My 10 favourite episodes of Warehouse 13

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* Pilot (episode 1.01) – a classy, smartly written introduction to the show’s concept and characters. Loads of fun.

* Claudia (1.04) – a new regular arrives but causes chaos. Knock knock.

* Merge With Caution (2.08) – Pete and Myka swap bodies.

* Where and When (2.10) – Pete and Myka travel to the 1960s. This is the best one of them all.

* Trials (3.02) – Myka’s feeling out of the loop after her time away from the team.

* 3… 2… 1… (3.05) – the same case takes place in three time zones and involves three groups of Warehouse agents.

* Don’t Hate the Player (3.06) – Fargo from Eureka creates a computer game version of Warehouse 13.

* Emily Lake (3.11) – HG Wells returns, but tragedy soon strikes.

* Fractures (4.06) – a number of plots collide with each other in brilliant style.

* The Big Snag (4.13) – a film-noir spoof, doll face. In black-and-white.

Honourable mentions: Magnetism (1.03: an early, clever case-of-the-week), Duped (1.08: Myka’s body is taken over by Alice of Wonderland), Nevermore (1.11: an Edgar Allan Poe-influenced story in which we meet Myka’s parents), Mild Mannered (2.02: Kaylee and Simon from Firefly guest star in a superhero spoof), Beyond Our Control (2.03: a gloriously inventive comic story), Love Sick (3.03: Vanessa and Hugo return, while Pete and Myka think they’ve slept together), Queen for a Day (3.04: Pete’s ex gets whammied on her wedding day), Past Imperfect (3.07: we learn what happened in Denver), The Greatest Gift (2011 Christmas special: a terrific pastiche of It’s a Wonderful Life ), Savage Seduction (5.04: a bonkers send-up of Spanish-language telenovellas).

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…