Plenty of new television series need a season or two to sort themselves out, and as this three-disc, 13-episode (plus bonus features) box set from the second season (2007) reveals, the Sci-Fi Channels Eureka
is still a work in progress--which is not a bad thing, considering that its one of the more provocative and ambitious shows out there. For the uninitiated, heres the basic premise: Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), accompanied by his teenage daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson), is stationed in Eureka, a picturesque little burg somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Eureka is hardly Anytown, USA; indeed, this is the place where "the worlds greatest thinkers" live and work, most of them at Global Dynamics, "the most advanced scientific facility in the world." Its also a place where exceedingly strange things happen on a regular basis. In Season Two, those happenings include people spontaneously combusting, becoming invisible, turning into gold, or simply disappearing (and leaving nothing behind--not even a memory that they ever existed); a "personal force field" thats growing so large and so fast that it will soon engulf the whole town, and maybe even the whole world; freaky weather that changes by the moment; and even an experiment to re-create the Big Bang inside a Global Dynamics lab, leading to some unexpected side effects.
These developments are all presented with enough cool special effects and scientific techno-babble to make Eureka a perfectly viable and sometimes quite dramatic science fiction diversion. But theres more--much more. Sometimes this is a show about relationships: Jack and Zoe (custody becomes an issue when Jacks ex, played by Olivia DAbo, shows up in the early episodes); Jack and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson), Global Dynamics new boss (their growing attraction is complicated by the continued presence of her ex, a genius scientist type); Jack and his pal Henry (Joe Morton), who blames Jack for his girlfriends death but gradually learns theres more to it than that. Much of the time its a comedy, heavy on the quirks; and, in a change from the first year, its also a serial, with several story arcs continuing over the course of the season. All of that can make Eureka a but convoluted and hard to get a handle on, but this show is a keeper. Extensive bonus features include deleted scenes, gag reels, podcast commentaries, and a good deal more. --Sam Graham
Return to the same small town with even bigger secrets as each quirky and unpredictable episode of Eureka: Season Two lands on DVD! This three-disc set with over 8 hours of fun behind-the-scenes extras will take you back to the seemingly perfect town of Eureka, where the hidden work of America’s brightest scientists can lead to innovative discoveries and unnatural chaos! Follow Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) as he struggles to keep a sense of normalcy amid the scientific mayhem, big brains and bigger adventure in this unusual little town in the Pacific Northwest.