Eureka Series Finale Review: A Bittersweet Goodbye

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It is with a heavy heart and a few tears in my eyes that I write the sendoff for Eureka. After 77 incredible episodes, we said goodbye to our favorite small town in "Just Another Day."

I was so glad to see that so many people made an appearance, starting with the lovely (and grown up) Jordan Hinson as Zoe Carter, continuing with Matt Frewer and his continual pursuit of the animal variety as the "Biological Containment Specialist" Taggert, and ending with the surprise return of James Callis as Dr. Grant, or rather Trent Rockwell.

A Shocking Eureka

While it was bittersweet that Dr. Grant purchased the town, allowing Eureka to continue in our hearts (if not on TV), the tears came as Jack fell through the worm hole and experienced the flashback. So many memories are attached to those flashbacks for me, too. From Nathan Stark’s sacrifice to the alternate timeline where Allison was pregnant we got to see a brief recap of the amazing life of Jack Carter.

Holly and Zoe summed it up best with:

Holly: Oh! Oh! I remember now! You guys are smart, but the Sheriff is the strong force, he holds it all together.
Zoe: He always does. | permalink

In honor of Jack’s trip down memory lane (or through a memory wormhole), here are three of my favorite episodes prior to the finale. Please share your own in the comments below. 

The Pilot: Watching Jack get use to the town as we got our introduction to the town we would spend the next 6 years with was a lot of fun. I might also have a soft spot for it given they used the ending of it as part of the finale where Zoe and Jack see themselves. 

I Do Over: The sacrifice of Nathan Stark to save everyone at the beginning of season three was met with a lot of questions of where things might go given that Nathan had been a strong counter point to Jack. For me it was an emotionally powerful episode as we watch Nathan fade into history.

Up In The Air: In counter point to I Do Over, I consider this episode one of the best comedic episodes based completely on Colin Ferguson’s pratfall ability. I would put Jack Carter in this episode up against Dick Van Dyke or John Ritter in their top roles. I might get the chance given that Colin Ferguson’s is currently filming a sitcom pilot. 

In conclusion, I'm relieved that everyone got their storybook ending. Jack and Allison pregnant, Holly and Doug together, Jo and Zane together and Henry with Grace leading GD. Summers will not be the same without Jack, Allison and the rest of Eureka. I wish everyone from the cast and crew the best of luck and thank you for sharing your amazing creation with us for the last six years. 

Finally, I would like to say a very special thank you to my wife Leah for her help with the Eureka quotes this week. She is my Allison and I couldn’t do this without her.


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


I have decided that writers officially can't win whatever they do! for those fans who were upset with the ending. I don't undestand why you bothered watching this episode you should have stopped at the last episode and then you would have had your slightly more intense ending with the wiping of Holly's mind.
It was obvious from the writer asking for one last episode that he wanted to wrap up the stories for these characters that he loved and therefore was going to find a way to give them a happy ending. Yes it is clique and less exciting but this is a show that is as amazing for its characters and the love they generate from the fans as it is for the sci-fi and out there storylines. I loved that the final episode wrapped up the love stories and gave them all a place to bound from in the fans imaginations. It was heartfelt and touching and I loved every blooming minute of it :)


It was an AWESOME finale, because I didn't want it to end to begin with at least the writers took in the fact that many fans needed closure with their favorite geeks & sheriff!!!! those that thought it was aweful, why the heck did you even watch it!:p Love the fairy tale least in my mind, Eureka is still going strong!! Yep, my reality is that bad, that I cry at a fictional tv show ending!!! Lmbo! ;o)


LOVE the show ... HATED the finale. It was way too bland and "normal" for Eureka. The wormhole "disaster of the week" was that terrifying. I had one instance of excitement when Jack jumped in. Maybe he would end up in another alternate reality. But no, just flashbacks. Everything ended to perfect and sweet for my tastes. I kept waiting for some weird Eureka-ish ending and was sadly disappointed. Still, love the show and will miss it on Mondays.


Beautiful ending to a beautiful show. There may have been a few clichés here and there, but that's one of things that makes such a unique show so familiar. At the end of the finale, when Jack was driving Zoe back, and I saw the rain pouring down, I instantly remembered the pilot episode, and knew that they were about to drive past themselves. I'll really miss Eureka, and I can't wait to own this last season on DVD to complete my collection.


Exceptionally dull finale. What once was an excellent series has floundered badly for a couple of years. All came down to bad writing....


Good finale. Loved that Holly line.


Good finale. Loved that Holly line.

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Eureka Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

Jack: Not to interrupt, but WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?
Fargo: I think you may have been wormed-holed.
Jack: Wormholes are bad. What did you do?
Fargo: Nothing. I just activated my strong force amplifier.

Zane: How goes the packing Jo-Jo?
Jo: It's like herding cats.