The series title, Eureka, comes not just from the name of the fictional town the series takes place in (Eureka) but also after the famous exclamation of Albert Einstein, who in the show helped start the town. The series revolves around everyman Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), a U.S. Marshall who while transporting his run-away daughter back to L.A. gets into an accident in a strange little town called Eureka. While there, he finds out the town is filled with the nation’s best and brightest, who have come together to form a city that is all about scientific exploration and advancement.
When you give a bunch of super-geniuses the proverbial keys to the city, whacky and dangerous hijinks abound. That’s how the series kicks off, with Carter having to fill in for Eureka’s injured sheriff. Since the city is under the DOD jurisdiction after a need arises for a new full-time sheriff comes up, the city put in a request to have Carter move from his L.A. based marshall’s office to the city where he will time and time again stop geniuses from destroying the world; or at the very least Christmas.
The series uses a lot of mid-2000 SyFy ideas in its show, like impossible to believe science, as well as the use of SyFy favorite, swear words like “frak” and FTL space flight. Both staples in Battlestar Galactica, which was finishing it’s run near about the time Eureka was starting.
The show features Carter and his wild group of scientists doing everything from re-creating the big bang, time travel, to a house with hurt feelings and a robot dog murder mystery. It’s got everything, and that can’t be understated enough. It does have everything.