Watchers, after five seasons of an admittedly very unique premise, the whimsical and wonderful Eureka ended its run. I know there was much consternation over much of the season leading up to the end, so I will address some of that kerfuffle first.
I will admit to being taken aback by the first episode of this season – up until the end when we saw that the Astraeus crew had been kidnapped and everything we had just seen in the episode was in the minds of the people hooked into a machine. I really thought that was pretty cool.
Many people took issue with some of the following episodes and their decidedly darker tone. While I understand why many felt that way, my reaction is this: with the type of experimentation the citizens of Eureka dealt with on a daily basis, there had to be some sort of repercussions for things going awry. Yes, they lost a few cast members over the years, but I really feel that having the stakes raised so high leading up to the end fit well with the overall scope of the show. How did you feel about this approach?
As for the finale itself, viewers were rewarded with all relationship issues and storylines being wrapped up, including a last-minute reprieve for the town itself from an unsuspected (at least on my part) source. One of my favorite aspects of the series was always the extremely likeable characters, so I appreciated being able to see where they were headed.
My favorite scenes and lines from the episode:
“With the thin blue line that separates innovation from annihilation, I think we’ve had a pretty good run” (Carter, in the opening scene), a line I feel kind of sums up the show.
“You guys are smart, but the sheriff is the strong force. He holds it all together” (Holly).
“Eureka’s never been about the town, it’s always been about the people” (Carter).
I got a kick out of the yellow caution tape that said, “Wormhole – Keep Back.”
The last scene, with Carter and Zoe on their way out of town passing themselves from several years earlier into Eureka was a sort of “gotcha” moment that made me want to go back and re-watch the first episode immediately.
I loved this show, saw every episode, and feel satisfied with the way it ended, though I would have preferred for the show to continue.
Did you watch the finale? If so, what parts did you most enjoy, and what parts didn’t appeal to you?
On a related note, what other show finales do you think hit the nail on the head, so to speak, giving great series the send-off they deserved, and which did you not care for at all?
*Warehouse 13 and Alphas both return Monday, 7/23, and Lost Girl now airs on Friday at 10:00 (it actually moved there this past week, beginning 7/20). Next week we will discuss all three of these shows, plus True Blood.