Eureka – Liftoff Review

Zane pesters Jo for details she does not want to reveal. Carter problem-solves at Andy and S.A.R.A.H.’s wedding. Elsewhere, Zane’s actions make him and Fargo unexpectedly airborne.

Eureka - Liftoff

Eureka has had really bad luck with scheduling over its lifespan. Thankfully, even with the crazy gaps between seasons and season halves the audience has stuck with this quirky little SF show. After a long break, Eureka is back and I have to say, this show’s still got it.

Season 4 has been a bit of a rebirth for Eureka with the alternate timeline storyline allowing the writers to mess around with the characters that we’ve gotten to know over the past three seasons. Personally I’ve been a big fan of this change, it has breathed new life into the show and the writers have done a good job of taking advantage of the opportunities the alternate time line creates.

One particularly nice thing about this episode was seeing Fargo (Neil Grayston) finally settling into his role as the head of GD. While he has held the position since the beginning of the season there hasn’t been that much of a change in his character. His scenes with Zane in this episode demonstrated that While there is still plenty of the old Fargo there, his new maturity will be taking the character beyond the comic relief role that he has played throughout the show.

Zane (Niall Matter) seems to have taken the opposite journey, spending much of this episode filling the panicked doomsayer role that would have normally been filled by Fargo. While the interplay between the two characters was great, it felt a little out-of-place for the character. Given that the storyline between Zane and Jo (Erica Cerra) was progressed in this episode I’m hoping that we won’t see much more of this behaviour out of Zane in future episodes.

One other relationship that is progressing nicely is the newly requited love between Jack (Colin Ferguson) and Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield). Allowing the two main characters to consummate their relationship has been the death of many shows but the writers have wasted no time showing us that the relationship won’t all be roses. They’ve done a good job of reminding the audience that while circumstances have kept these two characters apart for a long time, there are also fundamental differences of opinion that have existed between them along the way that will be coming to the fore now that they are together. It’s a nice way to keep the relationship from getting stale without having to bring in some plot contrivance to mix things up.

Overall, I feel that this is a triumphant return to the screen for Eureka. This episode did a great job of balancing the relationships and quirky antics that make up the core of the show. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go with the rest of the season.

What I Liked – Progressed the relationships nicely. Fargo is maturing as a character.

What I Didn’t Like – Zane’s behaviour seemed out of character.

Rating – 4 out of 5 (Really Enjoyable)

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