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Eureka, “Glimpse” (4.13)

Zane (Niall Matter) stands in Cafe Diem's doorway, surrounded by an explosion.

A review of the episode, written by Ed Fowler and directed by Michael Robinson, after the jump…

First off: Kudos to Fowler and Robinson: though I enjoyed last week’s “Reprise”, I didn’t think the show would be able to sell me on a Fargo/Holly romantic tension and have it be believeable. But, and thanks to Felicia Day toning down the more spastic elements of Holly’s character and Neil Grayston nailing the strong/weak dichotomy within Fargo that he needed to this week, the show managed it, and well.

It’s funny, the three characters who have essentially become the lead trio since “Founder’s Day” (4.01) have become Carter (Colin Ferguson), Jo (Erica Cerra) and Fargo (Neil Grayston). Through them we get stories centred around Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Zane (Niall Matter) and new recurring player Holly (Felicia Day), but they are essentially our point of view characters this season. And I’m enjoying it immensely. The time switch gave each a compelling story: how does Carter negotiate his new place in Allison’s life with a son who lived through a different life with them than they remember? How can a relationship work with one person who’s lived through it already and another who is largely pursuing it because they know it already happened in another timeline? And how much of alter-Fargo’s confidence is also within our Fargo, who was a minor presence at best in the old timeline?

We also get an illuminating hint that Fargo’s current position is due to Fargo’s grandfather, revealed back  in “Family Reunion” to have been cryogenically frozen by a jealous partner, was never sidelined in this universe. The resultant fame led to Fargo having a famous grandfather and being fast-tracked, leading to his appointment at Global Dynamic. I love when shows keep continuity in mind in a way that makes sense, and this is a particularly brilliant tidbit of information – as is “The Blake”, the textbook on medical science that our Allison had always wanted to work on, before being distracted by Stark’s death Kevin’s father’s death a decade ago. (Thanks to ‘randomnamegenerator’, who corrected my lapse in Eureka backstory knowledge.) This offers a question: is Kevin’s father dead? Was Kevin’s lack of Autism in this universe the difference between Allison writing the book and not, or was there another reason she was able to complete it?

(Random: I’ve still been wondering since the timeline reset: Is Stark dead in this timeline? There has been no reference to alter-Stark’s status, which I find… interesting.)

As for “Glimpse”, it was standard in the way that many Eureka episodes have been this season: the basic Eureka format, but a step above the pre-time switch seasons because the ongoing character and plot arcs are more compelling. The reintroduction of Wil Wheaton‘s Dr. Parrish is a lot of fun, as a fussy, jerk antagonist who isn’t necessarily a villain to anyone but Fargo. Bringing Jo and Zane to ‘sex-and-nothing-more’ state is really interesting, and I’m a little annoyed we never got any hints to what their dynamic in that sense was like, considering their situation. The two main arcs, the Atreus mission to Titan and the intertwined ‘Allison has a device in her brain implanted by the World’s Most Evil Woman’ plot both move forward nicely, with the candidates being considered for the mission and Carter and Henry uncovering something suspicious about Allison.

I was happy to see Henry get some screentime. Since his meaty arc with Grace petered out, they’ve been an occasional presence at best. Here, though he’s no more prominent than in recent times in terms of screentime, the content of his scenes lets Joe Morton do more than ‘be in love and speak in technobabble’ here. Hoping his plot here, almost definitely guaranteeing him a spot on that mission, means more for him coming up.

Good episode, and yet another in a consistently enjoyable season.

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2 Responses to “Eureka, “Glimpse” (4.13)”
  1. I believe it was the death of Kevin’s father thirteen years earlier (and Kevin’s Autism) that kept Allison from ‘expanding her dissertation’ into a book. And I agree that 4.5 has been very entertaining.

    • R. Lackie says:

      My watching of season one was largely from across the room, so my Eureka backstory knowledge is a little lacking. I thought it was odd that Stark’s death, so recent, would cause that! Thanks for letting me know! Hope you’ll keep reading. 🙂

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