This post contains spoilers for the season finale of Eureka, which aired in the US last night. Please don’t read if you follow that show but haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want to be spoiled.
On Eureka, they did a space/time continuum episode for the season finale, in which one character went back to change the outcome of an experiment because it killed the woman he loved. In and of itself, the idea was fine. ClichÃ©, but fine. Of course we don’t know this has happened until toward the end.
The very first scene we saw after the accident was the lead male character (Jack) waking up some morning in the future, with his surprise!wife, the lead female character (Allison), with whom he doesn’t have a relationship as far as we all know, even though Jack does kind of dig on her in real time. Allison, meanwhile, still digs on her ex-husband a little bit. It’s all very titillating and shocking and supposed, I assume, to make the audience go hmmmmmm. Another shocking “twist” – Allison threw back the covers and revealed a very pregnant belly.
Yes. In that first scene, we have the surprise!wife literally barefoot and pregnant. Excuse me while I hurl.
The whole episode was riddled with these relationship “gems.” There were other changes to the space/time whatever in this paradox, but the primary ones were definitely based on the heterosexual romantic relationships between various pairings, the most important (though not the truly important one – the only one I found compelling in the least was the one that originally sparked the whole space/time paradox) was, naturally, Jack/Allison. Now we viewers know, you see, that they are destined to be together. Jack flat-out said so, as he was prepping to go back in time and fix the initial change so the world didn’t fall apart. OTP, people. O.T.P. Allison, meanwhile, was all quivery-lipped about losing her existence as his wife and future mother of their baby. After all, how could any other reality be as idyllic?
I couldn’t figure out why it had to be Jack that went back in time to stop the change from happening in the first place – and it was made clear that this was the case. Then I figured it out. He’s the protagonist. He’s the one kinda/sorta liking Allison in that special way in real time. Sending him back means that he’ll get to retain (which he shouldn’t, btw) memory of the alternate time line in which he’s happily married and his little woman is happily pregnant. What bittersweet angst! Now Jack’s going to make that fantasy life into reality any way he can, because he knows it’s fated to end up that way.
How totally uninspired of Eureka‘s PTB. It’s just that with every space/time continuum story, I have this insane hope that someone, sometime won’t pull out one of the oldest clichÃ©s in the book. Even if it’s a fluffy show like Eureka. What a shame that of the nearly endless avenues an alternate timeline can take, a sci-fi television show instead chooses to highlight a romantic pairing. I guess Eureka, despite being on the Sci Fi Channel, is actually more of a romantic dramedy than a science fiction dramedy. I’d been holding out hope that it wasn’t true, but last night proved me wrong.