8/30/2010: The Power of Purple Spankies . . .

You know, I’ve been trying to come up with some clever way to intro this recommendation, but I’m tired, and apparently clever is hell and gone from where my mind is right now. So.

Today’s recommendation: Warehouse 13.

Warehouse 13 is a lot of fun. I think it took a few episodes to find its balance—early episodes of Season One are kinda clunky and maybe a little too light-hearted (although, honestly, they’re still pretty damn enjoyable. There’s something about Warehouse 13 that’s just sort of gleefully infectious.) But now we’re in the middle of Season Two, and Warehouse 13 has found almost a perfect balance between comedy, drama, consequences, banter, romance, action, and total geekery.

Yes, Warehouse 13 is a show full of nerdgasm with gadgets, artifacts, and about twelve geek references per episode. The cast is great. The characters are fun. Artie (Saul Rubenstein) is kind of the heart of the show, I think, and I adore his relationship with Claudia (Allison Scagliotti). Actually, I like pretty much all the relationships—Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelley) make for an interesting partnership, not just because they’re the total opposite of each other and all that stereotypical nonsense, but because they really don’t have much to rely on except each other in the craziness that they face every day, and it makes for an interesting dynamic on screen.

Warehouse 13 is kind of a popcorn show; it’s feel-good entertainment, which most people tend to associate with stupid. But while Warehouse 13 isn’t doom and gloom like Battlestar Galactica, it also isn’t cheap and lazy. There are consequences for the characters. The relationships are solid. And while the set-up is Mystery (or Artifact) of the Week, the show never forgets last week or the week before—prior events have meaning on this show. The characters and the story lines both continue to grow.

And, besides, where else are you going to find purple spankies on television that can give someone the power to become a superhero vigilante?

If you like science fiction, give Warehouse 13 a try on Syfy Channel, Tuesdays at 9:00 PM.

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