Syfy’s Eureka may not have ever been the most critically-acclaimed show on the network – That is likely Battlestar Galactica – nor the most watched – That would be Warehouse 13 – but the fact that it’s ending tonight may leave the network missing something that it can’t quite do without: A heart.
How important is knowing what you’re going to get when you watch to a television series? We’ve gotten so used to shows being either long-form arcs with “mythology-based” episodes or self-contained procedurals with little-to-no episode-to-episode continuity that it feels like a strange question to ask, but nonetheless: How much is continuity – and consistency – central to our entertainment and enjoyment? Do we want to be surprised, or do we want to know what we’re getting?
Syfy’s long-running Eureka returns tonight for the first half of its fifth and final season. We’ve previously suggested five episodes of the series that could win you over to the show, but this time around, it’s time to tell you all you need to know before the end begins.
In just a few days, it’ll be April (I feel like I should add a “No fooling!” pun here, but I also feel as if you’ll all be sick enough of April Fool’s jokes before too long, so maybe I should pass), and as ever an all-new month means a new round of TV premieres to treasure. Here are five of the best.
Marc Bernardin casts a discerning eye over this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases, singling out such gems as Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Eureka: Season 4.5 and South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re looking for season premieres of television shows, because if there’s one thing that the holiday season means, it’s Special Episodes based around yuletide and peace and love. So if this month’s selection of all-new shows for your viewing pleasure has a theme, don’t blame us…
In a surprise twist, the cable network has announced it won’t renew the series for a six-episode sixth season and will instead cancel the comedy-drama after the upcoming Season 5.
So, an early goodbye, then, to Syfy’s Eureka. The network announced earlier this week that the show’s fifth season will be its last, ordering an additional six episodes to allow everything to be wrapped up in a satisfactory and enjoyable manner. It’s a bittersweet moment because, although the show got five years and some warning about its demise – A happier fate than, say Stargate Universe or Caprica – it’s a show that I’ll readily admit to watching, enjoying and kind of feeling like it’s the televisual equivalent of comfort food, and one that I’ll definitely miss. For those who’ve never seen the show, here are five episodes you should sample to see if it’s something you should fall in (mild) love with.
A moment of silence, please, for Syfy’s SGU: Stargate Universe, which finishes its run with Monday’s episode, “Gauntlet.” Not only am I personally sad about the show’s cancellation, I also think that it’s bad news for Syfy overall. After all: Where are the network’s science fiction shows now?