Season 4 Episode 2

A New World

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2010 on Syfy

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  • It is indeed a new world... and I like it!


    I have noted before and often that I am not a fan of time travel. But if it has to be done, then this is the way I like it, and is the only way that makes sense to me: that when incidents in the past are changed, it alters the original timeline. The time travel stories I hate are the ones that involve paradoxes of any kind. I prefer Back to the Future II's temporal theory to that offered by Bill and Ted (and don't even get me started on the morass if inconsistency that is The Terminator chronology). None of this "I guess I DID steal my Dad's keys" or somehow being the cause of your own conception. I like pure, straightforward, someone steps on a butterfly and now dinosaurs still rule the Earth. It gives me way less of a headache.

    Which is why I'm gonna roll with this Mirror Universe Eureka quite happily, 'cause for all that time travel annoys the hell out of me, at least they're doing it right. Of course, Eureka has done the alternate timeline thing before, when Henry, distraught over the loss of the love of his life, changed the course of human events in order to bring her back from the dead and then almost caused the fabric of the universe to unravel entirely.

    So... ah, are we worried about that, here, at all? Apparently, not too much. So, okay.

    So much is different in this alternate timeline (Fargo and Jo have new jobs, Carter and Tess are still together, Henry's married, Alison's son Kevin is no longer autistic), but, as Henry and Carter note: "The more things change..." "... the more they stay the same."

    This week's disaster starts out with Tess's pet project going awry.(It's a huge mechanoid spider-like thing, and is pretty much the coolest looking experiment to ever go awry in this town of awry-going experimentation.) The problem is, of course, caused by Fargo, and fixed by Henry and Carter -- with a little assistance from the cause of all these parallel dimension shenanigans, 1947 runaway Dr. Trevor Grant.

    We end with three certainties. The alternate timeline is here to stay, the six affected parties -- Carter, Alison, Jo, Fargo, Henry and Grant -- have to keep their adventure a secret (to avoid being "isolated and sanctioned" by the military), and Jack and Tess are moving in together. Hmmm. Look forward to seeing where you go with all this, Eureka! It really is quite ingenious. But really, no less than I'd expect from America's smartest little town.
  • Great reprising roles (Spoilers ahead)

    I loved this episode, especially the return of sheriff Andy. That guy really cracks me up, especially when he called Carter out on his attempt to find out what had changed in the alternate timeline.
    But seriously - a great episode. The balance has been jumbled, which is very great to see. Especially Fargo taking advantage of his promotion (and bullying Larry with crazy suggestions). I also like the new dimension in the Zane-Jo connection, him being obnoxious as ever. It makes him a better character, but I liked him more when he was with Jo. They are so sweet together! Luckily, Jo's life isn't completely miserable. And dr. Grant is a wonderful addition here, it brings back a bit of the old Nathan and Carter bickering. I like it that the five big characters of Eureka take eveything in stride, even being thrown into the 1940's and back in an alternate timeline. That is the strength of Eureka, it's refreshing to see. Big plus for me also is Kevin, who can show what he's worth by playing two such different characters. It's a good way to shake things up for the coming season, and I would like to see what happens. I'm intrigued by it, since none of the changes are too destructive to what they've built over the years. I'm certain Jo will win Zane back. And I must say - great way to give Jo a possible promotion. I like the addition of dr. Grant to the cast (maybe I'm preliminary and it will reverse back next episode, but I don't think so). And Martha as a security enforcer! Brilliant. The only thing I'm not so certain about... Fargo being head of GD? What the - ?
    Well, in short, I loved this episode.