Being the geek that I am, when I saw the ad for Warehouse 13 I immediately thought of that goofy episode of Fullmetal Alchemist with the “haunted” warehouse. Certainly there could be no relation, and indeed there isn’t. The ad got me intrigued, though, and I was pleased to be able catch a glimpse at the show before it officially aired.
Rather than being haunted, the titular building reminded me more of Area 51 as it was presented in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Subsequently, I was also reminded of Creature Tech, a graphic novel by Doug TenNapel (the author of the upcoming film Ghostopolis), but that’s the comic nerd in me coming out. Either way, Warehouse 13 is a place where the US stashes all of it’s weird and mystical items, which each have some kind of power and are too dangerous for the public. Sci-Fi has even thrown in a nod to the steampunk genre with some of the gadgets used by the team, like a video communicator invented in the 20th century.
The rough cut of the show that I was able to watch was very entertaining, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. The series fits right in with Sci-Fi’s other shows, and will probably be around for a few seasons. My only critique, really, is that it seems to be playing off Fringe just a little. It’s got three main characters: a straight forward female, a more laid-back male partner, and an older guy who’s a bit eccentric. They’ve even got a cow. But aside from that, the actual point of Warehouse 13 differs from Fringe. Our team’s job is to track down items that have been found and are causing trouble. In the episode I watched, they used an item I’d never heard of as the main focus, but I can only imagine the kind of things they’ll be getting to in future episodes. I’m looking forward to it.
Overall, I’d say that Warehouse 13 is an entertaining and promising show, and definitely worth giving at least one shot to see if you’re interested.
Warehouse 13 premieres tomorrow night, July 7, at 9/8c.
Written by: Jessica Mahn