Warehouse 13 and Eureka are two of the SyFy Channel’s hottest shows, so it makes sense to cross them over right? Well it certainly does to the marketing department anyway. But does it make for a good episode?
Actually yes it does. Fortunately both Eureka and Warehouse 13 have a lot in common stylistically. While Eureka is science based and Warehouse 13 has more fantasy elements, the shows feel similar and mesh quite well.
The writers also wisely limited the nature of the crossover to one character, Douglas Fargo. Primarily a comedic character, he slipped right in to the series as though he belonged and his interactions with Artie and Claudia was spot on.
But the episode didn’t rely on the stunt crossover for its entertainment value. Hugo and Hugo 1 (played by Rene Auberjonois) touched on a recurring theme in Warehouse 13, namely what seems to happen to all the warehouse agents. That ominous note is needed because there isn’t really much of a sense of jeopardy in this episode. Since the only characters at risk are series regulars it’s hard to feel that they’re actually in any danger. Usually there’s at least a guest character to worry about.
But that’s a fact that really only came to my attention after the show was over. While I was watching the episode I was too busy try to catch all the geek movie and tv references or enjoying the banter between the cast members. Though I couldn’t help but notice that Myka and Pete are being made out to be stunningly incompetent agents this season. I know it kept the plot moving, but it was lazy writing and it’s not the first time it’s happened this year.
But Warehouse 13 has never been challenging viewing. It is after all intended to be a fun show more than anything else. So perhaps I shouldn’t criticize this episode too heavily for being what it is.
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