Eureka “Smarter Carter” Review

Is being smarter necessarily better? Last week’s Eureka brought us a lot of fun science pranks, but the real surprise was Allison and Carter finally tying the knot (although under some pretty dire conditions). In "Smarter Carter", the Sheriff surprises everyone with his newfound scientific knowledge, but his sudden attitude change to cold unfeeling smart ass has Allison and others wishing for a return of the old Carter. Meanwhile, Holly decides to circumvent Fargo and take matters into her own (virtual) hands, which puts Zane, Henry, and Jo in a awkward situation with Dr. Parrish.

This could be one of the best non-season opener/finale episodes of Eureka I have ever seen. Paula Yoo and Ed Fowler wrote a great story showing how we lose the essence of what Carter is to the town one he becomes as smart (or smarter) than everyone else. It makes you appreciate Carter’s role in Eureka’s society all the more, he provides a level of real world knowledge for when book smarts aren’t enough. I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember if the writers have ever tried to make Carter super smart in any of their previous episodes (I’m sure someone on the internets will correct me there), but I have to say that smart Carter was a lot of fun, so much that you almost forget he was kind of the bad guy. I also liked the idea that the trigger for Carter’s sudden big brain was Kevin’s attempt to help "level the playing field" between Carter and Allison’s brother Marcus, in town to see the happy couple and do a book signing. Also, great climax to the episode involving the souped up Andy and S.A.R.A.H., it was actually pretty tension filled and led to a great make up moment between the two at the end of the episode. Read More... 


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