Warehouse 13 Series Premiere on SCI-FI

| July 6, 2009

SCI-FI’s new original series takes off this Tuesday, July 7 at 9 PM EST. Combining the world of secret agents with the thrill of the paranormal, Warehouse 13 presents an interesting premise that is fleshed out with unexpected twists and remarkably likable characters.
The series’ protagonists are Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), secret agents whose relationship is rather prickly even from the start. Pete is easy going, athletic and charming and relies heavily on his intuition even if it means breaking orders. Myka is focused and organized with an eye for detail and a penchant for protocol. They have much to teach and much to learn from each other.
The day after the two distinguish themselves by saving the life of the President, both receive cryptic orders that lead them, separately, to a large warehouse in South Dakota. It is soon apparent this, not Washington D.C., is their new base of operations and their superior is a jovial, bespectacled agent named Artie (Saul Rubinek) who welcomes them with cookies. They have arrived at Warehouse 13, a giant repository of strange objects imbued with some sort of supernatural or paranormal force. All objects are property of the U.S. government, each captured in the course of displaying some nefarious effect then neutralized and catalogued by agents. There are a myriad of items but there are yet more still in the world, and Pete and Myka have been chosen to seek them out and bring them back to Warehouse 13.
There’s no adjustment period- Pete and Myka are sent off to a small town in Iowa where Artie thinks an artifact is behind an incident of domestic abuse committed by a normally placid college student. Initially skeptical, the two soon find themselves searching for an artifact behind strange and violent behavior that soon eclipses the student and enfolds those close to him.
Fans of science fictions may pick up more than a hint of The X Files in Warehouse 13, but Saul Rubinek, as the warehouse’s caretaker, really propels the series into an identity of its own. His sense of humor, genuine fondness for the items within his care and his touching desire for company make him as compelling a protagonist as the two agents. McClintock and Kelly bring not only the requisite “opposites” chemistry but also vulnerabilities of their own, details of which promise to be fleshed out in episodes to come.

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