Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13:
What Would Happen If The X-Files Were Funny

What happens when you mix american sci fi stalwart the x-files, with the saucy and sexy nature of modern ratings juggernaut Bones, and just enough of the mostly forgotten Friday The 13th The Series' concept of having to collect haunted an enchanted objects? Well simply put what happens is Warehouse 13. A smart funny series about the tracking down and reacquiring of odd artifacts of mysterious nature and mysterious powers, each connected to someone or something of not in history, its all a thrilling and fun ride though the comical side of sci fi, where things aren't exactly what we expect them to be, and that stuff you wouldn't think would be of any real danger, really is. Things like Lewis Caroll's Mirror with the entrapped mentally unstable real Alice Liddel inside, not the Alice we knew from Alice In Wonderland, or the mirror ball from Studio 54, or a famed ancient sword, or a gun created by Nikola Tesla, or a tea kettle that makes wishes come true, or just gives you a ferret, or any number of other things, The Warehouse is a place of limitless imagination, limitless size and strange and magical things all existing together in some weird balance of harmony.

The cast is as follows; Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), a "rule-bender" Secret Service agent. Agent Lattimer is smart, handsome, athletic and has a knack for quick thinking. He's an alcoholic with several years of sobriety under his belt. He has a deaf sister who taught him lip reading. He has a sixth sense in regards to immediate dangers and a weakness for cookies. Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), Lattimer's "by-the-book" partner. She has more book smarts and an eye for details. She takes her job very seriously and has many clashes with Lattimer. She even names her pet ferret Pete because they are both 'cute and annoying'. Myka has a troubled relationship with her father in whose bookshop she grew up. Dr. Arthur "Artie" Nielsen (previously Arthur Weisfelt) (Saul Rubinek), the Secret Service agent in charge of Warehouse 13. A former cryptographer, most of his personal past is shrouded in mystery, except that he was once convicted of treason for selling state secrets to Soviets. Serious and methodical, he is frequently annoyed with his subordinates, who are relative newcomers to the warehouse and its artifacts' peculiarities. He has a fondness for baking cookies. At the end of the first season finale, Artie appears to be killed. Leena (Genelle Williams), the proprietor of the bed-and-breakfast where Lattimer and Bering stay. She has the ability to see a person's aura. Leena has been aware of Warehouse 13 for quite a while and has known many of the Warehouse agents that have died. It is revealed in the first season finale that she has been working with MacPherson. Mrs. Irene Frederic (C. C. H. Pounder), the director of a secret government organization, who is older than she appears. She is a shadowy figure and is usually accompanied by her bodyguard. She is apparently Artie's superior. Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti), a "young, hip, brilliant techno-wiz" whose brother was believed to be dead. She hacked into the warehouse computer systems and kidnapped Artie so that he would help her bring back her brother and now works in the warehouse with Artie. However, in the season finale, she left when Leena and Mrs. Frederic accused her of taking objects in the warehouse and giving them to MacPherson. It was later revealed that it was actually Leena stealing the items, disguised as Claudia. And because no series is good with out a main villain, James MacPherson (Roger Rees), former Warehouse agent and arch-nemesis of Artie. He is from England (although the actor is from Wales) and has great knowledge of paranormal artifacts and uses them for nefarious ends. His loyalties and intentions are not entirely known. He is also Artie's former partner. Still on the loose as of the first season finale.

The series starts out with Myka and Pete working together on a detail that both are running for the Secret Service, they encounter a man who was using an ancient Aztec Bloodstone that controls anyone who's blood comes into contact with it, as they go to stop him, Pete first encounters Artie, who after giving him a zap of a flash bomb, disappears. The next day Myka and Pete discover they've both been reassigned to South Dakota, unaware that each other was set there, this is where they meet Artie, and tells them of The Warehouse, what is in it, what he does, and what the bloodstone they encountered was. He then tells them their new jobs are working for him directly, and that they are to not have any contact with their former boss, or tell anyone what they're doing, for it is super top secret, and honestly, most people wouldn't believe it anyway. Artie tells them of how they work for an organization that works high above the government, but works with in it as well, and after they grudgingly accept their job working together, are quickly sent after an artifact, they're handed a two way video communicator created by the man who created the television and a stun gun created by Nicola Tesla, and after being explained how they bag items to be brought back, they're sent on their way. After they complete their first mission they decide to stay onboard, and accept their job working together.

As the show goes on, you eventually meet Claudia, and Leena, and their boss the mysterious and seemingly supernatural Mrs. Fredric, who appears out of seemingly thin air, along with her large Chinese bodyguard/driver, who happens to have the same gift. You also meet James MacPherson, a rogue former agent of the warehouse who has decided that it would be important to track down and acquire objects that belong in the warehouse both for his personal use, and for whomever is willing to pay him the most money for it, and even then he normally will trick them and take it for himself, as the show progresses it changes from a single contained episode involving one or many objects used in the acquiring of a certain main object, to using all at their disposal to stop MacPherson and his followers, which actually makes the show great, it sets it apart from its contemporaries in this respect, and allows it to go off on it very own. Which i felt was a brilliant idea, it makes it stand out on its own and not fall into the mundane and monotonous plotholes that other series of this nature have done. They also stand out in the fact they pick objects that are realistically possible to exist assuming magic is able to be attached to real objects connected to anyone of note in both history and science, which really is a pretty awesome idea.

So if you are looking for something thats fun, and different and new, if you haven't seen it yet, give Warehouse 13 a change, you'll be pretty glad you did, unless that is, you don't want to have an enjoyable time with a unique concept and predicable, as well as just amazingly sharp writing, which is always a total joy.




  1. Well said. WH13 is awesome! It's my newest tv show obsession. :D Well worth it.