Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 7/18/06
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  • Episode Description
  • A car accident leads U.S. Marshal Jack Carter into the unique Pacific Northwest town of Eureka. After a strange accident sidelines Eureka's sheriff, Jack Carter takes over the investigation into the mysterious phenomenon that led to the death of a resident. Carter learns about the secret purpose of the town while trying to re-establish a connection with his angry and bitter daughter, Zoe. He develops a friendly working relationship with government liaison Allison Blake and meets some of the more eccentric residents of Eureka.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Colin Ferguson

    Jack Carter

  • Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Allison Blake

  • Greg Germann

    Warren King

  • Jordan Hinson

    Zoe Carter

  • Joe Morton

    Henry Deacon

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • Pilot was a disappointment

    By achoo59, Mar 14, 2008

  • *** Spoiler-free *** Irresistible and intriguing characters, funny and creative universe, awesome visuals and entertaining story

    By goa103, Jun 19, 2010

  • A great start to what's slowly becoming one of the best sci-fi shows out there.

    By mismore, Feb 02, 2009

  • A great start

    By alex_hernandez, Jul 24, 2008

  • So So!

    By therockstop, Jul 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • (Carter swipes his thumb across a mark on the wall, then licks it) Allison: What are you doing?! Carter: Relax, it's not blood. Allison: Then what? Carter: Chocolate. Hershey's Big Block, with almonds. (smiles) Allison: How could you possibly know that? (Carter leans over, picks up the wrapper and shows her) Carter: Believe it or not, I have done this before.

    • Carter: What're you doing out of your cell? Zoe: I'm getting take-out for me and Jo. Turns out we have a lot in common. Carter: Like what? Zoe: Like fighting an oppressive patriarchal society to express our feminine power.

    • Beverly: Will your wife be joining you? Carter: My wife? Oh, uhm. (holds up his hand with a ring on it) Not likely. We're separated. Beverly: Was it the sex? Carter: Excuse me? Beverly: Well, it's a common problem in long term relationships. People get bored, they want to experiment sexually, and they don't know how to express their needs. Carter: Well, not that sharing my sex life with a total stranger doesn't sound like loads of fun, uh, at the moment my needs are a nap and a shower.

    • Carter: Let's not shoot the crazy end-of-the-world machine yet, OK?

    • Allison: You know, the boyish charm act works better when you're showered and shaved. Carter: Yeah, it's on my to-do list.

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    Notes (6)

    • The pilot was filmed in Ladysmith, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. The rest of the series would be filmed in Chilliwack, British Columbia, and parts of Vancouver.

    • Eureka was the number one cable program for the Tuesday night it aired - and the highest-rated series launch in Sci Fi's 14 year history.

    • Special billing was given to Matt Frewer (with) and Debrah Farentino (and) for the episode.

    • Awards and Nominations 2007 – Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Long Form (nominated) 2007 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series (nominated)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Michelle Allen (Canadian Casting), Joe Waistell (First Assistant A Camera), Dean Webber (First Assistant B Camera), Corey Robson (Digital Imaging Technician), Scott Steyns (Computer Video Playback), Brent Barrett (Computer Video Playback), Sierra Hurst (Best Girl), Shauna Hanna (Best Girl), Dave Dibden (Dolly Grip A Camera), Brad Oleksy (Dolly Grip B Camera), Ray Lai (Concept Illustrator), Richard Bruce (Set Production Assistant), Mike Dennison (Set Production Assistant), Aaron Long (Set Production Assistant), Vince Rimoldi (US Casting Assistant), Jennifer Chew (Canadian Casting Assistant), Lisa Strong (Make-Up), Calla Syna Dool (Assistant Make-Up), Terance Hanson (Assistant Hair Stylist), Brad Zehr (Special Effects Best Boy), Dixie Cutler (Publicist), Monica Valera-Perez (First Aid), Jack Levy (Supervising Sound Editor), Doug Madick (Foley), Sean Keegan (Foley), Visual Effects by Zoic, Sound Editorial by AnEFX, Stock Footage Courtesy Corbis Motion

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    Trivia (5)

    • Trivia: The book Susan is reading at the beginning of the episode is Ervin Lazlo's Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything.

    • Trivia: The personals ad Deputy Lupo circles in the Modern Mercenary magazine reads: "WAR HISTORIAN: I want someone I can talk to... Someone who cares about my passion for the service. 853642".

    • Trivia: J. Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics. He played an important role in the Manhattan Project and is known as "the father of the Atomic bomb".

    • Nitpick: Sheriff Cobb hands Jack a cup of coffee. Jack puts the cup to his mouth and takes a drink but does not swallow. The cup is empty.

    • Nitpick: When he first appeared, Jim Taggart's scar is on his right cheek. During the bunker scene it's now on his left cheek.

    Allusions (3)

    • Zoe: And what if you don't make it back? I'll be stuck in here like those guys in the plane who had to eat each other!
      Zoe references the 1993 Frank Marshall film Alive, based on the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose airplane crashed in the Andes. In order to survive, the passengers were forced to eat each other.

    • Professor King: Everything, life, the universe. A reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books where a supercomputer is calculating the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of "life, the universe and everything."

    • Allison: ...this isn't Madison County, and you're definitely not Clint Eastwood.
      Allison is referencing The Bridges of Madison County (1995), based on the novel of the same name by Robert James Waller, which starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

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