Warehouse 13 (season 1)
release year: 2009
viewing setting: home DVD, 4/5-15/13
synopsis: Two Secret Service agents get a new assignment: working for a secret department that retrieves and stores dangerous items from history and myth.
impressions: This was the first season, so there was the cursory introduction and getting-to-know-each-other stuff. In addition to the main two field agents, there are some others (both regulars and recurring guest-stars.) This is cool stuff - there are thousands of items stored away, and who knows how many out there. A lot of them come from the world's myths and legends as well as fiction and real life; some are benign, most are dangerous, and a few are downright evil. If you marveled at the gigantic warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark then this show could be the logical next step to direct that wonder. One gripe: near the end of this first season, I decided that the profession these people are in allows for little error or goofing off, yet two of the characters do this more often than not. Hopefully they'll get more serious in future seasons. Episode briefs:
(1) Pilot episode, where some key things are established
(2) Pete and Myka chase bank robbers who are using some sort of sound weapon
(3) While they chase something that's eliminating inhibitions, Artie deals with electrical issues in the Warehouse
(4) The source of the electrical issues and hacking is revealed, and it's a loose end from Artie's past
(5) Someone's walking through walls and stealing things
(6) Something's burning people to a crisp using electical attacks
(7) A competitor for artifacts is revealed
(8) Gamblers in Vegas are using something to make money and get away with it, and an evil spirit has inhabited Myka's body
(9) Pete and Myka try to solve the mysteries of a haunted prison
(10) Pete, Myka, and Claudia are trapped inside the warehouse, while Artie meets his mysterious superiors
(11) The enemy makes the fight personal, attacking Myka's father
(12) The final showdown with MacPherson
acting: Joanne Kelly is Myka, who's all business and can fight. Eddie McClintock is Pete, who goofs off and doesn't always take things seriously. Saul Rubinek is Artie, their boss who's been doing this for forty years. Genelle Williams is Leena, who can read auras. Allison Scagliotti is Claudia, a young hacker punk who proves useful.
final word: Interesting mix of the Friday the 13th and X-Files series with a bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in.
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