For science fiction fans, the past few years have been good, with everything from Star Trek to Star Wars experiencing a kind of creative renaissance. However, one of the more disappointing things about this new golden age of sci-fi is that so much of it has been dark and serious, making us long for the lighthearted sci-fi we used to get on a regular basis. If you’re similarly nostalgic for such science fiction, here’s some good news: you can now stream the awesome comedy series Eureka on Amazon Prime.
Eureka Streaming On Amazon Prime
If you’re not familiar with Eureka, it made its debut on SyFy (then called the Sci-Fi Channel) in 2006. The title refers to the name of a fictional town in southern Oregon filled with a bunch of egghead scientists working for the advanced research facility Global Dynamics. Whenever some crazy science experiment goes wrong (spoilers: this is the inciting incident for almost every episode), it’s up to the beleaguered town sheriff to team up with the scientists and fix the problem as best they can.
Monster Of The Week
You can probably tell that the premise of Eureka perfectly sets up the kinds of “monster of the week” (or in this case, “experiment of the week”) format that made earlier genre shows such as The X-Files into such enjoyable shows. Like that show, Eureka also has a wonderful soundtrack that knows how to perfectly oscillate between whimsical and frightening. That’s not really a surprise, as the soundtrack from season two onward comes to us from legendary Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.
Amazing Fan-Favorite Guest Stars
Speaking of Battlestar, fans of that show will be delighted to see Aaron Douglas guest star in Eureka. Other amazing guests include Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day (the respective king and queen of modern geek culture) and Stan Lee, the iconic architect of all things Marvel. Speaking of Marvel, the show’s guest stars include Ming-Na Wen, known to genre fans for her roles in both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Book of Boba Fett.
Eureka’s Comedy Gold
Believe it or not, we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to memorable guest stars on Eureka. The show also brought in comedic actors Dave Foley and Wallace Shawn, which is just further proof of how lighthearted the tone in this series really is. That tone made the show a hit back when it debuted, and if anything, the series seems even funnier now in contrast to the grimdark state of modern sci-fi.
Still A Beloved Show
If you’re still not sold, you should know that Eureka is an almost universally beloved show. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently has a critical rating of 82 percent and an even higher audience rating of 89 percent. Forget divisive sci-fi: this is a show that pleases everyone from the most critical reviewer to the most casual fan.
Gone Before Its Time
Sadly, Eureka was canceled after five seasons, but that just means it will be that much easier to binge-watch when you stream it on Amazon Prime. It’s no less heartbreaking to reach the end of the show, though, and you’ll soon realize why fans organized such a fierce campaign to bring the series back. Who knows…if enough fans stream the show today, it might finally be enough to bring this hilarious sci-fi series back to life.