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Smallville: Maybe the Wonder Twins episode won't be so bad

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 11th 2009 9:04AM
Smallville Wonder TwinsSo that silly pair of purple-clad superheroes, The Wonder Twins, are coming to Smallville this Friday. I can think of worse things that could happen to the show: Kristin Kreuk could return (shudder), for example, or Clark's bare chest could start to sparkle in the sunlight, ala Edward Cullen. Now that would be truly terrible.

But Zan and Jayna nerding up the joint? Sounds like fun to me.

Being a fan of the veteran superhero series, I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm looking forward to seeing the live-action Twins bump fists this Friday. (I wouldn't even mind a cameo from everybody's favorite blue monkey, Gleek, but sadly I don't think that's in the cards.)

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Warehouse 13: Macpherson (season finale)

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 23rd 2009 10:21AM
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(S01E13) It took a while, but Warehouse 13 finally broke away from the stale case-of-the-week episodes (and the stale dialogue) to become the summer's most amusing slice of sci-fi TV. The shift happened a few weeks ago when Roger Rees' smug and sadistic baddie, Macpherson, showed up to make trouble for the team.

Macpherson turned out to be the big bad Warehouse 13 was missing all along. He was an ex-Warehouse agent with a vendetta against Artie and the regents. His evil plots forced Artie and the agents to bond and trust each other, and they also gave the show a real sense of danger and purpose. Oh, and Macpherson also gave us Claudia and Leena, apparently.

Macpherson returned to twist the knife one more time in a season finale packed with surprises, red herrings, and a few insane artifacts (Timothy Leary's psychedelic glasses? That was a good one.)

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Warehouse 13: Nevermore

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 16th 2009 3:20AM
Warehouse 13: Nevermore(S01E12) Look at that, Myka's dad is Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan). And like most of the high caliber sci-fi guest stars so far this season, he's relegated to a bit role. Not to say that he isn't front-and-center to the action, because he is. But as much as he's at the center of the activity, he spends most of the episode inactive.

As you may have guessed by the title, this episode dealt with artifacts relating to Edgar Allan Poe, and there was some clever trickery utilizing Poe's most iconic visions. But the title might allude to something greater: the impending and climactic battle with MacPherson set to take place in next week's finale (is it here already?).

Interestingly enough, even though this was the big episode leading into the finale, it turned out to be little more than a generic bag-it-and-tag-it kind of mission, albeit with a very personal touch. I enjoyed seeing Myka's family and her father's bookstore. We learned a lot about her character and personality just from this short time with her family.

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Warehouse 13: Breakdown

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 9th 2009 1:02AM
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If you think about it, the Warehouse has to be one of the most unpredictable and dangerous places on the planet. We've seen what can happen when one artifact gets out of control, or when two work in tandem. There are possibly millions of artifacts housed in there, and most of them are just lying on a shelf. What if, say, a zip line were to break and come collapsing across the tops of hundreds of those shelves, scattering artifacts about?

That would be bad.

That is what happened while Artie was away having an "adventure" of his own. Pete and Myka popped in to the Warehouse to see how Claudia was doing, only to find all hell slowly breaking loose. In Claudia's defense, it wasn't entirely her fault this time.

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Warehouse 13: Regrets

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2009 2:45AM
Joe Morton(S01E09) At first, it looked like Joe Morton was going to be more integral to the plot than Erica Cerra and Niall Matter. Alas, he was just an aside. In fact, he was almost inconsequential completely to the artifact quest in the prison, though he did help Pete and Myka at a key moment.

There was a nice balance in the episode between a surprisingly emotional situation at the prison with Pete and Myka, and the comical situation that Claudia found herself in back at the warehouse. I'm learning that I may be even more interested in the artifacts already at the warehouse than in the collecting of new ones.

Which gets me way excited about next week's episode, which is all about things going wrong at the warehouse. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Warehouse 13: Implosion

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 19th 2009 12:16PM
Warehouse 13: Implosion(S01E07) That certainly didn't feel like the seventh episode of Warehouse 13. It felt more like the third, only with an added scene to try and explain away Claudia's absence. And that's what I'm going with.

The level of distrust between Pete & Myka and Artie was reset to earlier in the season, as was the secret keeping he was doing. It's beginning to make me wonder if originally CCH Pounder was going to have a more prominent role, as was Leena. Then when Pounder got picked up for FOX's Brothers, she pulled back on Warehouse 13 to recurring status, and we got the Claudia evolution. Which was a good thing.

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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?

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Warehouse 13: Elements

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2009 8:30AM
Allison Scagliotti-Smith(S01E05) Last week, we finally met the hacker who managed to infiltrate the Warehouse's defenses. This week, she joined the team. I know, no spoiler warning, but that wasn't the point of the episode.

You probably wouldn't even care if I did spoil the ending, because despite a decent set-up and the potential for a pretty intriguing payoff, the ending was crap. Part of the problem was the hamming it up for the camera by James Naughton as Gilbert Radburn. At least he embraced his limited acting range and just said screw it. "I'm not very good so I'm going to go for gusto! And enthusiasm!"

And the big fight scene itself was lame as well. What wasn't lame was the artifact itself. A cloak that allows the wearer to walk through walls. Add in an invisibility element and I could have made a fortune renting it out in my high school. Until I got arrested when some nerd caved after getting caught in the girl's locker room.

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Nick teen joins cast of SyFy's Warehouse 13

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 9th 2009 3:28PM
Allison ScagliottiDespite its somewhat generic sounding premise – two Secret Service agents investigate paranormal activity while hunting for strange artifacts – I'm really looking forward to Warehouse 13.

The upcoming SyFy series has a great cast, including Saul Rubinek, CCH Pounder and constant TV guest stars Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock as the Secret Service agents. It's also got a promising geeky pedigree: Farscape producer Rockne S. O'Bannon created it and Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica) wrote the pilot episode.

Now, 19-year old actor Allison Scagliotti (Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh) has been cast as a "young, hip, brilliant techno-wiz." Usually, the addition of a "young, hip" anything to a show's cast would be cause for alarm, but I trust Espenson and O'Bannon. These two, especially Espenson, are well known for their witty and original scripts. I expect Scagliotti's character to be a lot more interesting than her character description.

Warehouse 13 debuts with a two-hour premiere July 7 on SyFy.

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