The Best Sci-Fi You Probably Didn't Miss

Imagine that you are a Secret Service agent with a promising career and just a few minor blemishes on your record due to your unusual methods. Suddenly, you are reassigned to, of all places, a gigantic government warehouse in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota. Your new task: To collect and protect America's deepest, most bizarre secrets. Welcome to the world of Warehouse 13.

I'm not entirely sure that this new series from Sy-Fy belongs in this column, as it is the best rated first season of any original Sy-Fy series (including everything done under the old name), but I've already done the research for the entry, so...

It goes something like this: Secret Service agents Pete Latimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) are yanked off of their promising career tracks to serve as agent of Warehouse 13, a super secret repository for relics and artifacts of unbelievable power and historic significance. Artie Nielsen, played superbly by veteran character actor Saul Rubinek, is the somewhat eccentric manager of the facility, while the operation is run by the mysterious Mrs. Frederick (CCH Pounder, 'nuff said).

Pete and Myka fly in the face of convention in many ways. Pete has empathy and is driven to act on his astounding intuition, while Myka is the analytical mastermind of the team, flying in the face of traditional gender assigned skills. Also, and I pray that this remain so, the energy between these two partners is not sexual. I have no interest in watching yet another show where the male and female leads pretend they are not hot for each other. I find their camaraderie refreshing.

The short, simple analogy for this show is that it's the X-Files without all the alien nonsense, but that doesn't describe it, really. There is one word that does, though. Fun. Take X-Files, take the old Friday the Thirteenth series, and recast it as a comedy/light drama. The show is witty, clever, and completely fails to take itself seriously. It strikes a brilliant balance between a too heavy drama and a ridiculous comedy. Its strengths lie in it’s plotting, it’s wit, and the unique relationships between it’s greatly varied characters.

I look forward to seeing more of the show, and Sy-Fy has picked it up for a second season, so let the fans rejoice. In the meantime, they have a very clever web site you may enjoy up at Included, among other fun stuff, is a detailed history of the warehouse, dating back to 323 BCE. Founded by Alexander the Great, it seems that our warehouse is the thirteenth incarnation of the facility. Go forth, have a laugh. It’s good to laugh a little.