Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TV Review Eureka "Best in Faux"


Another day in a small town. Unless, of course, you happen to be Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), Eureka's sheriff. Being the highest member of law enforcement tends to mean you are the first person found during times of crisis. It also involves dealing with members of the public who are quick to let loose when they have some sort of problem. Put single parenthood of top of it and the brew is ripe for things to quickly boil over.

Jack answers the call when a local scientist reports he has had a theft. When Jack and Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), the deputy sheriff, arrive, they see nothing amiss except the beaker filled with green goop. It's not long before Jack is in the room alone and gets the mess all over his uniform. Thinking the cause might have been an earthquake, he heads off to Global Dynamics for a second opinion.

Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson) says the theory is impossible, since nothing was built until confirmation came of a solid foundation. Besides, there is an even bigger problem looming. A dog show has drawn some fierce competitors. Jack is asked to investigate after the robotic furballs begin to destruct. Answers emerge during the "autopsy" Dr. Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) performs. It turns out somebody rigged the dogs to test special manmade diamonds. Obviously, the experiment backfired.

Meanwhile, the shake, rattle, and roll of the earth threatens to destroy the wedding between Allison and Dr. Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn). A tunneling device used by Dr. Hood (Alan Ruck Spin City, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) lets Nathan and Jack get to the root of the problem. They take along a dog to help sniff out the source so they can attempt to send flowing liquid away from town. This is easily accomplished. However, Hood tells Jack there is more to come.

Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) has something else to tell Jack. Eva Thorn (Frances Fisher), acting head of Global Dynamics, asked him to check radiation levels in a spot where she would like to see a hotel built. In a roundabout way, Henry is sending out a warning for one of his best friends to take note of.

This was an interesting episode. It set up a storyline which should continue for a bit. Whether or not this means continous remains to be seen. Welcome back, Henry! You kept your promise to Eva, in word if not in deed. Zane Donovan (Niall Matter) was not written into the script, which doesn't mean much. Large cast, somebody's going to be gone from time to time.
It was nice to see Alan Ruck in action, and perhaps Dr. Hood will pop up later.

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