Looking for a little Sci-Fi in your summer? Your best bets might be on the SyFy channel next month. Beginning in early July, SyFy has two returning series for your entertainment and one brand new offering based loosely upon a Stephen King novel. Here is a quick rundown of what is coming up…
Haven (Premieres July 6th at 10:00pm) Emily Rose plays the role of FBI Agent Audrey Parker in this new series set in the mythological New England town of Haven. Haven is a place filled with people cursed (blessed?) with supernatural powers or afflictions. It is up to Agent Parker to find out why the town’s power to calm these afflictions is starting to wear out…
Haven has a guaranteed run of 13 episodes. It is loosely based upon characters found in Stephen King’s novel “The Colorado Kid.” I anticipate that this series will be a little more “supernatural” than “sci-fi,” but could be entertaining. Haven benefits from having long-time SyFy series “Warehouse 13″ as its lead-in show.
Warehouse 13 (Returns July 6th at 9:00pm) Warehouse 13, if you have never watched it, was a smash hit for SyFy last summer. Season Two takes us back to the namesake Warehouse 13… a repository for supernatural artifacts associated with historical figures throughout history. In this show, US Secret Service agents are tasked with guarding the secrets of Warehouse 13.
This show is very popular with women, boasting a nearly 50% female viewership. To me, it sounds like a Franken-show made up of equal parts X-Files, Friday the 13th- The Series, and Sanctuary. But give it a chance… some episodes had nearly 4.5 million viewers tune in last year. They can’t all be wrong, can they?
Eureka (A Town Called Eureka in the UK) (Returns July 9th at 9:00pm) Of all the shows listed here, this one is probably the one that should interest me the most. Now in its fourth season, Eureka is the story of how former US Marshall Jack Carter becomes the Sheriff of the secret town of Eureka, Oregon. Secret town? Yes… it’s a company town, run by the megacorp Global Dynamics. And all the people who live there are genius scientists… except for the Sheriff. The scientists are involved in experiments far beyond the science you and I know about, and every episode is about the everyman Sheriff Carter saving the day when science runs amok!
I wonder if the show’s creators know that there were, and still are, towns in Oregon that are completely owned by private industry? (Research “Gilchrist, Oregon” if you don’t believe me!) I’ve watched a few episodes of this show and found it entertaining, but I was so far behind on episodes I missed about half the things a true fan would take for granted.
Bottom line… if you like to watch shows about current/former members of US federal law enforcement that either guard/investigate a town/warehouse/lab where wacky scientific/supernatural events take place, then take your pick from any of these shows or watch all three! One last note… looks like there will be a cross-over between Warehouse 13 and Eureka this season, so they are now in the same shared universe. Can a Stargate: Universe cross-over be far behind?