August 7, 2013 by rachelcmann
SyFy has a special talent for creating complete guilty pleasure fare like Sharknado and really well written unique premise shows like Eureka. Eureka wrapped up earlier this year but I’m a season behind so I’m just catching up now.
Imagine a super secret super genius government science agency that has taken over a small town. And their completely civilian Sheriff. Hijinks ensue. A lot lot lot of hijinks. Some of the science-y stuff is complete improbable and ridiculous, but awesome. Some of it is completely probable and has a very real chance of showing up in our lives. The cast is stellar at delivering gibberish with a straight face. And the rest of us humans can relate to Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) as he looks blankly on until they parlay their words into something a layman can understand. The show lands solidly in the comedy category despite the serious expressions on everyone’s face.
While the crisis of the day (think time travel or invisibility) may be completely out of bounds of reality, the characters are very well done and have depth. Focus has shifted to and from the supporting cast members over the life of the show, but they seem to be very present no matter who is taking centerstage that week. Plus I’ve actually learned some science from this show!
They’ve also got really fantastic guest stars, and often allow said stars to poke fun at their most famous roles. Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG, The Guild, Felicia Day (The Guild, Buffy), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Ming-Na Wen (Star Trek), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Chris Parnell (SNL), the list goes on. Definitely worth watching if you’re in need of some light-hearted TV fare.