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TV Review: Eureka 3.12 – It’s Not Easy Being Green

Eureka

Eureka, SyFy, Airs Friday 9/8c

Episode: “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (Season Three, Episode 12)

Synopsis: Competition hits Eureka when the resident bowling team goes head-to-head in a game with their arch rivals from Area 51. However, intramural pranks result in Eureka’s team turning green after being exposed to gamma radiation. Meanwhile, Allison asks Carter to confiscate all the Globidium in town to help learn more about the mysterious signal from space. On this mission, Carter discovers a mysterious glob of goo that is attacking – and apparently consuming – people in town. Oh, and Lexi bellyaches about her baby daddy.

Review: What I liked most about this episode of Eureka is that many different references to other genre pictures. Not only does Fargo use the term “frak” in the appropriate context, but he also lays down the testosterone-fueled battle cry: “This! Is! Eureka!” And it doesn’t help that the captain of Area 51’s bowling team is named Bismarck, which is an awesome joke for us Midwesterners.

I like where this might be going with the mysterious signal from space. After the first and second seasons of the show had such promise with the thing in the ground beneath Global Dynamics, and then earlier this season with Eva Thorne’s cover-up, I was hoping for some story on a grander scale. And a signal from space whets my appetite for something more. Let’s just hope they don’t pull and X-Files on us and deliver a payoff that’s much lamer than the build-up.

The only part of this series that is grating on my nerves is the character of Lexi, who has been whining for weeks about whether or not to tell her baby daddy that he’s actually a baby daddy. I understand that Lexi serves as a foil for Zoe, but the simultaneous pretentious and whiney nature of the character is just bringing me down, man.

Up Next Week: More of this mysterious signal as it starts to disrupt events in Eureka, and Allison must make the executive decision as to whether it’s a real threat.

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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