Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon or "Bacon's Law" is a parlour game based on the "six degrees of separation" concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. Movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific actor Kevin Bacon.
Only, I've found something about the TV show, Eureka that seems very similar.
When I went looking for images and the blurb for Eureka I noticed something on my internet travels. As I scrolled through I started noticing different shows─shows that I loved─ were popping up. One after another. And their was a specific genre.
Or more specifically, shows that got their start (at least) on the Syfy channel.
I always knew I was a Science Fiction buff.
The Syfy channel is a current topic in our household because they've dropped all kinds of awesome shows in the past that were─awesome. Every executive at Syfy would not be able to look me in the face and tell me The Expanse was not a popular show or even that it was not making money.
If they did, then it would clench the fact that they don't know their audience or how to wield there fan base in any way shape or form.
But, playing devil's advocate, maybe they don't want to make money or have a fan base. Maybe they just want to produce shows with potential but get bored with them and toss them out for new ideas. Like some factory churn for TV shows.
Or maybe they have a threshold for how much a show needs to make for it to get another season. I mean money is always a factor but it seems to not be because for Syfy because if that were true, we'd still see plenty of migrated shows still on Syfy.
Or maybe I digress.
It doesn't dismiss the fact that Syfy puts out a lot of pretty cool shows. Which makes fans elated when a new line comes out but also makes them fear getting attached. Syfy is like the bad boyfriend that gives you good sex but then leaves and right when you find another guy to treat you right, he comes back with promises and kisses. It's unhealthy.
But you just can't break the cycle.
Good thing we don't do monogamous TV stations.
So, back to Eureka.
I've actually been to Eureka, CA. It was up in the mountains and was pretty much a city between freeways. I was a little disappointed that their weren't flying buildings and mumbling geniuses walking the sidewalks or hiding secret artifacts.
Or were they?
It seemed like such an everyday town like Big Bear or Castaic Lake.
In the years since World War II, the U.S. government has been relocating the world's geniuses (and their families) to the Pacific Northwest town of Eureka. Daily life there shifts between amazing innovation and total chaos. U.S. Marshal Jack Carter learns this first-hand when his car breaks down in Eureka, stranding him among the town's eccentric citizens. When they unleash a scientific creation still unknown to the outside world, it's up to Carter to restore order. Subsequently, he's let in on one of America's best-kept secrets.
During the transport of his run-away daughter, U.S. Marshal Jack Carter's car breaks down in the city of Eureka. When daily life in this seemingly sleepy town shifts into a bizarre crime and a lost child, Carter steps into a world of chaos, eccentric citizens and curious happenings.
One of the best series with drama, laughs, and interesting concepts. The science is somewhere between Star Trek and Doctor Who but for the sake of a sitcom, if you don't look close, you won't mind the inconsistencies. Besides, they're concepts.
What pulls the show together are the relationships and how the people of Eureka deal with them. I love this because there is not good vs. evil. There are different view points, just in real life─only these people care about each other, work together and concur the issues. There is no one hero.
It plays upon the difference of the common, observant man and the uncommon, genius/idiot savant scientist.
Said another way...
Being smart isn't always going to solve the problem
U.S. Marshal Jack Carter becomes Eureka's town sheriff. It's not the promotion he was hoping for, but it's where he needs to be.
And, it's quite awesome.
But it's not a this or that type of problem solving, it's a yes... and...
As in, yes the geniuses got them in trouble, Carter points out the obvious yet overlooked because the scientists are looking for the complicated solution and everyone saves the day.
It reminds me of NASA spending a million dollars for a pen that would write in space when the Soviet Union just uses a pencil.
Even a mechanical pencil would work, guys. Sheesh. Tax money at its finest.
All in all, I highly recommend watching or rewatching this show because even though the science is theoretical and like saying Take us into warp 3 it just sounds cool.
I Would Recommend This to Fans of:
Small Town Drama
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