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'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13' Get in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas Episodes

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 7th 2010 1:45PM
'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13' wrapped up their most recent sets of episodes in September (no, we can't call those episodes a season, thanks to the enduring wackiness of cable scheduling).

But both shows are back with Christmas episodes (9PM ET and 10PM ET Tuesday, Syfy) so if you like a little dusting of comedic sci-fi on your eggnog, put on your best Christmas sweater and park yourself in front of your TV.

It won't surprise you to learn that tonight's 'Warehouse 13' involves a rogue Santa and that a "tactical assault sleigh" visits the town of Eureka, will it?

Yes, the comedic quotient is amped up a bit tonight, effectively, for the most part. And it's not a contest -- fans of both shows will no doubt enjoy these lighthearted holiday romps -- but for my money, 'Warehouse 13' offered the more enjoyable hour.

The 'Eureka' episode offered the usual science-project-gone-wrong scenario, and even if we don't necessarily fault the show for being leaning hard on a formula (though that one is showing its age), it's a bit disappointing that the predictable formula isn't tied to the characters' emotional journeys in more substantial ways. Also, for my money, a little of Matt Frewer's manic mad scientist character, Taggart, goes a long way.

Still, the regular cast does dependably solid work and I'm always happy to see Chris Parnell on my TV screen: In the episode, 'O Little Town,' he plays the mysterious Dr. Noah Drummer.

When 'Warehouse 13' is really humming, as it is in its enjoyable holiday outing, the pace is brisk and efficient yet there's plenty of time for those little asides that the actors have such fun with (Eddie McClintock, in particular, is one of the most deft and delightful comic actors on television).

There's nothing particularly subtle about this episode, which involves a naughty Santa and the weird holiday of a stressed-out businessman, who is played by Paul Blackthorne with his usual competence. But it's a sweet, efficiently told story, and anyway, Christmas isn't really the time of subtlety -- it's the time that all kinds of emotions get dredged up, some bad, most good (if you're lucky).

The interaction between the effervescent Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and wonderfully grumpy Artie (Saul Rubinek) remains one of the best parts of 'Warehouse 13,' and the story line in which Claudia tries to arrange a reconciliation between Artie and his irascible father (Judd Hirsh) is quite well done.

So what if Hirsch and Rubinek ham it up a little in their scenes? If you're not going to feast at the holidays, what's the point?

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Kenneth Sommerfield

It is great to see a holiday show that was good and fun. A we still dont know if or when Wharehouse 13 will be back. But I do beleive they will wait until after New Years to canceal this show too. (any betters)

But I think Syfy better get there heads out fo there a**es and start to put some good shows back on again. They took Caprica away and now SGU and the resons for that is they dont want to spend the money to produce good shows that will have a fallowing.

Instead they like spending there money on wirthless D rating low budets movies that cost $5.00 to make in stead of looking to the further of the after marketing with DVD sales. They are just looking for the quick buck and not the long term money they will make.

December 17 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert McGovern

Great stuff. I agree with JD, its nice to have space left for Xmas episodes. Makes for a bit of fun.

Now if Syfy could just announce an Season 3 of Warehouse 13 that would be a great little Xmas present.

December 15 2010 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought both episodes were awesome. I hope they do Christmas episodes again next year.

December 08 2010 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good to see Syfy has their priorities straight... Make sure the shows they still have left give us a Christmas episode...

We we going to get a Xmas Edition of Smackdown? Too bad we can't see the one for Caprica until after the new year.

December 07 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 07 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how are they gonna play this since Myka left in the last episode? They going to resolve that in this episode or pretend it didn't happen?

December 07 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to leah's comment

They said this was a stand alone eps.

December 08 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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