On Tuesday night the new SyFy channel debuted it’s new series Warehouse 13. In case you missed, Hulu has it and now you can watch it below!
I’ve seen the pilot and I have to say, while I don’t think its a great show, it’s entertaining enough to keep watching. The basic premise is that Warehouse 13 contains all those dangerous things that man was not meant to know, etc. Think the warehouse at the end of Raiders and you’ll have an idea. There is a lot of potential here as to what the two agents could get involved in: the holy grail, Excalibur, the spear of Longinus, the list is endless. Toss in some made up stuff too, like they did for the pilot here, and there is a wide variety of stories to choose from.
The two leads do a credible job in their roles with Myka being the logical skeptic and Pete being the intuitive believer who’s also a wisecracker. Yes, they are like a dysfunctional Mulder and Scully. And given the Eureka-like tone, I have to agree with those who have called Warehouse 13 an X-Files lite. It certainly isn’t close to X-Files standard, but it is good enough for what it is.
The one thing I really did like was the vaguely steampunkish gadgets the two agents were given: a portable cell/video phone made by Philo Farnsworth (inventor of television) and the electrical stun gun created by Nikolai Tesla. In fact, the ‘office’ of the warehouse definitely has an early electronic era/steampunk feel which I really like.
It’s not great TV but it is diverting TV and if it grows into its characters like Eureka has, then Warehouse 13 should have a good run.