I guess this is better?
Season five of Eureka is up on Netflix now, so I’ve finally gotten to resolve that bloody cliffhanger from last season. Not before a detour through a random Christmas episode (who do they think they are, Doctor Who?) that I pretty much could have done without, but hey, one episode, then we’re back to actual continuity.
Spoiler-cut for my thoughts on a pair of tropes.
So, the “you were gone for four years” thing, and specifically the “Jo and Carter are hooked up now” thing. It isn’t quite as bad as Alias, which I stopped watching after the second season precisely because of that trope: Sydney was gone for two years, and in that time, her handler managed to get over her, meet someone else, fall in love, and get married. Um, okay? I mean, yeah, I guess that can happen in reality, but as a storytelling device it was so blatantly an attempt to inject tension back into a relationship that had settled into HEA that I lost interest in the story entirely. Here at least it was four years, and Jo and Carter had known each other for a long time, and weren’t married, so it wasn’t as egregious, but . . . c’mon, Jo and Carter? It had a whiff of “we’ve tried every other pairing this show has to offer; what’s left?”
Ergo, a part of me was quite glad to find the entire thing was a simulation to deceive the Astraeus crew. (Though really, couldn’t they find a more plausible pairing than Jo and Carter?) On the other hand, it wanders off into something else I’m not fond of, which probably has a name on TV Tropes, but I call it The Gift That Keeps on Giving. I gave it that name when complaining about later Elfquest storylines: yes, Winnowill is a fantastic villain. For a while. But when she keeps on coming back and causing trouble yet again, I find her appeal rapidly fades. She was fan-freaking-tastic in the original quest, okay in the Blue Mountain story, wearing thin during Kings of the Broken Wheel, and then I just get completely bored with her after that. In a similar vein, Beverly and her subversive crew just made me roll my eyes when they showed up. Couldn’t it have been something new? Why can’t we be done with these people?
(I am apparently a terrible audience for the concept of an arch-nemesis.)
Anyway, I’m only one (real) episode in so far, so no spoilers beyond that. But feel free to discuss the tropes in the comments.
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