Warehouse 13 (Series 1)
“After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S. Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.”
That’s pretty good, for once. But let me clear it up a bit.
The show follows Myka and Pete, the Secret Service agents, as they work for Artie, the quirky head of the Warehouse. They never explain how, but Artie was an NSA agent who hunted down artifacts- those objects with the supernatural abilities- along with a team, but something happened and now it is just him, Pete, and Myka (even though in flashbacks there are usually close to a dozen people who work for the Warehouse).
The Regents are not major players in the story– you see them near the end and they are that presence that is referred to but never really seen. The link between the Regents and those in the Warehouse is Mrs. Frederic, a mysterious woman able to appear and vanish at will (they never explained if this was a power or if she is merely really sneaky).
Also involved in the story is Leena, owner of the bed and breakfast that houses all Warehouse agents. Leena appears to also be an agent to some degree- she confers with Artie within the warehouse regularly and seems to have some kind of psychic power.
The rest of the plot is rather simple– Artie sends Pete and Myka out to investigate, and they bring back the artifact.
Early on the show revolves around a theme of someone from the outside who they gradually become aware of- someone who is hacking the Warehouse database and seems to have a personal connection to Artie. Without giving away the story, it’s the introduction of another new figure to the Warehouse- Claudia Donovan, a snarky young tech genius who has a vendetta against Artie, initially.
What really hurts this show is just how dull the first five or six episodes are. Strangely, and potentially fatally for any show, the pilot is easily the worst episode. It doesn’t help that the characters of Pete and Myka, while thoroughly developed, are rather shallow images and do not give any real depth. The only way I can think of to describe it is only going to be understood by “Stargate SG-1” fans– they’re pretty much the same as Mitchell (Ben Browder’s character who replaced Richard Dean Anderson’s Jack O’Neill)– thrown together hastily with a thin back story and no real depth.
That could also be the acting, but mostly the characters are just… annoying.
What really helps pick up the pace (and the only reason I kept watching the show) is Claudia Donovan, the hacker I mentioned earlier. She has a very rich back story and it helps add feeling into the show and drive the plot. I was honestly more interested in her fate with the Warehouse than Myka or Pete and their antics.
Something rather annoying with the show is how they’ll present extremely well-known facts like it’s something amazing they just happen to know that professionals don’t. For example- one case they work on involves people mysteriously being aged 80 years. The connection is made when the coroner finds some implants on one of the bodies and Pete shocks him with the revelation that implants actually have serial numbers that you can track– something any doctor knows (and anyone who watches cop shows).
The story picks up halfway through the season. The cases become more interesting, and a lot of them feed in to an overall story about a rogue Warehouse agent thought long dead who is collecting artifacts to sell and who is working some grand scheme around the Warehouse.
Other than that there isn’t much to say about the plot– it’s extremely episodic, for the most part you could watch it in any order. You kind of have to watch the first four in order though– just so you get the intro of the characters and get to know Claudia (who appears in episode four), because she’s in the show a lot after that.
Oh my sweet lord, IT’S AWFUL. I said I like the character of Claudia and what she adds to the show, but the truth is that she is the only main character who acts. Saul Rubinek does a wonderful job as Artie, but I’ve seen him in a few other shows and he always plays the exact same character, and within “Warehouse 13” he is pretty much the exact same, so it’s hard to get a read on him. But Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) deserves an award for her performance- she can do emotional as well as snark without any issues, and it is a breath of fresh air to the show.
I place most of the blame for the horrible acting on the shoulders of the show’s leads- Eddie McClintock (Pete) and Joanne Kelly (Myka). While it is rare that I go “what????” when watching, their performances are par with minor guest stars, not leads. There are many episodes where the guest stars outshine them, and that really brings down the whole story.
Age Rating: 10+