Warehouse 13: In the fist season, the show about two Secret Service agents hunting down artifacts capable of everything from passing through solid objects to seeing the future, really overdid the "will they/ won’t they" relationship between business-like Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and free-spirited Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock). And yeah, some of you out there are saying "Hey, they stole that from Castle, and Castle stole it from Bones," ignoring that X-Files did the exact same type of relationship and did it much better over a decade before any of them. But, I digress.
My point is that Warehouse 13, for its second season, has focused much less on that tired television constant and much more on episodes that are just about solving the artifact problem in front of them, and having fun doing it. Giving Allison Scagliotti (who plays the energetic Claudia Donovan) a bigger role has helped as well, provided they keep her and Artie (Saul Rubinek) on the front lines and don’t just banish them to a seat in front of the Warehouse’s computer.
So you got me back Warehouse 13, just don't lose me by giving in to modern TV conventions.
Eureka: Predating the Sci-Fi Channel’s switch to Syfy, Eureka has been going strong for quite a few years now, and decided it was time for a game changer. The show follows Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), sheriff of Eureka, where the government has placed the biggest brains and best scientists, making Jack’s job often stopping the smartest people in America from blowing up themselves and/or the rest of the world.
This season began with Jack, Director Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Deputy Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston), and Henry Deacon (Joe Morton) being sucked back in time to 1947. They all made it back in one piece, but they had a straggler, Dr. Trevor Grant (James Callis, Battlestar Galactica's Gaius Baltar). Other than the stowaway, the five also found they had altered their own timeline: Jo was head of security for G.D. of which Fargo had somehow become Director, Henry was married to a woman he didn’t know, Allison’s son Kevin (Trevor Jackson) was no longer autistic, Jack was still with his ex, and Jo had never dated her former boyfriend, Zane (Niall Matter, who wins for most original name in this post).
I have really liked the shake-up of the show, but I don’t think they went quite far enough. For one thing, robot Deputy Andy had originally been played with endless optimism by Ty Olsson, but in his first episode this season, he willingly let himself be destroyed to save the town. When Andy returned with his new skin, he was played with an eerie grin by Kavan Smith who has since also required a replacement skin. If they kept it as a constant joke that Andy was decimated in one episode and played by a new actor when he next popped up, I would like this more, but, since it appears Smith will be staying as Andy for a while longer, this means the show is just being lazy and they’re just refusing to let us like this new character by not featuring him in every episode.
Also, I don’t like that they are doing the whole Jack- Allison maybe relationship again. While this show started with these two as the potential romance we were meant to focus on, over the years, the show seemed to lead the audience and the characters away from it. Last season’s finale even featured what felt like a finale to the Jack- Allison possibility, and I liked that the show decided to move the characters past that. But then, this season, they brought it right back, despite complications like Jack being with Tess (Jaime Ray Newman), and Allison being attracted to Trevor Grant, who my sister correctly called out as another iteration as Allison’s ex-husband Dr. Stark (Ed Quinn, who had a ridiculous accent last season on True Blood).
The thing is, I liked Stark by the end, I like Trevor Grant, I liked Jack with Tess, and I am over the Jack- Allison thing. While I am loving the show’s shake-up, if they’d had the balls to go even farther, I would love it even more, if only for being that bold.