When we last visited the residents of Eureka in September, the Astraeus had launched early with Allison still aboard, leaving Carter to ask: Where did they go?
In this week’s season premiere - "Lost" - we learned the answer: Earth. Ah, but not just any Earth, they found themselves back on Earth with four years having passed since the launch.
Did anyone else catch the nod to a certain ABC series with the sound effects that played when going to commercial? If you were a fan of the show you might have noticed. Kudos to Jamie Paglia and his team for the subtle, yet fun, addition.
As for the biggest change in four years? It was a toss-up for me between S.A.R.A.H. & Andy(s) being in charge and Carter being with Lupo. For the first, I really liked how Andy kept his charm, but then this streak of “evil” would wash over him and he would do something mean.
Kavan Smith doesn’t get enough credit for the amazing work he does portraying Andy. Kavan was the second person to portray Deputy Andy, but clearly he has been the best. This episode really took the training wheels off for Andy, as Kavan had to portray multiple versions in the same scene.
As for Carter and Lupo being together, I knew something was up when Vincent was urging Lupo to do “something” behind Zane’s back. Adding that to Carter dashing in and hiding a bra in the couch.... and I figured out they were “together” before it was said.
Honestly, this was the one element with which I had the most trouble. Apparently I’m a die-hard romantic at heart and the idea that Carter would have given up on Allison just didn't sit with me. Don’t get me wrong, both Ferguson and Cerra did a great job displaying affection and familiarity that would come with being together for a few years. I just couldn't accept it.
And I was right not to! The reveal at the end of the episode where we find out that the crew is in a virtual world akin to the Matrix allowed me to do a little cheer for Allison and Carter! I’m sure we all suspected something was up, given the tip off earlier in the hour when Zane was seeing flashes of people.
Beverley Barlow is like a bad penny, she just won't stay gone. Now she has some of the greatest minds in Eureka working for her without knowing it? Oh, this bitch needs to pay! Let's just hope that Jack, Henry and the rest of Eureka can figure out where the Astraeus really is!
In conclusion, it was a good episode and I’m thrilled to have one of my favorite summer shows back a little early, even if it is bittersweet being the beginning of the final season. Be sure and check out our Eureka quotes to see if your favorite from the premiere made it in!
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.