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Jack and Zoe in jail

Ths Sheriff,Jo, Walter, Henry (with back turned) and Jack

Taggart
Pilot



Original release date July 18, 2016.

Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia.

Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter, Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Jordan Danger as Zoe Carter, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Erica Cerra as Jo Lupo, Neil Grayston as Douglas Fargo, Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake, Matt Frewer as Jim Taggart, and Chris Gauthier as Vincent.

With: Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Greg Germann as Professor Warren King, Maury Chaykin as Sheriff / Major William Cobb, Rob LaBelle as Walter Perkins, Garry Chalk as Colonel Briggs, Jennifer Clement as Susan Perkins, Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin and Zak Ludwig as Brian Perkins.

I haven't watched Eureka for a very long time, so I wondered if I would really want to watch the series again. Turns out, it is rather enjoyable. It has an upbeat feel, as if anything is possible, and life is good.

US marshal Jack Carter is driving his wayward teenage daughter, Zoe, back to Los Angeles when he serves to avoid a dog and ends up off the side of the road. Henry, Eureka's resident mechanic, tows his car to his garage for repairs. Jack locks Zoe in a jail cell for safekeeping under the watchful eye of Deputy Jo Lupo.

While waiting for his car to be repaired, the back half of a motor home disappears, cows get fried, a child is missing, and so is his father.

Welcome to Eureka, where science tends to run amok.

This is a surprisingly good show that holds up quite well even though it is seventeen years old.

Carter has just the right amount of skepticism and insight to make his character believable.

Zoe is a mouthy teen, unhappy with her family situation. But, instead of being a broken person trying desperately to overcome a tragic past, she takes control of her life, is happy, and successful. Note that while she waits for takeout food, she is reading Scientific American.

Jo Lupo is a great character. She is tough and macho but every bit a woman.

Jim Taggart is a strange one. He is over the top, fresh from the Australian outback, and not all that believable. But he is the perfect person to provide comic relief where animals are involved.

Henry, the grimy mechanic/engineering genus, has a childlike enjoyment of life and insight into things that go wrong.

Although this two-hour episode comes to a conclusion, it isn't quite the end of this missing father story.

If you haven't watched Eureka, I suggest you give it a try.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 16, 2023.












Walter's Ghost

Susan and Allison

Jack watching S.A.R.A.H fill a glass of beer.
Many Happy Returns


Season 1, Episode 2

Originally aired July, 25, 2006

Directed by Jefery Levy. Written by Jaime Paglia and Andrew Cosby.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston.

With: Meshach Peters as Kevin Blake, Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Ed Quinn as Nathan Stark, Jennifer Clement as Susan Perkins, Rob LaBelle as Walter Perkins, and Zak Ludwig as Brian Perkins.

Back home after their adventures in Eureka, everything returns to normal. Zoe returns to living with her mother, and Jack returns to his desk job until he gets promoted. If moving to Eureka as the town's sheriff is a promotion.

After the funeral for Walter and his wife Susan, Jack returns to the sheriff's office only to find Susan alive and pissed. She doesn't understand why her parents were told she died. And denies ever having been married to Walter.

And people are seeing ghosts.

This episode concludes the saga of Walter and Susan, giving more insight into the town and its occupants.

In many ways, the Walter/ghost/Susan story takes a back seat to S.A.R.A.H (Self-Actuated Residential Automated Habitat), the AI that controls Jack's house. Despite all the ultra-modern, super high tech functions, the house has a few believability problems. I don't see how an AI can pour a glass of beer or cook a pot roast without either beaming or replicator technology, which doesn't seem to exist in Eureka.

And, at the very end, Zoe shows up at Jack's door. Perhaps a town full of super smart, creative, and just a bit weird people is more appealing than a safe and routine life with her mother.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 19, 2023.












The Gang Searching for Aliens

Faraday as an Alien

Spencer's Crop Circle
Alienated



Season 1, Episode 4

Originally released August 6, 2006

Directed by Marita Grabiak. Story by Varina Bleil and Betsy Landis. Teleplay by Harry Victor and Dan E. Fesman.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Matt Frewer.

With: Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Garwin Sanford as Congressman Faraday, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin, and Layla Alizada as Dr. Sharat.

Spencer, Fargo, Taggart, Vincent, and Jo start acting really strange, even for Eureka. There are bright lights in the sky and even a crop circle. It takes a while to put all the bits and pieces together.

In the meantime, Congressman Arnold Faraday has come to see a new weapon that will make enemy soldiers turn on each other. When that fails, and he is nearly killed, he insists on seeing the artifact locked in Section 5.

The show starts out pretty normal, complications set in, and the tension builds to a nerve-wracking showdown. The glee on Taggart's face as he prepares to slice and dice the congressman is great.

The artifact doesn't make sense. It is so powerful and dangerous that it has to be kept in a vault, but it doesn't seem to have a solid physical form. I wonder how they got it into Section 5 without killing everyone.

Jack and Allison are obviously attracted to each other but probably completely mismatched, which comes off as cute. Beverly is proving to be much more than a therapist and B&B owner. And Nathan's motives and plans always seem a bit questionable.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 26, 2023.












Carlson and Jack on the Bridge

Carlson in the Lab.

Invincible



Season 1, Episode 5

Originally aired August 15,2006

Directed by Michael Grossman. Written by Dan E. Fesman.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston.

With Matt Frewer as Jim Taggart, Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, Saul Rubinek as Dr. Carl Carlson, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.

The bumbling, germophobic, and somewhat OCD Dr. Carl Carlson needs a ride to work. Jack reluctantly agrees to chauffeur him. At least, it will get Jack out of his required physical exam. Jack even follows Dr. Carlson into his lab, where he is working on a way of preventing death.

To avoid the physical, Jack stays to watch Carlson. Then an explosion sends Jack through a window and Carlson into a wall.

Nathan Stark comes on the scene and promptly fires Carlson. As bumbling and inefficeint as Carlson is, it is suprising that he hassn't been fired sooner.

It isn't long before Jack has to stop Carlson from jumping off a bridge. Instead, they both fall. Jack survives with minor injuries by landing on Carlson. Carlson, however, walks away with minor injuries that heal within minutes.

But invincibility is just the beginning of Carlson's problems.

This is a bit of a mystery with Jack running around trying to figure out what is going on, at first, trying to help Carlson, then to save his life.

The success of this episode rests mainly on the performance of Saul Rubinek, Artie from Warehouse 13. He makes Dr. Carlson both likable and believable despite all his faults.

Reviewed by Romana Drew December 31, 2023












Silo in the Roadway

Thatcher and Jack at the Nobel Awards Ceremony

Geezers to the Rescue
Dr. Nobel



Season 1, Episode 6

Originally aired August 22, 2006

Directed by Jeff Woolnough. Written by Dan E. Fesman and Harry Victor

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Chris Gauthier.

With Antony Holland as Dr. Irvin Thatcher, Donna White as Eugenia, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.

Stark gives Fargo a kind of promotion -his own office. Of course, it is an old storage room in a subbasement far away from everywhere. Fargo and Spencer discover an old console and fiddle around until they activate it. Oops.

Enormous silos emerge through the street. Each is capable of firing ion beams at mirrors on the moon, which will reflect back and destroy cities on Earth. The only person who can deactivate the devices is Dr. Irvin Thatcher, a reality-challenged old man living in a home for retired scientists.

As is typical in these kinds of stories, everything anyone does to turn off the doomsday machines, shortens the timeline. But it is done with enough humor to make it enjoyable.

Antony Holland does a wonderful job of playing Dr. Thatcher. Even though he lives in an 'alternate world,' he comes off as a lovable old man - just a bit confused. The reason for his break from reality doesn't quite ring true.

Jack's feelings for Eugenia and his solution to the 'missile crisis' add great comic relief.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 7, 2024












Callister Raynes

Zoe with Red Hair

Jack and Allison Stuck to the Fence
Right as Raynes



Season 1, Episode 8

Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Johanna Stokes.

Originally aired September 5, 2006

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Chris Gauthier.

With Debrah Farentino as Beverly Barlowe, David Paetkau as Callister Raynes, and Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin.

Zoe dyes her hair bright red, and Callister Raynes returns to Eureka. Then everything goes haywire.

Callister has a rather unique relationship with Nathan. He has returned because, as he puts it, "Something is wrong." Everywhere Callister goes things happen; It snows in Cafe Diem, fires break out, and traffic lights fail. A fence is magnitized pulling Jack and Allison to it. Although why a magnetic fence would attract people is not explained. Neither appeared to be wearing enough metal to get that stuck. But it is another opportunity to build an attraction between the two.

As more and more glitches happen, Jack suspects foul play and investigates but doesn't get very far.

This episode is a bit more serious than previous episodes. Callister is a complex character, not at all what he seems on the surface. The show does a good job of hiding the real problem until the very end. And it isn't expected.

A softer side of Nathan is revealed. And Jack's relationship with Zoe is quite strained. It also has a bit of a tragic ending. It delves deeper into the emotions of several characters.

However, the story moves along at a good clip and stays interesting throughout.












Lo Jack and Taggart

Stark and Fargo

A Sea of Starks
Primal



Season 1, Episode 9

September 12, 2006

Directed by Colin Bucksey

Teleplay by Martin Weiss and Johanna Stokes

Story by Karl Schaefer and Martin Weiss

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, and Chris Gauthier.

With: Shayn Solberg as Spencer Martin and Robert Clarke as Larry the IT Guy.

Lo Jack gets hit by a car, so Taggart uses nanoids to heal him. Of course, the nanoids escape and cause havoc. Which might not have been so bad, except that Fargo has a new toy. He hooks Stark's brain into the computer system via a small red button on Stark's neck.

The nanobugs are programmed to replicate and repair. Once they invade the computer system, Stark subconsciously controls them.

This episode has a few rather scary scenes as well as some rather funny ones. Imagine a sea of Nathan Starks covering the city or the world.

There is some interesting character development. Fargo is becoming a more complex and important character. And Taggart is more than just the crazy Aussie he first seemed to be.

And they have tunnels to crawl through. They are not ventilation shafts, but access tunnels that look very much like Jefferies tubes.

If you have rooms with the same floor and ceiling heights, why build an access shaft between them that is only high enough to crawl through? Why not build it like a corridor? Is there something on top of the tube? Another tube, perhaps. It's a common plot device, but rather silly.

I feel for the actors who have to crawl around on their hands and knees.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 13, 2024












Fargo Being Chased

Allison Coming on to Jack

Hunting Evil Plants
Purple Haze



Season 1, Episode 10

September 19, 2006

Directed by David Straiton

Teleplay by Johanna Stokes

Story by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, Debrah Farentino, and Chris Gauthier.

With Alan Legros as Seth Osbourne, Michael Benyaer as Dr. Louis Glazer, Bryan Wilson as Baker Twin #2, and Keith Wilson as Baker Twin #1.

Fargo's neighbor, Seth, plays Flight of the Valkyrie day and night, so Fargo sneaks in at night and cuts the power cord. Then passes out. So does Seth.

The next day, everyone is different. Allison tries to seduce Jack, Jo is carefree and cheery, and Henry is morose. Other than Jack, only Zoe seems normal. The Beverly gets on the comm and tells all to everyone. Oops.

It is interesting to watch the actors play their characters with different personalities.

The offending plants look like giant spider plants on short, fat posts. Interestingly, when Jack drops the flamethrower on the ground, nothing catches on fire, but the plants burn vigorously when torched.

Also, Taggart running around naked is great comic relief.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 16, 2024












Fargo and Beverly - An Awkward Moment

Everyone's Making Up

The Pizza Guy Has a Red Shirt!
H.O.U.S.E. Rules



Season 1, Episode 11

September 26, 2006

Directed by Jeff Woolnough

Written by Harry Victor

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Matt Frewer, and Debrah Farentino.

With: Michael Coleman as Pizza Dude.

Nathan can be a real ass, and Jack is fed up. He goes home, takes a few sick days, drinks beer, and eats pizza. He also searches the world for a better place to live, not that he could afford any of those estates.

Unbeknownst to Jack, S.A.R.A.H invites Nathan, Fargo, Allison, Beverly, Henry, Jo, and Taggart. Everyone shows up except Jo and Taggart. They are having a paintball war.

Once everyone is inside. S.A.R.A.H locks the door. She’s not letting anyone out until the “kiss and make up,’ so to speak.

She also lets the pizza delivery guy in.

Of course, things go wrong, and B.R.A.D (Battle Reactive Automatic Defense) AI takes over and tries to kill people. While Jo and Taggart, sensing something is bad, try to access the house from an underground labyrinth or lethal defenses armed with paintball guns.

This is a fun episode. It starts out pretty mild but continues to build as the threats increase and the characters are placed into ever more uncomfortable situations. And B.R.A.D isn’t opposed to using lethal force. And the pizza guy even has a red shirt!

The scenes with Taggart and Jo are great fun. They add just the right amount of action and comedy to the episode. They make a very convincing ‘odd couple.’

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 20, 2022












Fargo In the Impenetrable Bubble

Taggert and Joe to the Rescue

Jo Using a Sonic Fishing Rod
Try, Try Again


Season 2 Episode 2

Originally Aired July 17, 2007

Directed by Michael Nankin. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia, and Charles Grant Craig.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Vincent Gale as Dr. Todd, Barclay Hope as Gen. Mansfield, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, and Don Thompson as Victor.

Nathan Stark has been demoted, and Allison Blake is now head of Global Dynamics. All the computers must be reset. That will take eight hours. That doesn't make sense, but you'll just have to go with it.

Fargo finds an object in his pocket. Not knowing what it is, he pushes the button on top. It lights up but doesn't seem to do anything else, so he puts it in his pocket. All is well until he tries to wash his hands and discovers the water is repelled. So is everything else.

He can still breathe and talk but can't turn the force shield off, and it keeps getting bigger. The instructions are in the GD computer system, which will be offline longer than Fargo has to live.

Two things about this episode are somewhat hard to believe. Why would they need to shut down the entire computer network for eight hours? But the bigger question is, why does GD just conveniently have a ten thousand-foot deep hole that looks to be twenty feet in diameter. I wonder what they did with all the dirt they removed.

The Russians dug a forty thousand-foot deep hole, but it is only a few inches in diameter.

This is a fun episode. Mansfield gets a bit boring, but the rest of the characters keep the pacing moving along and break the tension with just the right amount of humor.

Also, the previous two episodes, the last episode of the first season and the first episode of this season, brought a few changes and revelations. But I don't have those episodes. If I find them, I will review them.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 25, 2024.












Jack and Abby

The Frozen Guy

Jack Trying to Push a Button


Unpredictable


Season 2 Episode 3

Originally Aired July 24, 2007

Directed by 2

Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Thania St. John

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Olivia d'Abo as Dr. Abby Carter, Patrick Gilmore as Pete Puhlman, Stefanie von Pfetten as Wendy Whiticus, and David Nykl as Dr. Steven Whiticus

The weather is going bonkers, and Jack's ex has come to take Zoe away on her sixteenth birthday.

When the spa's hot tub temperature drops to -460 instantaneously, a man is frozen solid mid-stride. The weather changes every few minutes between rain, wind, hail, snow, and bright sun, causing havoc. Abby, Jack's ex, insists she be part of everything, which complicates both keeping Zoe's party secret and getting her to it, and figuring out why the weather is bonkers.

And Henry returns to Global against Beverly's advice. And Beverly makes it clear that she is much more than she appears.

This episode is full of excitement, tension, and character development. Jack's and Zoe's relationship with Abby is refreshing. There isn't any hatred, just incompatible goals and responsibilities.

Allison seems to be rekindling her relationship with Nathan, and Jak has mixed feelings about his wife. I think this is done to put a bit of a damper on the Allison/Jack relationship.

In a great scene, Jack has to push a button to save Eureka from a devastating storm, but the wind is too strong, and he can't reach the button. I wonder if they had him hung from a rope or if Colin Ferguson could actually walk in that position. I'm betting on a rope.

Both the flash freezing and the instantaneous boiling are a bit hard to believe. But, like most of Eureka, it's best not to question the science too rigorously. Instead, just go with it and enjoy the show.

Seeing David Nykl from Stargate Atlantis playing Dr. Steven Whiticus was nice.

Although this episode concludes, it is part one of two.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 26, 2024.












Zoe in Counseling

Jack and Zoe into the Unknown

This Wasn't the Culprit
The Games People Play


Season 2 Episode 4

Originally Aired July 31, 2007

Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, and Ethan Lawrence.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Olivia d'Abo as Dr. Abby Carter, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, Christopher Jacot as Larry Haberman, Syn Narula as Dr. Babajanian, Ed Hong-Louie as Man at Bar, Michael Kopsa as Doctor, Sharon Taylor as Townsperson, and Cameron Park as Doctor.

Jack has agreed to send Zoe home with Abby. No one is happy except Abby. Zoe is in her room having a counseling session. In typical Eureka fashion, she is lying on the bed wearing VR glasses. Jack interrupts, and they argue. Then things get weird.

People disappear in a flash of blue light. Not only are they gone, but only Jack remembers them.

This is a fairly common trope in science fiction. It is usually explained by time bubbles, time loops, or something similar. It is usually resolved when the time loop is broken. Or perhaps it's only a dream.

Dreams are another common trope used in many genres. The dream sequence is obvious fairly quickly. But this is Eureka. People disappearing from history might just be possible.

By the time the viewer begins to question the validity of Jack's experiences, his situation is revealed. Then, the story shifts to finding some way to get him out of his dreams without killing him.

And another common trope is invoked. Turning off the machine manipulating his mind will kill him. That one never makes sense to me.

Check out the machine that hit Jack. Some poor prop guy had to build that.

All that aside, this is an exciting and fun episode, well worth watching. It also adds depth the Jack and Zoe's relationship and cements Zoe as a regular character.

Reviewed by Romana Drew January 30, 2024.












Zoe and Jo Ready for the Science Faire

Taggart and his Geese

The Saboteurs
Duck, Duck Goose




Season 2 Episode 5



Originally Aired August 7, 2007

Directed by Michael Lange. Written by Andrew Cosby, Jamie Paglia, Johanna Stokes.

Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Danger, Ed Quinn, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Debrah Farentino, and Matt Frewer.

With: Anna Galvin as Dr. Jane Harrington, Elise Gatien as Megan, Chris Gauthier as Vincent, David James Lewis as Dr. Aaron Finn, Brenda Crichlow as Principal Wallace, Matreya Fedor as Tina, and Karissa Tynes as Stephanie.

It's time for the science fair, and everyone is geared up for disaster. Genius students with access to unlimited technology might just destroy the world. Then, space junk bombs Eureka.

At the fair, a couple of genius girls sabotage Zoe's project, so she messes with theirs. Oops, this might be a problem. They are the children of successful, extremely brilliant parents, but Zoe is a 'norm,' a child of ordinary parents. Especially Jack, with his IQ of 111, which is just average. Although he is rather proud of that.

In the meantime, just to keep things interesting, Taggart has a flock of geese, mechanical geese. He loves them but also wants to set them free. Odd.

While Jack runs around investigating and making connections that the brilliant scientists overlooked, Zoe saves the day.

This is a good episode to follow the previous one. Zoe obviously belongs in Eureka. She has a very high IQ and an understanding of complex electronics.

Reviewed by Romana Drew February 3, 2024.