Saturday, April 28, 2012

Eureka - SciFi and TV Talk: Sci-Fi Blast From The Past - Salli Richardson-Whitfield

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Eureka S5 Monday

SCIFI AND TV TALK: Sci-Fi Blast From The Past - Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Eureka)

By Steve Eramo

In today's Sci-Fi Blast From The Past, actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield talks about her character of Dr. Allison Blake's involvement in season two of Syfy's Eureka.


... When Allison Blake was first introduced to viewers last year on Eureka she was a U.S. Department of Defense agent working as a liaison between the town as well as its local think tank, Global Dynamics, and the government. In the first season finale, Once in a Lifetime, the head of Global, and Allison’s estranged husband, Dr. Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn), conducts an experiment with the top-secret Artifact, which almost ends up destroying the town. As a result, at the start of season two, Stark is fired from Global and replaced by Allison. That has opened up a brand new door of acting opportunities on the show for Richardson-Whitfield.

I think this year my character has much more of a story arc than the first season,” she notes. “We were still getting to know all these characters last year, so I don’t feel I saw as much growth in Allison back then as I do this time around. Some of her arc actually happened during season one, but she’s not even aware of it because it took place in an alternate reality [the episode Once in a Lifetime]. That would have been a big deal for her, but by the end of the episode she has no idea of this major turnaround she made in her love for Carter and her family, so that was kind of lost on Allison.

This year, however, there’s a real arc for my character. She takes on a new job and is the head of a company now. How does that change you? Allison isn’t really reporting to people any longer, but instead is making the same tough choices that Nathan had to make. What type of person is she when she has that type of power? Those are all issues for her to deal with, and Allison gets her hands a little dirty, which I find more interesting to play then just being one-sided where you know she’s good all the time. Now suddenly you’re kind of looking at Allison a little bit strange, too, and wondering what she might be up to. There are a lot of different ups and downs for her this season, and I like that...”

Eureka season five airs Monday at 9/8C on Syfy.

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