I love zombies. In videogames, books, movies, comics, what have you. So I felt very lucky indeed to get to write "All the Rage," Eureka's love letter to the likes of Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later.
It was a really fun challenge for us to do a "scary" episode of Eureka that's still Eureka, with our mix of humor, emotion, and sci fi action. Director Mike Rohl and the production and post teams did an amazing job turning cheery, bright Global Dynamics into a creeptastic, claustrophobic zombie haven. How eerie was that trashed infirmary? As our fantastic DP Rick Maguire and his ace crew will tell you, lighting for darkness is much harder than lighting for…well, light.
You can hardly make a zombie show without zombies, can you? This episode had a huge number of extras. Here they are in the Rotunda, taking a break between shots. Even zombies need coffee.
This episode was largely about Fargo learning first hand the stresses and challenges of leadership, but I don't think Fargo imagined that getting attacked by NOLWEPs and enraged employees would be part of the job description. Here's Neil behind the scenes, getting the I-mine webbing applied. ("I almost suffocated! And these were my favorite pants.")
This episode also was about Jo finding her feet with her new position at GD, and succeeding despite being affected by the anger ray-- and snarky Zane. Doesn't Erica look great in her suit?
We were so fortunate to have Wil Wheaton as our guest star, who fit seamlessly into the cast and was a blast to work with. As you may've heard, he's joining us for multiple episodes in the back half of the season, so Dr. Parrish will be back! Buckle up...
The NOLWEPs, or non-lethal weapons (also called less-lethal weapons), are a real branch of weapons development, as you may know, although the Eureka version of a NOLWEP lab involves more things like sticky foam and slippery anti-traction gel than pepper spray or the Active Denial System. It was fascinating to research the technology. Stink bombs? Really?
The episode was also about relationships beginning and ending. Henry's starting to fall for charming, smart Grace, who still doesn't know he's not "her" Henry. And we bid a bittersweet farewell to Tess, a moment that was heartbreaking but that had to be. Carter did the right thing by her, even though it hurt both of them. Breakups aren't easy, even (or especially) in Eureka.
Giving voice to what's under the surface -- GD's resentment of "Other" Fargo, Grant's loss of the life he might have had, Carter ending things with Tess because he knows they won't work out as a couple -- can be painful, but sometimes is necessary to effect change. Better to let it all out before you end up with, say, a zombie mob of mad scientists...
Thanks for watching!
From Kira Snyder, writer of "All the Rage"