The newest episode of Eureka is pretty entertaining!
It starts of pretty funny. All kinds of things go missing in Eureka. Among them Carterâ€™s desk chair. Which he discovers when he tries to sit down at his desk. Jo gets a new car, a 200-something horsepower WGX. Fargo getâ€™s pretty envious and decides to dump his current car, â€œTabathaâ€�, to get a new one. Unfortunately, this sows to have been a bad decision, when the Tabathaâ€™s AI decides to take revenge.
In the meantime, Carter investigates the missing items reports and discovers, what looks to be a plasma generator made out of household items in a field just outside of town. The exact items that were reported missing. The next night is out on a stakeout at the site of the generator and suddenly all the kids of Eureka appear. They all seem to be in some kind of trance and are carrying more household items, which they are adding to the generator. Chloe is also among themâ€¦.
The next day, A rocket explodes over Eureka. We learn that GD has been tracking an object, coming from outer space and heading towards Eureka, so Allison has ordered the Planetary Defense Unit to get ready to shoot it down. She seems to be pretty scared of the object.
Allison also plans to dismantle the generator, since she thinks it might pose a threat to Eureka.
Just before demolition begins, it is discovered that the kids turned the generator into what seems like a trigger device for an anti-matter bomb.
The kids are admitted to the GD hospital. During the next night they again fall into this trance and try to leave the hospital. When they canâ€™t, because GD guards are holding them back, suddenly other, older people start to fall into trance, carry household items to the site and adding them to the trigger.
Carter realizes that all this started when Eurekaâ€™s newest invention, a automated traffic system called â€œSmart ASSâ€�, what installed. He talks to Zane, the inventor of the system, who informs him that the AI would be powerful enough to control the human brain. It is then they figure out that â€œSmart ASSâ€� only serves as an amplifier for some thing else, like a microwave signal or a radio signalâ€¦â€¦
Flashback: During the last couple of episode a mysterious radio signal, coming from outer space, was mentioned several times. Details were never revealed, but it was made clear, that everything about that signal was top secret. In fact the only people who seemed to know about it were Allison and Tess.
After this realization, they decide to shut â€œSmart ASSâ€� down. This doesnâ€™t end well, all affected people fall into some kind of shock. The kids, because they were affected earlier, deeper than the adults.
Fargo is out at the site, investigating. While wondering around the generator/trigger, he suddenly discovers what the thing is good for. he tries to call Allison, but is shut down. Now, Tabatha appears and hunts Fargo by driving backwards, the trunk open. Next thing we know, Fargo is lying in the trunk.
During the next night new people, mostly GD employees, fall into trance and go out to the generator/trigger site. Soon after, the original kids and adults join in again. Carter tries to stop Chloe and asks here about what is going on. She replies: â€œItâ€™s gonna be OK, Dad!â€�. Allison, Carter and Tess head out to the site, while Henry and Zane stay put to track the incoming object.
At the site, the people have finished adding items and all of a sudden, the generator/trigger turns itself on. It generates a giant blue beam of light, going straight up into space. Henry and Zane can see that the beam raises the ionization levels of the atmosphere. If the rise continues, the atmosphere might ignite.
In the meantime, the object is getting closer and closer, so Allison is getting every weapon ready to shoot it down before it reaches Earth, but Carter and Tess are against that decision. Just before Allison gives the order, Chloe, who still is in trance, walks up and says: â€œYou canâ€™t shoot it down!â€�, to which Carter replies that itâ€™s not his call. He also says that the beam might be dangerous. Chloe replies that â€œItâ€™s not on purpose. Itâ€™s like trying to help a friend!â€� Just after the object passes Mars, it suddenly disappears.
Since the object disappeared, Allison can not shout it down anymore, so she decides to take the generator/trigger down. Fargo appears and tells Allison that he knows what the construction really is. The people seem to have turned it into an endpoint for a high-velocity space jump. When Henry hears this, he whispers â€œOh, my god!â€� and rushes out to the site. It now seems to be clear that the object is a spaceship and that it plans on landing. The only question is: Is it alien or is it one of ours?
Henry arrives at the site just before the spaceship appears and the beam shuts down. Without hesitation, he approaches the spacecraft and starts wiping a spot with some grass. Below the smut covering it, the American flag appearsâ€¦â€¦
CUT! End of the Episode!
Overall, I think this was a good episode. Over the last couple of episodes, the anticipation to find out more about the unknown radio signal from outer space grew and grew. So it was nice to see Part I of the revelation.
To be quite honest, while watching it, I was convinced that the spaceship would be alien. ;)
But after seeing the flag, I realized that an alien encounter just doesnâ€™t fit into the Eureka universe. At least not at the momentâ€¦.
I think Allisonâ€™s obsession with destroying the object and the endpoint seemed a bit strange. I didnâ€™t think she would be like that. On the other hand, she probably got quite some pressure from the Department of Defense.
I really like Carter in this episode. He was shown as the concerned father he is. Especially after he suggested the shutdown of â€œSmart ASSâ€� (what a cool name, btw :P ) and Chloe fell into shock. Ferguson really played this well.
In this episode, you can also clearly see that Tess likes Carter a lot. She joins Carter on his stakeout, bringing Pizza and snacks. While there, she asks about Carterâ€™s relationship to Allison.
It will be interesting to find out where this spaceship came from and who or what it carries. We hopefully will, next week!
I think the spaceship is an old Eureka project. Something Henry has been involved in. Why else would he whisper â€œOh, my god!â€� and know where to look for the flag? Maybe a long time ago somebody left for some kind of mission and went missing? They maybe thought he was dead and know he returns?
But in the end, my guess is as good as yours!