I had a friend stop over today and we were lamenting the lack of quality television shows. He asked if I had ever seen “Eureka” (on
FX The SciFi Channel).
I hadn’t, and it was on twice tonight – so I watched the first episode. It was a repeat (but not to me). Small town sheriff in a town full of scientists turns invisible but not until after his daughter had hit an invisible man with her car, thus turning the car invisible. Of course, the body of the invisible man (which of course led to solving the problem of how to get “un-invisible” again) was lying next to the road – invisible.
But that wasn’t really a problem because the scientists (even though they had never created an invisible man before) HAD created special goggles (but only one of a kind!) that allowed you to see invisible dead men alongside the road.
I am NOT making this script up. Forget the part about the dry cleaning lady who has the hot’s for the sheriff that magically is also some kind of world-class chemist. Oh – and the High School kids who build world-class robots in 18 hours on the first day of school. Forget all of that.
So you probably think I hate the show. I didn’t. It was interesting – the characters were likable enough that I recorded the new episode that followed immediately after the repeat. I’ll watch it. But I just couldn’t watch it tonight.
The next episode has the sheriff producing too much of something from some gland that makes all the women in town swoon over him.
I couldn’t take that much fantasy in one evening.
And yes , when I was younger, and in my experimental stages – probably I could have written scripts like this. But not now. Now reality is too much of a reality.
I would love to sit in the writing room for this show sometime. I imagine baskets of fresh mushrooms, bales of marijuana and ounces of coke all ready to be washed down by serious alcoholic chasers.
I would have no other explanation for the scripts. Either the writers are on some serious drugs – or they think their audience is.