Many fans of sci-fi have a love/hate relationship with the Syfy Channel. The channel that gave the cylons a plan in the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" and introduced us to the quirky town of "Eureka", also has a nasty little habit of cancelling these brilliant shows before their time. Last Summer, we cringed again when Syfy continued their tradition by announcing that "Warehouse 13" 's shortened, Fifth Season will be its last.
"Warehouse 13" is a rare gem of a fantasy show that mixes drama with comedy. The series originally premiered in July 2009 in which two Secret Service Agents: one a buttoned-up, by-the-book beauty by the name of Myka Berning, the other an impulsive, intuitive fellow by the name of Pete Lattimer, were recruited by the enigmatic Mrs. Frederick to work for Artie Nielsen, the custodian of Warehouse 13. Their mission was to collect enchanted artifacts before they can cause damage to the people around them. Sometimes people would inadvertently use these objects without knowing the problems they could cause, but many times, unsavory individuals would seek out the objects to use for their own personal gain.
As the series progressed, the show gained two new agents: a tech-savvy but troubled young woman named Claudia, and Steve Jinks, an ATF recruit who detects when someone is lying. They all lived at Leena's Bed & Breakfast, and Leena also helped to organize the Warehouse. Among many of the artifacts they have located have been Jimi Hendrick's guitars, one that can cause electrical storms and Lewis Carroll's Looking Glass, which can trap people inside and let others out. Members of the team have be trapped in a 1940's murder mystery film, traveled into the bodies of 1960's Warehouse agents, have been possessed, brought back from the dead, and have stopped the world from being destroyed on more than one occasion.
In addition to the original story lines, one of the things that sets the series apart from other genre shows has been the caliber of its guest stars. Lindsey Wagner, "The Bionic Woman" has guest starred as Artie's love interest. "Star Trek: Voyager" alum Jeri Ryan has had a recurring role as Pete Lattimer's ex-wife and Kate Mulgrew portrayed Pete's mother. Brent Spiner from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" carried an entire story arc. "Firefly" actors Jewel Staite and Sean Maher teamed up for an episode. Most recently "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actors James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head have had recurring roles.
Beginning Monday, April 14th, "Warehouse 13" will start airing its final episodes. However, you can meet Eddie McClintock, "Pete Lattimer" himself at The Away Mission in Tampa the weekend of April 11- 13th. Eddie McClintock will be available for autographs and photo ops Saturday and Sunday.