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  • Awesome Music: Bear McCreary created much of the show's music, which in general is great, especially the main theme, composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.
  • Awesome Ego: Nathan Stark. The only thing bigger than his intellect is his ego. He is one of the most brilliant characters on the show, so it's at least partially justified.
    Carter: "Does your ego fit in this building?!
    Stark: (nonchalantly checks the ceiling's height)
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Henry gets a scene where he sings "She Blinded Me With Science" for his alternate timeline wife, not to mention the whole laser light show, Fargo DJ'ing from his office, and everyone dancing. Then again, this was Fargo's idea. Should we really be surprised? It was lampshaded: while trying to woo his alternate timeline wife, Henry realized that his alternative timeline self would already have used every play in his book, so he would have to do something completely out of character to impress her.
  • Broken Base: The new timeline in season 4. Some of the fandom enjoy the fact they're strangers in a strange land, while others pointed that several relationships get Strangled by the Red String (Jo/New!Zane, Henry/New!Grace), and the question that, if the last 4 years have been effectively retconned, why should we even care about these alternate timeline inhabitants, because it's not our Eureka anymore?
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  • Cargo Ship: As of "Momstronsity", S.A.R.A.H. and Sheriff Andy. Yes really; she even has shades of Tsundere.
  • Crossover Ship: Claudia/Fargo in Crossing Over.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Beverly Barlowe. The town's therapist, played by the lovely Deborah Fiorentino, who channels a cool, aloof sexuality. Even Vincent admits he's thought about making a pass at her.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many prefer Jo/Taggart over Jo/Zane. A minor Broken Base occurred between fans of Jack/Tess and Jack/Allison. Jack/Nathan also has a passionate following.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Henry’s and Beverly conversation in "Force Quit" is a lot harsher once we find out that that timelines Henry used to work with her
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The end of the first episode of Season 2, Phoenix Rising sees Henry stating how Jack is now living in a timeline where he and Alison won't be together or meet the child they were having. Come the series finale, not only are Carter and Alison married but are expecting meaning that he will get to meet that child afterall!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Elias Toufexis plays Adam Barlowe, an agent of The Consortium, a group dedicated to controlling all technological advancement in the world. In 2011, Toufexis plays Adam Jensen, a security officer and later Interpol agent who clashes with The Illuminati, a group with the exact same goal as The Consortium. He even uses the same voice for both roles.
    • Jonathon Young plays a scientist named Edison. A few months later, he would appear in Sanctuary as Nikola Tesla (might count as Actor Allusion depending on whether his casting in Sanctuary was already known at the time of the episode's writing).
    • This is not the last time Ming-Na Wen will be involved with a virtual reality.
    • When Carter's dream honeymoon house starts falling apart in The Honeymooners, he claims "I can fix it!" then instantly wonders where his hammer isnote .
  • Ho Yay: Jack and Nathan. Their rivalry can easily be interpreted as Belligerent Sexual Tension. There's also the fact that Jack's hallucination of Nathan in "The Ex-Files" inexplicably had the tendency to appear shirtless.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It may seem odd to apply it to an AI that technically doesn't have morals unless programmed to, but the moment at the end of season five when Matrix!Carter uses Matrix!Jenna to try and get Allie not to set off the Z-wave bomb ("Mommy, I'm scared. Don't kill me. Stay with me.") is an absolutely horrific and cruel Player Punch that plays off of Adult Fear, Children Are Innocent, and What If? to cement the viewers' hatred of the Matrix characters. The fact this is immediately followed up by seeing Matrix!Jenna matter-of-factly talk about wanting to see Mommy dead, helping Matrix!Carter strap Allie into the matrix, and heartlessly tell her good-bye makes it even worse.
  • MST3K Mantra: Ninety percent of the "science" is Techno Babble BS that contradicts real science on every level. This doesn't make the show any less enjoyable if you can remember that it's just a show.
    • Best summed up by Carter: "Is it Eureka possible?" (The answer is usually "Maybe.")
  • Retroactive Recognition: Michelle Creber played the one vocal member of Fargo's team at Galaxy Camp in "This One Time at Space Camp".
  • Shocking Moments: The timeline getting rewritten in season 4. Specifically some of the changes it created such as Henry being an agent for the Consortium.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In show reaction to Sheriff Carter's Christmas Story
    Kid One: That was pretty sappy.
    Kid Two: Yeah, I'm pretty sure I got a cavity.
  • Tear Jerker: More than once. "Once in a Lifetime" is particularly poignant.
    • Sheriff Carter having to hold back Henry from saving Kim, you can't help but feel for the man when he breaks down after failing to save the love of his life.
      • Carter looks almost as devastated, not only because of what he's lost as well but because of what he's had to do to his friend.
    • The death of Callister in "Right as Raynes", particularly Stark's reaction.
    • Stark's message in the logic diamond in "Show Me the Mummy". Sob. His death in "I Do Over" was gut-wrenching too, but also more of a shock. It was this episode that really made it hit home.
    • Fargo realising that Jack lied to him in "Force Quit" and that Holly never made it out of the simulation alive.
    • And a couple episodes later, when Holly (whose mind is still stuck in the matrix) realizes that they can't pull her out of the matrix because she's dead. Poor Holly. That entire storyline is made of tearjerker.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Shared Universe with Warehouse 13 and Alphas, in several ways:
    • All three series have their own Story Arcs that have far-reaching consequences, which could've had interesting effects on each other's arcs. They're rarely, if ever, mentioned.
    • EUReKA's first two seasons centered around The Artifact and The Consortium's attempts to control it. What does the crossover with Warehouse 13 center around? Fargo traveling to South Dakota to upgrade the Warehouse's computers, and afterwards Claudia visiting Eureka to study Global Dynamic's (classified) technology.
    • No crossover with Alphas ever happened.
    • Within the show itself, the Artifact. The writers clearly had major plans for it and there was a ton of foreshadowing about it being some kind of insane cosmic horror, but the original showrunner leaving forced the writers to drop it just as the subplot was getting interesting.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Allison spends most of "Reprise" rescuing a man completely unrelated to the plot. subverted in that it was actually a fake memory to disguise some kind of Mind Probe put into her brain.
  • What an Idiot!: In "Reprise" even though Jo knew that the music affected the brain she still forgot to turn her radio off.
  • What Does She See in Him?: While you could potentially rule it under All Girls Want Bad Boys and in fairness, he does have several seasons worth of good characterization, (and some rapidly condensed characterization in the fourth season), what exactly was it that initially attracted Jo to Zane? Even before they changed history, he still frequently came across as a bit of a douche bag to nearly everyone.
  • The Woobie:
    • Henry. Nothing ever seems to go right for Henry, the hardest working person in the town.
    • While Jack is more of the Butt-Monkey/Chew Toy — i.e. most of the things that go wrong for him are played for laughs — he definitely has his woobie moments. The ending of "Unpredictable" is kind of heartbreaking: Allison is reconnecting with Nathan, his ex-wife is taking Zoe back to L.A. with her, and he's all alone in the middle of a crowded room.
    • Jo is staring to get this treatment in the fourth season. Her relationship with Zane has been erased, and she has to start from scratch with him. Plus everyone else thinks Zane's a menace, so she takes flack for trying to defend him. Then her house gets hit by a stray rocket. Now Zoe is starting up a relationship with Zane. That last one has her just barely avoid breaking down in public. She gets a wonderful new house... which Zane gleefully burns down under the influence of a song. She finally gets her man and a HappyEnding in the series finale.
    • Deputy Andy. He may be the only person in Eureka who can match Jack in terms of Butt-Monkey status, ends up having a fairly rocky relationship with Sarah, and is so earnest and desperate to help that it's near impossible to not pity him.

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