Warehouse 13 S02E05 — 13.1, Review

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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