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A fun series to start with, but with a slump in the middle.
on 23 November 2014
Eureka was a fun series to start with and I did enjoy the adventures of the main characters to begin with, however it did grow a little stale in the middle and only really improved again just before the end. I first caught Eureka while on holiday abroad and as tit was a later episode from the final series, I liked what I saw, so bought the box set when I returned home.
The set has a good number of disks, which seem to be a hotchpotch of disks taken from various season box sets all compiled into one large case, that can be fragile. On opening the box for the first time, the central spine fell out and scattered the disks on the floor because it is not fixed in the box. The disks can for this reason be a little confusing because of the labelling on them.
The extras are OK, but some of the features are repetitive. The additional Christmas specials though are not worth watching because not only are they syrupy sweet and sickly, they also do not carry the story arc. However for a day spent home from work poorly is never good, but curled up on the sofa under a duvet with Eureka quickly puts a smile on your face.
The interactions between father and daughter characters played by Colin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson started off as quite funny and as the series developed became more sentimental, providing you can ignore some basic incongruities in the story arc. However it is characters like the different mad scientists that each week put the world in peril that make this series so amusing, but after a while even this gets less and less believable. The introduction of Claudia from Warehouse 13 into an episode though made me aware of that series and where Eureka ranks as ok to good, Warehouse 13 is simply fabulous and a lot less formulaic.
In terms of value this set is great, the package is a handy size and being able to burn through the series in one go if that is your thing is pretty handy. If you liked the series on TV, then you will want the DVDs just to enjoy the show with out the numerous irritating ad breaks, but don't expect brilliant levels of writing if you new to the show. It is still a fun little show though and I did enjoy the good episodes.