5 Reasons Why You Need To Watch Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13 collage

One of my favorite shows is about to premiere its new season. The 4th season of Warehouse 13 premieres on SyFy July 23 at 9 pm EDT, 8 pm CDT. I am very excited for this program to be back, and below are some of the reasons I think you should be watching this show too!

The Team
 

Claudia, Artie, Myka, Pete and Leena - Warehouse 13

This show has a great cast of characters, and they complement each other very well. The two main characters, Pete and Myka, are the yin and yang of teammates. Myka is very serious and detail oriented, and Pete, well, Pete is deliciously wacky except when the going gets tough, and even then, his wackiness slips through. Nonetheless, I would not be at all afraid to be on their team, because I know they both would have my six.

Then you have the deliciously snarky Claudia, who describes herself as “Warehouse 13: next generation,” a reference to Artie and his stodgy ways. Artie, the man in charge of the Warehouse, does not trust new tech, and when Fargo from Eureka came by in a crossover episode, Artie was not happy to have someone tinkering with his computer system. Claudia, for her part, is always getting into mischief related to artifacts and accidental or purposeful releases of their powers. But, her awesome computer skills frequently save the day for everyone.

Add in the very mysterious Mrs. Frederic who is a force unto herself and Leena, the owner of the Bed and Breakfast where Pete and Myka stay who also happens to have a special power, and you have a great ensemble team of characters!

The Artifacts
 

Jinks - Warehouse 13

The premise of the show, for those who have never heard of it, is that the warehouse keeps safe artifacts that possess special powers. These powers can be benign or malevolent, but are best kept locked and catalogued in the warehouse and away from the general public. In order to neutralize and safely transport the artifacts once they are found, they are immersed in purple goo.

Some of the artifacts are used by warehouse agents in doing their jobs – the best examples are the Farnsworth communication device and the Tesla energy weapon.

Often artifacts will cause some kind of problem. For instance, Cinderella’s Glass Knife alters a person’s body chemistry, so once stabbed, the person begins to crystallize. Another example is the quill pen and notebook of Edgar Alan Poe, which has the ability to make whatever the user writes a reality once it is read by someone. On the other hand, Babel Stones cause the people that are holding them to sound like they are speaking gibberish to others, while they are able to communicate normally, and are handy when having secret conversations.

The Guest Stars
 

Sean Maher and Jeri Ryan - Warehouse 13

The list of guest stars for this show reads like a Who’s Who of Sci-Fi stars! Please note that my list below may not be comprehensive, but it gives you a taste of what you may have missed.

Are you a Star Trek fan? Then if you have not been watching Warehouse 13, you have been missing some of your favorite stars in guest roles! Jeri Ryan from Star Trek: Voyager played Pete’s ex-wife, Kate Mulgrew, also from Star Trek: Voyager, plays Pete’s mom, Rene Auberjonois from Star Trek: Deep Space 9 plays Artie’s warehouse contemporary, and word is that this season Brent Spiner from Star Trek: The Next Generation will be a new evil foil for the team!

But there’s more! Other sci-fi favorites have appeared in guest roles. To name a few: Eureka’s Erica Cerra and Niall Matter played a husband and wife team, and then in 2 crossover episodes with Eureka, Neil Grayston appeared as Fargo; Lindsay Wagner from the Bionic Woman plays a love interest for Artie; Michael Hogan of Battlestar Galactica plays Myka’s dad and his wife in real life, Susan Hogan, plays her mom; and Aaron Ashmore from Smallville was a regular in season 3. And the list goes on: Joe Flanigan from Stargate Atlantis; Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica; Jewel Stait from Firefly and Stargate Atlantis; Sean Maher from Firefly; Mark Sheppard of Firefly, Supernatural and Battlestar Galactica; Joe Morton from Eureka; Gareth David-Lloyd from Torchwood; Caprica’s Sasha Roiz; and Caprica’s Alessandra Torresani. Sam Huntington from Being Human will be appearing this coming season, and of course, Saul Rubinek, who plays the main character Artie, was a guest star on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Stargate SG-1.

And, from outside the scifi world, Judd Hirsh plays Artie’s dad.

The Fun
 

Fargo and Pete - Warehouse 13

Seriously, this show is more fun that a barrel of monkeys! You can tell by watching that the actors are all enjoying themselves, and the characters are the type of folks you would want to spend a weekend with (artifacts optional, please!).

Do you like snappy dialogue? Snarky fun? In jokes and references to other scifi programs, movies and other geeky stuff? This show has it all and more.

Throw in the affects of the artifact of the week, mix with some research to find out what artifact they are dealing with, and finally bring it home with some old fashioned detective work, with a twist of course, and you have the basic ingredients for a fun ride of a show!

The Technology
 

Artie's workstation - Warehouse 13

One of the great aspects of the show is the steampunk technology of the warehouse. While I am no expert on steampunk, the show creators have stated that they used it as their inspiration for the devices used on the show.

For those of you that do not know what steampunk is, it can be briefly described as technology that is anachronistic, or future innovations as a person from the Victorian era might have seen it. For those of you that have read “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells, or seen the two most recent Sherlock Holmes movies, that should give you some idea of what I am talking about.

I really enjoy seeing the devices used on the show – with something familiar but yet very different and strange at the same time.

 

What do you think, are you going to watch Warehouse 13? Perhaps you already do watch it – if you do, why? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!