Warehouse 13 Is My New Happy Place

In reality, this short article should most likely be entitled “Adam Glass is a Genius and Pat Should Trust Him without Reservation.” But, it’s not. It’s called “Warehouse 13 Makes Me Giddy Like a School Girl.” It bears that title because it is also true and I don’t want to give Adam a big head about his recommendations.

About a week ago, I was chatting with Adam (an activity that takes up at least half of each Lost in Criterion recording session (I would have just written sesh for short but I’m not sure it makes sense in written form (Oh my God! I’ve nested so many parentheses (Dear Lord! Will it ever end? (Yes))))). If this article produces a parsing error in your mind, I’m sorry.  So, I was chatting with Adam about my overwhelming need for a new TV show to watch. This is not a new discussion between us. In fact, it comes up nearly every time. Adam has made numerous suggestions before and I have enjoyed most of them but none hold a candle to Warehouse 13.  

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If you’ve never seen the show, it is essentially a much more lighthearted version of the X-Files or Fringe or any other shows of that ilk. What sets the show apart is a humor and self-awareness that is rare in these types of shows. Most of the shows I have watched that focus on the paranormal tend to take themselves far too seriously. Or on rare occasion, go way too far into the other end of the spectrum (the latter seasons of Stargate SG-1 (A show I loved dearly.) come to mind). Warehouse 13 strikes a good balance of paranormal bullshit and humorous acknowledgment of the bullshit. The show frequently points out its absurdities without ever addressing the camera and rolling its eyes. For me, that makes this a rare treat that I am watching during every possible moment of free time.

I only really have one major complaint about the show…

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Claudia. At times, she can be a very nice character to watch but most of the time she isn’t. Most of the time she is playing a inauthentic spastic nerd girl character that I find annoying in any piece of media.  It calls to mind shades of Juno, Garden State and the like. I assume there is a TV Trope for it but I’m too lazy to find the link. Sorry.

 

All in all, I love the show and I feel that I owe Adam a huge thank you for recommending the show to me.

So… thank you Adam.


Also, thank you for not recommending True Detective. You’re a good man.

Please stop recommending it. I'll watch it when it is available from VOD services. Thanks.

Please stop recommending it. I'll watch it when it is available from VOD services. Thanks.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - A Show that is Better than Mediocre.

Fourteen years is not too late to show up to the party.

Approximately one week ago, I discovered that I now magically have enough free time to watch American television again.  I do not know where this time came from but I am most definitely not foolish enough to ruin the whole affair by questioning it.  Instead, I decided it was time for me to sit down at my computer and acquire some American television.  After a relatively short time, I had wrangled some television that was mostly composed of the final few episodes of shows that I had been following earlier in the year.  In my new found free time, I was able to ingest the entirety of these collected shows in less than one night.  Having horrifically engorged myself on this mindless entertainment, I was left with a strange hollow feeling and a burning desire to fill it.  Rather than improve myself, I determined that the only way to fill this gaping maw in my soul was with more television.  With this in mind, I sat down at my computer and discovered to my horror that there was no new television for me to watch.  In this moment of desperation, I desperately did something desperate.  I reached far into the past, fourteen years, and plucked a bit of television from its own time and brought it to the present to entertain me.  For this offense alone, it is quite possible that Jean-Claude Van Damme is hunting me down as we speak.

While rummaging mindlessly through the entirety of television history, I stumbled upon a tiny obscure television program called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  While I had never heard of the show before, a few of my streetwise informants informed me that the show might be worth my time and a possible ass-kicking from Officer Van Damme.  Heeding the advice of my mangy bedraggled informants, I took this show from its own time and forced it to live with me in my futuristic sky palace in the future.  And I will be the first to admit that it has been totally worth my eventual Van Damme delivered beat-down.  The show is substantially better than the complete lack of mention of it anywhere on the Internet would seem to indicate.  I am considering the inconceivable possibility that I might be using the Internet incorrectly or possibly the Internet is actually a massive super computer dedicated to preventing me from watching enjoyable television.  I will let you know more after further research.  

Regardless of why the Internet has never heard of this marvelous show, I am not afraid to declare to the world that the show is at least more than decent.  It might even be slightly better than okay.  Since I have already kidnapped the show from its rightful place in history, I suggest that everyone check it out since you have probably never heard of it.  It might be worth your time or something... if you don’t have anything better to do...  If you would like to watch it, you should send me a self-addressed envelope and a cashiers check for $99.99 to cover the expenses of cloning the characters, buying out of fashion 90’s clothing, making photocopies of the scripts and the like.  Please send your requests to:

 The Fat White Guy

202 Placewheretheforeingerlives Ave.

Japanville, Japan 45923


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