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In the last ever episode of Eureka tonight, the Department of Defense’s closure of this charming, eccentric town — inhabited by brilliant scientists working on top-secret projects for the American government – is delayed by random wormhole materializations or in other words, ”Just Another Day” in Eureka. I saw one of these materializations being filmed in Chilliwack last August, with a Sheriff Jack Carter stunt double falling through a wormhole from above the Archimedes statue onto the grass outside the Sheriff’s Office facade. Colin Ferguson told us he was too banged up from other stunts to do this one himself but he gladly took over for the lying-on-the-grass-being-lifted-to-his-feet-by-Joe Morton’s-Dr.-Henry-Deacon part. You can see Carter’s wedding ring on Ferguson’s ring finger, which I didn’t notice at the time and so posted an inadvertent spoiler of Carter’s marriage to Dr. Allison Blake this season.
Here are the happy married couple — Colin Ferguson’s everyman Sheriff Carter and Salli Richarson-Whitfield’s brilliant scientist Dr. Allison Blake — sitting on a bench oustide the Sheriff’s Office facade for a scene and posing for a producer’s camera in a beautifully-staged shot which was photobombed by the director Matt Hastings, who couldn’t resist messing it up.
Laughter and tears for a much-loved series. Locals who’d been watching Eureka film for up to seven years dropped in that day to say a final goodbye, as cast and crew hugged it out between scenes and takes.
Everything about the last shoot in Chilliwack seemed bittersweet. Syfy had renewed and then cancelled Eureka that month, coughing up enough money to film this wrap-up episode.
Eureka is one of those series that ended before its time, so I was happy to see the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles honour it a week ago with a special event, An Evening with Eureka. After a screening and a preview of tonight’s series finale, showrunner and co-creator Jaime Paglia and cast Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Neil Grayston (Dr. Douglas Fargo) and Felicia Day (Dr. Holly Marten) talked about what Eureka meant to them. I will miss it, too.
Update: Now that I’ve seen the finale I realize this post had more spoilers than I thought even though I didn’t include my photos of Henry’s reunion with Tembi Locke’s Grace or of the mysterious benefactor (it turns out I photographed a body double for James Callis in Chilliwack so seeing Callis on screen was a nice surprise tonight). Here’s a link to my flickr set of the last shoot in Chilliwack.
Sheriff Jack Carter faces his biggest challenge yet: trying to figure out what happened to the town’s brilliant scientists, who mysteriously vanished just before their planned launch to the Saturn moon of Titan in the season four finale. We see them crash landing back home in Eureka (actually the Coquitlam gravel pits) in the opening scenes of the season five premiere, the aptly-titled Lost. Four years later, apparently!
It was a great twist. What personal changes have taken place in their absence? What did this mean for Sheriff Carter’s romance with Dr. Allison Blake, who was on the spaceship Astreus when it vanished? One thing’s for sure: over the course of the final episodes, we will be making lots of visits to two blocks of Wellington Street in Chilliwack, which crew transformed regularly into this very eccentric fictional Oregon town with Eureka Sheriff’s Office and Cafe Diem facades, a fountain/statue of Euripedes (which is still there); Main Street and Euripedes street signs; smart cars; Weather Predictor screens; and Uranium Isotope Droff Off Center, Hover Boarding Prohibited and 1-Hour Hologram Processing signs.
Below are photos of Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter and Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Dr. Allison Blake in Chilliwack as Eureka.
Eureka’s season five airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy in the U.S. and at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SPACE in Canada
Update: Eureka fooled me good with its season five premiere. Jack and Joe seemed like something that should have already happened so I was going with this four-year time jump right up until the last scene. Showrunner Jaime Paglia live-tweeted the Syfy east coast and west broadcasts, revealing this is the episode where a staged Eureka explosion on Wellingston Street in Chilliwack accidentally blew out the windows of the book store — “Oooops”.
Published September 19, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
The fourth season of life in the charmingly-eccentric and scientifically-dysfunctional town of Eureka ends with a big emotional cliffhanger tonight on the Syfy network in the U.S. We will have to wait three more weeks in Canada to start seeing the back half of season four on the SPACE channel. And the fifth and final season of Eureka won’t air until sometime next year in either country (apart from the animated Christmas episode this December). That’s why it feels so strange to write about or show anything of the Eureka series finale, which wrapped filming in Vancouver before the Labour Day weekend. Everything is a potential spoiler.
A month ago, Eureka crew transformed two blocks of Wellington Street in Chilliwack into the Main Street of their fictional town for the very last time: erecting the large Sheriff’s Office and Cafe Diem facades, adding the fake bronze statue/fountain of Archimedes and putting their own signage on the Teddy Bear Dreams clothing store (the owner told me Eureka star Salli Richardson-Whitfield bought several items there over the years). Production also set up running tabs at two downtown Chilliwack institutions: the Decade Coffee House and Sticky’s Candy, where a young salesgirl showed me the empty vats of ice cream consumed by Eureka crew in a day’s filming.
Cast and crew seemed just as verklempt at that last shoot in Chilliwack as the fans who’d come to say goodbye. I saw Salli Richardson-Whitfield hugging the Eureka stunt coordinator and Tembi Locke snapping photos with her camera phone of her TV husband Joe Morton. One of the Eureka producers brought his fancy DSLR to play set photographer, posing Colin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield on a bench ahead of their big scene together. Director Matt Hastings couldn’t resist photobombing that beautifully-staged shot, which made everyone laugh and then cry.
Laughter and tears. Everything about that day in Chilliwack seemed bittersweet. Syfy had renewed and then cancelled Eureka earlier in August, belatedly coughing up enough money to film this last-minute wrap-up episode.
Published August 22, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
It sounds crazy to film Christmas TV in the summer heat but it happens every year. Of the more than a dozen Christmas-themed TV movies expected to air in the U.S. this December at least three filmed in Vancouver in July and August. And last week in Chilliwack, Syfy series Eureka filmed real scenes for its animated season five holiday episode called Do You See What I See?, laying out snow on a Christmas-decorated-to-the-max Wellington Street very early Thursday morning.
It took Eureka crew a couple of hours last Wednesday night to build Christmas, unloading trees with lights, garlands, candy canes, nutcrackers and a large snowman. The Euripedes statue/fountain in front of the Sheriff’s Office got its own Santa hat. After it was all done, I watched them shoot a key scene of Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter, Kavan Smith as robot Deputy Andy and Chris Gautier as Cafe Diem chef gathered around a bright red holographic projector designed to create a faux winter wonderland on the street. Unfortunately, as often happens in Eureka, something goes array and thesuper photon generator sends a kaleidoscopic wave of holographic overlay from a video game that envelops the town leaving all its inhabitants animated. If you thought Eureka couldn’t get any quirkier, imagine your favourite characters as Looney-Toon cartoons, claymation or anime, as well as the more regular CGI. Apparently, our cartoon heroes have until Christmas morning to reverse it or remain animated forever.
Chris Parnell of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame reprises his role from last year’s Christmas special as Dr. Noah Drummer, part of a star-studded roster of guest stars. Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica voices a sled dog pack leader who befriends Deputy Andy and Matt Frewer of Alice and Max Headroom plays an animated version of himself as a polar bear who befriends Jo Lupo.
Published July 28, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
Syfy’s summer hit series Eureka goes largely unnoticed filming here, even when it transforms Wellington Street in Chilliwack into the Main Street of Eureka, a remote Oregon town populated by geniuses and scientists whose inventions have a habit of going array and threatening everything nearby. So it was surprising to me how big this small town is at Comic-Con (the annual San Diego geek fest), where thousands of fans sang Happy Birthday to Eureka star Colin Ferguson last Friday afternoon as he filmed it on his flipcam.
Ferguson, who plays the relatively ordinary Sheriff Jack Carter who tries to contain whatever disasters Eureka’s brilliant scientists unleash each week, flew down to San Diego with other main cast last Thursday after spending all day Wednesday filming an episode in Chilliwack. Crew had brought their own grass, a fountain/statue of Euripedes, large Eureka Sheriff’s Office and Cafe Diem facades, an O2 bar, smart cars, Main Street and Euripedes street signs, Weather Predictor screens, Young Hover Drivers and 1-Hour Hologram Processing billboards and Eureka Hobby Expo and Craft Fair posters to transform two blocks of Wellington Street into the centre of a very eccentric fictional town. Ferguson even did his own stunts in scenes where he and young Trevor Jackson lept around trying to catch something we couldn’t see, possibly the leg of a floating woman enacted by a green-suited stunt performer.
Crew even mimicked the movement of a floating woman with a mannequin leg. Later the stunt coordinator demonstrated what would be a full-frontal collision between Ferguson and the green-suited stunt performer. After watching, Ferguson declared: “That’s funny. I want a cup.” No one had one but he shoved something makeshift down his pants anyway, joking with the stunt performer “We’re friends. We like each other, right?” The stunt went off without incident