A Rare Eureka Moment at the SciFi Channel
Anyone at the SciFi channel who can remember real science fiction television must be very lonely and frustrated with their current programming. Between the wrasslin’ psychodrama and tired, fifth-generation clones of ‘reality’ tv premises, there’s precious little good Science Fiction going on at the scifi channel… with one shining exception: Eureka.
Tune in for the novelty of actual scifi on SciFi, including zany inventions and pretty special effects, but the real value here is found in the inspired mishmash of characters. The leads — Colin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield — are doing a great job of providing structure to the series, injecting urgency and romantic interest as needed, but the supporting characters are the most fun to watch. Old timers Joe Morton and Matt Frewer yield explosive amounts of crazy fun, while relative newcomer Erica Cerra brings a more dangerous insanity with her bad attitude and love of futuristic weaponry.
The skiffy quality curse has killed better shows than Eureka, but give the SciFi channel one more chance to show that “Sci” doesn’t always have to stand for “psycho”.
Written by Jeff in September of 2006. Last edited September 2015.