[Review] - Eureka, Season 5 Episode 7, "Ex-machina"

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The writers on Eureka need to move on from the Holly Martin storyline, not because it has outplayed itself (which it has), and not because it is uninteresting (which is always has been).

It's because it is sad.

It is disturbing, and sad, and Fargo deserves better. The Fargo presented in this episode isn't the plucky hero we've come to know over the past five years. The one who has grown from a yappy little yes-man to someone who honestly deserves to be the head of GD. The Fargo we're presented with isn't even in a stage of grief anymore. He's a drug addict, and the writers seem to think that is alright.

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Usually, the Only Sane Man is Carter. He's the sensible one, the one not clouded over by knowledge or emotion. He just acts, and reacts, as any normal person would. In this episode, the role is filled by Jo, and every single major character goes out of their way to tell her she is wrong, and terrible. They usually tell Carter he's wrong, until he proves them otherwise. In this episode, they basically brow beat Jo until she gives in, agrees with them, and is rewarded for it.

Lets be clear: Jo is in the right. Fargo is essentially a drug addict at this point. As the episode begins, Fargo is emotionally and situationally disconnected. He neglecting his responsibilities and friends so he can spend as much time in the Euratrix with his special friend. When he's not in there, he's thinking about it. And if he could, he'd spend all day in there. His friends are in denial, and Jo is the only one who notices a problem. Everyone makes excuses, and go on like normal, even Carter, who gets trapped in a ridiculous b-plot about techno-babble superpowers that thankfully goes nowhere. When Fargo does come clean, Jo is the only one who doesn't play along, feeding his addiction. It would be like being the only person at an intervention not actively giving the tragic bags of cocaine.

This is hugely irresponsible of Fargo's friends, and the excuse that stuff like this happens in Eureka doesn't hold water. Except for Zane, who only has Fargo's word on it, none of them should be giving Fargo the benefit of the doubt. They are scientists. 'Benefit of the doubt' is tantamount to homoeopathy. And they should definitely be worried when, on the day of a memorial service for a dead loved one, he starts spouting off about her being alive inside the computer. Even in Eureka, that should be a red flag.

And the ending is even worse. Holly is dead. Let the poor man move on with his life. Setting aside that everything that went wrong in this episode was Holly's fault (every action was either taken by someone on her behalf, or the direct result of her being in the GD mainframe, including the laser pointer exploding), Fargo needs to grieve. To belabour a metaphor, he needs to detox. Instead, Henry gives him a life time supply to feed his addition. I called this, weeks ago, saying that they'd either build her a body or she'd end up stuck in a house (I guess his Buffy tent, but apples are apples). How is this going to work. That look they give each other at the end foreshadows the destructive nature of this relationship. Two tactile, sensory driven creatures cannot maintain an isolated existence and relationship. They'll both be driven insane.

Add to that the fact that Holly is essentially immortal now, which is a philosophical concept I bet Henry never looked up when he was cribbing Descartes. So, even if they overcome the physical obstacle, she gets to watch him grow old and weak, stagnant in her own development, unable to help or hold him as he slowly wastes away? Because, obviously, considering his behaviour in this very episode, he's never leaving that room in Carter's house ever again. How do they move forward from this? Stargate Universe went the route these things usually take, and indeed this episode took for a brief, sane moment, having the ghost in the machine sacrifice themselves for the good of the living. They've taken that moment away from Holly. Now, any expression other then living in her ethereal, unending digital expression of life is basically suicide. That is the future the characters have to look forward to. Misery, or her choosing deletion over Fargo. And if they ignore all that, and never mention how weird the whole situation is, then all they've done is just copied one of the better and more realised relationships on the show, that of Sarah and Andy.

Holly's death concluded her character arc, not that she had much of an arc, but she was never much of a character in her own right, just a device for Fargo's own development. Her death allowed his arc to widen and potentially become deeper. What the writers have done in the past two episodes is turned off the water and put a kink in the hose. To over come this, they are really going to have to do something impressive, and redemptive.

And all the while, Jo is slapped on the back, and told nice job, you did the right thing. You don't give crack to a crack head, you strap them to a bed, you make them talk about their problems, and you make them move forward.

Seriously, Fargo's friends are the worst friends in the world.
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