Eureka: the Tv show – Science, Tech and Innovations – A Paranoid’s Nightmare?
I love sci fi shows about the roles of science and technology. I love the way they have cool gadgets and how they show them off. And I adore the good/evil dichotomy behind them. They seem to have a clear idea of where the lines are,… till they don’t?
Then like with the show Eureka , you’re never 100% sure if what you are watching is a dark comedy or a paranoid’s nightmare. Everything that can go wrong does, but they always seem to resolve them without blowing up the world or starting world war 3. Or even letting the world know Eureka exists!
Doomsday scenarios abound and how accurate they are, is often in doubt. At least for me, cuzz I’m not that up on quantum physics. Or on weapons, computers or tech toys. So maybe it was my perfect storm of: shit can they really do that?? I mean, if they can, should they?? Who thinks like that? Are they students of Niccolò Machiavelli?? And my teeth chatter for a bit.
And actually one of the worst/best parts of the show is that it’s all humans. No aliens! Like Mutant X and their genetic experiments. So question two for me is: would we really do this shit to each other?? Then I remember slavery, WW2 and the death camps, the bombs we’ve created and even the poisons we now call weapons. And I go yeah, I guess we could, we have! Ugh!
Then there is the bigotry between those who have super high IQs and the ordinary townies they have to at least be civil to. It’s now Nietzsche’s ubermensch we’re dealing with! Roddenberry dealt with that in Andromeda . But for me it was somewhat buffered by the uber race being aliens. And Tyr Anasazi was a fine specimen of a man! You could see why they thought he was a leader among them 😛
I quite enjoyed their discussion of what intelligence was, though that may be harder for a physicist to discuss? Unless they study quantum entanglements in social dynamics? Things like the actor network. I’ve recently gotten into reading about that. After psych and sociology in univ, it’s a really cool read! So that is actually the part of Eureka that I most enjoyed. Where the biggest hero wasn’t the man with the highest IQ, but he def had a good EQ!
Maybe someone who has more tech knowledge’d get thru the show without nightmares. But it really provoked some things in me. Which made it more of a drama or thriller than they might have intended it to be.
So yeah, if you’re into such things, this is smart Tv for sure! Or just a really cool time waster ;P Things go kaboom a lot!