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TV Wasteland: Eureka’s Final Season

The Syfy stalwart’s fifth year will be its last

By Rob Vaux     April 16, 2012
Source: Mania.com

I spend a lot of ink jumping all over Syfy on this column – and let’s face it, they deserve it most of the time – but this week provides a chance to see them doing something right. Season Five of Eureka premieres tonight, officially the series’ final run. The producers had hoped for a Season Six to finish things up, but last August it was announced that this would be the show’s curtain call. 

Douche move? Perhaps, but Syfy made it in plenty of time for the producers to prepare for the end. It let the show tailor the last 13 episodes to wrap up any loose plot threads, and Syfy granted them an extra episode on top of that to make sure it ended right. We still live in an era when networks can pull the plug on a beloved-yet-struggling show without giving the fanbase a chance for closure. Eureka definitely has a fanbase, and considering that they’ve tuned in pretty consistently, Syfy owes them a proper send off. By all accounts, they’re accommodating that need, and so we tip our hat to them. Thanks for not being jerks about this one guys.

The final season of Eureka kicks off this Monday, April 16, at 9:00 PM EST on Syfy.

 

 

Monday

 

Eureka (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
The final season premieres with the crew of the Astraeus returning after four years and dealing with the changes that they find. See the top of the article for more.

Lost Girl (Syfy, 10:00 PM EST)
As a Canadian import, Lost Girl is already well into Season Two. Syfy picks up the slack by diving right in after ending Season One last week.

Alien: The Director’s Cut (Cinemax, 8:00 PM EST)
I’m not sure whether this version or the original version is better – the director’s cut mucks with the Aliens’ physiology, which is very cool but doesn’t fit with subsequent mythology. All I know is that it’s well worth a look.

Death Race (FX, 8:00 PM EST)
Seriously, on basic cable? It’s not like we watch Paul W.S. Anderson for the sparkling dialogue or profound philosophizing. 

The Boondock Saints (IFC, 8:00 PM EST)
The film is much less interesting than the kerfuffle surrounding its director Troy Duffy. Check out the documentary Overnight for a dose of schadenfreude you’ll never forget. 

From Hell (IFC, 10:15 PM EST)
The Hughes Brothers deliver a fine version of Alan Moore’s Jack the Ripper tale… despite a few boners committed to keep the studio happy.

Mars Needs Moms (Starz, 7:25 PM EST)
Disney’s now legendary bomb may have contributed to John Carter’s woes by convincing the studio to remove “Mars” from the title. Despite that, it’s not a bad film: a little uninspired but hardly deserving of the reputation it incurred.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Starz, 9:00 PM EST)
The more I see of these movies, the more I’m convinced that Geoffrey Rush is as important to their success as Johnny Depp.

Tuesday

 

Fact or Faked: Paranomal Files (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
The team checks out evidence of a supposedly levitating woman and a man who can withstand extremely cold temperatures. 

Braveheart (AMC, 8:00 PM EST)
Remember when Mel Gibson kept The Crazy under wraps?

I, Robot (FMC, 9:00 PM EST)
The film has not aged particularly well, but neither is it a complete waste of time. Take it for what you will.

Wednesday
 
Ghost Hunters (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis falls under the team’s eye. I’m guessing the ghosts have a recurring “drowned at sea” theme…

Monster Man (Syfy, 10:00 PM EST)
The band Devo approaches Roy to direct one of their music videos as the first season comes to an end.

Swordfish (AMC, 8:00 PM EST)
AMC will doubtless cut the sleaze out of this delirious actioner… which really kind of defeats the purpose.

Speed 2: Cruise Control (Cinemax, 7:45 PM EST)
In the long and dismal history of unnecessary sequels, this may be the unnecessariest. 

Machete (Cinemax, 10:00 PM EST)
It just gets worse and worse on Cinemax tonight.

Knight and Day (HBO, 7:30 PM EST)
Tom Cruise still has a lot of charm. So does Cameron Diaz. Together, they make this spy caper a delightful good time.

Sexy Beast (IFC, 8:00 PM EST)
Ben Kingsley delivers the definitive anti-Gandhi in this brilliant tale of a retired British gangster whom a number of people would like to see unretired.

Thursday

 

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8:00 PM EST)
Elena and Damon pay a visit to Denver, even as Tyler returns to Mystic Falls. Somewhere out there, someone cares a great deal about this.

The Secret Circle (The CW, 9:00 PM EST)
The Circle debates possible theories about what happened 16 years ago and the identity of the other Blackwell child comes to light.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (FX, 10:00 PM EST)
This is Oscar bait at its most pandering, but David Fincher gives it a lovely palate and it certainly doesn’t feel like any other movie out there.

Predators (HBO, 8:00 PM EST)
Adrien Brody, action star? Apparently so…

The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (Syfy, 6:00 PM EST and 9:00 PM EST)
Once again, Syfy has carefully excised the good one from the equation, to better protect us from any actual entertainment.

The Big Bang Theory is a rerun.

Friday

 

Fringe (Fox, 9:00 PM EST)
We set the time machine for 2036, where the Fringe Division is still kicking and battling the latest threat to the planet.

Grimm (NBC, 9:00 PM EST)
A monster bounty hunter targets a murder suspect, prompting Monroe and Rosalee to find a suitable hiding place for him.

Nikita (The CW, 8:00 PM EST)
One of Nikita’s former targets abducts and tortures her in revenge. I’m guessing he ultimately regrets the decision.

Supernatural (The CW, 9:00 PM EST)
A fellow hunter and friend of the Winchesters disappears in a haunted house.

Taken (FX, 8:00 PM EST)
It may be cheap exploitation, but it’s awfully hard to resist.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (TMC, 8:00 PM EST)
Ah Uwe Boll, where would the blood pressure of the entire video game community be without you?

Centurion (10:10 PM EST)
This terrific story of a Roman legionnaire trapped in the wilds of Scotland features a great pre-star performance from Michael Fassbender.

Saturday

 

Outlander (Syfy, 6:30 PM EST)
A cool space alien comes to Dark Ages Earth to help the Vikings with a monster problem. It’s probably a lot cooler if you’re stoned.

Alien Tornado (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
They really don’t need to think these things through past the titles, do they? In any case, this latest bit of Syfy silliness involves extraterrestrial invaders who send electrical tornadoes to wipe us out, only to be thwarted by a farmer, his daughter and a “tornado blogger.” How did this reach our TV screens? My money’s on “bar bet gone horribly wrong.”

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (TCM, 8:00 PM EST)
People tend to forget Steven Spielberg’s classic science fiction fantasy when discussing his greatest works.  That doesn’t make it any less of masterpiece.

Rollerball (TCM, 10:30 PM EST)
James Caan + roller skates + dystopian future = retro 70s awesome. 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Bravo, 9:00 PM EST)
Spielberg is all over the tube tonight, though this second entry in the Indiana Jones series doesn’t rank on quite the same level as the others.

Jaws (Cinemax, 7:50 PM EST)
Now this one, this one is a gem. 

Sunday

 

Game of Thrones (HBO, 9:00 PM EST)
After getting spanked on the battlefield, Joffrey looks for scapegoats, prompting Tyrion to step in and slap him until he cries. Okay probably not, but hope does spring eternal.

Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8:00 PM EST)
Kathryn is gone and Emma goes to the Mayor for answers. In the fairy-tale world, Rumplestiltskin seeks help from his son to give up his powers and return to a normal life.

2012 (FX, 7:00 PM EST)
I will point out once again that Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer governor of California. Why is this the only faux pas in the entire movie that bugs me? I have no idea…

Your Highness (HBO, 7:10 PM EST)
Stinky, stinky stinky movie!!!!

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (Syfy, 6:30 PM EST)
Who on Earth was clamoring to turn this into a franchise?!

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginning (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
They’re kidding, right? They’re not kidding? Are you sure? *Sigh.*

The Dark Knight (TNT, 8:00 PM EST)

Any week I can end my column with this little gem is a good week… especially considering the other movies on tonight. 

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doublec 4/16/2012 2:59:13 AM

Wrong Turn FOUR?!? How the fuck did that happen?

jackwagon 4/16/2012 5:29:39 AM

I kinda want to see Alien Tornado because of how preposterous it sounds, but I have a feeling I still wouldn't be able to stomach more than 30 minutes or so of it.

redvector 4/16/2012 6:39:34 AM

As for Eureka I was never a big fan of the show I'd only watch it if nothing else was on. It was just too campy and silly for my taste. Hate Lost Girl another silly ass show. Why did they put that show on when Being Human has a similar theme? I like Warehouse 13 but sometimes it's hit or miss for me and here lately mostly miss. The show I'm really looking forward to is Alphas. A show that really surprised me how good it was.

 

 

 

karas1 4/16/2012 6:40:16 AM

Who stars in Alien Tornado?  The big attraction for me in these things is seeing familliar genre faces in a new setting.  When you have that guy from Stargate, that gal from Charmed and that other guy from Highlander doing a movie together it's delicious fun.  Especially when said movie features bad CGI giant snakes or slutty, barely dressed vampire chicks.  Or Nazis.  Or slutty vampire Nazis vs giant snakes.  Or Stonehenge shooting down helicopters.  Some of the silliness is just inspired.  And some of it is just dumb and boring.  It's sometimes hard to tell beforehand which it will be.

Hobbs 4/16/2012 7:02:28 AM

I never watched Eureka but I think it's good they are giving them time to finish it up.  I think this is the last scyfy program from the days they actually had scyfy programs.  Once Eureka is over it's all attack of the man lion movies and wrestling.

I see the wise cracks are still being aimed at Mel Gibson.  People never stop surprising me...Mel was drunk and acted stupid 5 or 6 years ago yet everyone acts like he's doing this every week.  The hangover actors refure to work with Mel Gibson over this issue yet had no problems working with a convicted rapist Mike Tyson.  Arnold is getting his maid pregnent in front of his wife and kids yet everyone can't wait to see him on the big screen again.  Maybe if Mel would have murdered someone people would give him a break...all messed up in my opinion.

Wiseguy 4/16/2012 8:24:34 AM

Wrong Turn 4 > TDK

Justified is done, pretty good not great season but a heck of an ending with what's coming down the line next season.

hanso 4/16/2012 8:46:23 AM

 Hobbs, Gibson didn't do it just one time.  Racist crazy fuck be doing it a couple of times now.  I think last week the writer for Gibson's latest flick was saying some racist stuff Gibson said regarding Jews.   

isgrimner 4/16/2012 8:51:26 AM

I've almost started watching Eureka and Warehouse 13 a few times.  Problem is I have zero faith in SciFi or their inane rebranding SyFy, to keep their best shows going.  Its kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy with them, as they don't get the ratings and thus the shows get cancelled. 

Gotta agree with Hobbs on the Mel Gibson front.  He takes a lot of heat but on his films alone, I'd say more of his movies are entertaining than aren't.  Its like the quote from one of the Imaginationland eps of Southpark, "Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the son of a bitch knows story structure."  I also tend to think it was really hypocritical of the Hangover leads to refuse to work with Gibson while at the same time having no issues with Tyson. 

karas1 4/16/2012 9:42:26 AM

isgrimner, both Eureka and Warehouse 13 are delightful.  Eureka is intelligent and fun with great characters with fantastic chemistry.  Warehouse 13 is less scifi and more fantasy but also lots of fun with great characters.  I'm going to really miss Eureka a lot.  But to ignore the 5 seasons worth of great entertainment that already exists because Syfy has cancelled it is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.  Check them out.

Hobbs 4/16/2012 11:13:21 AM

hanso, The latest thing you are talking about is the writer Mel hired to write his script.  After 15 months of meetings and research the writer hadn't written one page so Mel went off on him.  Don't know about you but if I had 15 months to do a job and hadn't done sheet with it then my boss would go off on me too and would fire me which is what I think happened to him.  Mel admitted he did go off and apologized for going as far as he did.  I know the writer said he has a tape of everything so I guess we'll have to wait and see till there is more evidence.

If this was someone else it probably wouldn't even be a story, just hollywood business, but because Mel has this rep everything he does is under a microscope.

I'm not saying Mel is a good guy, he actually seems like a prick to me but what ego Hollywood people are not pricks?  Granted some people just handle it different than others and in the future I agree that Mel should keep his temper in check.  If it turns out that Mel has lost his mind then I'll happily say he should get some help but there isn't enough out there yet to convict him or wreck his career...though it looks like it's been done regardless.

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