On the Bubble: Warehouse 13

Posted on May 16, 2012

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Back when I was a kid, there was a role-playing game supplement from Steve Jackson Games called Warehouse 23.  That was the warehouse where the government kept the Ark of the Covenant, the gold plates of Moroni, dissected corpses of Martian invaders, and more.

So when SyFy offered us a show about a warehouse where the government keeps artifacts associated with historical figures and events, we were going to watch.

We Watched It

Two Secret Service agents save the life of the US President, and promptly get new assignments in the middle of nowhere. There, Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) meet their new boss, Artie (the awesome Saul Rubinek). Artie introduces them to the technology they’ll use on the job, gives them a tour, and deals with Myka’s doubt and Pete’s childlike enthusiasm.

Leena (Genelle Williams) runs the B&B where they stay. Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) joined the cast in Season 2.

On the Bubble

I’ll say one thing for the writers, they know how to deal with season-long story arcs. The seasons never drag. Some of the episodes are better than others, granted, but they contribute to the story arcs constantly.

Of course there are things that we tire of. Pete insists on playing with artifacts that amuse him. Myka loves Artie like a father, but feels like her career is at a dead-end. Artie rejects technology from outside the warehouse. Allison doesn’t understand why she can’t upgrade everything that she wants to.

The artifacts are, generally, predictable. Once we know who or what they’re connected to, we can usually predict what they’ll do. For some reason, none of the characters in the show can. Nor do they always recognize when an artifact is affecting them. You’d think, after three years, that would be their first assumption…

While they do have a way to detect the use of artifacts, the staff of Warehouse 13 has never been able to catalogue or audit their holdings. Artifacts go missing routinely. You’d think that would cost some government agents their jobs, but not yet…

WTF

I tried to watch Sanctuary for a while, but I just couldn’t take it. I didn’t like the characters, or the relationships, and worst of all, I hated the green screen sets. No matter how detailed they were, they were obviously fake to my eyes.

So you’d think that I would have a similar reaction to Warehouse 13, which also makes some use of green screen. I don’t, though. I think Warehouse 13 does a better job of mixing green screen and real-world locations.

Thoughts?

Have you ever watched a show that you expected to hate, but found that you liked it after all?

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