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In Case You Missed It: Warehouse 13

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.

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7 Comments on In Case You Missed It: Warehouse 13

  1. Yeah… I liked — not loved — the pilot. It had a lot going for it, but it has this “X-Files for Dummies” kind of vibe that sets up a very “magic widget of the week” rythym with very little mystery. I’ll watch, but I’m prepared for a bumpy ride.

  2. One other thing I forgot to mention, thout it is hinted at in my post, is that the writers, at least in the pilot, mentioned real, honest-to-goodness people from history and in a context that made sense from a  story and historical perspective.

    They mentioned Philo T. Farnsworth (the T. does not stand for Tiberius), Nikolai Tesla, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Lucrezi Borgia. All of them interesting in their own right and all worht learning more about if you haven’t already. Nice job writers!

  3. In general, I liked it. Keep in mind that all pilot shows start out a little rocky. Warehouse 13 seemed less rocky than most I’ve seen. I don’t mind the “widget of the week” approach, but I bet there will be some ongoing storylines with the two main characters’ backstories.

  4. I found it interesting, and there is something that will definitely keep me coming back for a while. The contrast of Pete being the intuitive person who might be empathic or something and Myka being the analytical one who is having visions/hearing the voice of her dead lover is quite compelling for me. Having the intellectual person be the one having the visions was an interesting choice on the part of the writers and I am curious to see where they take it. I see a lot of potential for growth in the characters (Artie and Myka dealing with grief and guilt for example), so I’ll be watching for a while to see where it goes.

    Oh, and to further the Eureka parrallels, the guy who plays Artie was on season one of Eureka as the invincible scientist who walked into the Artifact.

  5. Missed it the first time so I’ll have to try and catch one of the re-runs.

    And still no closed captioning from SCIFI (I refuse to use the other name) for their online videos, typical!

  6. joshua corning // July 10, 2009 at 12:48 am //

    What is with the steampunk worship?

    Aside from one or two good comic books the whole subgenre has always seemed flat to me.

  7. It was OK but seriously cliched.

     

    1. Opens with a near naked woman in the heroes bed.  He joins he shortly, dressed only in his skin tight brief.

    Hurray, we’ve just shown he’s a virile, desirable heterosexual white man.  Rejoice! 

     

    2. We learn that our hero is an impulsive, action oriented man.

     

    3. We learn that our hero’s partner is practical, skeptical female agent.

    Uh, Dana Scully, someone has stolen your schtick is screwing it up badly!

     

    Whatever…

     

    Seriously, how many TV shows have this same male/female archetypes in use?  A gazillion + 1000?

     

    BTW, isn’t this show just a rip off of “The Librarian”?  Secret government storage facility with a leader of indeterminate age who dispatches subordinate(s) on dangerous missions to retrieve exotic artifacts?

     

     

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