US tv series (2009-current). Created by Jane Espenson and D Brent Mote. Producers include Drew Z Greenberg, Andrew Seklir, Jack Kenny, and David Simkins. Directors include Constantine Makris, Tawnia McKiernan, and Stephen Surji. Writers include Espenson, Mote, Greenberg, Michael P Fox, and Ian Stokes. Cast includes Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer, Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering, Saul Rubinek as Artie Nielsen, Genelle Williams as Leena, and Alison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan. 25 one-hour episodes produced so far.
A lighthearted, undemanding series in the same vein as the sister show Eureka (2006-current) – the two shows take place in the same universe and characters have crossed over from one to the other – that capitalizes on the sky-rocketing popularity of Steampunk. Secret Service agents Bering and Lattimer are assigned to work at the titular warehouse, a depository for mysterious artefacts of poorly understood provenance and capabilities. Icon figures such as Nikola Tesla and Harry Houdini (1874-1926) are name-checked regularly, and some are even brought to life. The prevailing atmosphere of the show is that of a shadow history of the twentieth century in which the great Scientists, inventors, charlatans and public figures of the era play heroic or villainous roles. The cast is charming, though rarely asked to extend itself – beyond compensating for the silliness of the plots, that is – and like Eureka, Warehouse 13 is diverting but not very compelling. [AN]
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