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Jetro 8/8/2010 3:48:26 PM

So basically nothing on this week....


fatpantz 8/8/2010 6:59:50 PM

If anyone else has caught it, there is an amazing BBC series airing right now called Sherlock.  It takes the old stories and characters and adds a modern twist to it....from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.  Moffat did the cool 2007 series Jeckyll with the aewsome James Nesbitt and very sexy Michelle Ryan

redhairs99 8/8/2010 11:32:14 PM

Might have to check into that show, fatpantz.  I like Moffat's work on Doctor Who.

karas1 8/9/2010 12:47:47 AM

***********Eureka Review************

Wherein: Things from 1947 keep appearing in Eureka and Fargo has a special visitor.

The Plot: Henry and Grant are still working on the Bridge Device, attempting to do research on wormholes. Their fiddling with the device causes things from 1947 to start appearing in Eureka, trees, airplanes, nuclear missiles. An airplane tracer round materializes inside Jo’s chest.

The magnet which is drawing these things to 2010 is Grant, and having exotic particles materializing inside him is killing him. Allison and Henry devise a treatment which purges the particles from his system. This not only saves his life but cuts off the flow of the particles from the past and sends all the temporally displaced articles back to 1947.

Meanwhile, Claudia from Warehouse 13 pays Eureka a visit. There are lots of sparks between her and Fargo, especially when they are trapped in a minefield together and have to stay really still, nose to nose.

Also, Grant is very obviously courting Allison, much to Sherriff Carter’s dismay. Grant even lets her treat him to help him stop smoking…

Last week I predicted that due to the crossover event, Grant and his temporal displacement would be pushed to the back burner again. I was wrong. Grant finally got an interesting storyline and James Callis made the most of it. I have to admit I really dig his gravely voice (complete with Midwestern accent). He seems to be adjusting to life in 2010 pretty well, catching up with modern music and slang.

I like the character though having Grant chase Allison is a little disappointing. First we had Allison, Carter and Stark, 2 guys and 1 girl. Then we had Carter, Allison and Tess, 1 guy and 2 girls. Now it’s back to the 2 guys and 1 girl scenario. Wouldn’t it be Eureka without a romantic triangle featuring Carter and Allison? This plot device is beginning to feel a little tired.

But the romance between Fargo and Claudia is cute as can be. Nobody took Fargo seriously for 3 seasons, he was comic relief, but the character is really coming into his own. And this romance is being played straight as opposed to his prior relationship with a stalker geek girl. Not that Claudia isn’t geeky, but she is a well rounded character and a pretty good match for Fargo. I find myself looking forward to future crossovers where we can see the two of them together again.

And Henry has finally come to grips with his feelings about Grace. He was uncomfortable with having a wife whom he didn’t remember marrying and he was keeping her at arms length while he got to know her. But Grace didn’t know why he was acting so strangely and was very hurt. As Henry grew to love her, he was in danger of losing her. But he seems to have made the decision to embrace his new present. A good decision due to she is a good match for him.

Next week we get malfunctioning AIs. Given all the AIs in Eureka this could be dangerous.


jppintar326 8/9/2010 4:39:30 AM

Does anybody else think of Mel Gibson's character in the Lethal Weapon movies when you hear those audio tapes of him arguing with his girlfriend?  I know I do.  Go to if you to hear them in uncensored versions.  I think I will be able to watch Mel Gibson's movies despite all of this because I will be able to separate Mel Gibson the actor from Mel Gibson the man.

Great shout out to Blow Out.  What an underrated gem this is .  I love the ending.

I agree the love triangle in Eureka is wearing thin.  I wish the writers would just get those two together and playing around.  I'm one of those who thinks sexual tension without payoff is overrated.

redhairs99 8/9/2010 7:22:07 AM

I agree that the love triangle thing is wearing thin on Eureka.  However, the problem with getting Carter and Allison together would be that the show will be cancelled a year later.  That's pretty well how all "will they, won't they" relationships work on tv shows.  Maybe not all end up that way, but most do.  I would have like to have seen Carter continue his relationship with Tess for at least another season.  I thought they worked well together and I liked the actress who played Tess (another Sci-Fi alum from SG: Atlantis).

As for Fargo and Claudia, it's not that they don't work together, but I felt as though their relationship was being forced upon us.  I would have preferred a little build up to them instantly falling in love.  I know we had the episode of Warehouse 13 earlier last week, but even there it felt awfully quick.  I suppose it's a result of crossing over two shows.  You can't have the proper build-up because each show is building up to it's own season finale storyline. 

Speaking of season arcs, what happened to HG Welles on Warehouse 13.  I know every show has filler episodes, but the characters should still be concerned that she's out there.  There seems to be hardly any mention of her the last few episodes.  Same with Leena, but in her case, I'm cool with that.  I wish they'd just kill off Leena since they botched the only interesting thing they'd done with the character at the end of last season.

jppintar, those tapes do make me think of Riggs in Lethal Weapon.  He was quite insane and apparantly Mel is too.  I do kind of feel bad for Mel though.  I think he was set-up.  Don't get me wrong he's WAY CRAZY, but that chick either a) was able to remain calm because she knew she was recording the conversations and/or b) re-recorded her side of the conversation later in an actual recording studio.  Mel's audio is all garbled and sounds like it was recorded from a phone conversation, but her audio was obviously recorded in a studio either during or after the fact.  It's way too crystal-clear to have been recorded through the phone itself.  If you've ever heard tapes of 911 call, you know what I mean.  Both parties sound like a garbled phone message, which is why we always have to subtitle that sort of thing on the news.

LittleNell1824 8/9/2010 7:26:34 AM

I'm really tired of the triangles. Why wouldn't it be interesting to take the characters' lives to the next level? They don't have to live boringly ever after. This is Eureka. Life will be just as complicated if Allison & Carter get together.

I do like that we're seeing more of Henry this year. And, they're letting Fargo grow which is cool. I still think it's hilarious that he used his own voice for Sarah. He is a great character.

(jppintar326: I listened to an interview where a hypnotist friend of Gibson speculated that a character can get into an actor's head, much like a hypnotic suggestion can get into a persons head. Gibson did played the Lethal Weapon character a lot.  I didn't listen to the tape myself. Too depressing and sad.)

Rob, still no love for Persons Unknown? It's a fun show. It's very Prisoner-like but with more characters. Mysterious organization, brain-washing, conspiracies. And, it's what many of us have been asking for. The series ends at the end of the summer - all questions answered.

karas1 8/9/2010 7:53:21 AM

I agree with you Little Nell.  I think getting Allison and Carter together would be a good idea.  It doesn't have to happen quickly, at least half a season of courting would ba appropriate.  But even if they got married, they are both bringing children and complicated careers to the table.  I doubt it would be dull.

And it's not as if the love triangle is a huge part of the show.  As far as I'm concerned, Eureka is about the wacky science and the entire ensemble cast, it's not just about Carter any more.

As for Mel Gibson, I always try to seperate an actor's work from his personal life.  Jack Nicholson can attack other people's cars with a golf club and Tom Cruise can be a wierd religious nut, I don't care.  But Gibson was never a really great actor to begin with.  He lost me when he did Hamlet.  The wages of hubris.

LittleNell1824 8/9/2010 9:57:09 AM

I used to think I didn't like Tom Cruise's work because of his religious evangelism, but then I realized that I really like some of his films, just not the romantic ones.  That's a personal thing. I personally feel creeped out when he's acting like he loves someone, it doesn't look real to me, but I think he's brilliant when he plays someone disfunctional.

I guess you can compare it to trying to watch a romantic Richard Gere vehicle right after watching his 1990 Internal Affairs film. (Don't try it, if you love romantic Richard Gere) In my mind, Cruise is typecast as a selfish user with a helping of crazy on the side. That's the way I love him. Same with Gibson. Love his action movies, not really interested in any of his other stuff. Definitely not interested in watching his life unravel.

Eureka. The non-triangle example that keeps coming to mind is Bewitched. Anyone here old enough to have caught reruns on TV and liked it? That couple had plenty of tension, there was all kinds of crazy going on, they didn't need to be  kept apart. In fact, watching them try to stay together in spite of the all crazy was a big part of the tension.

redvector 8/9/2010 11:13:08 AM

I just don't get the attraction of Being Human especally the whimpy, whining werewolf dude. The vampire guy or the ghost need to grab a shotgun and blow his head off.

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