Plenty of new television series need a season or two to sort themselves out, and as the second season reveals, A Town Called Eureka
is still a work in progress--which is not a bad thing, considering that its one of the more provocative and ambitious shows out there. For the uninitiated, heres the basic premise: Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), accompanied by his teenage daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson), is stationed in Eureka, a picturesque little burg somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Eureka is hardly Anytown, USA; indeed, this is the place where "the worlds greatest thinkers" live and work, most of them at Global Dynamics, "the most advanced scientific facility in the world." Its also a place where exceedingly strange things happen on a regular basis. In Season Two, those happenings include people spontaneously combusting, becoming invisible, turning into gold, or simply disappearing (and leaving nothing behind--not even a memory that they ever existed); a "personal force field" thats growing so large and so fast that it will soon engulf the whole town, and maybe even the whole world; freaky weather that changes by the moment; and even an experiment to re-create the Big Bang inside a Global Dynamics lab, leading to some unexpected side effects.
These developments are all presented with enough cool special effects and scientific techno-babble to make A Town Called Eureka a perfectly viable and sometimes quite dramatic science fiction diversion. But theres more--much more. Sometimes this is a show about relationships: Jack and Zoe (custody becomes an issue when Jacks ex, played by Olivia DAbo, shows up in the early episodes); Jack and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson), Global Dynamics new boss (their growing attraction is complicated by the continued presence of her ex, a genius scientist type); Jack and his pal Henry (Joe Morton), who blames Jack for his girlfriends death but gradually learns theres more to it than that. Much of the time its a comedy, heavy on the quirks; and, in a change from the first year, its also a serial, with several story arcs continuing over the course of the season. All of that can make A Town Called Eureka a but convoluted and hard to get a handle on, but this show is a keeper.--Sam Graham
The complete second season of the fantasy series set in the quirky and seemingly perfect small town of Eureka, where the hidden work of America's brightest scientists can lead to innovation or utter chaos. The series stars Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter, a former U.S. marshal who is stranded in the town after a car accident. Episodes comprise: 'Phoenix Rising', 'Try, Try Again', 'Unpredictable', 'Games People Play', 'Duck, Duck Goose', 'Noche de Suenos', 'Family Reunion', 'E-MC...?', 'Sight Unseen', 'God Is in the Details', 'Maneater', 'All That Glitters' and 'A Night in Global Dynamics'.