‘Eureka’ Continues to ‘Click’ With Viewers

September 5, 2007

“It’s nice when you find someone you just click with.”  The same can be said for a television show.  And Sci Fi’s Eureka definitely clicks with me.  And last night’s episode “Sight Unseen” was no different.

Jack and ZoeIn its second season, Eureka continues to shine, giving Sci Fi a new face – light, quirky and funny.

In the beginning of this season I was a little disappointed to see that Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) wasn’t going to be hooking up with Allison Blake (Salli Richardson) for the happy ending we saw in the alternate future at the end of last season.

But as the season has progressed, I’m actually glad the two haven’t become an item.  Not only because I think Carter makes a cute pair with his date Callie Curie (Sonja Bennett of Traveler), but because I like Allison less and less.

Does it come with the job as head of Global Dynamics that you must become obsessed with all things science related?  It seems like everyone one who holds that position loses a little perspective – Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn), now Allison and even Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) in the alternate future.

But not only is Allison obsessed with GD, she’s starting to cross the line.  A few weeks ago she was willing to risk the whole town as she tampered with everyone’s dreams just to get into Kevin’s (Meshach Peters) head.  Sure, as a mother, I can understand her need to care for her son, but I think she let Stark manipulate her more than anything.

And c’mon, there’s no way Stark is really interested in her and Kevin.  Can’t she see that?  He just wants access to the artifact and is using Kevin to get to it.  And now he’s got Henry trusting him too.  I would think after Kim’s death – even knowing what Beverly did, Henry would be more leery of Stark’s obsession with the artifact.  And why not confide in Jack?  Hasn’t he proved his loyalty yet?

Speaking of Beverly, nobody seems to notice that she’s mysteriously absent from Eureka suddenly.  As the town’s only psychiatrist, you’d think her patients would start missing her soon.  Will we ever find out who she’s working for?

Still it’s nice to see Carter and company finding a little happiness amid the chaos of Eureka.  I think it’s only appropriate that Carter partners with someone else who is familiar with cleaning up messes – even if different messes than what Carter faces.

And is Jack’s daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) finally starting to fit in among the geeks of Eureka’s teen population?  First she wins second prize (a car to her father’s chagrin) at the high school science fair.  Then this week she learns a lesson in shallowness when the hot boy snubs her as lab partner because he doesn’t think she’s smart enough.  Luckily she finds a partner more to her liking.

Even Jo (Erica Cerra) is headed for romance if we are to believe last week’s foreshadowing that criminal turned scientist, Zane (Niall Matter) is indeed interested in pursuing a relationship with the deputy.

As for me I’m enjoying this little love affair with the residents of Eureka.  Let’s hope it continues for many more seasons.


Second Season of ‘Eureka’ Funnier and Quirkier

August 1, 2007

You always worry that when a new series comes back for its second season if it can maintain the same “magic” that drew you to it to begin with.  Sci Fi’s quirky little drama Eureka has put that concern to rest for me.  Four episodes into its second season, Eureka is better than ever. 

Jack and ZoeAlthough I’ve been thoroughly entertained, the first few episodes have been a little heartbreaking for me.  It the Season 1 finale we got a glimpse at a potential future for our favorite sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) that was his own little utopia.  He was happily married to Allison Blake (Salli Richardson), his daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) had become a well adjusted valedictorian.  Allison’s son Kevin (Meshach Peters) had come out of his shell.  And Allison and Carter were expecting a child of their own.  Perfect.  Unfortunately, we find out that it’s all part of an alternate future that must be undone because it’s cracking the fabric of time, or something devastating like that.

In the season opener, we had to watch as Carter, the only one to remember the alternate future, deal with the consequences of changing it.  All the while, his best friend Henry (Joe Morton) blames him for not allowing Henry to save his true love, Kim, from her death.  Luckily, Henry invented some gadget that erased Carter’s memories of the alternate future.

But we, the audience, still remember.  And week after week, we’ve slowly watched as little things keep coming between the potentially developing relationship between Allison and Carter. 

First Allison gets a new job as head of Global Dynamics.  Talk about pressure and in this new position she and Carter are often at odds. 

Then there’s Stark (Ed Quinn), Allison’s ex.  Allison feels bad about taking his job giving him an in to get closer to her, much to Jack’s chagrin.  Although Stark no longer works for Global and has had 17 (or some other absurd number) of job offers, he’s still in town.  And last week, he confided in Allison about Kevin’s connection to the artifact.

Of course, there are always the strange town emergencies — residents that instantaneously combust, Fargo’s (Neil Grayston) ineptness and bizarre weather that threatens to destroy the town.  But rather than bring Allison and Carter closer together like it did last year, solving these mysteries is actually causing a bit of a strain on their relationship.

Then to top it all off, last week Jack’s ex wife, Abby (Olivia d’Abo), shows up in town, ready to take Zoe back to LA to live with her.  I’m so glad they resolved that issue this week.  Being a stand up guy, Carter was going to uphold the bargain and let Zoe go with Abby at the end of the semester despite the fact that losing his daughter was devastating him as we saw through his “therapy” session.  Call me silly, but I was in tears by the end when Abby realizes that Jack and Zoe belong together in Eureka and leaves alone.

But despite the heart wrenching moments over the first few episodes, the series still thrives on quirky and funny.  C’mon where else would you find residents like this?  But underlining all our laughter, the show has some real mysteries going on.

Who does Beverly (Debrah Farentino) work for?  And when will the residents of Eureka catch on to what she’s doing?  Is Henry still trying to save Kim?  He’s discovered that Beverly’s up to no good, why doesn’t he tell Allison?  What is on that chip he found in Beverly’s house?  Why is Stark still around?  Is he really trying to get back with Allison?  Or is he still after the artifact and wants to study Kevin?  Will Jo (Erica Cerra) and Taggert (Matt Frewer) still get together?

I’m very intrigued to see what else the show has in store for us this season.  If you haven’t checked out Eureka yet, you should.  It’s a great drama that’s quirky too.  Think of it as Sci Fi lite.

Next week it’s the science fair.  In a town of elite geniuses, I can only imagine what their children come up with for the science fair.  It looks like we’ll be in for an interesting ride.


My Top 15 Cult Shows

July 3, 2007

On Friday, TVguide.com released an updated list of its Top 30 Cult Shows ever.  In honor of the list, I’ve compiled my own Top 15 cult shows — these are the top cult shows that I’ve personally flipped out for.

I didn’t feel like I could include LostHeroes or Bones on this list because they seemed too mainstream for me. 

Here’s my Top 15 list:

15. Star Trek — I grew up on the original series.  Scotty was always my favorite character.  I’ve seen all the subsequent series and all the movies. 

14.  Torchwood — Who doesn’t love Captain Jack Harkness?  I was so happy when they gave him his own series.

13.  Doctor Who — I don’t remember the older versions of this franchise, but the latest rendition is absolutely great.

12.  Psych — Dule Hill and James Roday keep me in stitches with their fake psychic business and buddy friendship.

11.  Monk — The escapades of USA’s favorite obsessive-compulsive detective are enough to make anyone feel normal by comparison.

10. Quantum Leap — I had a little crush on Scott Bakula and wouldn’t miss an episode of his time traveling adventures.

9.  Friday Night Lights — You don’t have to love football to fall for the witty dialogue and great stories in this drama.

8.  How I Met Your Mother — One word.  Barney.  He makes this show.

7.  Eureka — You’ve just got to love this quirky little town of the brightest minds.

6.  Battlestar Galactica — I barely remember the original, but the current version has me on the edge of my seat.

5.  X-Files — My husband introduced this series to me when we were dating.  We spent many Friday nights during our courtship curled up on the couch watch Scully and Mulder unravel a case.  For that reason, this series will always have a special place in my heart. 

4.  Firefly — Joss Whedon has me begging for more exploits of Mal and the crew of the Serenity.  A single season of this space cowboy adventure was not enough.  Thank goodness for the movie and the comics. 

3.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s original television series kept me hooked all seven seasons and further if you count the comics.   I loved to tune in each week to watch Buffy and the Scooby Gang save the world.

2.  Angel — David Boreanaz is very easy on the eyes.  I loved to watch the brooding vampire with a soul team up with Cordelia, Wes, Gunn and others to save the innocent.  I even have the puppet Angel from “Smile Time.”

1.  Supernatural — Currently my favorite show, I love to watch the good-looking brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padelecki) battle urban legends and things that go bump in the night while driving the beautiful 1967 black Chevy Impala. 

So now it’s your turn.  What’s on your list?


Cable Shows Offer Interesting Summer TV Fare

June 1, 2007

A friend of mine recently complained that now that all the season finales were over, his Tivo was empty.  What was he going to do for the next three months?  I told him to look to his nearest cable network for some pretty cool shows to fill his summer void. 

While network television will inundate you this summer with reruns (with a few exceptions) and more cheaply produced reality shows, cable stations are answering viewers demand for better choices with summer fare that rival some prime season offerings.  So after a day of frolicking in the great outdoors enjoying the summer sun, cool off with these summer shows.

Most of my favorite summer selections won’t start until July; therefore, I’m going to by trying out some new choices in June.  Here are my suggestions for your summer line up. (Note: show times are for EST.)

Showing Now

Traveler — Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
I said there were a few exceptions to the networks filling the summer void with reruns, here’s one of them.  I’ve seen the first two episodes of this quick-paced drama and am hooked.  Three graduate students decided to go on a cross-country trip before entering the work world.  But in their first stop, a harmless prank turns into an act of terrorism leaving two friends  as the prime suspects and the third friend — Will Turner (Aaron Stanford) — missing.  Jay (Matthew Bomer) and Tyler (Logan Marshall-Green) are on the run looking for Will and answers.  Who is Will Turner really? Is he behind the bombing?  Did he set up his friends?  Or is Will a pawn in a bigger plot?  Tune in to find out.  If you missed the first two episodes, you can catch them online at www.abc.com.

Hidden Palms — Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW
What better time for a guilty pleasure than the summer?  And although this drama is filled with teen angst, it’s got enough adult soap to make it interesting.  If you are looking for a serious mind-provoking drama, you won’t find it here.  But you will find some fun with a lot of pretty faces.  Kevin Williamson’s latest creation might look a lot like The O.C. (including a few alums), but it’s definitely got Dawson’s Creek dialogue with a little Desperate Housewives mystery mixed in.  Fresh out of rehab Johnny, played by Taylor Handley (Oliver on The O.C.), moves to Palm Springs with his mother and new step-father a year after witnessing his father’s suicide.  But his new friends Cliff (Michael Cassidy, Zach from The O.C.), Greta (Amber Heard), Nikki (Tessa Thompson) and Liza (Ellary Porterfield) have some baggage of their own including how Greta’s last boyfriend (the former resident of Johnny’s room) died.  I was especially excited to see NYPD alums Gail O’Grady and Sharon Lawrence.  O’Grady is Johnny’s uptight mom trying to deal with a son who blames her for his father’s suicide.  On the other hand, Lawrence is a self-absorbed southern belle and Cliff’s mother.  If you missed it, the pilot re-airs on Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

Army Wives — Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime
Normally I’m not a Lifetime-type girl.  Even for a sentimental fool like me, their stuff is too sappy.  But this series has caught my eye and I plan to tune in at least for the first few episodes to see how it measures up.  From the producers of Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives features a premier cast which includes Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue) as Claudia Joy Holden, the Colonel’s wife; Catherine Bell (Jag) on the other side of the uniform as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a Major; and Brigid Brannagh (Angel) as Pamela Moran, the outspoken wife of a member of the Delta Force.  However, I think what really drives me to try out this show is the subject.  A Navy brat myself, I’m interested in seeing how this version of Desperate Housewives on Fort Marshall plays out.  Premieres Sunday, June 3rd.

Coming Later This Summer

Rescue Me — Premieres June 13 at 10 p.m. on FX
Of course, our favorite gritty fireman survives the fire he was trapped in during last season’s cliffhanger.  But only to face new adventures this season.  First he becomes a father (again) and then he starts dating a female version of himself — a take-no-crap firefighter from another house.

Burn Notice — Premieres June 28 at 10 p.m. on USA
I loved Jeffrey Donovan in Touching Evil, so I’m willing to give his new series Burn Notice a try.  Donovan plays Michael Westen, a CIA spy who gets a “burn notice” (think CIA version of a pink slip) while on a mission.  Not sure why he was fired, Westen launches his own investigation.  But all his assets are frozen and credit cards canceled, so he heads home to Miami and takes on clients — those that can’t get help from legitimate channels — to help finance his search for answers.  Sharon Gless stars as his chain smoking, hypochondriac mother.

Doctor Who — Premieres July 6 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
The 10th incarnation of the Doctor (David Tennant) returns for his third season with a new sidekick, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).  Don’t miss the adventures of this time traveling duo as they protect Earth and set things straight.  Ironically, Season 3 kicks off with a Christmas episode.  I hear that the Doctor and Martha will meet Shakespeare this season and battle some blood-sucking aliens.

Eureka — Premieres July 10 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
Eureka is Sci Fi at its best — fun and quirky.  The residents of Eureka, a town that doubles as a think tank for some of the country’s greatest minds, return for a second season.  When U.S. Marshal Jack (Colin Ferguson) got stranded in Eureka on his trip to return his run-away daughter to his ex-wife (Olivia D’abo), he never imagined he’d stay on as the town sheriff, constantly saving the bright-minded citizens from themselves. 

Monk — Premieres July 13 at 9 p.m. on USA
Tony Shalhoub returns for his sixth season as our favorite obsessive-compulsive detective.  Adrian Monk’s freakouts over daily things — heights, dirt, snakes, milk, to name a few — will keep you in stitches.  Guest stars this season include Snoop Dogg as a rap star, Sarah Silverman in a repeat role as Monk groupie Marcie Maven, and Sharon Lawrence as Linda Fusco, the real estate agent with a crush on Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine).  I’m not sure I want to know who will be the guest star when Monk investigates the nudist beach.

Psych — Premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. on USA
Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) return for a second season of crime fighting as a fake psychic and his sidekick.  The son of a former cop, Shawn uses his keen eye for detail to pick up on clues the police miss and together with Gus, whose job is to keep the duo out of trouble, the pair solve a variety of crimes.  This season Shawn will have to hold his own when he competes with a real psychic and Tim Curry guest stars.

Who Wants to Be a Superhero? — Premieres July 26 at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel
I’m not normally a big fan of reality shows, but I love this one.  Last season I laughed so hard I cried.  C’mon 12 adults in costumes pretending to be superheroes?  It doesn’t get any better than this!  In Season 2, the producers are stepping it up a notch.  Instead of taking place in the real world like last year, the contest will move into a fictitious world (think Gotham or Metropolis) complete with three recurring villains.  And fans of Stan Lee will love that he will take a more active role as the show host.  Tune in for a fun time.

Flash Gordon — Premieres August 10 on Sci Fi Channel
We most recently saw Flash Gordon as a guest star on Smallville and a member of the Oliver Green’s Justice League.  Now another Smallville alum (Eric Johnson) will portray Gordon in his own series.  Gina Holden (Reunion) will star as Gordon’s love interest Dale Arden and Jody Racicot will play Dr. Hans Zarkov.

I don’t have HBO or Showtime so I can’t comment on shows like Big Love or Weeds, but I hear they are good.  Needless to say though, this summer has some good options on the tube.  So if you aren’t out enjoying the summer evenings, tune in.  What will you be watching this summer?