For fans of "Warehouse 13," this has been a tough time. One of the good guys (Artie) killed another (Leena) and released a toxin that could kill billions more. Life wobbled ... and then the show took a seven-month break.
It's finally back Monday (April 29), with a terrific episode. Here' the story I sent to papers:
By MIKE HUGHES
Even in science-fiction, it seems,
there are limits. Occasionally, dead people must stay dead.
That sort of explains the shock that
“Warehouse 13” delivered to its fans, just before taking a long
break. One beloved character (Artie) killed another (Leena).
This one is permanent, producer Jack
Kenny said, unlike past ones: “We brought back Artie (from the
dead), we brought back Steve. We needed someone to stay dead, or
death has no sting.”
For the show's first post-break
episode, Leena does exist in Artie's troubled mind. She's leaving,
however, and there are other aftershocks:
– Artie, who was then consumed by an
evil spirit, released a deadly flower that could kill half the people
on the planet. Pete and Claudia try to un-do that.
– Myka and Steve face a tougher
challenge – finding the real Artie, inside his sub-conscious.
The latter lets actress Joanne Kelly
show skills she learned as a kid in Newfoundland and Labrador. “My
dad was a gun collector,” she said. She shot, rode, was s Girl
Guide, more. “I did a lot of sports.” And now she gets repeat
that as Myka, a former FBI agent.
Archery, after all, has become cool
again, thanks to “Hunger Games,” “Archer,” “Spartacus,”
“Walking Dead” and more. Still, Kelly may be the only actress to
use a crossbow to slay a flying gargoyle.
“Warehouse” is like that sometimes.
“Basically, the show is an action-adventure comedy,” Kenny said.
Artie (Saul Rubinek) runs the South
Dakota warehouse filled with artifacts from history and mythology –
from da Vinci's inventions to Pandora's box. Artifacts are protected
and retrieved by Myka, Pete (Eddie McClintock), Steve (Aaron Ashmore)
and techno-whiz Claudia (Allison Scagliotti).
The stories can be big and boisterous.
“'Subdued' is not in my wheelhouse,” McClintock said.
And they can involve guest stars
already big in the sci-fi universe. That first returning episode has
James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Polly Walker
(“Caprica”), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Lindsay
Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”).
So wasn't Kelly – the picture of a
modern action hero – excited to meet Wagner and Mulgrew, who were
pioneers of women's roles in sci-fi? Well …
“We didn't have cable when I was
growing up,” she said. Kelly has little knowledge of old TV or new
devices; she avoids Twitter. Instead, she knows guns and bows and
such. She also, McClintock said, “looks stunning” in an upcoming
episode set inside a1940-style “film noir.”
Actually, Kenny said, it was probably
fine that Kelly hadn't seen Wagner's old show. “I think Lindsay was
relieved she didn't have to sign a lunch box.”
– “Warehouse 13,” 10 p.m.
– Mid-season return (after a seven
month break) is April 29, rerunning at midnight.
– That episode reruns often,
including 8 a.m. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Saturday, May