Eureka 3.13: "If You Build It..."
Six episodes ago we learned that some sort of radio signal was being received in Eureka from outer space. We didn’t know what the signal was or who was sending it, but we knew it was getting closer. Well this week we finally got to find out in the episode “If You Build It…”. Of course in usual fashion we are left with more questions than answers.
The episode kicks off with Carter and his daughter, Zoe in their car on the way to school. Henry has recently installed a new terrain system called “Smart Asphalt” that actually allows the cars in Eureka to go on auto pilot. Keep that in mind, we’ll come back to it. Once Carter gets to work we jump right into the main plot of this episode. A number of robberies have been reported and neither Joe or Carter can seem to find a connection. That is until they get a report of a large structure being built out in the woods. Turns out that’s where everyone’s items are going, someone is building something out of all the stolen objects.
So Carter decides to stake out the location and much to his surprise we find that it’s actually a number of the town's children bringing the items to the location in a zombie like trance. But what’s causing them to do this? The obvious choice is the new system installed to control the cars. Remember I told you to keep that one on the back burner! Why the hell couldn’t it control the kids? Well smart ass that’s what I thought too, but the answer is no.
There seems to be a correlation between the strength of our out space friend's radio signal and the increasing number of people that are falling under the trance. Let’s run with that one instead. Whatever is sending the signal is actually causing people to also build what turns out to be a Boson Cloud Exciter, a device that will allow the space craft that’s sending the signal to land. So after some deliberation Allison decides not to blow up the space ship and it finally touches down in Eureka. But where is it from?
Enter Henry to solve the mystery. At the close of the show he runs up to the ship and wipes away some space dirt to reveal an American flag. DUN DUN DUUUUUN! Just before the episode ends Henry tells everyone that he’s seen this ship before, when he built it many years ago.
Well played Eureka! You got me, and you also threw in a ridiculous amount of product placement shots for Subaru. But I have to say this is one of the better episodes I’ve seen and so far it‘s been a pretty good season. I’m sure as the season gets closer to ending we’ll be given some new cliffhanger but I’m pretty happy that they got to the point of this one so quickly. Next week it looks like we’ll focus on the ship without having to wait a couple of weeks to find out what’s going on like we normally do. I’m all excited.