Warehouse 13 Scoop: Brent Spiner & Jack Kenny Talk About Warehouse Secrets

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Warehouse 13 is upping the ante this season with the introduction of the chilling character Brother Adrian, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation star Brent Spiner. TV Equals was able to participate in a roundtable discussion with Spiner and Warehouse 13’s showrunner, Jack Kenny. Not only were Brother Adrian and some of the secrets of the warehouse’s artifacts discussed, but the two also talked about the show’s Star Trek tradition.

On sharing the stage with Saul Rubinek again

If you’re a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, you’ll know that Rubinek, who plays Artie on Warehouse 13, guest starred on the episode “The Most Toys” as Kivas Fajo, a person who was, ironically, a collector. Spiner also said that he and Rubinek worked together on stage for the 1978 New York Shakespeare Festival.

“It was like, you know, swimming in a rainbow to work with Saul again,” said Spiner when asked about how it felt to be working with Rubinek again, to which Kenny added, “I feel that every day.”

Rubinek was also excited to work with Spiner again. Kenny described how he approached Rubinek about the opportunity.

“‘So you’re friends with Brent, right?'” Kenny said. “He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘What do you think about him for Brother Adrian?’ He was ecstatic. He’s, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, that would be my dream come true.”

“And it did. His dream did come true,” Spiner said, laughing. “And here I am.”

“[Rubinek]’s an amazing actor, he’s amazing talent,” Spiner added, “it was just fantastic to be back on stage with him.”

The characterization of Brother Adrian and the relationship between Brother Adrian and Artie

“We always like to have a Big Bad each season, and we kind of like to play with what that Big Bad is,” said Kenny when describing Brother Adrian. “There’s always a reasonable thing going on underneath [for Warehouse 13’s villains], there’s always a reasonable desire. It’s a grey area; everybody has their reason for doing what they’re doing, and Brother Adrian has a reason for going after Artie..It was really about giving Artie an arch for the season, it was about giving him a nemesis.”

Brother Adrian and Artie have a very contentious relationship that builds over the course of the season, said Kenny. “[Brother Adrian]’s a very powerful character too and that’s something that Brent brings to the table [-] a sense of power without having to twirl a mustache or flex a muscle,” he said. “He just has a presence and what was important for Brother Adrian is that it has to be almost a serene, powerful presence that you understand [so] when you see this guy, do what he says or you will be unhappy, and that was very important for the relationship we build throughout the season between Artie and Adrian.”

The dish on the artifacts

Aside from the storylines and character interactions, artifacts are integral to the success of Warehouse 13. Kenny discussed several of the artifacts that will show up in this season.

“There’s an artifact that belonged to Lovecraft.You’ll be seeing Maelzel’s metronome again,” said Kenny. “There will be an artifact that causes tornadoes.Bobby Fischer’s marbles show up.Scott Joplin’s cigarette case.do you remember last season Sykes [Anthony Michael Hall] had a bunch of artifacts in an airplane hangar? They end up loose in the town.and our gang has to go and collect them all. We will be hearing from Lewis Carroll’s mirror again.

Kenny also talked about some uncharted territory the show is treading in the world of the artifacts. “In one episode, there’s actually an artifact inside someone, so that has to be dealt with and neutralized.[and] we’ll also see the birth of an artifact. So we open up the mythology quite a bit,” he said.

Kenny also said that viewers will learn more about Mrs. Frederic (C.C.H. Pounder), the woman in charge of the Warehouse and is integrally linked with its well-being.

Spiner also brought up a unique tie-in to the Star Trek universe that was discussed at one point during the show’s production. “Actually we talked about.how fun it would have been to use Data as an artifact,” he said.

The Star Trek legacy

Warehouse 13 has become something like a second home for many Star Trek actors and actresses aside from Spiner and Rubinek, including Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, Faran Tahir, Gene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman and Mark Sheppard.

If Spiner’s character comes back to Warehouse 13, he said any person picked from the Star Trek alumni would be a good choice. “Anybody from any of the shows would be fantastic. Just a great bunch of people,” he said.

Watch the fourth season of Warehouse 13 Mondays at 9/8c on SyFy.