TV Review: Eureka 3.9 – Welcome Back Carter


Eureka, SyFy, Airs Friday 9/8c

Episode: “Welcome Back Carter” (Season Three, Episode 9)

Synopsis: After being fired as the sheriff of Eureka, Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) starts interviewing for new jobs and finds a new path to the National Security Agency. Meanwhile, his daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) is cheesed off that she will have to leave her friends at school and Jo (Erica Cerra) plans to ascend to sheriff. Unfortunately, Global Dynamics brings in a new robotic sheriff named Andy to keep the peace. However, when bizarre accidents start happening in Eureka – seeming to target Sheriff Andy – Jack starts investigating as a civilian.

Review: After saying sayonara to darker science fiction television shows like Battlestar Galactica, anchor series like Eureka are hoping to blossom in the network’s fluffy SyFy rebrand. (After all, could you imagine BSG running under that banner?) It’s a bit irritating that the network waited almost a whole damn year to drop the remaining episodes of Eureka, since the fall finale was back in September. In this respect, it wasn’t worth the wait. This episode of Eureka was fun, but it was nothing special.

There weren’t any huge secrets revealed, and no big changes in characters, unless you count the discovery of twins in one of the pregnant women to be a big reveal. I don’t , which is why I didn’t even bother with a spoiler warning on that one.

I have to admit that I was a bit let down by this episode. Like so many season premieres (and midseason premieres), this episode really didn’t further the overall story. It just marked time for 44 minutes and set things back on track so the rest of the season could continue. Considering all the implications left last year with Eva Thorne (Francis Fisher) digging into Eureka’s past, I really wanted something more.

As average episodes go, “Welcome Back Carter” was fine. As mid-season premieres go, you’d be better off watching Burn Notice.

Up Next Week: Jo gets a shot at acting sheriff, but when someone starts stealing her identity (and personality), Carter comes to the rescue.

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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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