This story may contain some spoilers for “Warehouse 13.”
This is what I get for doubting Jack Kenny.
At the end of Season 3, after saying a very tearful goodbye to a brand-new agent, our favorite television showrunner thought he would amaze us by nuking the Warehouse. All complete with a wink-wink that there is a reset button hidden in Artie’s pocket.
It was a finale that blew me away, but one so spectacular, there was simply nothing in my mind that “Warehouse 13” could do to kick off the fourth season that would impress me more.
Apparently I need to take the advice of Eddie McClintock, who plays Special Agent Peter Lattimer: Never, ever, ever underestimate the creative minds that bring us “Warehouse 13.” Why? Because they are absolutely the best in the business. And this isn’t just platitudes.
In fact, the only other creative team in my mind that can compare are the people behind “Doctor Who,” simply because these are the only two quirky genre shows I not only just tolerate, but absolutely love. Put that team with a cast that gel together better than Pangaea, you get what I feel has become one of television’s most perfect shows.
And believe it or not — they step it up in Season 4.
Kenny, who wrote “A New Hope,” may have been thinking about Star Wars when he crafted the title, but his mind was pure Indiana Jones in a story that takes us all over the world in less than 48 hours. The Warehouse team are looking for pieces to a puzzle that might make everything right again, but the cost is very high. Very high.
Pete, Myka (Joanne Kelly), Artie (Saul Rubinek) and Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) open a new can of worms when they get the attention of the Vatican. More specifically, of a Vatican operative known as Brother Adrian. It’s a role that lets “Star Trek: The Next Generation” alum Brent Spiner stretch his legs big time as a Big Bad, and not exactly the kind of guy you want to sit and give confession to.
And yes, everything is tied to the watch Artie pulls out at the end of Season 3. How is it tied in? Don’t look at me — we haven’t been a spoiler site since 2008.
The sense of urgency never seems to dissipate, and the running clock never leaves your mind. It forces the Warehouse team to make some amazingly difficult decisions, and leads to a scene that I have not been able to get out of my head since seeing the premiere a few weeks back.
I am sworn to secrecy about this scene, but it’s just … you’ll know exactly what scene I am talking about when it airs. All I can do is warn you to have tissues ready. And also to remind you that once you see the scene, you still will have two days you can vote for these two in the Airlock Alpha Portal Awards, because if you didn’t think they deserved the votes before, you will kick yourself for not voting for them sooner.
I’ve watched that scene four times now, and I’m in tears every damn time.
You know that the Warehouse has to be put back together somehow, but how is it done? And seriously, does it have to be put back together? How fascinating would it be to have to start over? Maybe it’s time to start moving everything to Warehouse 14, which I’m sure will end up in China.
Syfy has only shown us the first episode, but Kenny has already promised us more laughs and tears in not only the next episode, but as we get closer to the mid-season finale.
You’ve been begging Syfy to bring back “Warehouse 13,” and now it’s finally here. Welcome back, “Warehouse 13.” You haven’t missed a step.
“You won’t remember … but I will.” Doesn’t have the same impact here as it will on Syfy Monday night. Dammit, tears again.
“A New Hope” was written by Jack Kenny and directed by Chris Fisher. It stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and Brent Spiner.
“Warehouse 13” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.