I love good TV series. That’s a fact. Unfortunately, with many of those I was too often late to the party, but thanks to boxsets and streaming services I can catch up with many of those. And when the season 13 of my favourite TV show Supernatural ended, naturally one needs to get his fix somewhere else for time being, right?
I was reading about Warehouse 13 a few times before, but it beats me why I haven’t given it a chance. Actually, I could even watch it when it was current on the TV! But I haven’t, however that’s mostly to the fact I have either worked nights or very early in the morning, and this won’t leave you exactly with much time to devote to your night TV watching.
Anyway, I have given it a try. And to be honest with you, I haven’t been really enamored with the pilot. True, Supernatural is hard to beat when it comes to this kind of series (although I am definitely open to the furious discussion about old X-Files versus Fringe versus whatever else we can bring to the table), so it’s kinda understandable.
But I didn’t want to go finish the final season of Grimm for obvious reasons (a.k.a. another botched job on nice TV series, Grimm screenwriters should be ashamed), so I went and gave Warehouse 13 one more chance. And this time it’s stuck with me (and also my better half). From about the first season’s second episode we’ve been firmly caught up in the cases and the relationships of the agents and other nice (and not so nice) folks. And yes, as with Supernatural, here it’s also mainly about the development of relationships between the characters themselves than artifacts they are after.
The series centers on the group of Secret Service agents – first on the duo of Pete Lattimer (played by seasoned TV actor Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joan Kelly), supervised by Warehouse supervisor Artie Nelsen (Saul Rubinek), and later, as we proceed with the story, young Claudia Donovan (Alison Scagliotti) and a former ATF agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore). All of them directed and followed – when necessary – by mysterious and seriously serious Warehouse caretaker Mr. Frederic (CCH Pounder) as they chase mysterious and usually dangerous artifacts with supernatural/mystic features and encounter various villains along the way.
It’s really interesting and nice how obviously a small budget (greenscreen effects are obvious) and – although pretending to work on the global scale – mainly sticking to USA ground, works. But it’s thanks to the good writing and also good dose of humour thrown in. However, even if the cases are quite a lot on the funny side (some artifacts were just hilarious) and the whole show being really a sci-fi/paranormal “lite”, some moments were on a very serious note and yes, even I have cried when one person has died. Seriously, I have. That’s how you develop the relationship between viewers and actors, folks!
It was nice addition to our weekend nights and today it has ended for me, as we have finished watching all 5 seasons of it. It was only shame it has ended quite abruptly (although I have to say they at least have some decency to make some closure).
In case you haven’t watched it yet – do it. If you even slightly like paranormal/sci-fi/weird series in the vein of aforementioned X-Files (very very thin connection, though), Supernatural, Grimm or Librarians, you will definitely like this one.