A few weeks ago, as the Mysterious Mr. C and I were packing for vacation, and having exhausted all of the episodes of CBS’s Flashpoint (if you like crime procedurals like I do, watch this!), I rediscovered SyFy’s Eureka on Netflix. A quirky little show about a Los Alamos-like town in the middle of Oregon, Eureka ran from 2006 to 2012 and all of the episodes are available for instant streaming.
Though I had seen most of the show’s episodes (I’m still working my way through the fifth and final season), I had enjoyed the characters before and it was fun to reunite with them and all of their various hijinks.
Eureka is a town populated primarily by scientific geniuses that work for Global Dynamics, a Department-of-Defense-funded advanced research facility that has produced nearly every major technological breakthrough since its creation after World War II. While the U.S. government has been able to keep Eureka off the map, both literally and figuratively for decades, that all changes when U.S. Marshal Jack Carter stumbles upon the town as he transports his rebellious, run-away daughter Zoe back to her mother in Los Angeles. Due to a scientific experiment gone awry, the town’s sheriff is disabled and Carter is asked to fill in. He does such a great job that the sheriff retires and Carter is “promoted” in his stead. From there he works with the town’s scientists to solve problems, both big and small, that arise from accidental or intentional misuses of GD’s experimental technology. Oh sure, there are overarching seasonal plot lines, but the crux of the show is the science.
While I wasn’t entirely sure how legitimate the show’s zany plot lines were (and there are some doozies), they are apparently pretty accurate. Like CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, there was a scientific advisor for Eureka who made sure the science worked. But even if there hadn’t been, I had no problem buying into some of the mishaps because it seems like we are constantly pushing the boundaries the possible these days so maybe we could eventually have tachyon accelerators and maybe they could create rifts in the universe!
Yet like most shows out there, it is the cast of characters that keeps bringing me back to Eureka. The scientists are lovable in their absent-minded, geeky, nerdy, quirky ways and, as a layperson, I can relate to people like Carter and Deputy Jo Lupo who try to keep the peace in a place where things are regularly on the fritz. And because of Eureka’s structure as a town, it is also a fairly supportive place where people are allowed to be themselves and thinking outside of the box is encouraged. Though I’m not a scientist, that sounds like a pretty good gig to me!