[Review] - Eureka Season 5, Episode 5 "Jack Of All Trades"

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Eureka is at it's best when it's having fun. When it tries too hard to dial up the drama, it ends up falling apart, with ham fisted moments of contrived plot developments, or falling into opera territory. When it goes for the laugh, though, the show also finds it's heart, and some of the most successful episodes are those that contain a moment of humanity, wrapped in the gooey milk chocolate of comedy. The departure of Nathan Stark springs to mind, on the back of a Groundhog Day plot. Add to the list Jack of All Trades, which sees the cast having fun with one another, and then pays off the last five years right at the end.

Hit the jump for a spoiler-rich review.

Wallace Shawn, whom Woody Allen called in Manhattan, "a little homunculus," is one of my favourite actors. Over his career, he's appeared in a slew of iconic roles, and is always a joy to watch, perhaps more so becasue he doesn't use his role in Princess Bride as a crutch. His multi episode arc last season was a delight, and obviously the crew thought so too, so they brought him back. Attention to detail gets points, as he's obviously still under the influence of the mind whamming they pulled on him last time out. This time around, he's in town to exorcise what will hopefully be the last of the remains of the Euretrix, the plot that will not die.

You have to wonder where ideas for shows come from some times. Joss Whedon got the idea for the musical episode of Buffy when the actors were over at his house doing Shakespeare, and started singing. So, how drunk were they the night the cast started doing impersonations of Colin Ferguson, and thought, "yeah, this will work." Because it does. And as much as Colin Ferguson is usually the highlight of any episode, his impressions of the others were nowhere near as spot on and hilarious as theirs of him. Though, his Fargo was pretty impressive.

The plot was basically Quantum Leap, a fact lampshaded by a single 'oh boy' from Niall Matter. Carter and co. body jump between each other, allowing for Carter to end up in a series of hilarious situations before things turn, as they always do, hazardous for the Sheriff. It's as good an explanation as any, though really, would you need one. Just hand wave it away, and give us more of exo-Carter. I'd have loved to see more of the cast get in on it, or go Futurama style, and have everyone bounce back and forth. I suppose though, you play to your strengths.

I worry though, about the seed they planted. Holly's mind might still be alive in the Euretrix, and Fargo is still having trouble letting go. Stargate Universe played with having a relationship with a digital person, and it didn't end well, and I don't want to see Fargo revert to the way he used to be, following behind Lupo with his tongue out. What, he materialises her in the machine, and visits her? Builds her a robot body, like Andy? Put her mind in his tent? While it might sound romantic to yearn to bring your dead loved one back to life, it's actually cruel and selfish, and sad really, that they just can't move on. I want a brighter future for Fargo then a computer screen and a body pillow.

I'm sorry, but I'm still not buying the whole Carter-Lupo thing. Four years with no indications between them, establishing the shows healthiest platonic relationship, and then all gone, because the writers want to manufacture some drama? Did they watch When Harry Met Sally over the summer? I don't know if they intend to continue on with it considering the proposal at the end, but Allison's continued bitchiness, and Lupo's indecisiveness becoming her defining character trait are really getting tiring, and it's not fair to the characters to result to teenage caricatures.

Over all, it was a good episode, mostly down to Ferguson and his comedic timing, and his cartoonishly exaggerated mannerisms. The Sheriff's truck remained intact, disappointingly.

Exploding meat, though. When's that not fun.
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