Every year there at this time, there are those holiday shows that you watch again and again, even after seeing them the year before. I may have to add "O Little Town" to my list.
Allow me to start with what a great combination of imagery and storytelling the entire production staff did with the presentation of this episode. When Sherriff Carter walked over and got cozy in a high-backed chair by the fire to tell the kids a Christmas story, I was hooked!
However, the holiday imagery aside, this episode really raised a lot of questions for me. To be honest, I think the amazing job the season finale did of wrapping everything up is partly to blame for me being curious about a few things:
- Sherriff Carter’s story took place “a few years ago,” so why was everything like it was after the time travel this year?
- Where was Henry’s new wife? As it was clearly taking place after the time travel, why was she not shown in an episode about celebrating family?
- Why was Taggart (the animal expert) suddenly an expert in physics and having his own lab?
- Why were a bunch of genius-level kids sitting around Café Diem bored? Doesn’t Eureka have Xbox, PS3, World of Warcraft, or the Internet?
I know what you’re thinking: “It’s only a TV show, Jim, cut it some slack.” To that, I have to say: “No way!”
This show received my first and only perfect, five-star rating for the season finale; and, with that, comes higher expectations for plot and story. Or, failing that, at least some average expectations on continuity. Is that really too much to ask?!?
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.