Eureka! It's back. No, i'm not talking about the vacuum cleaner---i mean the show Eureka on the SciFi channnel. The network had a marathon of eps on Mother's Day.
Back in the '40's some of the greatest scientific minds collaborated to develop the first atomic bomb. The fictional town of Eureka is one result of the fallout. To ensure a secure environment for future generations of geniuses "a top-secret residential development in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest" was commissioned. And so the town of Eureka was born.
The town's residents are a bunch of quirky eggheads and a smarter than you might think sheriff. Aside from protecting the peace, sheriff Jack Carter is a divorced dad, raising a teen daughter, Zoe. Having car trouble, they stumble upon the town of Eureka. They inadvertently see classified activities, so the solution is to become Eureka's newest citizens. As it happens, Zoe is quite gifted mentally, so for her, the relocation is a pretty smooth one. For her dad, not so much. While he does find a new best friend, engineer Henry [yea Joe Morton], Jack is 1/3 of a romantic triangle, with 2 smarties, Allison Blake, and her ex Nathan Stark. They both work for the DOD's think and research tank, Global Dynamics.
Jack is not only sorting out his love life, he's no longer sheriff. A general fired him. And technically Allison and Nathan are not exes. They're only estranged, because Nathan would not divorce Allison. When we last left our trio, Nathan had proposed again to Allison. After much consideration, she did say yes. Even so, she's having second thoughts, because she still likes Jack. Oh yes, i forgot to mention there's a baby on the way too.
But, an unexpected pregnancy is a minor hiccup compared to what the scientists are usually dealing with: a prototype military drone that goes rogue and threatens to wipe out the townsfolk. A second sun that has the potential of going supernova. And a doomsday weapon from the '40's that's leaking toxic matter that can kill those who come in contact with it within 21 days.
Now to those who've not seen Eureka, those plot lines might seem kind of heavy, but the show is lighthearted, funny, and, well, smart. There's even a smart house. That's where sheriff Carter and Zoe live. The house is a Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat, S.A.R.A.H for short. S.A.R.A.H is self cleaning and is also a companion to Zoe and her dad---in one ep S.A.R.A.H develops a crush on sheriff Carter.
This show makes it easy to understand why a human could become an inanimate object's object of desire. Everyone on this show is hot. i am beginning to wonder if it's an unwritten rule of science fiction that physical appeal is a given. Even the nebbishy characters Fargo and Vincent have a certain cuteness about them.
Eureka returns for part 2 of season 3 on the SciFiChannel Friday July 10, 2009. For scheduled times, please check your local listings.