Eureka cast and fans enter "A New World" after time-travel adventure
· Colin Ferguson
· Salli Richardson-Whitfield
· Joe Morton
· Neil Grayston
Television Review: Eureka, "A New World"
by R.J. Carter
Published: July 15, 2010
It's a whole new world for fans of Eureka -- and for a small subset of the regular cast as well. After an accidental trip through time to 1940s Camp Eureka, Sheriff Jack Carter, Allison Blake, Henry Deacon, Jo Lupo and Doug Fargo have returned to present day Eureka, but their return brought with them an unexpected stowaway: town co-founder Dr. Trevor Grant (James Callis). As a result, our heroes have returned to a Eureka that is greatly altered from the one they left. But do the good changes outweigh the bad? And would one of them sabotage their only way to put things aright to keep the new status quo?
At the close of the prior episode, Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) returns to a world where her teenaged son no longer suffers from autism. Jack (Colin Ferguson), having recently developed romantic feelings for Allison, now learns that Tess (Jaime Ray Newman) never left him, and Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) is married to a beautiful woman he barely knows. And you will never guess how much brighter the world is for underdog Doug Fargo (Neil Grayston). But it's not all peaches and cream; while Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) has a better job, boyfriend Zane (Niall Matter) never reformed and is still a regular visitor to his holding cell -- and he doesn't like Jo in the slightest.
Could all of this have been brought on because Dr. Grant wanted to see the future? And is it caused by his leaving the past -- or by his being sent back to it (presumably later in the series)? And will they even be able to send Grant back to his home time period, after the device that caused it in the first place is destroyed? Does someone love the new present so much as to ensure it doesn't get changed?
But there's a more immediate problem to deal with, as a rogue robot creates havoc, its internal circuits having been fried by a source of power which by all rules of physics ought to be impossible. But then, this is Eureka where "impossible" is nothing but a mediocre-scoring word in Scrabble. When Jack and company learn that one of them in this reality has achieved the impossible (again), it will take the combined abilities of both Jack and Dr. Grant to save the day.
Another Day, Another Catastrophe. (l-r) -- Joe Morton
as Henry Deacon, Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter, Jaime Ray
Newman as Tess Fontana
Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy
As a relative newcomer to this series, I can attest that the writers have done quite the job in bringing viewers up to speed without seeming that way, while simultaneously progressing on with a new plot that intrigues. It's enough to have me joining fans in emulating Archimedes every Friday evening with an excited cry, "Eureka!"
Eureka, "A New World," airs Friday, July 16, 9pm|8pm CT on Syfy.