Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cute, cuddly and explosive

I'd like to take a moment to talk about my favorite adorable show that just keeps chugging along under the radar.

Eureka is a show that has just started its second season on Scifi. It stars Colin Ferguson as the sheriff of a town where America's smartest scientists live and work on crazy inventions that often go awry. Stuff explodes a lot.

It's the kind of science fiction comedy Sci-Fi has attempted over and over without success. Good Vs Evil, The Chronicle, The Invisible Man - all of these were decent shows that never rounded up enough ratings to survive long term, although Invisible Man did get a much deserved second season.

So now Eureka is in the Invisible Man position. It's filled with CGI effects and quirky characters and a charming male lead who's a bit clueless about sciency stuff but knows how to solve problems his own way. They're very similar shows. I just hope Eureka doesn't suffer the same fate and disappear at the end of the season. So far the ratings look good.

Most episodes function very well as standalones. Even if you've never seen an episode, picking up in the middle is easy as mutated pie, but there is an overall mysterious conspiracy about an ancient artifact nobody can figure out what to do with. And in the middle of it all is our sheriff and his rebellious daughter and the woman the sheriff's in love with and her ex-husband and their autistic child who has evidently just absorbed some kind of superpower. And the rest of the town spins around them.

And it's adorable. And funny. And has somehow found its way into fifth place of 74 on my DVR recording list.


  1. Ahhh, I LOVE this show! It sneaks up on you and then, wham! I'm looking forward to it every week like crack.

  2. Wow - you're recording 74 shows? I thought I was bad when I was into the low 40's. I'm down now to about a dozen... I still like TV, I've just gotten a lot more selective - and have a lot less time since taking up aikido.

  3. Some of those are movies and there's a lot of boxing.

    And I exaggerate a lot.

    It's actually only 47.

    Hyperbole makes for a better story.


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