Eureka S04E05 — Crossing Over, Review

I reviewed Warehouse 13's crossover episode earlier and now it's time for Eureka. Not surprisingly the aptly named Crossing Over uses the same two characters as the focal point of the titular crossover. And why not, they've developed a nice chemistry together.

As I mentioned in the previous review these two shows have a similar feel to them and once again there was more emphasis on humor than on any deep plot. Unlike Warehouse 13 however, Eureka didn't give us a stand alone episode. This was deeply rooted in the ongoing time change storyline that Eureka is playing out.  There was a handy recap at the beginning of the episode, but I wonder if new viewers (the usual reason for a crossover) might be a little confused?

I've been really enjoying this season's story arc because it forces familiar characters to face unfamiliar situations and the same is true here, particularly where Henry (Joe Morton) has to find a way to interact more naturally with his "new" wife. I also like the less combative relationship between Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) and Sherrif Carter (Colin Ferguson). On the other hand I'm getting really tired of endlessly simmering romance between Allison and Carter.  It just feels worn out.

When reviewing Warehouse 13, I mentioned that there wasn't much sense of threat in the episode because only the main cast were at risk. In essence we had the same situation here, but Eureka has killed off a cast member before and is downright ruthless with its recurring characters. So there was a feeling that  Trevor Grant (James Callis) could conceivably die, even if it was unlikely.

This isn't a game changing episode for Eureka, it's really more of the same. But that same is an entertaining mixture of tension, character and quips. It's a great way to relax after a hard day's work. Fun without requiring too much effort on my part.

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