[Review] - Eureka, Season 5 Episode 8, "In Too Deep"

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Last week, I went on a bit of a rant about how disgusted I was with the show. About how the writers were essentially condoning drug addiction by chastising the one character who suggested that Fargo neglecting his life to live in a  fantasy land was a bad idea.

This week, things haven't gotten much better. Fargo now looks like a drug addict, openly admits to not eating, sleeping, or leaving the house, and is met yet again by a round of 'ah shucks.' What compounds the level of horribleness is that now Fargo gets to get in on the action, by not revealing to Holly that she could blink out of existence. This, in my mind, would be tantamount to not telling a loved one they have cancer. It's cruel, even the robot was shocked at Fargo's behaviour.

And, to top all of this, the writers were apparently desperate to contrive some emotional drama elsewhere, and did so by abandoning a couple years worth of characterisation. Yep, it was a good night.

Hit the jump for the review, which is actually kinder then last weeks. Just as spoilery, though.

Looking back on my reviews of the last seven episodes, one might think I've come off a little unfair against Eureka. I'd counter that by saying, I always point out the negative aspects of things first, that's how criticism works. And I always make certain to point out what was good, and what worked. And if it's really good, I'll go on for a couple hundred words about that.

But this season hasn't been that good. I think there has been one episode that I really, front to back and all bits between, enjoyed. Some have had moments, a couple some strong b-plots. But the characterisation has been all over the map, the story arcs malformed, tiresome or just plain wrong. Part of me wonders if SyFy didn't cancel the show based on the 'strength' of these episodes, sensing the show had outlived it's usefulness, and put it down like Ol' Yeller.

But I'll tell you what I did like about this episode, the half way mark in this final season. The plot contrivances really came together. The sub sinking, and the pranks at GD seemed so separate, it was genuinely enjoyable when everything folded together quite nicely. The transporter, the sub, the shape-shifting clothes. Every element introduced had a point, and a part to play. Aside from technobabble stuff, there weren't any plot holes, and made for, what I think has been, their most convincing dilemma this season.

And, it gave Jo yet more room to stretch out in Carter's old role of the Only Sane Man. Seriously, I don't know what went on behind the scenes, but it has felt more and more like Jo's show then Carter's the past few weeks, and you won't here me complaining. Erica Cerra has grown considerably as an actress over the run of this show, and has been given much more emotional work to do since the time travel stuff last year. I hope after this she doesn't enter the endless pantheon of Canadian actresses who disappear into Tim Horton's commercials, never to hold a lead role again. Her walking around GD, making certain all the pranks were pre-approved was perfectly in character, as was the exasperation towards anything unexpected.

The big mistake this week was, Fargo aside, was Allison. Are the writers so desperate for story ideas, or so unable to figure out a natural path towards conflict within a relationship, that they feel the need to forsake years of building up this strong character, for the sake of some drama. All this season, Allison has been a bitch. When they were trapped in the Euratrix, and Carter was living with Jo, it made sense. For that one episode. It seems like they have run out of ideas for the character after last years mind control fiasco, and now just set her to 'bitch' when she needs to say more then a couple of lines. Under the pretence of the Carter/Jo relationship which was resolved weeks ago.

In this episode, after accepting his proposal, after years of courtship, Allison suddenly turns on Jack. And obviously the writers understood this would make no sense, which was why the sinking sub scenes were basically Jack asking her why she was acting like this. Unfortunately, none of her answers held water (you know what, as bad as this episode was, it didn't deserve that. I truly am sorry). In each of those scenes, there is no question that Jack is the one in the right. He's right to be confused, because this is all coming out of no where. At no point was I convinced by her arguments. Her excuses consist of falling back on the Euretrix, which he doesn't buy, and thinking about how their relationship might fail, so why try, which is just mean. If it weren't for the fact they both died, it'd be no wonder why she's been married twice before (considering that statistic, Carter should be the nervous one). Then, at the end, she's back to normal, because she is, that's why.

If it were early in the series, I'd think this was introducing bi-polar disorder. Here, it's just lazy writing.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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