It was great to see Eureka make its return. Last September was a long time ago. Long enough that I had forgotten some of the more recent plot developments (like Allison’s pregnancy).
In a lot of ways, “Welcome Back Carter” was really just about resolving the cliffhanger that ended the first half of season three. I’m glad they didn’t drag Carter’s firing out; I think we all knew there was no way he would be really leaving so dragging the story out over the next few episodes would have been a waste.
Sheriff Andy was a lot of fun with his over-the-top earnest and friendly attitude. I have to admit I was kind of expecting Sheriff Andy going psycho and Carter having to stop him. And when that didn’t pan out, I expected Andy would die in his attempt to help Carter save the day. It was good to see the show sidestep the standard clichés.
I am also glad that Carter’s firing still meant something. The general didn’t just change his mind because Jack saved the town yet again. Instead we got an escalation of the growing tension between the citizens of Eureka and the Department of Defense.
I’m not sure if it was just because it had been absent for so long, but the comedy in “Welcome Back Carter” really worked for me. There are no really major stand-outs, but the comedy hit its mark.
I was less excited by the stuff with Allison clearly moving towards having feelings for Jack. I like the idea of Jack and Allison getting together (and it seems pretty clear that will happen sooner or later), but I think we all know that the second something happens between Jack and Allison (or the second before) will also be the exact moment we find out Nathan didn’t really die in “I Do Over.” And while I think the show is better with Nathan and Jack’s constant sniping, I don’t look forward to the angst that is sure to accompany Nathan’s return.
All in all, “Welcome Back Carter” was a fairly run-of-the-mill episode of Eureka. Eureka is such a fun show though that even a run-of-the-mill episode is a breath of fresh air.