I love Warehouse 13. Adore it. Totally.

WAREHOUSE 13 -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Saul Rubinek as Artie Nielsen, Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering, Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer, Allison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan -- Photo by: Justin Stephens/Syfy

Well, not *totally*. Here are 10 rubbish things about it… (SPOILERS AHEAD.)

  1. Leena is really boring. Her role in the team was usurped once Claudia came along in episode four, yet she hangs around for four seasons and doesn’t contribute much.
  2. Product placement might have been a necessary evil, but is often really distracting. In season two, Myka keeps shoehorning in mentions of Twizzlers for no apparent reason.
  3. The pilot episode has a character called Daniel Dickinson, who’s Pete and Myka’s boss at the Secret Service. However, despite the actor being credited throughout season one he only appears in two further episodes. He’s then brought back – for one scene, with no dialogue – and killed off in season two. The show generally abandoned the interesting connection between the Warehouse and the real-world authorities.
  4. The mooted spin-off show about HG Wells solving mysteries in Victorian London never happened. The ‘backdoor pilot’ episode (season three’s 3… 2… 1…) is a doozy, but sadly a series didn’t follow. It would have been ace.
  5. Claudia gets increasingly smug the longer the show goes on. At first, she’s energetic, enthusiastic and a comic-strip character come to life. By the time of season four, though, she’s self-obsessed, vain and quite annoying.
  6. In season four, we meet a character called Nick and the actor uses an absolutely atrocious English accent.
  7. Myka’s cancer. The diagnosis comes out of nowhere, then the storyline is rushed through and dumped quickly.
  8. The fact Claudia has a brother is all but forgotten about in the final season. It’s revealed that their sister didn’t die years before and is still alive, but he seemingly can’t be arsed to jump on a plane.
  9. Pete and Myka getting together. Urgh. Nope, never bought it. We’d had four and a half seasons of the most brilliant platonic male/female friendship on television, then as soon as the show gets axed a romance is forced upon the characters in the space of two episodes. You can almost see the doubt in the actors’ eyes.
  10. At the end of a generally wonderful final episode, a laughably self-indulgent scene sees executive producer Jack Kenny cast himself as the boss of a future Warehouse.

See, I didn’t even MENTION the fact they kept using Toronto to stand in for places such as London, Moscow, Paris, Cardiff, Watford…


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