James Callis joins cast as Eureka goes "Back to the Future."
· Colin Ferguson
· Salli Richardson-Whitfield
· Joe Morton
· Erica Cerra
· Neil Grayston
· James Callis
Television Review: Eureka, "Founder's Day"
by R.J. Carter
Published: July 8, 2010
Everything old is new again as the residents of Eureka prepare for Founder's Day, a celebration of the man behind the formation of this residential think-tank for the best and brightest minds the country has to offer. It's a headache-and-a-half for Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), who has personal pressures of his own to deal with, in the wake of his girlfriend's departure to take a new job across the globe.
But Carter's in for a departure of his own, as are cast regulars Henry Deacon (Joe Morgan), Deputy Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and Doug Fargo (Neil Grayston) when their communicators all ring, and they suddenly find themselves standing in the highly classified military installation of Camp Eureka, Oregon -- circa 1947. While desperately trying to find out what happened and how they can get home without affecting the time stream, they each come across Dr. Grant (James Callis, Battlestar Galactica), right hand man to Professor Einstein himself. It's his incomplete technology -- completed in present-time Eureka -- that is responsible for the otherwise inexplicable time travel, and offers a glimmer of hope that they'll all be able to return.
But before they can return, they have to evade capture by the U.S. Army. Even with Grant's assistance, it's an arduous task, with more than a few conflicting encounters. Viewers will get to see Jo in a fun hand-to-hand brawl with a bunch of soldiers, and Allison apply some rather common (but as yet uninvented) medical assistance to a wounded infantryman.
Eureka, 1947. Dr. Grant (Jame Callis) and
Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) in a scene
from the Eureka episode, "Founder's Day."
photo credit: Eike Schroter / Syfy
I doubt any fans of the show expect that this subset of the town's cast will get stuck in the past. However, this temporal jaunt has far reaching implications, and sets the tone for the foreseeable future for the series. Eureka has always been the most unique town in all of history. And this week, history is about to change.
Eureka, "Founders Day," debuts Friday, July 9, at 9|8c on Syfy.