Eureka Review: All Fired Up

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Just when we thought things would be getting back to normal in our favorite small town, "Friendly Fire" reminded us that just because you are unplugged from the Matrix, it doesn't mean you weren’t affected by it.

The cascade of weirdness from those who were in Beverly Barlow’s Neural-net processor reality rippled out in more ways than one; the biggest being the Zeta wave emissions Henry detected, which Grace and Allison figured out was a result of being connected to the neural net computer. 

Carter & Jo Battle Flames

Are they still broadcasting on a wave length that Barlow can detect? Is this the sign of a bigger problem as Grace suspected?

The less significant way was many people adjusting to being back around real people. Honestly, I was confused by everyone’s reluctance to tell others what happened while they were plugged in. There was nothing to be gained by Grace not telling Henry that NPC Henry had planned on killing her or that she derezzed him before he could do it. 

I’m guessing it's supposed to show us how real it felt to those plugged in that they were having a hard time adjusting, and it did give that message. Actually, Grace gave us that message verbally; the rest was a muddle wash of finger-pointing and evasive looks. 

Thankfully, as with most things Eureka, it doesn’t look like it’s going to last that long and we will be on to all new personal dramas quickly.

Any shortcomings the lack of communication generated was made up for two-fold by Fargo and Parrish at the end remembering Holly. Wheaton's portrayal of Dr. Parrish normally makes me want to slap him silly. Allowing him to show a gentler side towards Fargo was nicely done. While Fargo may have lost a girlfriend when Holly died, Parrish had feelings for her too and he has his own grieving to do. 

Could they end up friends, bonding over the loss of a woman? Isn’t that at the core of most of Shakespeare's plays? Then I say, "Have at the foul spirits!" Okay, that might be too nerdy.

Here is hoping that Fargo finds love again. Watching Zane and Jo decide to make a go at it, while Allison and Jack begin their life together, makes me hopeful that it can happen. Hang in the Douglas, we all loved Holly and miss her too!  


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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Who's the jack-wagon that put Obama's picture in the Sheriff's office? grrrr.... waste of time. PS - I refused to put it on my wall too.


I'm finally caught up on this season, and stoked to see tonight's new episode! I was super skeptical about Jack and Jo myself, I was SO relieved to find out my Eureka-senses were right!
I saw it coming, with Holly, when they talked about having too many people on the Neural-net, and I really did enjoy the moment at the end with Parrish. I'm a Wheaton fan anyway and I'd be okay if he stuck around until the end.
Fargo will probably let Allison keep being head of GD, while he grieves over his lost love. Another walkabout?


actually aspertame, that typo is 100% me.... I looked at my first draft and I fat-fingered it... :)


"Hold in the Douglas, we all loved Holly and miss her too!" Huh? "Hang in there?", maybe? There's always some dead giveaway when you substitute the automated spelling/editing features of i-Devices for basic human proofreading.


I thought the discovery of the mysterious zeta waves was a great way to introduce a new story behind the storyline. I wondered if the zeta waves had something to do with Alison and Grace having a hard time shaking off (and talking about) the effects of the holoworld. Is it possible that alternate reality is hiding in Eureka somewhere?


Whew! Thanks for that Jim G. Also loved when Zane patted his shoulder for Fargo to lay his head on.


This show is still soooo good.


I don't know why, but I love the Jack-Jo storyline... Alison just annoys me! Maybe I read too much into that final look at the end between Jo and Jack, but it was really sweet


I agree with the review. The grief patch was funny. The pizza and ice cream looked good.


No B, her look said she is staying.. The kiss said that she wants to make a go of it with Zane.

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Eureka Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

I like to call them "Fireflies" due to their mobility feature.


Hey you two look like Ghostbusters.