Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) may work for the government, but at least their Secret Service assignment was a simple one: protect the President. What may have gone unspoken was understood—your life could be forfeit in the process. Warehouse 13, however, is a whole new ball game. Artifacts are collected over time and kept in one spot. Every so often, an item goes astray and has to be retrieved. Generally speaking, this means post haste.
A series of bank robberies takes place in Chicago. This is not an uncommon occurrence. The criminals do not use guns, and Pete and Myka are on the case. They just have to deal with Agent Bonnie (Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica) of the FBI, who is not happy to have help.
Seeing McClintock and Helfer face off is a sweet touch! It wasn't too long ago each played a government agent, he in Bones and she in Burn Notice. Kelly plays the tough as nails operative who goes by procedure. A three-way conflict reminds viewers there is a cop feel to the science fiction.
In the midst of this, Artie (Saul Rubinek) has issues of his own. Someone breaks through the firewall and locks on the computer array. Leena (Genelle Williams), the bed and breakfast owner and a secret-keeper herself, is nearby when Artie breaks the news of where the hacker is located. Hello, Dickenson (Simon Reynolds), who would like nothing better than to have Lattimer and Bering work for him again. The instant I hear this, I had to wonder if Dickenson himself is the actual culprit. Why? A computer person does not have to use his or her own computer to perform the task in question. Seems to me Artie might consider this.
Yet another toy is uncovered in this episode when Artie's camera flattens Dickenson literally into a cardboard cutout. Whether or not the former boss is involved is for you to find out. There is, though, a conspiracy afoot. Or so it seems, anyway.
Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) may not not be the head of the food chain when it comes to the Warehouse. The only thing anybody knows for sure at this point is via a flashback to Artie's younger days which suggests he has already met this person or group during his career or lifetime.
Since this show wants to draw in viewers badly (this is its premiere season, and I'm sure they'd like to be renewed for another), guest stars are coming from other science fiction shows, people who are recognizable. You may not remember the name, but there is definitely a recognition factor. How cool would it be for a Fringe-type moment when Leonard Nimoy popped up in the season one finale? For the record, nothing I've seen suggests Mr. Spock is on the guest list. A well known face for the hacker may just be what brings in even more viewers.
Does this show deserve a second season? Maybe. I need to see more episodes first, but I do enjoy watching. So far, anyway.
Bering gives us a glimpse into her personal life. A cell phone call from home rattles her greatly. Pete, the observant type, inquires as to why. We find out her dad is not the easiest person to be around. She compares him in fact to the main character in The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. Hmm… should we get to meet this person, I have an idea for the actor. Kevin Tighe, Desoto from Emergency and more recently Locke's father on Lost. Watching Tighe is not always comfortable, which is why I think he could do well in the part.
There is also a hint of some scandal in Bering's life. Could she have been having an affair with Sam, her now deceased partner? It's not out of the question, although not much is known yet. All anybody knows about the Denver incident was is something goes wrong and Sam ends up dead.
With Fringe on hiatus until who knows when, this is the show to watch! What it needs more than anything, however, is a viewership which is consistent for the remainder of the season.