The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.

The show ran from 2006 to 2012 on SyFy. Great theme music. Excellent exploration of characters. Good science and pseudo-science. Cool devices. I really enjoyed watching it. Via DVD. Only watched the first three seasons.

But there is a subtle flaw in the premise, one that easily passes by most of the audience that watches it today.  It is endemic in the philosophy of our culture today.

The government solves everything. The government funds everything. The creativity comes out of government programs. It is the whole premise of the town, of Eureka. And for the most part the show takes the line of the benevolent government — creating a crisis every week.

But that flaw is also shown as a flaw, but more subtly week after week.For its an individual that always solves the issue, often in teamwork, but individuals are the driving force.

In a subtle way, the show really is a case against the premise, against the flaw I mentioned. No matter how well they try to write it, the individual always comes out over the government.


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