• Farewell to Warehouse 13

    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.


    warehouse 13 The end is near as Warehouse 13 airs its final episodes on Syfy.

    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.

    Warehouse Pete Eddie McClintock will be at Away Mission in April.


    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.

  • Haters Gotta Hate...but on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Really?


    What is up with that? From the beginning, something about S.H.I.E.L.D. has rubbed pop critics the wrong way. Even before I had the series DVR'd, I heard the murmurs:

    "UK scientists Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) barely even qualify as characters." Source: The HitFix

    "Are there any compelling characters? This is the big one, and may ultimately be irreparable without ditching the bulk of the cast and starting over." Source: The HitFix

    "The series was constructed with the relatively low ambition of Not Being Terrible... And the SHIELD pilot overachieved like crazy." Source: PopWatch/Entertainment Weekly

    "SHIELD is…well, mulch. It’s a show about characters who go everywhere and seem to have limitless resources, but their actual purpose isn’t particularly defined." Source: PopWatch/Entertainment Weekly

    I'll be the first to agree with the naysayers that SHIELD is not in the same league with, say, "The Walking Dead" or "Game of Thrones". Be that as it may, I find it stylish and adventuresome. It's fun and nicely flavored with a clearly intended touch of camp and good-natured self-awareness. SHIELD brings to the small(er) screens in our living rooms the same wink-and-nudge action as the theatre blockbusters.

    The overall team chemistry between the characters, from Phil Coulson to Fitz and Simmons, works great. And, unlike some critics, I like a series that takes its time developing characters. Series developers that have no faith in viewers' attention spans fall into a particular Pet Peeve category of mine, anyway.

    I also disagree with critics about the special effects. They're among the best you'll find on the made-for-tv shows. Right on par, in my opinion, with the likes of "Game of Thrones" and far above what is offered to us by "Once Upon a Time" or "Grimm". And, hey, I like those shows, too!

    In acting, effects and plotting quality, it's equal to Next Generation (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Oh My Dog, how I hear you gasping out there! Yes. I said it and I'm sticking to it.

    SHIELD is obviously intended to be fun and flighty, an adventuresome romp. So relax, haters! Give that hyper-vigilance a rest. Grab a favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy the easy ride. You just might find yourself watching with a small, Agent Coulson-esque smile on your lips.

  • Serenity For The Holidays

    I love "Firefly".  The short lived Fox series about a mercenary crew traveling through space who aimed to misbehave had one of the best ensemble casts ever.  Although it has been off the air for ten years and its follow-up movie "Serenity" graced the theater screens eight years ago, the fans, (many who call themselves Browncoats), keep growing in number.  Even though most of the actors have regular acting gigs throughout the year,  they still attend conventions when they can and their presence always draws a crowd from all over the world. Continue reading

  • Joss Whedon Stars In ‘Scary Smash’

    -- Courtesy of our awesome friends at Blurppy.

    Title have you a bit confused?  Joss is a director right?  You know, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and a lil popular movie he just did called ‘The Avengers‘ are part of his portfolio.  Well now you can add acting.  Joss is the main character in a new video on YouTube called ‘Scary Smash’.  Don’t expect any intricate plots or special effects.  Scary Smash was written by a 5-year-old and is part of a new Web series called “Written by a Kid” that premiered on the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry last week. Continue reading

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