Eureka, Season 4.5 Recap

Eureka returns tonight with the final episodes of the series. This is going to to make me cry. Watching the most recent season realizing that it’s all ending this year is making me emotional enough.

Here’s my recap for season 4.5 of Eureka. I know what you’re thinking, but the way that SyFy did season 4 of Eureka was kind of crazy. They aired the first ten episodes in the summer of 2010, and then aired the last ten episodes almost a year later in 2011. So I’m just going to recap what happened in season 4.5.

Beware, spoilers.

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[Fantastic Five Friday] Five TV Shows I Love, but Didn’t Expect to Originally


inspired by Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday

Here is how it works: It’ll be a weekly meme here at The Weekly Enthusiast. Each week I’ll post a new Fantastic Five list that I will answer here. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, whether you have a TV/Film blog, book blog, personal blog. All I ask is that you link back to The Weekly Enthusiast on your own Fantastic Five list and comment on this post so that everyone can check out the other bloggers lists.

If you don’t have a blog, leave your answers in the comments and get to know other fellow bloggers.

Five Shows I Love, but Didn’t Expect To Originally


Castle
Yes, I once fell into the category of Bones fans who thought Castle stole their idea. I have since seen many, many differences between the two series (and a few silimarities), and came to really love Castle. Primarily because of Nathan Fillion, who manages to impress me more and more with every episode. BROWNCOATS UNITE!!!


Doctor Who
I fought so much against liking this series. It took me almost 6 months to get through the first season (I know, I just didn’t really care for Nine originally). But once I watched the first episode with Ten I let out a big sigh thinking “Well, crap. I’m doomed.” Of course, I’ve since been completely addicted.


Eureka
I had heard small things about Eureka here and there while watching Sanctuary on SyFy, but it never struck me as a series I would want to watch. I’m not much a sciencey person (with the exception of Mythbusters), so it never appealed to me. That is, until I met Fargo while watching an episode of Warehouse 13. I love me some geeky/nerdy characters, and Fargo was one I needed to know more of. Little did I know I’d become super emotionally involved in the everyday lives of these characters.


Haven
After my last Eureka marathon, I was itching for a new SyFy show. Something that was different. My friend Allison suggested I watch Haven. Figuring I was sure to find something else if I didn’t like it I gave it a shot. After all, the first season is only 10 episodes. I met the characters Nathan and Duke, and haven’t looked back since.


Veronica Mars
This may come as a surprise. I had heard rumblings of this show on various networks for about a year before ever watching it. Really, the credit for me starting this series goes to CW, they put Veronica Mars on right after Gilmore Girls (best line up EVER). One day, when my laziness was too much to overcome, I watched an episode. It was obvious that this was a show I was going to like a lot, with it’s high quality characters and girl power attitude, how could it not be?

Weekly Sneak Peek: 9/18/11-9/24/11

Weekly Sneak Peeks , Every week (most likely on Sundays, but it may happen on Mondays too) here on The Weekly Enthusiast, I will be posting the promos to the shows that I am excited to watch this week.

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Weekly Sneak Peek: 8/28/11-9/3/11

Weekly Sneak Peeks , at the beginning of every week here on The Weekly Enthusiast, I will be posting the promos to the shows that I am excited to watch this week.

Sunday, August 28th
Drop Dead Diva
3.19 Toxic
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Monday, August 29th
Eureka
4.18 This One Time at Space Camp…

Warehouse 13
3.08 The 40th Floor

Alphas
1.08 A Short Time In Paradise

Thursday, September 1st
Suits
1.11 Rules of the Game

Friday, September 2nd
Haven
1.08 Friend or Faux

Saturday, September 3rd
Doctor Who
6.09 Night Terrors

Weekly Sneak Peek: Week of 08/22/11-08/27/11

Introducing, Weekly Sneak Peeks , Every week (most likely on Sundays, but it may happen on Mondays too) here on The Weekly Enthusiast, I will be posting the promos to the shows that I am excited to watch this week.

Monday August 22nd:
Eureka

Warehouse 13

Alphas

Thursday, August 25th:
Suits

Friday, August 26th:
Haven

Saturday, August 27th:
Doctor Who

Cancelled and Confused

With the recent announcement of Eureka’s cancellation, it’s forced me to reminisce on my other TV shows that never finished the way I would have liked to see them end. We all know that our favorite shows won’t last forever (as much as we may want them to). Good things must come to an end. In Eureka’s case, five seasons, is a good long run. The fact that they have a little time to wrap up the series in a some what satisfying way, gives me a little hope.

However, there have been shows that haven’t had that opportunity.

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Tonights Premieres: Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Alphas

When we’re younger, we always had something to do during the summer. Summer was for pool days, running through sprinklers, camping, rolling down hills, and playing on jungle gyms. Because of this, we never really payed much attention to the television. As I’ve grown older I’ve quickly realized that summer time for grown ups with jobs, involves a lot of movies, and series rewatches.

Two years ago, I would have told you that summer tv was the WORST. I always ended up doing multiple rewatches of Gilmore Girls or Veronica Mars, but now, with the help of cable, I’ve discovered that summer TV isn’t as bad as it used to be.

Tonight marks the premiere of one new show that looks promising, and the return of two of my favorite shows. All three, on SyFy.


First on the line up is Eureka. With last year’s reboot of the series, Eureka has had a pretty different feel. Though as they say in Eureka “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. This season, I’m hoping for some zany fun stuff as usual, but I really want to see more of Zane. He was so under used in the second and third season, then in the fourth season, he was finally becoming more involved in the main cast. Plus, as Niall Matter says in this interview, Zane is the only one in the main cast who didn’t go back in time. He the one who’s relationships with everyone has changed the most. While I loved his relationships with the cast the first few seasons, this will be so much better!


Second, Warehouse 13. I’ve clearly expressed my love for this show already. This season is no exception. With new addition Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) who plays new recruit Steve Jinks, to the Warehouse because of his unique skill. He can tell when people are lying. Adding this into the the already overflowing pot of crazy, should be an interesting turn in the series. Obviously, I want Myka back, but I understand why she left. She’s unsure of herself. I really hope they bring her back, and have her return to the kick ass agent she is.


Lastly, tonight marks the series premiere of Alphas. There has been a lot of speculation about this show. Some people are comparing it to Heroes, while others have a hard time thinking that it won’t be just another show about people with super powers. I, personally, have a little hope for it. As far as I can tell, the cast is superb. Admittedly, the main reason I’m tuning into this show is because of the fantastic Ryan Cartwright (Mr. Nigel-Murray from Bones). Though, when it comes to superheroes and mutants, the creator of the series is pretty well versed. Check out this great inside look at Alphas with TV Line.

Tonight, should be a fantastic night of artifact finding, inappropriate button pushing, and super human abilities. So much awesome for one night.

Shorter Seasons

In a fan debate between longer or shorter seasons, more often than not, fans tend to side with the longer seasons. Probably because that means that their show is on for a longer amount of time during the year, and when the season ends, it normally only takes 3-4 months for the return as opposed to the 6-8 months it takes when shows have shorter seasons.

With the recent announcement that one of my favorite shows, Bones, is going to be seven episodes shorter, and not even begin airing new episodes until November, I was a little upset originally. After taking a little while to think about it, I’ve realized that some of my favorite shows, are shorter seasons (Doctor Who, Haven, Drop Dead Diva, ect. Hell, season three of Torchwood was only FIVE episodes).

Some people seem to think that shorter seasons are a curse, convinced that with shorter seasons, it gives the audience time to forget about the show and never come back. Though this may be true, having longer seasons is not a guarantee that your audience will stick around come the following season. Especially if you have a lot of filler episodes.

Sanctuary for instance started off as a web-series but gained a big enough fan following that SyFy made it a full time series. The first two seasons both had 13 episodes, never having any problems with episodic arcs or full season story lines, in fact it did so amazing that SyFy ordered an extended third season this past year of 20 episodes. Originally this sounded like an excellent, more Magnus, more Biggie, longer story arcs, and so on. With the season over, my thoughts have changed. Though the story arcs were fantastic, this season seemed to be a little lack-luster. In my opinion, as far as Sanctuary is concerned, more is not always better. With the longer season, there seemed to be a lot more filler episodes, episodes that didn’t really seem to move the overall storyline along.

Then on the opposite side of the spectrum, you have Eureka. Season one started with 12 episodes, in season two they moved to 13 episodes, season three had 18 episodes, and now in season five they are having 20 episodes. Although, the fact that they’re airing the Season 4.5, almost exactly a year after airing the first half of the season does make it feel like a brand new season, gradually increasing the episode count, seems to work for them. It kind of allowed them to feel the water a little bit, and understand how to fill this new time amount correctly.

So for those who are upset about when a series only has 13-15 episodes, let me give you a few good points about shorter seasons.

Shorter seasons allow for more fleshed out story lines.
You may think that it would be the exact opposite, but in some cases it’s not. With shorter seasons, it makes the writers have to think of how to make all the working parts of a season arc come together in such a short time span. Meaning that, when it comes right down to it, we’re going to be getting more information in each episode, allowing the story to progress faster than you’d see in an extended season. You may not have every episode devoted to the over all season arc, but more often than not, you’ll at least get a small hint by the end of the episode.

Not as many ‘filler’ episodes
You know those episodes that I’m talking about. The ones when they end you just stare at the tv and think (or even say aloud) “What WAS that?” because you aren’t sure why that became an episode, or what it had to do with anything else going on in the story line. With shorter seasons, filler episodes don’t happen nearly as often. Of course, they’re going to happen no matter how short or long the season is, but with shorter seasons there seem to be less of them.

Budget
With a shorter season, this allows the creators, producers, and other behind the scenes people, to really be able to give us quality television. Whether it’s a series that shoots almost entirely on green screen (Sanctuary), or one that likes to have a lot a really awesome guest stars (Drop Dead Diva). Having shorter seasons give them the budget to be able to do all those things.

What it all really comes down to is that when it comes to the shorter seasons, things are going to be a little rocky, and probably frustrate you to no end when the season ends and you have to wait a longer than usual time before the series comes back, but it’s not a death sentence, and it definitely isn’t a reason not to tune into a series. Just give it a chance, and think about it this way, if you don’t like it, you’ve only wasted 13 episodes, as opposed to 22.