The season finale of Eureka took "One Giant Leap" towards annoying fans by leaving us wondering where the Astraeus crew is and if Allison survived.
Seriously, I hate cliff-hanger season finales. The time when you needed this type of conclusion to bring people back to a show has gone the way of the rotary dial phone and pagers.
With the Internet, video streaming, and social media, we no longer put a series on the shelf in May and wade through reruns all summer until the fall premiere comes around. We're always discussing it anyway. There's no need to tease us in such a manner.That’s not to say you can’t have any cliff-hangers in your story, you can wrap up a season-long arc and still leave hooks to tie into the next season. If you need an example, look at last year’s mid-season finale, "I'll Be Seeing You." It was so well done and balanced, setting hooks while also concluding various angles, that it received my first ever perfect rating.
So, Mr. Paglia, count me among the disappointed that you didn’t have the same faith in us this year you had in us in 2010.
Now, with that out of my system, let’s go over what was great about this episode. My favorite geeky couple, Holly and Fargo, not only finally hooked up, but Fargo dropped the L-word and Holly replied with a big kiss and a butt squeeze! You go, Holly!
It was nice that Jo pointed out to Fargo that while he might not have gotten the job as Director in this time line, he certainly had grown into the role and was doing a great job.
Also, Allison decided to move in with Jack. I loved that Kevin’s only concern was if SARAH would clean his room. You just never know what kids are going to latch on to as the one big thing when you talk about life changes. I was thrilled Kevin wasn’t worried about Jack.
I really liked that Jo decided to go on a “walk-about” to find herself. The realization that everything you have been doing was to prove something to others is a tough one. We all must find ourselves in our own way. I'm excited to see where her character goes next season.
Finally, I was touched by the plaque that was neatly placed by the lake for R. Petrovicz. For those who don’t know, Petrovicz was a producer on Eureka and was co-executive producer on the episode ("Founders Day") that opened season four.
To all the cast and crew of Eureka, I am truly sorry you lost a friend and family member and I’m honored to recognize the name and know what the plaque was for. It's small things like this that make us miss you all so much. Just another example of why you don’t need any lame cliff-hangers.
See you in 2012 for season five!
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.