I thought I would post a quick note about Warehouse 13 as I just finished watching the series, and it was lots of fun and full of ‘endless wonder’.
For anyone who hasn’t seen it, I’ll try not to give away any spoilers, but it’s a bit like a comic mash-up of X-Files and Indiana Jones. Like Grimm, it covers lots of X-File style mysteries and explains them in a lighthearted, irreverent way with mild peril and adventure along the way of course.
Warehouse 13 is a secret government installation (think Area 51, but this is South Dakota) where dangerous supernatural artifacts are safely stored out of harm’s way. Operatives are drawn from other agencies to find and retrieve these objects or, as Artie calls it: ‘snag, tag and bag’ them and bring them back to the Warehouse for safekeeping.
The artifacts themselves range from a native American invisibility cloak to Alice in Wonderland’s mirror, to H G Wells’ time machine to the wings of Daedalus – basically, any famous myth or story that you know probably has an artifact at the core of the story, and they are all in the warehouse (except where lost or stolen, or carelessly left in museums!).
The mythology of Warehouse 13 develops over the seasons,and we learn that the Warehouses go back to the time of Alexander the Great and the Warehouse has moved countries 12 times to the site of the foremost civilisation in every era, including Warehouse 12 in Victorian London.
In addition to the artifacts, the Warehouse has its own has its own technology. During its tenure in London, lots of wondrous technology was conceived by agents of the Warehouse, including the Tesla gun, a weapon which stuns without causing serious harm, the Farnsworth communicator – a very steampunk video phone, and a steampunk keyboard of unspecified origin. All lots of fun.
The other thing that is lots of fun about Warehouse 13 is the cast. I hadn’t known any of the main cast other than Artie who was a Star Trek Next Generation character (Saul Rubinek who plays Kivas Fajo – a collector of rare objects who kidnaps Data to add to his collection) but there are many other semi-regular characters that I knew very, very well including, from Star Trek: Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Jeri Ryan, (Seven of Nine), Brent Spiner (Data), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Faran Tahir (the original captain in the 2009 Star Trek film), as well as the lovely Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman).
I will say, without spoilers, that I *loved* the character of H G Wells who became a regular member of the cast after she is revived from a steampunk form of hibernation called bronzing.
The interaction between the various characters is lots of fun, and there are constant references to Star Trek and other science fiction, so it’s really a total geek-out to watch, and the team grows season upon season until there are two main teams in addition to the base crew as well as all the regularly re-appearing cast members.
I don’t know why the show was cancelled, some of the stories towards the end were a bit weak and the final season seemed to end abruptly after just five episodes, and it seems a shame as it was really good while it lasted. The final episode was alright, but it featured each agent’s ‘defining moment’ which were adventures we had never seen before, which I thought was a bit rubbish and sad. But it’s definitely worth watching for a bit of light entertainment and I’m glad we found it. Enjoy it if you see it!