but we all react differently to these things, which is part of what makes it all so fun. I bring it up though, because I think it highlights what is a difficult balancing act for a show like this. If a show gets too wrapped up in an ongoing story, it runs the risk of alienating viewers who think it's all a big stall game. Please see every Lost post on the internet for an example. On the other hand, not enough serialization, and it gets formulaic, annoying an entirely different group. It's something that I think team Eureka has balanced well this season, but your mileage may vary. Anyway, after the jump, a look at the big season finale.
As I've learned from the comments on this blog and elsewhere, fans of the Sci-Fi Channel's Eureka are incredibly devoted and loyal. So this good news is for them.
The cable network has given the thumbs up for a third season of the sci-fi comedy, according to a press release that came into TVS HQ. They've ordered 13 more episodes of the show. The third season will start filming in Vancover in early 2008 and will debut next summer.
(S02E12) Leading up to the season finale of a science fiction show can be tough. Eureka's spent so much time dropping hints that they managed to pull off a decent episode and give a nice intro to the upcoming season finale. Things are anything but quiet. Beverly's back, Henry's cheesed off and Zoe wants to have a sleep over.
(S02E11) I still get the feeling that they swapped a couple of episodes around, but things definitely feel like they're finally back on track. The opening scene had me questioning my sanity just a bit, but I enjoyed the writers joke on everyone who saw the preview. Considering SciFi's generally misleading preview bits, it was a nice to see the show take advantage of it.
(S02E10) The sheer number of flashback scenes made me wonder just what major even was going to happen. Considering the roll up, I thought it would be a bit more climactic than Kevin showing off some sort of new powers.
The opening tattoo discussion struck me as out of place, but it got things rolling. I suspect that Zoe just asks her dad about these things just so he can have a few more victories. Later, when he sees her tattoo I was surprised that we didn't see more about it. Considering that it was Carter, I'd have thought that he'd pay a visit to the local Tattoo parlor for a little... discussion.
1st place to Elf:
2nd place to pacheco: "Do they realize they're both sucking on the same noodle?"
3rd pace to Bus: "Last time I saw a boy suck a noodle like that was in prison."
This week, a scene from the latest episode of Eureka ...
(S02E09) The fresh takes on classic Science Fiction plots has to be one of my favorite things about Eureka. Invisibility is an absolute classic. Solving the invisible man problem is a bit glossed over, but everything else was baked to simmering SciFi perfection.
(S02E08) This collective brain drain episode was definitely something different. If you're familiar with the BOFH, then I'd say that the new character of the week was the Bastard Particle Physicist from Hell. While he's coming to town, our favorite egg heads are busy reconstructing the big bang. I definitely liked the plot, but things were a bit circular later on.
(S02E06) This was the most believable Eureka introduction yet. Sure, it was nice to see Allison make some effort for Carter, but Carter pulling someone out of a wrecked truck just after he saves Fargo from its swerving geek crushing clutches.
(S02E05) I was looking forward 'Duck Duck Goose' ever since I caught the preview. Taggart returns for some truly hilarious moments, Carter manages to insult Zoe's science fair project in the first 40 seconds and mentions his IQ score in a town full of super geniuses. From there, things just get better. Carter tries a wheat grass shot for the first time, shows up in the worst workout clothes ever and runs off like Erkel when his car slighly explodes.
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