Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
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In each and everyone of its 64 episodes, which include two Christmas specials, the show cared to develop the characters and make them close to the viewer, so once you start watching you will start caring for Claudia, her family and her love of music, or you will roll your eyes but smile at eternal child Pete, or you will feel a bond with book-lover and smart Myke, remember with fondness always grumpy but really caring Artie, or expect with glee the always unexpected appearances and disappearances of Mrs. Frederic... The inhabitants of Warehouse 13 feel like a family and the actors make it feel they really care for each other. The stories ranged from bland (only a couple of them) to hilarious (the soap-opera episode is an instant classic) or gripping, but every episode had something to offer and some character development.
Characters make a show, and it is with a smile and a little tear that the viewer will say goodbye to the show when they reach its end. It is not perfect (some plot developments close to head-scratching), but you will care for and enjoy every minute with its characters. And you have magical artifacts. What can go wrong with a show full of magic?
Actors were well cast, the interactions between them are fun and sometimes touching. The early episodes tend to be better, but all were entertains. If you expect any show like this to make sense, you will be disappointed. The steampunk gizmos were silly but fun. The actress who played Claudia was darling.
I am too ADHD to write a real review, just a general feeling about the show. Well done to all involved.
I avidly watched this show as it came out on Syfy a few years back, and I was completely enamored. However, I admit that I hold the things I love to a high standard.
To start, the concept of the show is what really sells it: common objects associated with incredible people or events have science- meets-magic properties that cause mayhem in the world. Thus, it's up to a secret organization to collect these artifacts and store them away from the world. On top of that, the acting is beautiful and the characters are incredibly lovable. The show walks the line between mind-numbing and mentally stimulating, with a very fine balance.
I feel the show has just a few big flaws. The most obvious one is that, around season 3, the studio clearly got a bit greedy for funding and the show starts dropping Prius ads into the scripting, all of which are blatantly obvious and very forced. It's cringe-worthy. By the last season, I kid you not, the Prius became a major plot point when it managed to survive lava. By that point I was ready for it to just end.
My other problem is character development. This is the part that makes me wish the show had gone on a bit longer. While I absolutely adore the characters, the show has very quick pacing, and many of their problems are solved with just a few episodes, or ignored completely. Take Claudia, my personal favorite. She spent all of her teen years in psyche facilities, being told she was crazy when she really wasn't. One episode even implies she suffered less than human treatments such as electroshock therapy. In her introduction, she even has an air of insanity about her. Yet once she confirms that she isn't crazy and solves her big problem, all in the same introductory episode, she suddenly becomes a relatively "normal" (or as normal as you get in this show) hacker girl with few if any negative repercussions on her personality. Sorry, but I doubt a girl that's been tormented and told that's she's crazy for like seven of the most critical years of her life is going to come away without some deep scars, just because she found out she was right. Seriously, before she joins the team they even say that she checked -herself- back into a mental facility. Could more of her backstory been developed given more time? I'd like to think so, but at the rate of how things were going, probably not.
All of that can be said for a lot of interpersonal character relations, too. Any frustrations, anger, or bitterness between characters is typically resolved within an episode or two, which can be attributed to the quick pace. For the most part, it seems about every season represents approximately a year of time, but only getting snapshots of maybe 13 days in a full year leaves a lot of in between time for characters to get to know each other, which I would love to get to see.
Another part of the pacing issue is the season plot arcs. Every season seems to have a subplot with varying permeability in each episode. Most of the seasons seem to end on a cliff hanger or even a climax for the seasonal subplot, yet the first episode of the following season typically resolves the entire problem at once. It's like hiking up a mountain, trying to catch your breath at the top, and finishing by jumping off a sheer cliff on the other side. Brush yourself off, and it's time for another hike.
Summary: I love this show, but the pacing is poor and it suffers from funding issues. Despite being super critical of it, I highly recommend the series and often go back to watch it again. It could potentially make for a great book series, given a better writer than whoever was writing the plot arcs.
However I found myself really liking this show a lot. They had a good cast of characters, they were played well, and the show is for the most part a lot of fun.
I think my favourite parts of the show were H G Wells, and their take on Wells being that the actual author was a woman, who had her brother stand in for her because in those days a woman being a successful science fiction author would have been unheard of. Also the time machine not being an actual time machine but it moves your consciousness from your body to someone in the time period you want to visit. I liked those ideas.
Overall I had a blast watching this series and it's one of my favourites right next to Farscape.
When you watching the show which starts with brilliant storyline, catchy and really clever premises you hang on it but then the reality and lack of imagination and even shortcuts and inconsistency between the story writers show up and spoil the whole thing.
Beginning was really nice, the characters with soul and written with consistent behavior and development of relationship. The snag bag tag premise is clever and nice. Later in show obviously was main to write as many interesting stories and sub plots as possible, so you see characters being quite out of characters. Mainly you realize that clever and professional people doing the most dumbest things, security on anything is irrelevant and where debronzing for example after 100 years mean 24 hours at minimum without light and person is very exhausted, in series 4 debronzing 400 years old "patient" means nothing and he immediately acting..
So after beginning of series 3 and except some brilliant and good parts later on you may take it as fast slide to below average US low TV intelligence show where clever people acting like a bunch of idiots just to not complicate too much creation of story and progress the show...
Really pity, one of favorite shows which ended obvious money grabbing machinery to produce as much possible against the quality...
That Canadian show bore no resemblance whatsoever to the movie of the same name, and instead focused on a collector who went around trying to retrieve "cursed objects" before they could do more damage.
Sound familiar???? In other words, some producer decided to retrieve the idea from the earlier series (which only Canadians saw) and give it a more appropriate name ... and relaunch it.
Rubinek and the cast are great. Worse ways to spend an afternoon than binge-watching this series.
The cast was solid, and there were some excellent performances in the main.
But what the hell happened to some characters throughout the series ? Pete went from a secret service/ex marine to a whiny 5 year old throughout the series.
The last season was the worst for Pete, where he became positively irritating - maybe the script writers wanted him to become like a 'xander' style character a la Buffy. But whereas xander grew and developed, Pete seemed to regress to childhood - in no way someone you'd want anywhere near the worlds most dangerous things.
Gets a 5 from me as the first few seasons were good. After that, the focus shifted to the characters which was a shame - as they weren't well developed at all.
I know some would want it back. For me though, leave it finished - a show that's kind of fun for a while, but ultimately goes nowhere.
Every bit of this series is amazing. It basically has everything. Great humour, excitement, action, suspense, and also the characters are more than convincing. I actually cried a little at the end of the show. I felt so attached to the characters, and I didn't want it to end.
The show follows Pete and Myka, two Secret Service Agents who are suddenly removed from their task force by this mysterious woman. Eventually they discover that the world they thought they knew, hides a lot of secrets, and all of them are stored in Warehouse 13. Well.. except the ones that's not in there yet..
If you like "Fringe", "The X-Files", or "Eureka", you definitely need to see this. You will be hooked by the end of episode 1.
1. The thing that puts me off most, perhaps, is the fact that it appears to be a show for children, with its exaggerated emotional display, its lack of logic, its repetitiveness and its exaggerated moralities. Sorry kids (who are reading my comments), no offense intended to you, but at the ripe age of 51, my taste for fiction has evolved a bit since the days I was 10 or 15 (or even 25). It would have been so nice if the fact that the show targets a younger audience had been marked on the DVD-box.
2. The characters are all "off". Let's start with agents Bering and Lattimer. I could forgive Myka, who looks lovely enough, that she is bossy and pouty, but those stupid glances she casts around ! Supposedly she tries to look flabbergasted or something, but it just looks stupid. I expect a better and more professional attitude from a Secret Service agent who used to protect the president of the US. Her partner Pete seems nice enough, but he displays an annoyingly childish propensity to just play around and/or giggle. Which is another thing I don't think a trained Secret Agent would do while on the job. And their interaction is childish too: when Myka isn't herself for a while (taken over by something else), Pete says afterwards that he knew Myka wasn't the real Myka, because the real Myka would never, ever have kissed him (what the taken-over Myka had done), even if her life depended on it. That kind of stupidity belongs in shows destined for children who are still at the age where kissing persons of the other sex is completely icky.
Let's start a new paragraph, even if I'm still going on about the characters :) About Artie. Saul Rubinek is a great actor, and his character is interesting. But really? Would someone as disorganized as Artie be in charge of the entire day to day operations of Warehouse 13? Or someone who is so unnecessarily secretive that he refrains from giving vitally important intell to his agents? Or about Claudia, who, while being a true genius, behaves like a 10 year old when she's doing something Artie has forbidden her to do. Or, talking about these two, what to think about Artie punishing Claudia by making her write lines on a blackboard? Something that belongs in an elementary school story, not a secret service story.
To conclude my bit about the series' characters, what to think about Mrs. Frederic and the Regents? After enduring the entire first season, it would have been very nice to have a better understanding regarding the directors of Warehouse 13.
3. Another childish thing that really annoys me is the lack of logic. The most evident perhaps is the way all these artifacts are stored in the Warehouse. They are stored in such a manner that when someone stumbles and knocks an artifact from the shelves (where they are lying with the sole purpose of being pushed off, it would seem), the characters have a catastrophe on their hands. And Heavens help us when two artifacts that are stored away "safely" are able to interact with one another! And let's not forget all the antiquated sci-fi gadgets. A communication device that reminds me of Star Trek's Captain Kirk, and failing technology that makes me think of Dr. Who. But Kirk's technology has the very good excuse of having been created decades ago, back in the 20th century, and wasn't there something that prevented Dr. Who from returning to Gallifrey to have his Tardis properly repaired, forcing him to jury-rig his systems? No such excuses for the Warehouse, I'm afraid.
4. Another example of lack of logic is what I called (under (1)) an exaggerated morality. What I mean by that is this: when the good guys have the opportunity of simply killing a bad, evil criminal, they simply don't, "because WE don't work that way". That's plain stupid. If there's anything I've learned from reading children's books and boys' books, it's that you always have to kill the bad guys when you've got the chance; if you don't they'll simply come back and make life even more difficult for you. Pete and Myka, at their age, and being Secret Agents and all, don't seem to understand this principle, and will always be duped by the bad guys. And thus, the really bad guys keep escaping. Because of this I just didn't care anymore what happened to those two clowns: if they're really that stupid, let them suffer. Stupidity must be punished ! Well, I think I'll leave it at that. You get the idea, I'm sure :) So why did I rate the show a 4/10 and not a 1/10? Perhaps I should say something about that too. Despite all of what I've said before, the show does have something (slightly) appealing (to me). Despite all their flaws, the characters are not entirely uninteresting, and the main characters are likable. And there is some humor, which is nice. So I'm not going to throw away the DVD's :) But I won't be buying or watching the other seasons, either.
So the show is about this warehouse is middle of the desert of south Dakota where they store dangerous magical artefacts to protect their power from the general public. Great premise to get you started... but then the cracks begin to show...
1. Of all the government agencies to run this secret installation they decided that secret service was the logical choice??? Come on! And the "ah the president isn't here" jokes are lame right up front
2. There's magic purple goo that de-magics everything. yet how his magic goo came into existence or where it comes from isn't fully explained
3. The bad evil people who cannot be allowed to be in the wide world get cryogenically frozen and then encased in bronze?? Wtf???? Again something that is not properly explained why
The biggest saving grace of this show is Eddie McClintock (as Pete) who is a lot of fun to watch (and even easier on the eyes). The character of Myka only works because Pete is there. The only other interesting character is Claudia (the Abby Scuito of W13) and everyone else is just meh.
Bottom line: watch it once for the novelty (and suspend all logic thought)
Seriously, if you like the start watch it. But if you like to have a good ending, stop at the end of the 5th season. I stopped after seeing a few minutes in at the 6th. It was EXTREMELY horrible!
I will just say "RIP" to Warehouse 13 from season 5.
I hope it is dead and buried forever
Alea Acta est
As the final seasons, second season onward, came to fruition, the show was doomed. That's not even due to the fact that it classified itself as the sister show to eureka. The writing became ghastly and the acting became painful to watch. The show deserves credit though. It had a fantastic outline, it just never fulfilled it's expectations thanks partially to the idiotic side struggles the writers felt necessary to tie in.
If you liked the first few episodes, just go watch eureka and you will be much happier. I was overseas when eureka premiered thus I started wh13 from the beginning. I was far happier watching reruns of eureka as opposed to the garbage wh13 constantly had to offer.
This will save you heartache...
Wh13 was canceled just as eureka was due to it's premise. Myka and Pete kiss and Claudia becomes caretaker of the warehouse. In essence, thats all we get after five seasons. Boring if you ask me.
When i say this show is not even trying, i mean literally not even trying. Some random villain from history comes through a portal in time and sets someone on fire with, oh i don't know, the sweater of the guy who invented match sticks, and they randomly just have the ice pick used in some polar expedition to magically put out the flames. Thats basically an unexaggerated example of the plot for a single episode, and it wouldn't even be watchable if it wasn't for Pete's wisecracks, Artie's temper tantrums or Claudia just being, whats the best way to put this... Rad. Yes, this is a show that takes nothing seriously, which is sad when it results in watered down haphazard story lines, but pretty entertaining otherwise.
The premise of the show is basically, certain people, (mostly famous historical figures, conveniently) can feel things so strongly they imbue objects with the properties of whatever it is they're passionate about / mad about / sad about / etc. The writers take this with certain liberties, and by certain liberties i mean randomly name dropping some famous person, making up an object they supposedly possessed and then using that to drive the plot for a brief moment before never again mentioning that artifact. Its alright for a while, but you start to question, oh you just conveniently had janet jacksons clothespin in your pocket which magically gives you the ability to dance just when you need to win a dance competition to get close to someone who's internal organs could fill up with sand, because i don't know, vengeance. You get the picture.
This is a fun little sci-fi TV series. The idea of objects with power is pretty fun although it's nothing new. Quite frankly, the warehouse reminded me so much of the Indiana Jones warehouse originally. There are a lot of fun little gadgets like the Tesla gun. More than the fun objects, it's the fun chemistry of the group. They have a good family vibe to them. Eddie and Joanne have a great back and forth. The show is great whenever they riff on each other.
As an idea it was promising for the first few episodes and as a Sci Fi fan I looked forward to seeing all sorts of amazing artifacts that the team would struggle to locate,tag and bag,and all the mayhem that would ensue. But by S1 E4 it was showing that was not really what the show was about. What it is about I'm not too sure.
Agent Myka goes from tough competent agent to doey eyed lovesick worm and Pete grows younger and dafter with each episode. Don't get me started on Artie; how is a character like that even remotely a possible for the SS, and as for the preposterous Mrs P well.....Claudia is the only redeeming slightly non cardboard character IMO.
I confess I quit after seven episodes. Perhaps it improved but judging by other reviews I've read perhaps not. 2/10 for some of the special effects.
Opening episode started off fairly well half way through. Then all the flaws came crashing down on it.
* Abysmal acting * Even Less likely plot logic * Low budget effects * "Jokes" my son would have found embarrassing 15 years ago (he's 17)
Apparently it's all about some government organisation collecting arcane magic objects from all over the US. Like a brain dead love child of Supernatural and Fringe.
I could stomach 4 episodes of the rubbish in the vain hope of it actually gaining some intelligence and proper acting. It was a hopeless quest. I gave some stars, because I've (imgine that...) seen worse.
The appearances of Saul Rubenstein and later Alison Scagliotti (as her WH13 character Claudia Donovan) led me straight to Warehouse 13 after I watched every season of Eureka. I was thrilled to find another high quality show with a one of a kind cast. The relationships that develop between the characters are as unlikely and unique as real life relationships. These relationships with their quirks and depth are the vehicle that makes the existence of a secret government warehouse for "artifacts" imbued with special powers believable.
I hate reviews that give too much away so I'll finish up by saying that one of the best aspects of the show and what kept my interest piqued was it's close adherence to actual historical events/people. More than once I went to Wikipedia to see how close the story was to actual history- or to look up a reference by Artie to see if it existed. I love shows that can teach even "well-educated" people something- it is a testament to the writers and the excellent quality of the program.
I hear this will be the last season coming up, as usual those that burn brightly never burn long enough! This show and its characters have a place in my heart.