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What I Watched Last Night: Eureka, “I’ll Be Seeing You”

My husband was the Eureka fan first, so I came into this show just from him playing it on Netflix. He’s never really watched it through Syfy, but we’re the type to binge out on shows all at once. Without DVR, we’re both useless for remembering TV schedules. Still, while I’m not Who-levels of obsessed, I enjoy watching this show, and the fourth season was recently added to Instant Watch.

Because of a malfunctioning time travel device, five of Eureka’s residents briefly found themselves in 1947, when Eureka existed as a military base. There they meet Dr. Trevor Grant, an assistant to Einstein, and he helps them get back to their present. Except, the present has changed slightly from what they knew, partially because Dr. Grant travels back with them. Secrecy ensues. Grant takes a job as Global Dynamic’s “historian.”

“I’ll Be Seeing You” involves more time travel malfunctions, and the end of Grant’s nine episode run. Eureka is normally a rather lighthearted show, and the misadventures are usually neatly solved and injected with humor. This episode is far more sad, and though things do work out, there’s more uneasiness in the air. The actors have to do a lot more acting than usual.

James Callis on EurekaI’ll admit sadness to see Grant go because the dude is nice to look at, and costuming always had him dressed in a white button-down, a shirt I find dead sexy. Played by James Callis, Grant was different from the rest of the main characters. There was something about his speaking voice that bugged me though – it was like “1940s American” done not quite right. Turns out Callis is from England, so I guess that solves why it didn’t seem natural. Consulting Wikipedia, I see that he’s also on Battlestar Galactica, and I’m about to watch that next, proving once again that I am late to all the parties.

Are any of you Eureka fans? Are you pleased that Syfy is letting them properly conclude the series with the fifth season?

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

8 replies on “What I Watched Last Night: Eureka, “I’ll Be Seeing You””

Eureeeeeeka!!!! I love that show. It’s king of the reset whenever they feel like changing the direction of the show, though. I guess it keeps you on your toes, but also sometimes it feels like there are no consequences for anything. What is this, version 4 now?

ANYWAY, Dr. Oldspice might have been handsome, but he was annoying (in behavior and also the way they tried to hammer in his old timey language, sport.) I was not particularly sad to see him go.

I have watched a bit of Eureka off and on. I was kinda sad to see Grant go mostly because he is indeed a bit of alright to look at. I wasn’t thrilled with the time travel plot reset though. I hate plot resets. Hate. They always feel like such a cheap device. I’ll probably sit down and catch back up with Eureka soon.

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