What is Warehouse 13?
a) Is it a derivation of The Lost Room miniseries?
b) Is it an amalgamation of various other media like X-Files, Raiders of the Lost Arc, and Moonlighting?
c) Is it a show that started a little sleepily, but has grown during three seasons so that it now stands squarely on its own as entertaining, involving, and enveloping episodic programming.
I’d day that the answer “all of the above.”
When it premiered on Syfy (then known as SciFi) on July 7, 2009, the program garnered immediate benefits for the network. Ratings were initially off the charts (by Syfy standards) and women made up to 50 percent of the viewership … an amazing accomplishment for a network mainly appealing to freaks and geeks predominantly of the male persuasion.
As noted by its name, Warehouse 13 is the thirteenth in a line of warehouses. The first was run by Alexander the Great (in all his spare time, of course, but we’re sure he was a primo delegator). The second was in the Library of Alexandria (maybe a good reason the whole thing burned to the ground in 48 BC – accidents do happen). You get the point. The warehouse shifts around the world, always located in the country at the top of the food chain.
There were also two engaging ATF operatives, Myka Bering and Peter Lattimer, who strongly resembled other duos throughout television history, such as Scully and Muldur from X-Files, Hayes and Addison from Moonlighting, and Popeye and Olive Oyl from … well, that last one might be a bit of a reach, but work with me here. I’m at deadline.
After the generous start, Warehouse 13 settled in as a regular performer within Syfy’s slate of shows. It has warped in and out of normalcy, with some of the best episodes involving H.G. Wells, a British agent originally serving Warehouse 12 in London. Cryogenically frozen and bronzed for protection (that comes with a whopping big warning label, to be sure), she emerges in our time to be a help and hindrance to the warehouse keepers. She is the embodiment of time tricks that the show uses quite well, all the better when you have a warehouse that contains artifacts from the earliest parts of recorded history.
Warehouse 13 has been picked up by Syfy for a fourth season, which is good for everyone. This is no time to mothball a show that is just getting the wind in its sails.
Tom Carroll is a writer and artist who has worked in video games, online media, and comic books. Most recently he worked for Interplay Entertainment (Giants: Citizen Kabuto for PS2) and Rockstar San Diego (Midnight Club series and Red Dead Redemption). He wrote P.O.D.: The Nexus (2008, Zondervan Press, a division of Harper-Collins), and has his own comic property, The Gun Nose Chronicles, in development. He currently writes for Game Developer magazine and Comics Bulletin. Tom is also entered in a jingle contest. Help him win by going to the Corky’s Pest Control website and voting for “It Hurts.”