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Eureka

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2006 on Syfy
8.9
out of 10
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544 votes
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Episode Summary

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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pilot was a disappointment

    5.9
    I was really hoping to like this show. The science and sci-fi genres are two of my favorites. This show's premise definitely intrigued me enough to try it. It also has some nice special effects, but I need more than that to become a regular.



    The writing was often just plain silly. It reminded me of something I might have written myself when I was 11 or 12 years old, when I didn't really know how adults act in real life. After watching a long two-episode pilot, I felt like I should care about at least SOME of the characters. I didn't.



    I still love the premise of the show, and that might entice me to watch a few more episodes and see if it improves.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Irresistible and intriguing characters, funny and creative universe, awesome visuals and entertaining story

    9.0
    With the incoming fourth season I thought it was the right time to watch Eureka's pilot again. I remember the first time I did it because it was one of the most surprising and joyful TV experience I ever had. But the best part is that I'm convinced it should have the same positive impact on most viewers. Indeed there's just something irresistible about it.



    One of its strongest asset is probably its characters. Colin Ferguson is excellent as Marshal Jack Carter and his cop next door look makes him even more likable. From his authentic behavior to the acting I can't imagine someone wouldn't appreciate him. Let's also not forget his rebelious daughter that could be annoying if her attitude wasn't perfectly balanced by her cool father's one. I even found their relationship quite inspiring. As for the other characters we have scientists, genius kids, gorgeous babes… The panel is large and made the show universe even more twisted. Salli Richardson is Allison Blake, a Doctor and Agent. I found her first appearance quite charming because I had never seen her before. Moreover her character is smart and has a lot of charisma. The chemistry with Ferguson was also great so the romantic tension between them was very exciting. A new fictional duo was born ! There's also Deputy Jo, divinely played by Erica Cerra. She's definitely not your usual babe because beneath the beautiful veil she probably sees herself as the bride of Rambo, something like that. Both funny and bold you should instantly fall in love with her. Like if it wasn't enough Debrah Farentino portrays Beverly Barlowe, a mysterious and stunning psychotherapist. Full of secrets she's the character I found the most intriguing. As attractive as a black widow she's the spider you would follow in her lair without blinking. But she's not the only one who has secrets so I'll let you pick your favorite. Last but not least a crazy dog hunter reminded me of Christopher Lloyd as Doc in Back to the Future !



    Living freaks would be lost without a proper environment to evolve. It's exactly the purpose of our little town Eureka. And they all lived happily ever after, or not. The show is science-fiction with a twist. Don't expect its story to change the world but it should definitely entertain and make you laugh out loud. Indeed it's really funny and I couldn't resist most of the jokes. Carter smoothed the immersion process considering he's as lost as us. It really felt like if we were part of his surreal adventure in some sort of alternative world where tradition peacefully lives with futuristic science. Such a contrast made the gadgets and other theories even more appealing. Add that it's tuned by one of the most catchy music theme and you get a show that is hard to resist. The visuals are also colorful and the sets well designed. As for the effects they're just awesome and should definitely appeal the geek in all of us. Quantic reactor ? Wicked machines ? Cowflake ? Eureka is so creative and refreshing that it's impossible to list all its ideas unless you have seen its pilot a hundred times. In fact it was like a standalone film and I think all pilots should be as long.



    To sum things up if you haven't seen Eureka yet then you should definitely add its pilot to your watch list. Do we have a must see ? Yes we do !moreless
  • A great start to what's slowly becoming one of the best sci-fi shows out there.

    10
    The show starts out slow and builds you in. It just doens't throw you into the action and expect you to follow along. I especially love the 'dumming it down' for the science explinations. If they had that in my High School I might have actually enjoyed it a lot more. The writers have made us interested in the characters while not always giving everything away at once.

    I also like that once the show was picked up somethings changed. I didn't like the character of Dr. King. He seemed out of place. It also nice that GD was given a face lift too in future episodes this layout made it look more like a crash test dummy testing facility then a state of the art science lab.moreless
  • A great start

    9.5
    Great pilot to an entertaining series. The acting and the writing in this show are really great. It goes without saying that the special affects are amazing.



    The one thing that seemed to be an unexplained was right near the beginning. When the Marshal and precocious hellion he is escorting cross country, they pass a car.



    The miscreant is surprised to see herself waving at her from the other car, and the same Marshall driving the other car as is driving her car!



    The one thing that one learns right off the bat about this town is that tragedy happens quickly, without any warning - and they are used to it.



    That, and of course, they are neck deep in miracles.moreless
  • So So!

    8.2
    I have watched pilot episodes that I thought were outstanding and I have watched some I could not even finish. This one fell in between somewhere. Definitely not the worst I have ever seen but nowhere near the best either. I like the character of Jack but found it a little out of the ordinary that he cannot really defend himself against anything. He wrecks the car because of a dog in the road. He then gets out of the car and falls off a small cliff, gets beat up by a female officer and gets shot by Taggart. I hope he toughens up as this series goes along. I really hope Taggart's character becomes more involved in the upcoming episodes as he was my favorite in the pilot. I do like the plot as I think you can come up with a lot of things to keep writing about. While I thought the pilot was average I think this show has potential and will at least watch the first season as I bought it on DVD.moreless
Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin

Sheriff William Cobb

Guest Star

Rob LaBelle

Rob LaBelle

Walter Perkins

Guest Star

Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement

Susan Perkins

Guest Star

Shayn Solberg

Shayn Solberg

Spencer Martin

Recurring Role

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier

Vincent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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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.

  • 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.

    • Warren: You must find all of this a bit shocking.
      Carter: Well, I'm from L.A., nothing shocks me. (looks at Fargo playing with kendo stick) ... Well, almost nothing.

    • Zoe: I told you we should have made a left back there.
      Carter: Don't make me use pepper spray.
      Zoe: Are all cops this angry?
      Carter: This isn't angry. I was angry at the truck stop when you told the waitress I touched you funny. This is way past angry.

    • Carter: (walking into Eureka) Civilization at last, huh?
      Zoe: By whose definition?

    • Carter: So, how long have you been in the tow business?
      Henry: Oh, I don't do this for a living, I do this for fun. I just always liked fixing things. I was an engineer, back in the day.
      Carter: As in trains?
      Henry: Space shuttles.

    • Cobb: That was Ned Carver. He claims aliens have abducted some of his cattle again.
      Lupo: Tell him to call me when they move on to anal probes. (Cobb and Zoe look at her strangely) Wait, um, that didn't come out right.

    • Carter: Oh, come on, Miss Blake, we're all on the same team.
      Allison: That's Agent Blake, Marshal, and we're not even in the same league. This is way out of your jurisdiction.
      Carter: Actually, I'm a U.S. Marshal, so technically the United States is my jurisdiction.

    • Carter: Where are you taking me, Area 51?
      Allison: Oh, please. They wish they had our security.

    • Zoe: Thanks, Einstein.
      Boy on Bike: I'm an Oppenheimer, the Einsteins live over on fourth.

    • Carter: I'm guessing you guys don't get triple A out here...
      Sheriff Cobb: No, we... we have Henry.

    • Zoe: Where are you going?!
      Carter: To check the damage.
      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!
      Carter: You're right. (leans over to the glove box)
      Zoe: I know!
      Carter: Here, here's some ketchup. Start at your feet, work your way up.

    • (after swerving the car off the road)
      Carter: Are you okay?
      Zoe: You call this protective custody?!
      Carter: (groans) Oh, you're okay.

    • Carter: We're not lost, just taking the scenic route.

    • Zoe: It's just funny. You track me across three states, you find me in a city of, like, half a million people, and then you get us lost on the way back! I mean, you've got to appreciate the irony.

  • 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

    • International Air Dates
      United Kingdom – 02 August 2006 on Sky One
      Canada – 10 September 2006 on SPACE
      Germany – 25 February 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia – 06 March 2008 on TEN
      Czech Republic – 02/09 April 2009 on Prima COOL

  • 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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