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REVIEW: ‘Warehouse 13’ Season 2 Premiere

Star Rating: 4 out of 5

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti

The Big Idea: Warehouse 13 returns with a tour de force start to its second season, showcasing the brilliant fusion of steampunk sensibility, world mythology, and Nick and Nora-style comic asides that brought Syfy sky-high ratings during its freshman year.

Last year’s cliffhanger left us with Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) compromised and on the run, MacPherson (Roger Rees) re-Leah-sed and poised to loot the Warehouse, and Myka (Joanne Kelly) and Pete (Eddie McClintock) watching helplessly as the firebomb boobytrap MacPherson set for Artie (Saul Rubinek) consumed their supervisor and friend. (Is Artie dead? Not spoiling that here. But I will say this: one of Warehouse 13’s real strengths is that it is internally consistent. It doesn’t ground events in steampunk or mythology and then break those rules when convenient. In other words, the writers are engaged and not lazy. And recurring characters – two, precisely – do die in this episode.)

The season premiere picks up right from there, as Pete and Myka try desperately to assess the damage and track down MacPherson and his stolen booty. Now, I can’t tell you much more without spoilers on what is a wild and worthwhile ride. I can say that the resolution involves: antimatter, antigravity, H.G. Wells, one really ticked off and deceptively youthful feminist, the world’s safest safety deposit vault, a pearl of great price, Dante’s vision of hell come to life, more booby traps within the Warehouse, CERN, T.M.I. regarding the last time Pete “got his groove on,” identity theft, gender confusion, nods to both Young Frankenstein and the afterlife, and oh yeah, the zipline.

I will expand a bit on the warehouse-spanning zipline, just to say that it looks like the funnest ride ever, and hasn’t been used since the early days of season one. And Myka and Pete’s tandem entanglement on the one-seater provides one of many instances that highlight the easy chemistry of McClintock and Kelly. “If you’re gonna grab me like that, I need some sweet talkin’ first,” says he. “Shut up and drive,” she responds.

To Watch or Not to Watch: Definitely, especially if you’re into fast-paced, snappy dialogue wrapped around fantastical storytelling, centered within a basic trust in the intelligence and common references of the viewer (it’s a safe bet that Warehouse 13 is causing many, many trips to Wikipedia, as folks fill in their knowledge gaps on topics like Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Phoenixes, etc.).

Also notable in this week’s episode is guest star Jaime Murray as seductress-with-a-secret Helena. Murray literally burned up the screen during a guest stint on Dexter‘s second season, and does the same here.

TV Screener Tidbit: Check out CraveOnline.com’s interview with McClintock and Kelly, which includes a great anecdote about the “mistake” that landed them their Warehouse 13 roles.

Warehouse 13, season two, premieres Tuesday, July 6 at 9PM ET on Syfy

REVIEW: ‘Warehouse 13’ Season Finale

Warehouse 13: “MacPherson” (the first season finale)
Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Stars: Eddie McClintock (Agent Pete Lattimer); Joanne Kelly (Agent Myka Bering); Saul Rubinek (Agent Artie Nielsen); Genelle Williams (Leena); CCH Pounder (Mrs. Frederic); and guest starring Roger Rees (MacPherson)

The Big Idea: Warehouse 13 finishes its first season a winner, with the unevenness of early episodes wholly redeemed by a smoothly-executed, season-ending cliffhanger. The initial stories, rife with clunky hat tips to Raiders of the Lost Ark, The X-Files and Moonlighting, were thin, but fun, saved largely by the show’s seriously cool cyberpunk atmospherics and McClintock’s innate charm. But the writers and the rest of the cast have found their groove, and now it’s all good – a harmonized, well-textured storyverse, where characters’ layered histories are nearly as compelling and mysterious as the objects they seek.

To Watch or Not to Watch: This is smart TV, with clever, knowing references to historical figures leavened by “what if” twists that fuel the warehouse and complicate the lives of its agents, a world where Edgar Allan Poe‘s pen, for example, literally make one’s skin crawl. More impressively, Warehouse 13 doesn’t flinch from the implications of its premise: “artifacts” encapsulating magic and mystery are too dangerous for the world and must be locked safely away from the public. Sacrifice is the watchword: sacrifice of the 12 previous warehouses (whose fate is tipped, a bit, here), sacrifice by the agents (lost loves, secretive lives dominated by obsessive work) and sacrifice that by hiding away the artifacts, they are deliberately making the world a less extraordinary place.

In “MacPherson,” we see one potential endgame to this scenario, as a gifted former agent becomes an implacable foe, driven not ultimately by greed, but by the deep sense that it is wrong to lock away these marvels, and choose security over wonder for all. James MacPherson, we see, is yin to Artie Nielsen’s yang. They are twin extremes: the exploiter vs. the protector, and that leads to what may be the ultimate sacrifice in the season’s cliffhanger.

TV Screener Tidbit: Saul Rubinek and Roger Rees just can’t catch a break with love triangles when they inhabit the same TV world. In Warehouse 13, Artie and MacPherson were in love with the same woman, who married MacPherson and helped spark their rivalry. Flashback to the Cheers universe, and there’s Rees’ Robin Colcord being sent to jail and losing the affections of Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) to Sam Malone (Ted Danson), while on Cheers spin-off Frasier, Rubinek’s nice guy Donny Douglas was left at the altar when his fiancé Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) played runaway bride with Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce).

The Warehouse 13 first season finale premieres Tuesday, September 23, at 9PM ET on Syfy

Channel Surfing – Weekend Edition July 10-12

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Can’t. Wait. For the July 21 season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen, when one of the contestants finally stands up to Gordon Ramsay‘s verbal abuse by inviting him to step outside. Sometimes Ramsay is funny, and sometimes he’s just a tool, so I doubt I’ll be the only one cheering when the reality TV bully gets some feedback from a contestant, who happens to also be a non-active Marine.

– TNT is launching cool new role playing games for its new Dylan McDermott undercover cop drama Dark Blue and the return of its Timothy Hutton con drama Leverage. The games will officially kick off on July 15, the shows’ premiere date.

– The already rich and ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest is about to become even richer and ubiquitous-er (simmer down, I know it’s not a word): The American Idol and E! host is finalizing a new contract that will reportedly make him among the highest-paid reality hosts on TV. Sounds right to me … who deserves it more than the hard-working Seacrest, who really does make his many hosting gigs, from TV to radio, look effortless?

Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder has signed on to star in a new Comedy Central series that will be produced and written by FunnyorDie.com‘s Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. The series, which will find Heder playing an unemployed tech guy who moves back in with his ‘rents, is said to cost $50 million, as the initial 10-episode order could lead the network to pick up 90 episodes, a la TBS’ House of Payne and Meet the Browns deals with Tyler Perry.

– Think a teenage version of Hung and that’s MTV’s upcoming comedy Hard Times, about a 15-year-old boy who becomes infamous when his classmates see that he’s really a Big Man on Campus (emphasis on the “Big”).

– SyFy’s dramedy Warehouse 13, which has been described as “Indiana Jones-meets-Moonlighting-meets-The X-Files,” drew the third highest premiere ratings in the network’s history. Check out my interview with charming series star Eddie McClintock at AOL TV.

– Since the movie biz seems to have little use for her these days, Lindsay Lohan has set up a production company to pitch TV shows, including what is being called “Entourage for the fashion world.”

– Speaking of fashion, whether you knew it or not, this is what your wardrobe has been missing: Selections from the Gene Simmons Moneybag line.

– Wanna know how to have the kind of body that will land you a, ahem, swell guy like Spencer Pratt? It’s all in The Heidi Workout.

– And this weekend in primetime:

FRIDAY
– On a new Degrassi: The Next Generation (8PM ET, The N), K.C.’s past comes to light, and Emma yet again does something stupid to change her image
– The N’s new Hollywood wannabe dramedy The Assistants premieres at 8:30PM
– New Eureka episodes return to SyFy at 9PM
– An Anthrax scare quarantines the ship on Whale Wars (9PM, Animal Planet)
– See how wood sculptures and fountain pens are made on How It’s Made (9PM, Science Channel)

SATURDAY
David faces treason charges on Kings (8PM, NBC)
– Series finales for Harper’s Island (9PM, CBS) and Eli Stone (10PM, ABC)

SUNDAY
The first eviction nominees are revealed on Big Brother (8PM, CBS)
Ruby continues to pursue her weight loss goals on the Style Network (8PM)
– Lifetime’s new comedy Drop Dead Diva premieres at 9PM
– Daisy dumps another dude on Daisy of Love (9PM, VH1)
– A poet may be involved in a murder on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9PM, USA)
– Lisa has a reunion with her hubby on Ice Road Truckers (9PM, History Channel)
– Sophie’s boyfriend is cheating on her on Gene Simmons Family Jewels (9PM, A&E)
– On The Next Food Network Star (9PM, Food Network), the contestants have to make a dish with only what they can find in an airline terminal
– Bill, Sookie and Jessica fly to Texas to find a vampire on True Blood (9PM, HBO)
– Hammer and fam travel to Vegas for his mom’s 70th birthday on Hammertime (10PM
– Raphael’s ma starts planning an engagement soiree – sans Mary’s help – on In Plain Sight (10PM, USA)
– Tanya arranges for Ray’s first tryout as a “happiness consultant” on Hung (HBO, 10PM)
– On Jesse James Is a Dead Man (10PM, Spike), Jesse fulfills fans’ requests, including trying to catch a rattlesnake with his bare hands
–  The sixth season of Entourage premieres on HBO at 10:30PM

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