Eureka Review: "Liftoff"

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It seems like it has been forever since we've visited Carter, Allison and the rest of the gang in our favorite geeked-out small town. But things picked up just about where we left off in "Liftoff."

I was looking forward to SyFy's new Monday lineup more than I was looking forward to almost any fall show on the regular networks this year. With the network moving Eureka and Warehouse 13 to the same night, it makes the possibility of a Fargo and Claudia cross-over that much more likely.

Carter in his Car

I've missed the romance between Jack and Allison over the last 10 months, as I was thrilled to see we got to start a season without them regressing to friendship status again (I am looking at you, season two).

However, I was surprised when Carter got confused when Alison called him by his last name at work and first name at home. Thankfully, she explained things to him at the end of the episode.

This confused me. Haven't they been working together since they took the plunge in the sack? Has it actually only been a couple of days in Eureka since the events in "
I'll be Seeing You?" Or was this just put in to remind us where we left off with their romance?

I'm going with the last one. One of the things you can say about these writers is that they do a great job of keeping us up on the subtle story arcs.

Overall, this was a decent offering. We got plenty of geek-speak, some great pop culture references, (did anyone else catch Deputy Andy's "I'm on a Horse" comment?) and, of course, a whole lot of stuff going wrong.

The most worn part of the story was Fargo being drug before the Appropriation Committee to justify the budget for GD yet again. I think we have seen this with every head of GD from Stark to Allison. Seriously, we could just get a reference to it and I'd be happy.

The biggest thing I'm excited for this season is Zane and Lupo. When he called her "Jojo," my heart just broke all over again for what she got lost in this time line. Jack got Allison, Henry ended up winning Grace... I beg you, Eureka team, please let Jo get her Zane back!


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Good episode.


FYI, Andy Cosby hasn't been involved in the show since season one. Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller run Eureka and have for the last few years.


One thing I had to remind myself was that this was technically the mid-season, post-hiatus epsiode, which is different than an entirely new season. The timelines figured in, but I knew that everyone would be pretty much in the same place as we left them, with Beverly being the Big Bad. So of the three Syfy "Kickoffs" this one felt the most tame. I did get a sense of a little more kick-'ass' in the writing (Alison doesn't do horses well) and for the good, I finally began to see the chemistry between Jack and Allison. What I did miss was Zoe, and any mention of her, but that was more than made up for with just how great Jo looks on horseback, and just how capable (both actress and character) she is when things need to get DONE. The main romantic plot was really Zane/Jo, and that's a great thing because those two have very effortless chemistry (the SHOULD be together). A decent effort, but as for kicking off a whole summer season, I could've done with a few more fireworks.


I think Carter just wants her to use his first name in front of everyone else, and she's not ready to announce how close they are yet. He's kind of acting like a girl. ;-)


Just a couple of thoughts...
a) It's still season 4 (even though it's been a long time coming), so these events are happening fairly soon after "I'll be Seeing You".
b) Fargo and the committee - Biggish changes are afoot for the last half of the season, all stemming from this meeting.
c) Best episode of Eureka in a long time (that is, in a long number of episodes :-)). We were laughing the whole time -- it was like the writers found a bottle of Season 1 juice and took a swig before putting pen to paper!


I was excited to see that years haven't passed since last season and that Jack and Allison are still together. I hope they play up the Zane and Jo relationship I can't wait for them to get back together.

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Eureka Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

Henry: It's built on the principle of the Einstein-Grant Bridge.
Carter: The bridge device? There's the gift that keeps on giving.

Grace: Did we have a launch scheduled?
Allison: No.
Carter: So not good then.