O Little Town of EUReKA

„I love science class!” is what one visitor to Eureka exclaimed upon seeing all the wonders that take place in this cozy Pacific Northwest town.

I love Eureka!!  I wish I could live there, but alas, it is only a TV show. In fact, it is my favorite TV show.  I like it better than Doctor Who, NCIS, Gilmore Girls, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  (Ok, the 1957 Zorro TV series with Guy Williams is still too close to my heart to be topped, but you get the idea.)

“Eureka” (aka “A Town Called Eureka”) is what most would call a Sci-Fi show, but really, it is a Science show…. set in a town full of geniuses and scientists, most of whom work for a government funded research facility… Global Dynamics.  Even the school kids are geniuses, doing science fair projects dealing with particle theory and quantum physics.

That means there is plenty of adventure. Things always go wrong with someone’s project or experiment, and disaster looms.  It is usually Sheriff Carter, a regular guy, who saves the day, by either using logic, or by being the guy who has to risk his life to fix something.

Mostly, Eureka is about relationships… whether it involves romance, or family, or holidays, or lunch at Café Diem, the local diner.  That is what hooks you into this interesting town.  Plus, there is plenty of laugh-out-loud comedy.  After all, geniuses usually have personality quirks.

However, lest we get complaisant with the heartwarming aspects of this little town, hidden away in the Oregonian wilderness, it is the excitement and intrigue that takes center stage with each episode.

To that end, the show went through a transformation in its 4th season, when 5 of the main characters accidentally traveled back in time, to 1947, when Eureka was just a military base.   Fortunately the reluctant travelers returned home, but the home they returned to was not quite the one they left.  While most of the town was essentially the same, some of the people had different jobs or had developed different relationships, adding yet another layer to this complex town.

The scientific aspect of the show, meanwhile, remained unchanged. For example, in one episode, we learned about the effects a Higgs field has on gravity, when a Higgs Field disruptor caused the local bank to float away, giving new meaning to the phrase, “bank robbery.”

The current story arc concerns a NASA grant for GD to build a space ship to go to Saturn’s moon, Titan.    We saw some scientists train for the Astraeus mission, and others develope technology to insure the mission’s success, while workers at GD constructed the vehicle.

We also saw AI, Deputy Andy stranded on Titan, far away from Sarah, the Smart Home that he loves.  When you can get emotionally involved in a storyline like that, you know that you are watching a quality program.

Naturally, the mission goes awry when an outside force diverts control of the spacecraft, sending it and the crew to…. who knows where???

So, we wait anxiously for the 5th season, which, unfortunately will be the last.  In the meantime, however, we have been treated to a Christmas episode of Eureka, “Do You See What I See?”  While the story wasn’t as entertaining as last year’s “O Little Town”,

the concept for Do You See was, (ok, I’ll say it…) pure genius !!

The characters in the town become animated, going from live action, through 4 animated forms:

CGI,

Hanna-Barbera style,

Claymation,

and Anime,

with the characters acting as they would in those types of cartoons; as well as 4 other styles quickly thrown in for good measure (Peanuts, The Simpsons, South Park, and Scooby-Doo).

Plus there are a few guest stars, including the guy whom we met last year, who just may be the real Santa Claus.

Of course this all results from a combination of a child’s holo-game using the wrong kind of power source, and an effort to use a super proton generator to create artificial snow for Christmas.

Typical Eureka!!

The Moral of the Story is: Eureka is not Greek for ‘this bath is too hot.’

Sadly, the Astraeus crew never got to Titan, and the show was cancelled after the 5th season.  However, the network did allow one final episode.  Penned in only three days, it was, perhaps, the best episode…. ending as the series began, with Sheriff Carter and his daughter Zoe, passing themselves on the road to Eureka.

 

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47 Responses to O Little Town of EUReKA

  1. My Homepage says:

    Eureka, we have a problem!
    This wonderful town is being canceled in favor of wrestling…. bah!
    Thank you for this tribute.

    (Bookmarking this great post!)

  2. Mose Klun says:

    I take pleasure in reading a post that may make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  3. Dear Lowiczanka,
    Thanks for your thoughts, The eureka x-mas version just aired, and at one point they play the little town of bethlehem song, but instead it said “little town of of Eureka…” when i finally realized that the song was playing, I missed most of it. I doubt anyone caught the actually lyrics but if they did, I want please.
    Thanks

  4. Gracie Drager says:

    Perfectly composed content material , thanks for entropy.
    It is obvious the care you put into this post that you are truly a fan of Eureka.

  5. Joe says:

    I see your point about the appeal of this show, but I do get hung up on the repetition of the plots. As you note, “things always go wrong with someone’s project,” and that makes my eyes roll.

  6. Mullinix says:

    Eureka surely is an awesome show. Too bad the mucky-mucks at SyFy don’t realize that!

    P.S.Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  7. seo says:

    Fantastic blog!

  8. Big Cat says:

    Is it okay to post some of this on my site if I include a backlink to this page?

  9. O'em says:

    I’m a long time watcher and I just believed I’d drop by and say hello there for your very first time.
    I seriously enjoy your posts. Thanks

  10. Hockessin says:

    Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  11. Cliff Grahl says:

    Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. Thanks for the post about Eureka.

  12. Joyce Rogelio says:

    Can I just say how great it is to find somebody who truly knows what they’re talking about on the internet.
    Eureka truly IS the best show on TV!

  13. 先生的统一 says:

    Thank you for every other magnificent article. Thanks !

  14. 拱心石 says:

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again. Taking you feeds also, Thanks.

  15. Burton Haynes says:

    i really like this post, thank you for posting it

  16. Nobuko Rizzardo says:

    Thanks for posting about this great show !

  17. Jane in Wrócław says:

    My daughter and I really enjoy this show, thanks for the blog.

  18. Andrew Pelt says:

    as soon as i saw this post i shared it on my facebook and a few other social media sites. thank you!

  19. Mark Webb says:

    Thank you! A tremendous post with good info on a great TV show !!

  20. Thometz says:

    Great job in highlighting this awesome show!

  21. Krysta Nauer says:

    I love the efforts you have put in this. Thanks for the great post supporting this awesome show.

  22. Hot Carl says:

    You made some decent points there. I think most people will agree with you that Eureka is a great show.

  23. Calles says:

    Greetings from Los angeles! I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait to see this show when it returns in April.

  24. Jessika Nollet says:

    I love Eureka and found this article by chance. Thanks for the post.

  25. I rarely leave a response, but I found this searching for Eureka, and I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you do not mind. Will you be writing more about this awesome show? Also, do you post on Facebook or Twitter?

  26. Liane Redal says:

    This article peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site.

  27. Seaward says:

    i like it!

  28. Stouall says:

    You have a really nice blog here, and I learned a lot. Cheers.

  29. Stipp says:

    I love Eureka, too. So sad that it is being cancelled. But at least we have one more season to love!

  30. Barkley says:

    Thank you for your personal insights on this wonderful TV program. We will all miss Eureka when it is gone. Looking forward to the final season.

  31. Kerry Argetsinger says:

    Eureka is truly the best show on TV. I am so upset that it is in it’s final season.
    I really enjoyed reading your blog about this “Town”.
    I am impressed by the quality of information and links.

  32. Jose Krupinski says:

    Thank you for this blog. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have captured the spirit of Eureka.

  33. Huey Nost says:

    I agree that Eureka is the best show on TV. Blast SyFy for cancelling all the good shows.

  34. Susy Katen says:

    My whole family loves Eureka. It is such fun, we laugh so much, and my kids learn some science, too.
    I am sad that this season will be it’s last.

  35. Manolakis says:

    Watched the Christmas special. Very clever, but not up to par with the series itself.
    April 16th is when it returns. Can’t wait!!!

  36. Mitch Orobona says:

    Very comprehensive post about an awesome TV program. Makes me want to tune in to see what Eureka is all about.

  37. Piefer89 says:

    I love your blog, and I love that you posted about Eureka. Another SyFy show gone before it’s time.
    What is with that network? Ever since it went from Sci Fi to Sy Fy it became the wrestling-dumb reality show network. Sheesh!

  38. Trucchio says:

    I just stumbled on this blog, and I’m glad to have found you. I love what you posted about Eureka, along with the videos, etc. Also like your Doctor Who posts, too. Interesting that your other topics are about travel and Polish music.

  39. Robert Jenkins says:

    Science and science fiction is still alive in Eureka, at least for one more season.
    Don’t forget to tune in April 16, 2012 for the beginning of the end !!
    Oh, yea, and I’ll see you at Cafe Diem!

  40. Wilbur Caito says:

    I wish you wrote more and relied less on videos, but I agree, Eureka is the TV show to watch!

  41. grifulvin says:

    Let’s make sure we all watch Eureka for it’s final season, and make SyFy Channel regret cancelling it…

  42. Heath Gausman says:

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My website covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Awesome blog by the way!

  43. I together with my buddies have really enjoyed your blog, and we want to say thank you. We are big fans of Eureka and we are sorry that Sy Fy Channel has seen fit to cancel it. After this final season of Eureka, there isn’t any reason to watch that channel anymore. I guess those ghost shows are a lot less expensive to produce. But, you get what you pay for. Thanks again for this great write-up.

  44. Ammirato Phen says:

    It’s hard to come by educated people for this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks for the tour of Eureka🙂 If I weren’t already a fan, I’d make a point of watching the last of the Sci Fi shows on Sy Fy.

  45. Ackins says:

    This is a topic that is near to my heart… Thank you! I love this show and I’m excited about the 5th season.
    Where are your contact details though?

  46. here says:

    I’m so glad to have found this blog about my favorite show, Eureka. Have you considered including a few social bookmarking buttons to your blog? At the very least for myspace.

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