It is no secret that when it comes to my favorite shows of all time, more often then not they turn out to be either quirky or cult favorites. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that SyFy’s “Warehouse 13”, a perfect blend of history, fantasy, and science fiction, has just made it to that list. In fact, if confronted with the choice of whether to spend eternity on a journey through time and space with the Doctor, or to live with “endless wonder” in the Warehouse, I wouldn’t know which one exactly to choose.
“Warehouse 13” ran for five seasons on SyFy and it shares the same in-house universe as “Alphas” and “Eureka”. It tells the story of mythical Warehouse, that has been in existence for thousands of years, that house and store artifacts, some from famous and historical people, that usually imbue those who use them with dangerous powers. The artifacts are then tracked down and “snagged, bagged and tagged” by Warehouse agents, and usually, this is not an easy task, as Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti), Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), and Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) can attest to.
Along the way, hijinks ensue, and they also encounter several big villains along the way, allowing for “case of the week” episodes which are also tied together by season long arcs.
Now, let’s dig in for the good stuff.
From here on out, please be warned that there will be…. mild SPOILERS!
To be honest, the last time I felt this way about a show, that it will be in my top ten shows list and it will be a show that I will return to again and again, was after I was knee deep into “Doctor Who”. In fact, for those that are still on the fence as to whether to watch this show or not, think of it as “Doctor Who” meets the “Relic Hunter” or “Indiana Jones”.
For those who are worried about its quirkiness, visual effects and the “case of the week” nature, don’t worry, as there is usually an overarching storyline throughout the season, and the mythology and the world that was built around the show is wonderful and rich.
Sometimes, I found myself scouring through the pages of Wikipedia, looking up some of the interesting artifacts that popped up in the series.
I was worried about the visual effects, as I though that that would add to the entire thing being cheesy, but in the end, it worked out just fine.
One of the biggest things, aside from the wonderful world that it was built around, that makes the world of a difference are the characters in the show- and the characters on the show, from villains to agents, are all memorable.
Eddie McClintock portrays Agent Pete Lattimer, a Secret Service agent who is chosen, along with fellow agent Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), to work in the Warehouse after the pair encounter an artifact during a state event.
The two are an unlikely pair. Pete is childlike, yet holds a dark past, and has “vibes” or feelings that he tends to listen to. Myka, on the other hand is a smart capable woman, who, among the pair, is the voice of reason.
Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti), the resident punk rock guitarist and hacker, joins the team after Pete and Mykah, but has an even deeper connection to the Warehouse and its dealings, and in particular, to Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), the catankerous but lovable senior agent who technocally is their boss.
Going back to Claudia for a bit, I couldn’t help but compare her to Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Richards) a little bit, and from What I can see, if it came down to me choosing between which one I would want on my team, it would be Claudia, as much as I love Felicity.
Finaliy, there is ATF Agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), who has the uncanny ability to tell when people are lying. He is the latest addition to the Warehouse, and becomes Claudia’s partner and best friend.
The entire team lives in a Bed & Breakfast, which is managed by Leena (Genelle Williams), an aura reading woman who works at the Warehouse. Finally, there is Mrs. Frederick, also known as Mrs. F, who pops in and out of the series and is Artie’s boss and the one who invites Pete and Myka to the Warehouse.
As each episode goes by, the show delivers on what it promises to deliver- endless wonder- so much so, that that particular phrase will stick to you until the very end.
Sure, not every plot the show is solid, I admit that, but it makes up for it a lot, when it does hapen, with the other things that they encounter along the way- from all the way from portals to distant universes and with a tiny smidge of fantasy and time travel thrown in for good measure.
Also, having just finished the show, I can confidently say that this series wrapped itself up really well, as it has one of the most satisfying series finales ever. I did get emotional over it, but i had a smoke on my face in the end, as I knew that I will one day rewatch some of my favorite episodes, just as much as I rewatch some episodes of “Doctor Who”.
So, if you are a Whovian looking for a show to fill the void for now, or if you are someone who loves science fiction, fantasy and history smashed together to create one deliciously quirky, funny and amazing soup with good world building and unforgettable well-developed characters, then “Warehouse 13” is for you.
Come, and enter a place of endless wonder with me.
P.S. If any of you have great television show recommendations, please do not hesitate to share it with me by putting it in one of the comments below!