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April 28th, 2013

Warehouse 13 Season 4.5 Premiere

Joanne Kelly & Eddie McClintlock Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Joanne Kelly & Eddie McClintlock
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Snag it, bag it, tag it… just don’t miss it! Warehouse 13 is back and looking to tie up that cliff hanger they left us with. “We obviously have to deal — in a major way — with what Artie’s been through and what happens to him, having killed Leena,” executive producer Jack Kenny told TV Guide after last fall’s mid-season cliffhanger, hinting at even more tragedies to come. “There are many other versions of mortality that we’re going to deal with in the next 10 episodes.” So let’s all cross our fingers that season premiere guest stars James Marsters, Lindsay Wagner, Kate Mulgrew, Roger Rees and Polly Walker can help Pete, Myka and the rest of the W13 team find a cure for that sweating sickness epidemic Pete accidentally unleashed before anymore Warehouse workers wind up adding to the body count. Syfy’s Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly’s (aka Pete & Myka) extravaganza known as Warehouse 13 is coming back on Monday, April 29 @ 10:00pm on SYFY to finish up its fourth season.

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July 2nd, 2012

Brent Spiner Guest Stars on Warehouse 13

Brent Spiner Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Brent Spiner
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

They’ve met before and they are about to meet again. In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Most Toys,” Data, played by Brent Spiner was kidnapped by Kivas Fajo played by Saul Rubinek, a collector of rare and precious objects. That is similar to what Rubinek’s character, Artie, does on Warehouse 13. TV Guide reports that Spiner will appear in at least 6 episodes in the 4th season of Warehouse 13 which premieres on July 23 on SYFY.

Brother Adrian (Spiner) is the leader of a top secret sect known as the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Diamond. The show picks up where it left off, but to refresh your memory, the warehouse was destroyed in season 3’s finale and a few characters were killed in the process including Mrs. Frederic and H.G. Wells.

“Artie Nielsen [Rubinek] and the gang are on a mission to pull their lives back together and Brother Adrian is a major obstacle to that,” says executive producer Jack Kenny. “The Brotherhood is descended from the Knights Templar and connected to the Vatican. It is charged with the protection of many powerful artifacts, one of which Artie desperately needs to make everything right again.”

There’s just one problem, and it’s a biggie. “The use of this object will unleash an incredible evil and Brother Adrian is not about to see that happen,” says Kenny. “He heads a sect that is powerful and obsessively devoted and follows no rules. The Brotherhood will do anything to achieve its goals. They are gifted fighters who are willing to go to their deaths, if necessary.”

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January 24th, 2012

8 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of 2011

John Noble  photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

John Noble
photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

2011 was a good year for sci-fi TV. Most TV show genres are described as fantasy, sci-fi (science fiction) comedy, drama, thriller, or action/adventure. But what does being a “sci-fi” show mean? Dictionary.com defines science fiction as “a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc.”

Here are my top 8 favorite sci-fi television series of 2011.

FRINGE (FOX)
Fridays @ 9:00pm (Fall/Winter)
A mad scientist released from the crazy house, Doctor Walter Bishop (John Noble), helps interpret the weird and unusual science experiments gone wrong. This should be easy for him as most of the weird and unusual events are from experiments he and his partner, Dr. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy), researched years ago. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is assigned the job of investigating the weird cases and needs Doctor Bishop’s help in solving them. With a wandering mind, Doctor Bishop needs his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) by his side to keep him on task. With alien-type creatures along with weird and unusual happenings, sci-fi fans will enjoy this science fiction TV series shown on FOX on Friday nights. Click here to check out some of Dr. Walter Bishop’s funny quips from season 2.

SANCTUARY (SYFY)
Mondays @ 10:00pm (Spring/Fall/Winter)
Amanda Tapping of Stargate fame portrays Dr. Helen Magnus, a brilliant scientist who keeps tabs on the alien underworld of creatures the public is unaware surrounds them. Together she and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) try to protect these unseen creatures as well as try to unlock the secrets behind their existence on earth. Also working in the Sanctuary is quirky technical wizard Henry Foss (Ryan Robins) who is a computer expert, weapons designer, head security guy and part time werewolf along with a beast known as the “Big Guy” who is one of the domesticated, almost human-like creatures who serves as bodyguard, handyman, and chauffer. Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi), a fast talking con artist, found herself drawn to the Sanctuary while on the run from the Cabal. Read how Sanctuary is filmed using FX Technology by clicking on this link.

WAREHOUSE 13 (SYFY)
Mondays@8:00pm (Summer/Fall/Winter)
When a high level diplomat is taken out on their watch, FBI Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintlock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) are sent to Warehouse 13 where secret unusual artifacts are housed. Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) keeps track of all the millions of artifacts stored in the warehouse. He tasks his new recruits in tracking down and retrieving artifacts such as Jack the Ripper’s Lantern, Edgar Allen Poe’s Quill Pen and Notebook, and Mata Hari’s stockings that are out in the world creating havoc or are just plain dangerous. (Check out some interesting artifacts that have been recovered and now reside in Warehouse 13.) Eventually computer wizard Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) joins the team. Even Artie has a boss, the mysterious Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).

TERRA NOVA (FOX)
Mondays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere Fall 2011
Scientists have discovered a portal to prehistoric Earth in a time when present Earth is dying. The Shannon family is joining the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers on Terra Nova, the name that this prehistoric Earth has been christened. Jim Shannon, (Jason O’Mara) is a devoted father with a checkered past who guides his family – wife Elisabeth (Shelley Conn), and children Josh (Landon Liboiron), Maddy (Naomi Scott) and Zoe (Alana Mansour) – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. This first colony is led by Commander Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang). The Shannon family will begin to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins. In this prehistoric time-traveling adventure series the beloved T-Rex will takes a backseat as the show’s villain and make way for the big bad Carnotaurus which will be brought to life through a combination of CGI and animatronics.

EUREKA (SYFY)
(2006-2012 – only a handful of episodes left to be aired in 2012)
Eureka is a strange little town in the middle of nowhere and you will not be able to find it on a map. It is virtually invisible to the outside world. With a community made up of intellectual geniuses a lot of weird and unusual things happen in Eureka – by products of experiments gone wrong. It is up to Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) to keep things in order.

DOCTOR WHO (BBC AMERICA)
Saturdays @ 9:00pm (Spring/Summer)
Hang on for a wild adventure with The Doctor! The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords who travels through time and space and often revisits history in his time machine the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). The TARDIS, on the outside, looks like a normal British Police Box. But step inside and get ready to go, ‘Wow!” The Doctor has had many faces as he regenerates when his body nears death. The Doctor and his companions are on a constant adventure of solving problems, righting wrongs and exploring time and space. Doctor Who has two spinoff shows – Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. All of The Doctor’s adventures can be seen on BBC AMERICA and SYFY.

TORCHWOOD: Miracle Day (STARZ)
Fridays @ 10:00pm (Summer)
In this spin off from Doctor Who, Torchwood is a secret band of people led by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) who, much like the people in the Sanctuary, keep the world safe from alien creatures that roam the planet. In “Miracle Day” nobody can die which results in an overnight population explosion that just can’t be caused by natural events. CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) investigates the global conspiracy theory and is led to the Torchwood team. Captain Jack is supported by his staff which includes Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), and Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman).

STARGATE UNIVERSE (SYFY)
(2009- 2011) Episodes available on SYFY
A Stargate team finds themselves stranded on an ancient spaceship known as the Destiny and lost in space. The team consisting of Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips), Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle), Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira), 1st Lt. Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith), Chloe Armstrong (Elyse Levesque), Eli Wallace (David Blue), 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen (Alaina Huffman), Master Sgt. Ronald Greer (Jamil Walker Smith), and Camile Wray (Ming-Na) continues to try to decipher and understand the ancient technology on the ship which they really need to know in order to be able to return home. Basic necessities for survival like air, food and water are hard to come by. The show lacked the hook in the beginning by not using the Stargate more and not having an enemy combatant. Stargate Universe has been cancelled.

Read also:

10 Best Reality Game Shows in 2011 
Best Dramedy TV in 2011

The Darker Side of Sci-Fi TV in 2011

 

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February 20th, 2011

“Warehouse 13” has a New Agent

Aaron_Ashmore by Robin Wong

Aaron Ashmore Photo by Robin Wong © Wikimedia Commons

In the second season finale of Warehouse 13, Myka (Joanne Kelly) let HG Wells’ (Jaime Murray) betrayal get to her causing her to make a decision to leave her partner Peter (Eddie McClintock) and their duties at Warehouse 13. But Peter need not despair. The Warehouse 13 big boss, Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) has found him a new partner in Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore, formerly Jimmy Olsen on Smallville). But Jinks is no ordinary agent. He has a special power – he can tell when someone is lying. (It will be interesting to see how that fits into the storyline.) The two will continue to look for mysterious artifacts to bag and tag that need to be stored at Warehouse 13.

There’s no indication whether Kelly will appear on the show again. Fans will just have to wait and see what happens on that one.

Warehouse 13 kicks off Season 3 this summer with 13 new episodes. Last season, the Warehouse averaged 3.4 million viewers making it Syfy’s most watched show. Learn more about Warehouse 13 at http://www.syfy.com/warehouse13/.

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August 29th, 2010

“Warehouse 13″ Houses Many Interesting Artifacts

Edgar Allen Poe's Quill Pen  resides in "Warehouse 13" Photo by  Skydude176 © Wikimedia Commons

Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill Pen resides in “Warehouse 13″
Photo by Skydude176 © Wikimedia Commons

10 Most Interesting Artifacts from “Warehouse 13″

Located in South Dakota, “Warehouse 13″ is a facility located at K39 Triple Z on the North American grid. The building’s internal dimensions seem much greater than its external appearance (much like Dr. Who’s TARDIS), and have properties which contain the energies given off by its unusual contents. So far, the “Warehouse 13″ investigative team of Pete & Myka (Eddie McClintock & Joanne Kelly) have been assigned by “Warehouse 13′s” caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) to investigate and acquire, neutralize, or destroy (snag, bag and tag) 51 artifacts that were discovered outside of the warehouse. (This includes artifacts that may come in pairs such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s bookends which have been counted as 2 artifacts as opposed to one pair.) Of these 51 artifacts, 30 have been recovered, 9 have been destroyed, 1 possibly has been destroyed, 2 have been neutralized, 5 have not been recovered, and 4 are still undiscovered/not recovered that are from a set of 6 artifacts.

 Ten of the most interesting artifacts now safely tucked away in “Warehouse 13″ are as follows:

Timothy Leary’s Reading Glasses and Case 
(Recovered – “MacPherson”)
The wearer of Timothy Leary’s Glasses produces an LSD/psychedelic vision without LSD actually having to be used. A good example was when Pete was looking at Artie while wearing them but instead of seeing Artie he saw a wobbly, wavy-looking, big tusked walrus.

Albert Einstein’s Time Bridge
(Recovered – Eureka’s “Crossing Over”)
“Eureka’s” Henry Deacon and Dr. Trevor Grant (Joe Morton & James Callis, Battlestar Galactica) have been tinkering with Einstein’s Time Bridge Device and have run their first successful engine test. Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) from “Warehouse 13″ has stopped by to pick up some more neutralizing goo they use to neutralize bad artifacts that are recovered by the “Warehouse 13″ teams. But now full grown redwood trees are popping up in the middle of Global Dynamics, Jo (Erica Cerra) suddenly finds a bullet from 1947 lodged in her chest, and a plane appears out of thin air in Café Diem. Working on the bridge device has caused Dr. Grant to become a time travel magnet pulling items from his original timeline of 1947 into present day “Eureka.” Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) uses nanobot technology to remove the remove the exotic particles from Dr. Grant and send the time traveling items back to 1947 where they belong. Claudia takes the bridge device with her to be stored at “Warehouse 13.”

Imperceptor Vest
(Recovered – “Time Will Tell”)
The Imperceptor Vest is an invention belonging to H.G. Wells and she wants it back. (No, that is not a mistype – H.G. Wells is a woman on “Warehouse 13.”) She needs the Imperceptor Vest in order to safely navigate the walkways of the Escher Vault located in “Warehouse 13″ where an item of hers is being held. The Escher Vault is where the personal effects of cryogenically bronzed people are stored. It is like a living, breathing labyrinth room that shifts, twists and turns too fast for the naked eye to comprehend. The Imperceptor Vest is powered by antimatter and the wearer of the vest can move faster than the naked eye can see – even faster than a speeding bullet. People can navigate the Escher Vault safely only if wearing the vest or a pair of specially designed goggles. At least one person is still missing that entered the room without the aid of either item.

H.G. Wells’ Grappling Hook Gun
(Recovered – “For the Team”)
When Myka runs into H.G. Wells once again while investigating an artifact, H.G. saves Myka from a speeding van by using her homemade grappling gun to pull them to safety. At the end of “For the Team,” H.G. vanishes but leaves her grappling hook gun behind for Myka.

Mata Hari’s Stockings 
(Neutralized – “Merge with Caution”)
All the wearer of Mata Hari’s stockings has to do is have her victim come into contact with the stockings and they will do anything she asks of them. Even Artie, after numerous precautions, succumbs to the spell of a slinky blonde who is wearing Mata Hari’s stockings. To break the spell on Artie, Claudia puts a run in the stockings.

Harriet Tubman’s Thimble
(Recovered – “MacPherson” & “Time Will Tell”)
Harriet Tubman’s Thimble, using light refraction properties, causes people to see a different image than the one of the person wearing it.

Philo Farnsworth’s Transmutational Delivery Device 
Item 186A, Projector / Item 186B, Camera (Recovered – “Beyond Our Control”)
The “Warehouse 13″ team is stumped when Marines, cowboys, gladiator’s and tiger’s begin popping up in the nearby town of Univille. An avid fan of old movies, Pete soon puts the pieces together that these characters are all from movies that starred one of his favorite actors, Raymond St. James. The local postmaster has been using the projector, which was designed for the military to make the enemy believe they were seeing more soldiers than there really were, to watch a Raymond St. James movie marathon. But a side-effect of the projector is that it can also cause objects from the film to physically appear. The team must use the camera, which was housed in the Warehouse, to record something new in order to stop the last flick of the marathon titled “Dr. Doomsday.”

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Bookends
(Recovered – “Merge with Caution”)
Robert Louis Stevenson had two statue-type bookends; one shaped like a lion and one shaped like an eagle. But when the heads of the two bookends are switched, it causes anyone who touches them to switch bodies. The only way to put the switched personalities back into their own body is to switch the heads on the bookends back to their original forms.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill Pen & Notebook
(Not Recovered – Taken by MacPherson – “Nevermore”)
When separated from the quill pen, Edgar Allan Poe’s notebook takes fuel from the life force of anyone who reads it, presumably to fuel the manifestations of the pen-wielder. When separated from the notebook, words written by anyone using the pen can come to life when the intended victim of the writer reads the words. The word used in “Nevermore” was ‘fire’ which when read aloud caused a person to be burned. When the two items are together they are inert.

Jack the Ripper’s Lantern 
(Not Recovered – Owned by MacPherson – “Nevermore”)
Anyone looking into the light of Jack the Ripper’s lantern will find themselves frozen. MacPherson used the lantern to freeze Myka’s parents and blackmail her into returning Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill and Pen to him. The lantern’s current whereabouts is unknown.

“Warehouse 13″ airs on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm ET on Syfy.

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September 24th, 2009

“Warehouse 13:” Syfy’s Biggest Hit of the Summer

Syfy’s Biggest Hit of the Summer is “Warehouse 13”

Saul Rubinek and Eddie McClintock star in "Warehouse 13" Photo by Bill Spears (C) Wikimedia Commons

Saul Rubinek and Eddie McClintock star in “Warehouse 13″
Photo by Bill Spears (C) Wikimedia Commons

The debut of Syfy’s Warehouse 13 ranked as the third-most-watched series telecast in Syfy’s history, (Stargate Atlantis and Eureka hold the number one and two spots) with a 2.8 household rating and 3,997,000 total viewers. In its first season, Warehouse 13 has delivered a 2.9 Household rating (including only the weeks for which full DVR data is available), 4.02 million total viewers, 1.99 million Adults 25-54 and 1.57 million Adults 18-49. Warehouse 13 has grown its audience since its debut, setting series highs for total viewers with its second and fourth telecasts. The fourth episode which aired on Tuesday, July 28 at 9PM (ET/PT) delivered the most females (1.9 million) of any series telecast in Syfy’s 17-year history.

What is Warehouse 13?

Warehouse 13 is the thirteenth warehouse in a line of warehouses that have moved all over the world since the first one was built by Alexander the Great in 336 BC. Warehouse 13 was built by Nikoli Tesla, Thomas Edison and MC Escher. The outside of Warehouse 13 looks like a piece of old rusty junk being held together by hay wire and a bit of luck. But once inside Warehouse 13, it seems to go on forever and ever. Warehouse 13 stores artifacts that have been found or acquired by the U. S. Government over the years that have special powers that need to be contained. The public, or more importantly the bad guys, do not need to get their grubby little hands on any of these artifacts as bad things can happen. Most of the artifacts are being contained because they are the result of a science experiment gone wrong and the power it holds will quickly get out of control in the hands of someone who does not know how to handle them.

A Few of the Artifacts Contained in Warehouse 13

Some of the artifacts housed in Warehouse 13 include:

Edgar Allen Poe’s pen and notebook makes whatever is written in the notebook happen in real life such as closing a man inside a wall.

A Phoenix Brooch will protect the person that is holding it from being burned.

John Dillinger’s pistol, a nickel plated Colt .45, will turn on its owner.

If you wear John Wilkes Booth’s boot you can get away with anything for 12 days – then you get caught.

Lewis Carroll’s Mirror contains the “real” Alice who is criminally insane. If a person looks into Alice’s mirror for too long they will find themselves trading places with their mirror image.

The People Connected to Warehouse 13

Agents Lattimer and Bering saved the President’s life. Now they have been abruptly sent to the middle of nowhere South Dakota to help protect Warehouse 13 whom hardly anyone has ever heard of. Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) looked at this like a job demotion.

Artie (Saul Rubinek) is the caretaker and new boss of Pete and Myka. Artie knows everything about everything that is in Warehouse 13. Pete and Myka’s new jobs are to help Artie keep the artifacts in Warehouse 13 safe and also to follow up on reports of weird and strange happenings in the world that may be caused by an artifact that needs to be corralled. Artie is so familiar with some of the artifacts that he and the agents use them in everyday life such as Farnsworth’s Communicator, a two-way video communications device and Nikola Tesla’s Electro Stun Gun which discharges an electric pulse that stuns the target and causes amnesia of immediate events.

Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) is a techno-wiz and breaks Warehouse 13’s state-of-the-art security system to track down Artie. After Artie helps her free her brother from the grips of one of the artifacts, Claudia stays on as (almost) a part of the Warehouse team.

Leena (Genelle Williams) is the owner of “Leena’s Bed and Breakfast” and the new home for Pete and Myka. Leena has been in business since Warehouse 13 first opened in South Dakota in 1914. Besides cooking a mean omelet, Leena has the gift of being able to read auras surrounding people and objects. Artie finds this gift useful to him when he thinks an artifact is up to no good in the Warehouse.

Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) is Artie’s boss. No one knows much about her except for the fact that she is very stealthy and seems to appear out of nowhere at the most un-opportune times.

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