The second half of Eureka‘s fourth season debuts tonight at 8 p.m EST on Syfy. We’ve seen the first couple of episodes from the season and can tell you it was worth the wait.
And while we don’t want to give away any big SPOILERs, we’ll be happy to let the cast and crew offer a few hints about what’s to come.
Tonight’s episode called “Liftoff” features some of the most visually stunning sequences in the show’s history. Creator and producer Jamie Paglia says that the series wanted to pay homage to one of the cast and crew’s favorite movies, though they won’t tell you which one so they won’t ruin the surprise.
What happens in the season premiere “leads to the crisis in our season premiere. I have to just say, from a visual effects standpoint, it is really an epic episode,” Paglia tells Blastr. “It takes us to where we really never traveled before in our show. The outcome of this gets Fargo in hot water, because inadvertently, even in his director capacity, he is part of why this problem happened. It leads to Eureka actually being given a very unique assignment and it is a mission that is handed down by someone who is going to be new to the show, one of our guest actors this year, played by Ming Na.”
Paglia says that a bit of time has passed since the mid-season finale last summer.
“It is still in the aftermath of Grant’s having gone away and that Beverly Barlow made this attempt and she has escaped. And we left off with Zane realizing that Joe somehow had his grandmother’s engagement ring and that there was some kind of relationship between them,” he says. ” So he is suspecting some things are not what they seem to be.”
Actor Niall Matter says that he’s been pleased with the reboot of the show because it allowed him to reboot the character. Matter says he wasn’t happy with where the storyline took Zane in season three.
“Quite frankly, the direction that Zane went in Season 3, I was a little bit let down about. He just became a lap dog for Lupo (Erica Cerra). He would dote on her and follow her around, and he didn’t have those characteristics that made him such a strong character when he was first introduced,” he tells Collidor. “And then, in Season 4, there was a chance to reboot all of that and get that guy back into the show, so I was really excited about that. Not only could I reinvent him, but I could reinvent him in a different way. Plus, he turned into more of a man on the show because I’ve grown into a man.”
In addition, season four will see things continue to shake up a bit for some of the series’ couples.
Actor Colin Ferguson says that Carter and Allison will face “very real problems that you deal with in relationships that keep it both, I guess, affectionate and clear that there’s love there. But at the same time very clear that it’s not easy. [Life] is not easy, and relationships aren’t easy, and I appreciate the realism of that.”
Ferguson went on to say that the arc for these ten episodes will find the show going into space.
“And I was concerned when we started it that it was going to be just a path like, ‘Oh, this is the mission du jour that we’re going to on for 13.’ But it actually balloons and blossoms into this fantastically complex plot,” he says.
According to Ferguson, by “the end of the season you’re about see, it kicks into the whole next year in a way that you completely don’t expect. So, what I’m really looking forward to seeing is everyone next summer going, ‘Oh, my God. Really? We’re … That’s happening now?’ Because it’s sort of Eureka going into space, and do they go into space, and it’s really interesting.”
And there will be a ton of guest stars headed to town this year. Wil Wheaton is back this year and Felicia Day is also on board for a guest appearance. We’ll also see Stan Lee and Paglia promises that Debrah Farentino will return as Beverly Barlow.
The new season kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. EST on Syfy. Make plans to tune in for set the DVR accordingly!