What Does MacPherson Want Out of Warehouse 13? Time Will Tell!
· Eddie McClintock
· Joanne Kelly
· Saul Rubinek
· Roger Rees
Television Review: Warehouse 13, "Time Will Tell"
by R.J. Carter
Published: July 6, 2010
"Time Will Tell," the opening episode to this second season, is my first exposure to the Syfy series Warehouse 13, so I admittedly don't have much background to work from as I build my initial impressions. What I see is a pair of Secret Service agents -- Pete and Myka, played by Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly -- who are tasked to work under a sort of curator, Artie (Saul Rubinek), to retrieve certain artifacts of power and bring them back for storage in the immensely copious Warehouse 13. On the face of it, it's a bit of a mish-mash of X Files and Friday the 13th (the television series, not the hockey mask slashers). But the more I think about it, it has much more akin to Dean Devlin's The Librarian series -- so much so that I'd be surprised if Devlin hasn't already raised a bit of a stink about it.
This episode picks up from a cliffhanger ending for season one, which finds MacPherson (Roger Rees) inside the Warehouse once again, having been let in by a traitor to the group. Everyone has assumed the traitor to be computer researcher Claudia (Allison Scagliotti), but with Harriet Tubman's Thimble in play (an artifact which allows its wearer to assume the appearance of anyone), the true identity is up in the air.
MacPherson's goal within the warehouse is not a what -- it's a who, a villain from the past. The name is familiar, but you'll be surprised at the face. It's all a part of MacPherson's lengthy and detailed plan to traverse the insanely secure Escher Vault, where the most dangerous artifacts of all are kept. And with Pete, Myka and Artie hopping the globe searching for him, MacPherson appears to have free reign to achieve his ultimate goal.
Escape from Warehouse 13: Myka (Joanne Kelly), Artie (Saul
Rubinek), and Pete (Eddie McClintock) barely make it out alive.
Photo by: Philippe Bosse/Syfy
Warehouse 13 is a light-hearted adventure series that doesn't take itself too seriously, despite the life-or-death over-the-top scenarios the characters find themselves in. There's a playfulness between Pete and Myka that makes it hard to accept them as Secret Service agents. Sometimes they come across more like teasing siblings; other times there's almost an unrequited sexual tension thing between them. As a whole, the feeling I get is that the series is intended a bit more for sf fandom fun than for action/adventure. Which is fine -- I enjoyed The Middleman for all the same reasons. I think I'll stick around, wander around a bit, and see what else the series has in store.