Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Warehouse 13 Premiere Review
I started watching this show when it began two years ago because of the Creator credit given to Jane Espenson (who is enjoying much fame currently, but will always be first and foremost known as one of the Buffy writers) as well as the premise. Two secret service agents, Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) are drafted into the clandestine world of the Warehouse, where dangerous artifacts throughout history are tracked down, captured, and stored. These artifacts can cause untold damage, physical and otherwise (such as possession) hence the government's mission to hide them from the public.
While Espenson didn't remain an actual part of the show for very long, the allure of interesting history was strong. A history buff myself, fictional stories adapting well-known fact always appealed to me, especially when famous characters would turn up in the present and the idea of what they would say. In addition to that I already knew and enjoyed Joanne Kelly from her season on Slings & Arrows (now there's an unbelievably good show) and Eddie McClintock is that guy you've seen in something before but can't quite remember, plus he's very handsome.
The show is definitely cheesy. The history, for one thing, isn't that good. With a particular mission each episode, it's more like we get one stream of exposition that the writers probably got off wikipedia. I mean, this is no Kate Beaton. But while it's primary focus is entertainment, it embraces the kind of excitement that comes from intellectual stimulation, most particularly in Myka (an insanely well-read perfectionist with a great memory,) Artie (the erstwhile leader and veteran who knows the Warehouse inside and out,) and eventually Claudia (the young, brilliant ingenue who wants to be the next Artie.)
The main accomplishment of the series return was to actually convince me, for half the show, that it was possible Joanne Kelly was leaving the show, as well as provoking some emotion. Generally that emotion is a grin at a bad joke, but in honesty the entire camaraderie of the show is based on the deep, loving friendship between Myka and Pete, so seeing them reuniting and bickering and finally being silent was a natural, skillfully done portrayal of the realities of partnership. In the end it seems Ashmore is sticking around as well, because if it's one thing Warehouse 13 loves, its more characters.
I fully intend to remain a fan of this show, rooting for some romance, revelling in the silliness, and hoping for some more drama and international travel.
Posted by Captain Elias at 8:44 AM