Review: Warehouse 13 – Series Premiere on Syfy

Show: Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Premiere Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Rating: 3 out of 4 Stars

Quick Synopsis: A pair of agents are sent out to bring back an object before it wreaks havoc.

Long Synopsis: A pair of agents that don’t get along are put together to track down objects that carry some sort of power before they wreak havoc on the general population. After saving someone inadvertently from one of these objects, they are assigned to a secret warehouse in the middle of South Dakota to become the new agents in charge of finding these things before they cause too many problems and bring them back for safe storage.

Review: Warehouse 13 is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the two-hour premiere, even if it runs a tad slow. This may be even more of a problem, if you are watching it with commercials. But, it is well worth checking out and I look forward to upcoming episodes.

Eddie McClintock (Bones, Crumbs) is great as Secret Service Agent Pete Latimer. He is a go by his gut and ask questions later type. His counterpart is Secret Service Agent Myka Bering, played by Joanne Kelly (The Dresden Files, Vanished). She is the straight-laced, by the book type.

The opposite personas of Bering and Latimer gives the duo a similar feel to Brennan and Booth on Bones, Beckett and Castle on Castle, or even Scully and Mulder on The X-Files. Much of the comedy comes from this type of clash between characters.

One of my favorite things is that they take their time letting you get to know these characters. They don’t shove a lot of information at you quickly, but let it flow naturally throughout the episode. So, by the end of the episode, you feel you know what makes these characters tick and why they are the way they are. This is also true of Warehouse 13 itself and the man who oversees it, played by Saul Rubinek (Blind Justice, Frasier).

Another great thing about the series is the warehouse and all the things housed there. They have given themselves the ability to let their imaginations go wild and come up with just about anything, either already there or needed to be tracked down and brought back.

Also, I like when a show takes real events from history and real myths and stories and combines them into a secret history that we didn’t realize we had. They have done a good job with this and it should provide many good stories going forward.

Overall, Warehouse 13 should make for some fun supernatural summer fun. Other than a couple more episodes of Better Off Ted on ABC, it is by far the best thing going in the second hour of primetime on Tuesdays. Check it out and then let me know what you think about Warehouse 13.

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