Jack takes the job of sheriff in the town of Eureka, Ore. with the hope of cleaning up his daughter and starting a new life. What he discovers though is that the citizens of the small community are actually brilliant scientists doing dangerous top secret government work.
Colin Ferguson (Jack), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison), Erica Cerra (Jo), Neil Grayston (Fargo), Joe Morton (Henry), Chris Gauthier (Vincent), Jordan Hinson (Zoe), Niall Matter (Zane), Ed Quinn (Stark), Kavan Smith (Andy).
Eureka begins by slowly easing us into the characters and town with some mild drama before showing us that there is more to this quaint little town. Before long we are exposed to the heart of the town and a load of strange scientific experiments. As the series matures the plot becomes much more intricate and feels more like a suspense film than drama, and the humor decreases noticeably. At the same time, new characters keep entering and leaving the series keeping things quite interesting on a couple of levels.
Acting was well done by the entire cast and it felt like they actually had fun making the series. Ferguson was appropriately silly through much of the series but was able to show his serious side toward the end. Cerra was enjoyable as well, bringing nice variety to the series. Grayston, Morton, Matter, Quinn, Smith and the remainder of the supporting cast filled things out even more, and with a constant flow of new actors the series was full of good work.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and consistent throughout the series. CGI was interesting and for the most part pretty well done with good variety. Dialogue was good with a mix of campy, comedy, and serious drama. Sound was good, while the soundtrack was about what you would expect from a decent TV series.
Overall Eureka is a fun series with a good, light heart. Though the series does have some suspense and does get somewhat intricate, most episodes end on a light note. Sci-fi fans will likely enjoy this while those wanting substance and depth may not.
With some violence, mild sexuality, and adult situations this should be fine for teens and above.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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