Warehouse 13: Season 1
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Yeah, Sci-fi/SyFy's latest series isn't exactly the most original or unique show out there, but it is strangely endearing. After a round of rather generic standalone episodes, this series bounces off once it introduces a main villain and a plot arc -- and while there's little romantic chemistry, the lead characters are a likable bunch with some nicely handled character development.
After a weird incident involving an assassin and an Aztec bloodstone, Secret Service agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) are summoned to a run-down warehouse in the South Dakota badlands. An eccentric agent called Artie (Saul Rubinek) informs them that this is Warehouse 13, which holds dangerous and bizarre "artifacts" -- and their new assignment is to collect and neutralize new artifacts.
Among the problems they encounter: a young man possessed by a strange Italian power, bank robberies using music, a teleportation experiment gone wrong, a device that channels enough energy to fry people to a crisp, a katana that can slice through light, a mirror that switches Myka with a malevolent creature, and a prison whose occupants are driven to madness by the ghosts of their pasts. But the most dangerous problem is a former agent of the Warehouse, who is now determined to grab the artifacts for his own purposes -- and destroy Artie and the others as well.
Despite being pretty derivative of "The X-Files" at times (skeptical strict female agent paired with quirky wild card), "Warehouse 13" has a pretty brilliant concept -- basically it's about a place that seals away any dangerous historical artifacts.Read more ›
There is a caretaker and a male and female agent who go out to retrieve new items.
The characters have excellent chemistry right from the start and a lot of fun and some seriousness ensues.
The items themselves and their properties ,when mixed with the characters,makes the show really special and sometimes hilarious.
A conspiracy arc develops involving another character or 2 later in the season.
Rewatch value is high in this show.
I can hardly wait for season 2.
I initially had some issues playing these discs on my blu-ray player, but it was the fault of my player, not the discs themselves. I had to set the "auto" feature for resolution off and select 1080 instead of letting the player choose (between 480, 720, 1080), which would result in the screen blanking out every few minutes. I've had this issue with my Sony blu-ray player on a few US based blu-ray discs that are new, but not with others...
The high resolution quality is otherwise spot on for these discs. I mostly look at skin texture to see if its really coming through well and saw no problem here. One thing for US purchasers to be aware of with these is that the UK/European menu system for discs is different from ours. They use a list of symbols for options such as "play all" or "choose episode" or "special features" with no text or caption explaining the meaning of the symbols. (I image everyone across the pond automatically knows what these symbols mean). So the little arrow that we interpret as a "play" button in the menu is their "play all" and the little TV screen icon is their version of choosing from a list of episodes. The asterisk symbol is their icon for special features... You get used to it after viewing a few discs but its not intuitive right off the bat.
Warehouse 13 was unique and fun to watch. Its sad to see it died after four and a half seasons, but it was fun while it lasted.
There is a good bit of humor in this episode and the casting works fairly well, with the by the book Myka offset by the loose cannon Pete. I hope SyFy give this series a change to gel.
Recommended for fans of the genre.
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Interesting storylines, good acting, directing and special effects. Humor in small doses helps keep the story alive. Thank you.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I don't buy shows right away, but wait & see if I like rewatching the episodes. It helps that the show isn't reran on multiple channels everyday (like TBBT -- I'll never buy that... Read morePublished 16 days ago by #X
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