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Imagine Grater (SyFy vs SciFi)

Despite its recent and possibly dumb name change, the SyFy (Know previously as SciFi) channel has some of the best programming on TV. Ranging from original movies and series to reruns of older shows that "fit the theme", the SyFy channel is an avid watch for myself. Some of the regular programs watched in this home range from newer and older shows, along with movies a mini series or two and some of the staples that come with the SyFy channel like Ghost Hunters.

A favorite for myself is EUReKA, a show that describes itself as "about the smartest little town in America". Basically its a futuristic like town that is within our own time frame which is sanctioned by the government to house the greatest minds in one place. This creates great accomplishments and problems. The problems are "fixed", usually, by someone of a more "normal" mental status. That guy being Jack Carter, the town sheriff.

Really, he's not a dumb guy by the average standards but the town he's in makes him come across as rather stupid. The funniest thing, however, is that his solutions to the problems that are caused not only make perfect sense to the viewer but also to the other characters around him. Something I enjoy the simplest answer. I enjoy it more when it was also the idea that popped into my head.

The whole town is filled with some eccentric masterminds and grands of intelligence but I think one of my favorite characters has to be Douglas Fargo. Fargo, as most of the town mostly calls him, is basically a screw up. No one overly special among the rest but generally knows enough to get himself into and, sometimes, out of trouble. The main problem that Fargo has is his general overall quirkiness among those around him, that and he's not one for keeping his mouth shut. Personally, Douglas Fargo has to have one of the crappiest roles among those in the city (town gopher) while retaining his general comedic appeal.

Main point: Eureka's third season is not keeping up to tabs with its other two. It has some major goods but its current negatives are slowly driving me, and a few other viewers I know, away from the show. For one thing, its driving a few romances a bit to hard. The romances are good, in total, but one in particular is getting a bit to much "face time" for my liking. That being the one of Jo Lupo (Deputy Sheriff) and Zane Donovan (One of the main researchers at Global Dynamics). The main reason is that Zane is difficult to tolerate as a character. It was much better when the guy only appeared when he was needed but now the on screen time is just... intolerable.

I understand that the point of the constantly "new" budding romances are to make you grow more attached to characters and possibly identify but Zane comes across more of a loner even when with Jo. The whole relationship seems a bit forced within the series. I think this is because that outside of the show they might be dating. I'm not certain but from their appearance in Warehouse 13 the two were also a couple, the actors not the characters.

Overall, I guess I'm just not fully pleased with the new season. The show still has its charm and I do catch it when I can but that feeling that I just had to see it every Friday or Thursday or Wednesday or whatever day it was on in the past, just isn't there anymore. Although, three seasons is better then the average life span for most shows.


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