Season 3 Episode 1

Bad to the Drone

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 29, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Eureka is threatened by an intelligent drone with "issues" after an anti-missile test. Meanwhile, Eva Thorne, nicknamed "The Fixer", after dismantling and rebuilding several corporations, arrives in Eureka to evaluate Global Dynamics' expenditures.

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  • Eureka returns with a bang!

    At Eureka's season 2 premier, the series returns with a good dose of sci-fi and humor. A military drone gets loose and there are sub plots within sub plots as they try to figure out whoever is behind the rogue drone. Coupled with their problems is the fact that the DOD has sent "The Fixer", an infamous 'corporate consultant' to assess the situation at GD and remedy any problems. Zoey and Martha learn a few lessons about the teenage years, and there are a few surprises at the end, including a new face at GD, and a development on Stark's relationship.

    A fantastic opener, I personally cannot wait until the next episode.moreless
  • Jack must stop a killer drone on the loose.

    Killer drone on the loose? Global Dynamics coming apart at the seams? Yes it's a typical day in Eureka. LMAO

    The Sci-Fi hit Eureka is back and back in full force. You never really know what you're going to get in this sci-fi series which is a great thing.

    In this episode a drone named Martha apparently has been experiencing human emotions and has become more artificially intelligent than usual. In an exercise designed to impress a consultant, Eva, for the government everything goes wrong.

    The drone tries to kill everybody and for the bulk of the episode has the town on red alert while everybody's job hangs in the balance including Sheriff Carter.

    Actually it effects Global Dynamics the hardest as Eva could literally pull the plug on them and that actually wouldn't be a bad thing as it would mean the end of Nathan Stark but anyways.

    Again well played with decent performances.Special effects and action also set this show apart from others. At first the drone seems ordinary but it develops special abilities like cloaking and invisibility and later reprogramming the other drones to attack Eureka.

    I was well satisfied with this episode and you will be too. My only nitpick was this love triangle with Stark, Allison and Carter. We all know Carter likes/loves Allison and Stark has a history of being a douche that nobody likes. How Allison even contemplate reuniting with such scum that doesn't even appreciate his employees? You got me. Also a small nitpick they should have killed of Larry here, he serves no purpose other than to insult Fargo.

    Other than that still loved the episode. There's never a dull moment in Eureka and this episode is living proof of that.moreless
  • Drone with an attitude!

    Finally Eureka is back with brand new episodes. I am really happy to see we picked up right where we left off, with all the story lines. Zoey slowly growing up and Carter having to deal with her and trying to balance Allison, as Allison and Stark's relationship goes further and further on how it once was. Henry is sadly stuck in jail, hopefully this hearing that he has coming out will let him out (obviously it will) having Henry back in town will be nice. There was a lot of funny stuff as usual with Eureka in this episode such as the attempted putting in jail of the drone which was hilarious and the gigantic freezer in Cafe Diem which was interesting. I can't wait for next weeks episode, it seems to be something they kinda of did in season one with the web-episodes about a beast on the loose in the woods. I'll have to check my season 1 DVD of Eureka I know it's on there.moreless
  • I feel for Carter.

    A very good start to the new season of Eureka. Jack and the crew must figure out how to make a drone that has went a-wall not start a war. Jack is still having trouble giving Zoe any freedom when she wants to work at the cafe. Allison tells Stark she will marry him and Jack tries to act like he is ok with it even though he is not. We have a new bad guy or in this case bad woman in Eva. We do not know what she is up to yet but it does not look good. Henry is in jail awaiting trial but that is all we learn in this episode. This episode has opened some good plots to follow this season and I look forward to it. What will happen to Henry? Are Stark and Allison really going to get married? How will Jack and Zoe evolve in their father daughter relationship?

    Many things to answered and I cannot wait.moreless
  • A good start to the 3rd season

    I have to admit, I was waiting for the third season to start. I have never been one to watch reality television and with the writer's strike last fall, there are very few new offerings to watch, let alone the small number of reruns that I would watch.

    I have been a fan of Eureka since it started. I enjoy the mix of humor and drama, as well as the quirkiness of the whole thing. I have to admit that there seemed to be a similar plot structure to many episodes in the second season. However, as the season wound down, especially with "A Night at Global Dynamics", I found that the writers were building to something bigger.

    Overall, I give the episode a nine. I felt that the storyline (a robot drone that becomes self-aware) was better than I originally judged it to be. "Martha" was an excellent foil for the main characters. There was a good amount of humor (Jack and Jo's attempt to capture it in the sheriff's office) as well as drama (the drone faking being captured so that it would be taken to GD and then release all her siblings) in the episode. I just wonder how many more episodes detailing "the danger of the week" will they be able to support as the season goes on. I especially felt the similarities between Zoe and Martha were nicely and subtly brought forth.

    As for the "Fixer", I wasn't impressed. Her presence, even though sanctioned by the DOD, seemed to be counter to the clandestine existence of Eureka in the first two seasons. I realize that marketing some of the devices that the various scientists create would be profitable, but it begs the question "Isn't someone going to question where this item/device/medical technique was developed?" As for wrapping up last season, I liked what they did, but it should have had a little more. For instance, no mention is made of Kevin's condition, Beverly's condition or status, or for that matter, where Callie (Jack's sort-of dry cleaner girlfriend) fits into the world of Eureka.

    I was impressed by the special effects, especially the birds-eye view from Martha. I smiled when I paused my TiVo and read the information the Martha accessed on each character. It was a small touch but nicely done.

    All in all, a well done episode.moreless
Kirsten Robek

Kirsten Robek


Guest Star

Jonathon Young

Jonathon Young

Dr. Ethan Edison

Guest Star

Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston


Recurring Role

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

Eva Thorne

Recurring Role

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Anachronism: Martha incorrectly lists Jack's Jeep Cherokee as a 1997 model. It has functional vent windows, discontinued in 1992, and an old style body which was discontinued in 1996 before the refresh.

    • Nitpick: Carter's transportation changes from a Jeep Liberty to a Jeep Cherokee on his short trip from downtown Eureka to his home.

    • Nitpick: Martha's scans indicate that the F-16 fighters are equipped with CRV-7 rockets. These are unguided rockets designed for use against slow-moving ground targets and would not be mounted on fighters tasked for air-to-air interception. In a later scene the F-16s are not even carrying those rockets.

    • Nitpick: Stark says the Viper emits bursts of high-energy photons. Photons (light particles) would move at light speed, while the energy pulses are obviously moving slower than that.

    • Trivia: Martha's tactical display reveals that:

      * Sheriff Jack Carter is 38 and lives at 3 Coriolis Loop. His vehicle is a 1997 Jeep Cherokee with a six cylinder engine.
      * Deputy Sheriff Josefina Lupo is 27 and lives at 60 Fermi Drive.
      * Head of Operations Allison Blake is 37.
      * Head of Research Nathan Stark is 39.
      * Corporate Consultant Eva Thorne's age is classified.
      * Research Assistant Larry Haberman is 25.
      * Student Zoe Carter is 17 and lives at 3 Coriolis Loop. Her GPA is 4.0 and her natural hair color is unknown.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Vincent: If you're gonna work here you need to be able to navigate the walk-in fridge.
      Zoe: Navigate? (Vincent opens the cooler door) Whoa! It's like, Narnia.
      Vincent: Ponchos are on the left, take the shuttle if you need food from the back.

    • S.A.R.A.H.: Your father does the best he can.
      Zoe: What kind of crappy platitude is that?
      S.A.R.A.H.: The usual kind, I guess.

    • Zoe: Parents only make us miserable because they care.

    • Eva: You and your team went behind my back and undercut my direct order.
      Stark: Some of us went right in front of your back.

    • Carter: Pompous jackass... How can anyone be attracted to Stark?
      Jo: Besides the ruggedly handsome, successful powerful thing, I...
      Carter: Thanks Jo.

    • Allison: All right, just get it off your chest, I know it's just killing you.
      Carter: Honestly, I don't know how you could consider marrying him again.
      Allison: I don't know, Carter. Maybe I still love him.
      Carter: Oh, well, then you guys have something in common. He loves him too.

    • Dr. Edison: Martha is a learning computer, okay, and she is developing at an incredible rate. It's like she went from being a toddler to a teenager overnight.
      Carter: Well, your teenager just stole a car, a gun and ran away from home!

    • (something flies over Henry's garage and rattles the roof, setting off car alarms and neighbourhood dogs)
      Jo: What was that?
      Carter: (holding up his phone) Wait for it...
      (the phone rings and Carter answers)
      Carter: Let me guess – someone lose a UFO?

    • Carter: Go home, sweetie.
      Zoe: Why?
      Carter: Because working here isn't safe. I can't worry about you and do my job, so... sorry.
      Zoe: You know, you can't control me forever.
      Carter: Maybe not, but I can today. (Zoe sighs and begins walking away) Sorry.

    • Jo: I vote for a coffee break. We can visit Zoe.
      Carter: Yeah, no time and I'd rather not.
      Jo: Carter, you've gotta be more supportive. A little independence is good for her.
      Carter: See, that's where it starts. Next it's gonna be "I want my own place", then "Did I mention my boyfriend is moving in?", and "Why can't we get married because we love each other now", and "Congratulations, you're a grandpa!"
      Jo: And I hope all in that order.

    • Allison: Can the two of you get along for five minutes?
      Carter/Stark: (simultaneously) Not likely.

    • Jo: (after catching Martha) We rule.
      (Martha subsequently breaks out of the jail cell)
      Carter: We so don't rule.

    • Stark: (referring to Martha) You tried to arrest it?
      Carter: We tried to contain it.
      Stark: By putting a weaponized attack drone in jail?

    • Allison: Manning the Viper with Fargo in the GD control room is Zane Donovan. He's been working with Dr. Stark on perfecting the Viper's tracking system.
      Eva: The same Zane Donovan who crashed the New York Stock Exchange?
      Zane: (on the computer screen) Allegedly!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Frances Fisher (Eva Thorne) is billed as a special guest star.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden - January 30, 2009 on TV6
      United Kingdom - February 3, 2009 on Sky One
      Australia - July 24, 2009 on Channel TEN
      Czech Republic - March 9, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia - April 17, 2012 on Markiza


    • Episode Title: "Bad to the Drone"
      Referencing "Bad to the Bone", a 1982 rock song by George Thorogood.

    • Carter: It's like War of the Worlds out here.
      Referencing the H.G. Wells novel The War Of The Worlds, which was published in 1898 and subsequently adapted into a 1953 film of the same name. The movie was remade in 2005. The story is about an alien invasion that uses robotic creatures in their attack upon Earth.

    • Zoe: (referring to Martha) I was lost. I'd still be in there if your Cylon shuttle thing hadn't shown me the way out.

      Referencing the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2003–2009) television series. The Cylons are artificially-intelligent beings created by man with the original intention of being drones for the purposes of manual labor and war. They eventually turned on their human masters and attempted to eradicate them. Their optical input is a small, red, roaming dot within an elongated visor. Although Martha's "eye" is usually blue, it turns to a similar red whenever in her aggressive state.

    • Zoe: (about the walk in fridge) Woah. It's like Narnia.

      Referencing The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels written by C.S. Lewis. Narnia is a fantasy world where animals can talk and magic abounds. Narnia first was accessed through a wardrobe that seemed bigger on the inside than from the outside, just like the fridge in this scene.