Starting Tuesday July 7, Sci-fi is rolling out a new summer TV show, Warehouse 13 starring Saul Rubinek, Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock. The story centers around two secret service agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) who are sent in the middle of nowhere to a secret location called Warehouse 13 which houses supernatural objects that are collected and stowed by the government. The Warehouse is under the watchful guard of Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), a cookie connaisseur of all things strange.
I had the opportunity of watching the pilot episode of Warehouse 13 and here is what I can say about it.
The story is kind of dissapointing. The original concept is interesting as it offers opportunities to see some interesting artifacts like Houdini's Wallet. Unfortunately it turns out that Houdini's wallet doesn't do much but be slightly spooky. The "object" that is the center of the first episode is not anymore interesting than that unfortunately.
The characters are not anymore original than that either. I give the actors credit on this. They tried to make it as cool as they could but the whole thing had the feel of people just doing a pilot but not really sure if it was going to get picked up. There is a Mulder and Scully thing going on between Myka and Pete but it was very tentative and not quite believable yet.
I can't speak to the quality of the special effects as the pilot was a rough cut but from what I saw, I don't expect to be blown away when I see the finished product.
Now does that mean that Warehouse 13 is a bad show? No. It has a ton of potential and the pair who are going to carry most of the show are decent actors. But like a good meal that is still cooking, what I think this show needs is some seasoning in the form of some more original storylines and some stronger dialogue. Give it a chance as I know I will.