[Review] - Eureka, Season 5 Episode 11, "Mirror Mirror"

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What kind of cruel joke has Eureka played on us this season, that it was waited until the very end to start being enjoyable again. That the writing sparks with humour and motivation. That the plots make 'sense', and weave together as if they were thoughtfully constructed. That things weren't completely explained to us, and that a story line might be able to last more then 40 some odd minutes.

I haven't had any faith in the show this season, because it hasn't given me a reason to do so. And I was worried that the series would leave us with a whimper, not a bang. Now, I don't know what to think. Because last week was surprising, this week damned near riveting, and we've only got two left. And I can honestly say, for the first time this season, I'm excited to see what happens next.

Hit the jump for the review, which contains all the daily recommend amount of spoilers.



It wasn't until this episode reminded me, but Holly Martin's story lines have been a real black hole this season. Not just the quality, but the amount of time they consume. Here, Jo and Zane dance and flit, and behave like people who would become insanely jealous if they were dating their best friend in a computer generated environment. In short, they behave like the couple we watched grow for years, then was erased due to time travel shenanigans, and built themselves back up. And haven't seen hardly any of this year.

The look on Jo's face when Zane tells her he wiped the data to save Henry was crushingly beautiful, and Erica Cierra nailed the delivery. Why, why did the writers feel that Holly dying in a myriad of ways was most interesting then that? On the other hand, looking at what Carter and Allison have been put through this season, maybe it's for then best the writers ignored them.

Even Holly was interesting tonight, and by jove, Felicia Day was pretty impressive too. I haven't given her much credit for her acting this season, or ever really, but credit where credit is due, she was cold, and terse and mean. She played bad well. The fact that what was happening wasn't quickly explained, that no one except Allison noticed that something was wrong, that the suspense was allowed to build, made the story interesting.

Much of the episode felt like it had been pulled out of season 3 or 4, and dropped here, without understanding what a failure the rest of this season has been. Carter, especially, got to flex some muscles he hasn't been called upon to use. The betting about what disaster will befall them, lamenting when it doesn't, the clicker idea, his conversations with Andy. This is high quality Eureka here, and I wished we could have had more of it. It felt like Carter's show again for moments there, and that is the show I started watching five years ago, and it's the show I want to watch now. And Ferguson was in fine form, delivering throwaway lines and expressions with ease and mirth.

Like last week, I have to applaud how the story lines all wove together, one feeding off the other until, in the end, there were no separate story lines. There was just the episode. It felt cohesive, even if little bits felt shoehorned (Allison and Henry at the cafe most of all). But I can forgive the faults when they are in the minority, and finally, thankfully, they are.

That opening scene when Henry turns himself over to Carter and Jo was wonderfully written, brilliantly acted, and really played on the fact that these are close friends, another thing that has been missing this year. None of them have felt that much like friends. But here, Carter and Jo show honest emotion, and fight for Henry, when he's more then willing to give up. A place he's been before on this show. And Carter got to argue innocence through time travel, so that's always fun.

One thing I've had a problem with all season, but haven't mentioned, but now I have the chance because I can't find much about this episode to complain about, are the Z-Waves. I hate it when any show takes the easy way out, and damned if this isn't a big one. The Z-waves are a catch all, basically technobabble magic letting them be whatever the episode needs to be. Apparently there are Z-Waves in real life, but they are a communications frequency protocol, not a neurowave as presented in the show. The writers have used them as a crutch this season whenever they can't figure out a better (smarter) way out of, or into, a situation. Z-Waves let you body jump, Z-Waves let you jack in, Z-Waves let you make hand pattern screensavers.

I think it's obvious where this is headed. The people who have been replaced, except Holly, were all NPCs in the Euretrix. Clearly, the fake characters are coming through, and need fleshy bodies to inhabit. It doesn't explain how they can be up and around when they don't have computer chips in their heads, like Holly (unless some throw away dialogue mentioned they did), but that's not important now. What's important is someone watched Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and decided to do something fun with it.
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