Is it possible to save the world when all hope seems to be lost? That’s part of the premise behind the new season of Syfy’s show “Warehouse 13,” which followed some government agents taking huge risks to do just that. The results may be familiar, but the show managed to deliver them in a unique way to keep viewers guessing.
“Warehouse 13” followed a group of uniquely talented government agents who were tasked with finding rare and dangerous artifacts before they fall into the wrong hands. They are forced into uncharted territory when a villain from the their past blew up the warehouse that started the end of the world. Luckily, Warehouse caretaker Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) has found a way to fix that by finding an artifact that will undo the past 24 hours. He tasked his most trusted agents Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) to help him find the pieces of this artifact, which have been spread throughout the world to make it harder for them to find all of the pieces. He also had the help of the local mystic/B&B owner Leena (Genelle Williams) and the very techno savvy Claudia (Allison Scagliotti). Unfortunately, Artie had to make a difficult choice when time was running out that could cost him everything. Will the always curious Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) figure Artie’s dark secret before it’s too late?
In terms of mysteries, Artie’s secret will have deep consequences for everyone involved even before the mystery is solved. Rubinek demonstrated Artie’s guilt and fear that he will be punished for breaking the rules. His motives weren’t malicious, but he will still be punished for it nonetheless. His grim fate was shockingly predicted at the end of the season four premiere when he dreamt that his reliable protege Claudia was poised to kill him. Rubinek demonstrated Artie’s look of shock and fear that his actions will cause the undoing of someone he cared about so deeply. He also developed a look of panic when he realized that his grim fate might still be coming no matter what he does to prevent it. It’ll be a nice change of pace to see Rubinek’s once uncompromised leader learn to accept that he had turn into one of the villains that he worked hard to stop. A major irony that isn’t lost on the show or Rubinek’s character as he made the fateful choice and was left scrambling to cover his tracks once it was over. Rubinek’s nervous mannerisms made it all the more convincing as everyone sensed that nothing was going to be the same anymore.
Hopefully, “Warehouse 13” won’t be turning Artie into the next major villain because that would be a waste of the character and for potential seasons down the line. The show should allow Rubinek’s Artie time to redeem himself before making him totally evil. It should be interesting to see how this story unfolds for the rest of the season and how it impacts the rest of the cast, especially with Scagliotti’s Claudia. Scagliotti and Rubinek had a comfortable rapport that almost made their characters feel like a father/daughter duo instead of misfits with a common purpose. Once she figured Artie’s secret, all bets will definitely be off. The show’s only casualty was the routine chemistry between McClintock’s Pete and Kelly’s Myka. Sure, both actors do have a strong connection that viewers believe, but the show should decide how far they should explore Pete and Myka’s partnership before viewers lose interest. Should they remain friends or turn into something more? Let’s hope that show decides what direction to take and pray that it doesn’t ruin its overall storytelling quality (“Moonlighting”). Only time will tell if Pete and Myka become something more or remain devoted partners until the end.
“Warehouse 13” premiered on July 23rd and airs Mondays at 9:00 p.m. on Syfy.
Verdict: A charming show that mixes history with science fiction type complications.
TV Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)