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Warehouse 13: Burnout

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 12th 2009 2:48AM
warehouse 13 burnout syfyThank God for Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly. Warehouse 13's two appealing leads add a certain spark to their characters that clearly isn't on the page. It takes talented actors to brighten up a show that's unfortunately hog-tied by trite dialogue and boring mysteries of the week. Same goes for Saul Rubinek and new cast member Allison Scagliotti-Smith. These two have a great chemistry that helps liven up the show's never-ending exposition scenes. The great cast is the best thing about Warehouse 13, and it's probably the only reason I'm tuning in every week.

This week, Pete and Myka discovered the dead body of a former Warehouse agent. The agent's life was drained by a parasitic artifact that jumped from host to host feeding on human aggression. The artifact apparently was a metaphor for the Warehouse itself. It takes and takes until you have nothing left to give, another former agent, Rebecca, told Myka in the closing scene. Rebecca's warning to Myka brought up a number of questions I've had since the show's premiere: Who is controlling the Warehouse? Are they baddies or good guys? What is the ultimate plan for Pete and Myka?

In this episode, we learned that a former agent had to leave town and change her name to get away from the Warehouse. Another was killed -- fried even -- in the line of duty. Is this what's in store for Pete and Myka? Will they be stuck hunting down supernatural relics for the rest of their lives? Will the show ever explore these issues in a satisfying way instead of delivering one dull treasure hunt after another? These were the thoughts I entertained myself with while our adventurous agents were sluggishly CSI-ing their way to solving this week's mystery.

warehouse 13 burnoutThings picked up in the third act when the artifact attached itself to Pete's back. The electrocution scene was pretty intense, even though I knew we were in store for a happy ending. I feel sorry for Pete -- the dude's always getting knocked around and sent to the hospital. I expect his physical abuse to become a running gag, much like his love of cookies.

I still love watching the characters goof around with the steampunk-inspired Warehouse tech. Claudia's cool 3-D projector was a nice mash-up of old and new. The same can be said about her dynamic with Artie. Watching these two bouncing ideas off of each other and trading insults is sometimes more exciting than tagging along with Pete and Myka in the field. I also like that the characters are starting to gel and feel more like a family. Now, if the procedural elements could only take a backseat to the characters, then Warehouse 13 might turn into a great light-hearted sci-fi show.

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How much male abuse must we endure before the limp wristed producers of Warehouse 13 wear it out .... ENUF ALREADY ...DAMN!!! Enuf of these lil super girl kicks, punches, slaps, jabs and groin kicks .... and show reality with the guy getting in a punch once in a while. If they can't show a villainous woman getting her ass kicked, every now and then, then stop portraying women as villains!!

August 27 2009 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ric Kaysen

Agree that the show is lacking but the stars are making me watch. The chemistry must have rocked the casting director and made him/her wish for a better vehicle.

August 13 2009 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The procedural element of the show sucked again, but I liked the adult tone to the episode and the continued great dialogue. I have a full review of the episode on my blog.


August 12 2009 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to The1337's comment

Dialogue is the shows saving grace.

"Tell me something I don't know."

"Mary Queen of Scots used a croquet mallet made out of a petrified narwhal's horn. She never lost a match."

August 13 2009 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think this show knows what it wants to be yet....Dark or light, realistic or fantastic....I also like the steampunk.

I do think ABC Family's Middleman is an example of a show that knew what it wanted to be from the get-go, executed well, but was on the wrong network.

August 12 2009 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Old Knudsen

I bet this show goes on for years, they only cancel the good ones.

Warehouse 13 and Eureka have you sitting there thinking "who cares?" blow up the world and get rid of the recycled plots and shallow characters.

August 12 2009 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Old Knudsen's comment

Except that Eureka rocks, and Warehouse 13 doesn't.

August 12 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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