Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The return of 'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13,' plus the debut of 'Alphas'

Two of TV's best underrated shows returned last night with new episodes of "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13."

"Eureka" picked up where it left off, with Jack and Allison now officially a couple and still stuck in the new timeline with Henry, Fargo and Jo. The episode opened with the almost marriage of Deputy Andy, hilariously played by Kavan Smith, and S.A.R.A.H. Only in Eureka would the wedding of two artificial lifeforms be a big event.

In "Liftoff," Fargo and Zane are stuck in a old rocket when it accidentally takes off. This of course leads to a town endangering adventure, that can't be solved until the last minute.

For a town populated with the smartest people in the world, they seem to put the world in jeopardy an awful lot. As great as the show is, it can become predictable that every week there's a huge scientific catastrophe that is fixed by Jack's simple common sense.

After some of the usual "Eureka" improvising, the day is saved. However, Zane may have found out the secret about the altered timeline.

There was a subplot about Jack and Allison balancing their work relationship with their personal one, but it was resolved by the end of the hour. It's not that it wasn't a good storyline, it's that they've been close for years and this has never been a problem before. It felt forced and not up to "Eureka's" smart standards.

All in all, it was a fun start to season 4.5, plus it was nice to see everyone again. It felt like reuniting with old friends. Next week Jack taking care of Allison's kids should be hilarious.

On "Warehouse 13" Myka still refuses to come back to the warehouse, so Pete gets a new partner named Steve Jinx. He discovers Pete, Claudia and Artie trying to neutralize Jimi Hendrix's guitar.

Steve can't lie, so he doesn't buy any of the usual excuses for the odd goings on. This leads to a mysterious surprise visit from Mrs. Frederic and an invitation to join the warehouse. While the assignment involved an ordinary lost Shakespeare folio, it was enough to get Myka involved and led to her eventual return to the team.

The side story featured Artie, Claudia and Leena trying to keep statues of Zeus and Hera from blowing everything up. It was a bit of a disappointment to see Leena back, as she's the most pointless character on the show.

On the plus side there was more Claudia, which is awesome since Alison Scagliotti is the best and she has cool hair. She and Pete would have made really fun partners.

The standout moments of this episode came from the instant chemistry between Pete and Steve. Pete kept calling him Jinksy and complained when he didn't laugh at his jokes. Though it was an opposites-attract situation, the partnership worked great and it'll be interesting to see how they use Steve now that Myka is back.

Syfy rounded out its night of programming with the new show "Alphas." Thye couldn't have promoted this series more, unfortunately it didn't live up to the hype.

The show follows a group of people with special powers who use them to track down bad guys. If it sounds familiar, it's because it is. See "X-Men," "Heroes," "Mutant X," "The 4400" and every other story about a group of super-powered humans.

However, all those shows had something to make them stand out, whereas "Alphas" is very ordinary.

The characters are predictable and a little uninteresting. The one stand out is Callum Keith Rennie as a mysterious police liaison. Whenever he showed up things got momentarily interesting, but then went back to boring when he left.

There was a meh story about an assassin with superhuman aim, who turns out to be mind-controlled. The team finds him, kills the bad guy and the assassin joins the them. All this happens in a very predictable manner. This could be fixed if it weren't for the lack of chemistry amongst the main characters.

With all the money Syfy spent on marketing, you think they could have spent some on making the show better.

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