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Eureka: “What Goes Around Comes Around”

Welcome to what just might be the final Friday in Eureka. It’s season finale time, and with the way the television market is, this may well be the series finale. Now, Syfy has announced that Eureka will return for a fourth season and that new episodes will air summer 2010, but summer 2010 is a long way away. Let’s say that I have a healthy dose of skepticism mixed with a dash of hope. There’s always the chance Syfy will decide to cancel Eureka and instead broadcast a four-hour miniseries mash-up of SS Doomtrooper and Mansquito. It could happen.

Enough of that. Onto the finale. They’re testing a new Super Collider at Global Dynamics. “If all goes well we could prove the existence of dark energy,” Tess says. This is a supercollider which apparently makes the Large Hadron Collider “look like a sling shot”. Awesome. Because, if you’re a little concerned about what the Large Hadron Collider might do to the world, you’re REALLY going to be concerned about the GD Collider. Seriously, hasn’t science fiction taught these people anything? Haven’t they read David Brin’s novel Earth? No? Well, do they remember what all has happened the last three years?

No?

Okay then. Global Dynamics is about to run its Super Duper Ultra Crazy Mega Zelda Collider and something, anything is going to go wrong. Something does. Gravity and magnetism goes crazy. It’s just like how earlier in the episode folks were talking about this crazy star of death called Nemesis. What’s Nemesis, you ask?

“Nemesis is a neutron star that has been theorized to be in binary orbit with our sun. It crosses Earth’s orbit every sixty-five million years, causing an extinction level event.”

Yeah. I had to check Wikipedia for that, too. I thought they were talking about that crappy Star Trek movie. Nope. It’s a real hypothetical star.

We know how the potential world-destroying will resolve itself: Carter saving the day, of course! What’s different with “What Goes Around Comes Around” is that there is a great deal more emotion packed into this episode and into the main plotline (the weird stuff that could destroy the world, if you’re not paying attention). This is one of the few times the viewer feels a threat to Carter. We don’t really think he’ll die, but the “going into battle” moment with Zoe? It’s tough.

That’s because the whole episode feels like one big goodbye. Zoe gets a special scholarship to Harvard. It’s a rare opportunity but it means that Zoe will be moving away. Also, Tess has a great job offer in Australia. Relationship drama! Actually, I like Tess and Carter as a couple, so I’d much rather have Tess stick around (and not be on Eastwick, a.k.a. a show I will not watch except for money). It’s an episode of partings, and if this really is the series finale and we get that SS Doomtrooper / Mansquito crossover movie next year, “What Goes Around Comes Around” is an excellent way to close the show.

The episode is about moving on, about growing up a bit, and about understanding what is important and not letting go of that. That last shot of Carter at his desk is a perfect close.

If that’s not enough, well, let’s bring up two things about Fargo. I love Fargo’s excitement about the potential destruction and polarity reversals that could occur from the threat. It’s just cool how geeky he is about that. I can relate because I’ve always been fascinated about the reversal of Earth’s poles. Note: It’s a really bad thing for anybody unlucky enough to be living at such a time. The reversal doesn’t just make the water in our toilets swirl in the opposite direction.

Unrelated to any destruction: Douglas Fargo’s girlfriend calls him Fargo and not Doug or Douglas. How cool is that?!

With all the good will and good fortune in the world, Eureka will be back next summer. If it is, I have no idea what the writers will have in store for us in the fourth season. Hopefully, any fourth season won’t be split with a year’s break in between. If it isn’t, the three seasons spent in A Town Called Eureka have been absolutely delightful. Eureka is a show fit for the whole family and one which can (and should) be enjoyed by all.

The only thing I ask — nay, beseech — of the writers for Season Four is to please, please show Kevin Blake at least once. Alison has two children now, don’t ignore the first. Oh, and bring back Tess. And don’t let Jo Lupo go anywhere. And…

Otherwise, thanks for a job mostly well done.

Joe Sherry lives near Minneapolis. He blogs at Adventures in Reading.

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