Nope, I’m not talking about Stonehenge Apocalypse (“We can’t just sit on our hands while Stonehenge destroys the world!”) or any of SyFy’s infamous monster mashups, I’m talking about three of their original TV shows: Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Haven.
I’ll say up front that I’m not a huge fan of any of these shows, but I do watch them and I find their formulas interesting:
Eureka (2006) came first, and centers around a town filled with geniuses. In most episodes, an item of technology or a scientific experiment intentionally or unintentionally causes a problem that the heroes must solve.
Warehouse 13 (2009) came next. In each episode, a historical supernatural artifact intentionally or unintentionally causes a problem that the heroes must solve.
Haven (2010) is the most recent show. In each episode, a person in the town of Haven with supernatural abilities intentionally or unintentionally causes a problem that the heroes must solve.
There’s a specific team of “good guys” in each show that save the day. I find all the characters generally likable but nothing special… as I find all the shows. There’s a safe blandness, yet comfort in their faithful delivery on their premises. You know exactly what you’re going to get in each episode, but you tune in for the journey. (Keep this in mind the next time you’re tempted to make fun of a romance novel!)
I’m not trying to bash these shows — I watch them, after all! — I’m just pointing out a formula I’ve noticed. Is SyFy on to something here? Do you like these shows? If you like one, do you like the others?