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Warehouse 13 – Rating: C

Submitted by on July 22, 2009 – 7:20 AMNo Comment
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It is difficult to make a good science fiction show.

Science fiction generally requires lots of special effects. Special effects require money; the more a producer is willing to spend the better the effects. Good science fiction can be turned out without dropping a boat load of cash if your writers are exceptional.warehouse13

Warehouse 13 is the latest addition to the SyFy (whoever recommended changing Sci-Fi to SyFy needs to be fired) channel’s Tuesday lineup (at 9pm). In the premiere episode, two secret service agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) are unexpectedly reassigned to a warehouse out in the middle of nowhere South Dakota. Artie, the warehouse caretaker played by Saul Rubinek, works with the duo to chase down reports of suspected paranormal activity.

The effects are not spectacular; just okay. The writing is not spectacular; just okay. Some of the actors will be familiar, but do not have names you will readily recognize. The concept is nothing new either. In fact it is almost the same as the Tia Carrere show that ran from 1999-2002, Relic Hunter.

In short, Warehouse 13 is nothing new.

That being said it is not a bad show. The effects are kind of cheesy, but what can you expect for something without a major network budget? While not overly talented, the actors are likable and appear to have some chemistry together.

I like it enough to consider it a ‘do something’ show; this is a show that you can have on while you are doing something else. It is simple enough that you do not need to pay strict attention to follow it, and it is not stimulating enough to make you want to give it your undivided attention.

The show comes from the people at Universal Cable Productions. Attached to the show are people that have had a part to do with several other successful cable programs including Burn Notice, Monk, Dresden Files, and Rescue Me. While those shows are all top notch, I am afraid they missed the mark this time.

During the summer I would be willing to give this show a chance, and probably will watch the next couple at least to see if it gets better. If it were the fall or spring television seasons I would not give it another thought.

Beer: Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber Ale; like the show it is decent yet unremarkable.