OK, it's not "Battlestar Galactica," but if you've been watching "Warehouse 13" on Syfy as religiously as I have, then you know that this show is deserving of huge amounts of love and respect.
It's strange, because I almost had to be forced into watching "Warehouse 13" to begin with. I saw the pilot when Syfy sent a cool advance screener (that included a mocked up Farnsworth with Saul Rubinek as a movable hologram). It was fun. It was quirky. But I couldn't see how looking for supernatural artifacts could hold my attention week after week.
It wasn't until "Warehouse 13" was about to start its second season that I finally got pushed into watching it. I had to see why so many people were tuning in each week, and how this was a show where it's audience actually grew, and not eroded.
The first thing that I realized in the first batch of episodes was the immediate chemistry between Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly. Here were two actors that I had never really seen before, but yet, they were killing it every single time they were together.
As we inched toward the season finale, I thought the idea of having Roger Rees as James MacPherson was cute. He was an almost mustache-twirling villain, but still, not two-dimensional. And you realized the classical aspect of his villain was entirely an homage, and not because Jack Kenny couldn't create a believable villain. You also almost empathized with MacPherson's motives. Wait ... that kind of depth in a villain? This is supposed to be a comedy, right?
And then I suffered my first near-stroke while watching "Warehouse 13" during the Season 1 finale. Artie is blown to smithereens in a tunnel that can't seem to stay up and going for very long. I actually shouted Artie's name at my television.
Yeah, I was hooked.
I have had the pleasure and honor to get to talk to the cast and crew of "Warehouse 13" a number of times. Everyone, from the writers, the producers, Jack Kenny, and the actors, have just been amazing. And they keep making each episode better than the last one. It's almost like you loved Season 1, but the show didn't really hit its groove until midway through Season 2, which was more like dessert to the best steak dinner you've ever had.
I actually still have the Season 3 "Warehouse 13" finale on my DVR. I had the advance screener of the episode weeks before the episode aired, but I didn't want to be spoiled. I wanted to watch it live when Syfy aired it. And I didn't cry once. I cried three times.
During the recent Syfy Digital Press Tour in Orlando, I got lucky to be with Eddie McClintock and his family as we toured the haunted houses at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. As we were sloshing through the rain and dreariness (that is totally atypical of Florida weather), I really couldn't stop talking about the season finale. Normally, someone like Eddie would be tired of talking about his show by now. But he wasn't. He loved that episode, probably as much as me, and I think he felt almost relieved that audiences -- like me -- were so deeply touched and moved.
It's funny. Airlock Alpha (under our former name) was one of the primary news sites that pushed real hard for "Battlestar Galactica" to be made into a series eight years ago. But there's absolutely nothing about the success of "Warehouse 13" we can even pretend to claim. They didn't need any help. The show is amazing.
Just like I did with "Battlestar Galactica," all I have to do is point potential viewers to the pilot and say, "Start watching here. Call me when you get to the end of Season 2," and "Warehouse 13" does the rest.
It's funny. It's serious. It's definitely science-fiction. And Eddie, Joanne, Allison Scagliotti, Genelle Williams, Saul, CCH Pounder -- they all quickly feel like members of our own family.
I'm thankful for a few things in my life. And clearly on my list is "Warehouse 13." Thanks, Syfy!
I smell apples.
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