Warehouse 13

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This show is like catnip to aficionados of history and literature with a creative sci-fi spin. A parallel sister show to Syfy’s popular Eureka, it tells of the existence of a mysterious warehouse and to know its secrets is a ticket to a lifetime of “endless wonder”. It has existed for millennia, housing objects with special properties that are usually connected to a historical person or event, such as Lewis Carrol’s Looking Glass (which can pull you into it), Edgar Allen Poe’s pen (which causes whatever you write to actually happen in gruesome detail) and M.C. Escher’s Mirror Ball, which distorts space and relativity around it and can lead to brain trauma. Usually rather esoteric in nature, obscure facts from the history books get their moment in the sun courtesy of a very resourceful writing team as they are showcased in an astounding array of “artifacts”. The lives of two Secret Service agents intersect with the Warehouse (#13, with #1 being founded by Alexander the Great) when an artifact causes mayhem during a Presidential visit to a museum. Myka Bering, a somewhat officious brainiac and Pete Lattimer, a bit of a maverick who can sense “vibes”, get reassigned to the Warehouse which resides in, of all places, the Badlands of South Dakota. Their amusingly antagonistic relationship provides much of the hilarity on the show as they become agents of the Warehouse, traveling all over the globe to retrieve and neutralize rogue artifacts. The stories are fascinating and fun, the writing top notch and the cast of characters that are oddball to say the least. Saul Rubinek is magnificent as Artie, a curmudgeonly agent rather set in his ways who supervises the Warehouse, and Leena, the proprietor of the local bed and breakfast who can see auras. Often hysterically funny and sometimes deadly serious, this wonderful show ran for 5 seasons and went out in a blaze of glory. Highly recommended for lovers of academia as well as science fiction, this show is not to be missed. – BETHANY

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Agent Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) in the first episode.

Inside the Warehouse.  How big is it?  As big as it is needed to be.  It’s kind of like the TARDIS on Doctor Who.  It’s bigger on the inside.

Artie, Pete and Myka search for clues about missing objects from Warehouse 12.

Pete runs into the Christmas-related section of the Warehouse.

                         Agent Lattimer and Agent Bering involved in the weirdness that surrounds the Warehouse.

One of the crossover episode featuring Fargo from Eureka (Neil Grayston)

Enigmatic Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder), prone to appearing and disappearing mysteriously.

                                      Myka goes undercover at a fashion show to track down an artifact that is aging models overnight.

                                                   Agent Myka Bering – it’s probably best not to ask about the costume.

                           Leena, proprietor of the local B&B and friend of the Warehouse.

Leena’s B&B, where Agents Lattimer and Bering live.

Rogue artifact known as the Phoenix Medallion, which protects the wearer from fire, but costs the lives of others nearby.

The artifact that brought Myka and Pete in contact with the Warehouse. (Image courtesy of warehouse-13-artifact-database.wikia.com)

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Agatha Christie’s typewriter, which predicts crimes 24 hours in advance but has a limited range and never mentions butlers. (image courtesy of http://warehouse-13-artifact-database.wikia.com)

An interesting piece of trivia from IMDB.com:

Quite a few actors from the Star Trek world have appeared or had parts in the series. To name some of them: Robert Duncan McNeill, (Tom Paris from Star Trek: Voyager (1995)) has directed an episode on season 5, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager (1995)) plays Jane Lattimer, Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Armin Shimerman (Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)) and Jeri Ryan (Seven Of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager (1995)) also appeared.

Photos courtesy of Universal Cable Productions and Syfy (unless otherwise noted).

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