Stories of the unexpected emerge from ‘Warehouse 13′

Posted July 06, 2009, at 5:07 p.m.

You never know exactly what to expect on Sci Fi (or Syfy as the cable channel will be known starting today. Why? That’s also a mystery).

That’s also the premise behind “Warehouse 13,” which debuts with a two-hour movie at 9 tonight. It’s about a secret installation in the South Dakota Badlands that is full of surprises.

The series follows a pair of mismatched Secret Service agents who get assigned to Warehouse 13, against their wills.

One of the agents is Pete Lattimer (played by Eddie McClintock), who is impulsive and follows his gut. The other is Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), who is focused and organized.

They end up at Warehouse 13 after a failed assassination of the president, a mission during which they clashed. Myka doesn’t want to be there, while Pete grows more and more curious.

The keeper of Warehouse 13 is Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), who has been there long enough to take the oddities stored there in stride and calls Warehouse 13 “America’s Attic.” His supervisor is the mysterious Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder), who has the clout to draft Pete and Myka for this top-secret duty.

Artie assigns Pete and Myka to investigate weird happenings and neutralize whatever is causing them, and they use their opposite but complementary abilities to do so.

“Warehouse 13” is “X-Files” light, and also has the playful flavor of Syfy’s summer hit “Eureka” (returning Friday). It’s cleverly written and is a winning addition to Syfy’s slate of originals.

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