Apprehension abounded Monday evening as I prepared to watch the premiere of Warehouse 13’s third season. Would Myka return? Would I have to find a new favorite sci-fi comedy? This one is the X-Files but FUNNY! What could be better than that?
As GreenEggsNSamm mentioned in her article on the show, one of the best things Warehouse 13 has going for it is the chemistry. One of my favorites is the Artie/Claudia dynamic. He’s the adorable father figure she always wished she had, and he puts up with her nagging and antics better than any parental unit I’ve ever met. Since season 2, the pair of Claudia and Artie is like having a second team of agents. They really allow the show to expand into two stories per episode, only overlapping per use of the Farnsworth.
Unlike GreenEggsNSamm, however, I am a total shipper. Pete and Myka 4evr! <3 <3 (Yeah, that just happened) I stuck it out with Mulder and Scully till the very end, even the 2008 film (another story for another day…), and I am STILL shipping them. I am STILL shipping Sam/Jack, though we all know that willnever happen. And I’m still shipping Pete/Myka. This is going to happen. This must happen. Just as the spice must flow.
Needless to say, (spoiler alert!) Myka isn’t gone for good. She’s gone for half an episode. I think I’ve been watching too much Joss Whedon, because I honestly wasn’t sure if she’d return or not. But there she is! They really wasted no time bringing her back, which I can appreciate.
And now for the new guy. Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) is an ATF agent who runs into Pete, Artie, and Claudia on a mission to recover Jimi Hendrix’ guitar. It seems a little serendipitous that he would happen be the most appropriate candidate for Myka’s job, but far be it from me to question the infallible Mrs. Frederic’s judgment. Jinks has the ability to tell when people are lying, which brings up and interesting idea toward the direction of the series. Will people start having supernatural powers too? Pete already gets his ‘vibes,’ something I could accept as a one-off, but now that two characters have special ‘abilities,’ I wonder if the team will start investigating people with powers as well as artifacts. Personally I hope the writers don’t take it that way; one of the unique things about Warehouse 13 is that the peculiarities lie in objects, not people.
After the thrilling conclusion to H.G. Wells’ season as the Warehouse’s Most Wanted, I’m interested to see where this season will take us. H.G. was an intriguing, intelligent, and very complex character that I’m interested to see more from. She does make an appearance in season 3’s premiere, so perhaps she’s not gone forever. As for this season’s bad guy…I am apprehensive. He’s presented as a dark silhouette against a brightly lit window and someone we already know is his accomplice. It’s cliché enough to make me worry. But then again, one of the things I love best about Warehouse 13 is that it takes the cliché and makes it new again.
If you need something to relax you after a long Monday, look no further than Warehouse 13. It’ll keep puzzles in your brain and stitches in your sides. Mondays on SyFy at 9/8c.