Next up in The 2020 PopCult Gift Guide is a new Blu-ray collection of the entire run of a series that I really enjoyed. Eureka-The Complete Series is a great gift for any fan of enjoyable science fiction with a heaping dose of time-travel paradoxes included.
Eureka was an American science fiction television series that premiered on Sci-Fi Channel on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show was set in the fictional town of Eureka, Oregon. Most residents of Eureka are scientific geniuses who work for Global Dynamics – an advanced research facility responsible for the development of nearly all major technological breakthroughs since its inception. Each episode featured a mysterious accidental or intentional misuse of technology, which the town sheriff, Jack Carter, solved with the help of town scientists. Each season also featured a larger story arc that concerned a particular major event or item.
The wild part of this series was that, oftentimes the season-ending cliffhanger would be resolved with a semi-reboot due to somebody messing with the rules of time-travel. It kept the show fresh and unpredictable.
A great caste included Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Joe Morton and the clever writing and direction made this show stand out among the low-budget also-rans that you usually found on The Sci-Fi Channel/SyFy. In fact, it was the higher production costs that caused SyFy to cancel this show, even though it was the highest-rated show they had.
Buyers should be aware that while this is a decent set with all 77 episodes, and costs less than fifty bucks at Amazon, there have been reports of technical problems and a couple of extended episodes from earlier sets are absent here.
This set is not perfect, but it will scratch the itch for fans of the show who don’t have access to the streaming services Peacock or Amazon Prime.