SyFy completed its round of summer shows in October, so with two full season for two of the series and a half season for the other, how did things fare? Not as good as I had hoped, unfortunately. Let’s go back and look at the shows Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven in the same order I did at the beginning of the summer.
Warehouse 13 introduced the season’s villain, H.G. Wells, in its opener, who we learn was actually a woman. It’s several episodes in before we see her again, and she isn’t acting very villain-y. She approaches Myka and tries to offer overtures of wanting to return as a Warehouse agent. She had been an agent of Warehouse 12, which was in England at the time. We learn that there have been several Warehouses over the centuries, with the most powerful country at the time being the one to house it. Myka is open, but cautious of Well’s motives. Artie is adamantly against Wells returning, or even Pete and Myka just talking to her! Over the season, we learn more about Artie’s past, Pete got a girlfriend, and Claudia got a boyfriend, sort of. Wells doesn’t give up, coming to the aid of Pete and Myka, and even rescuing Artie at one point. Finally she wins Myka over who speaks on her behalf and does get her reinstated as an agent.
And here’s were the season fails for me. It was obvious that Wells was doing all this to get back in the Warehouse so she could get an artifact. It was so obvious that I was really hoping that WASN’T going to happen. Wells was very convincing of course. The story about her daughter was a great way to butter up Myka, and eventually proved to be her downfall. But the whole “I’ve changed” bit is always just an act, so I had hoped the writers were going to do something different. Wrong. In the penultimate episode Wells betrays Pete and Myka as they try to shut down Warehouse 2, which was lost during Roman times. She was after a spear, which was part of the original weapon of mass destruction. Her purpose, to send the world back to the ice age because of all the harm man has done to the planet. That’s right. For 100 years, Wells has had a green agenda. She is actually the ultimate eco-terrorist. It was all such a let down. They could have done so much with Wells as an agent. Instead they went for the “she’s still evil” plot and made sure the season ended in a tidy knot. Well, except for the painfully obvious cliffhanger, which has Myka leaving the Warehouse, because of her failure to realize Well’s duplicitous ways. Guess how next season will start?
Eureka opened with another time travel incident that changed history ever so slightly for the time travels Carter, Alison, Jo, Henry and Fargo, as Trevor Grant, one of the founders of Eureka comes forward in time with them. So, throughout the first half of this season, the time travelers have to deal with the changes, Grant has to deal with 60 years of changes and having no one still alive who he would know. There’s some rivalry between Grant and Carter over Alison’s affections, but after a 2×4 to the head, Carter wins out. The season ends with Grant getting sucked into a plot by the Consortium (remember them? Yeah, me neither). He and Carter go back to 1947, go through the events they went through the first time, with Grant trying to change what happened, doesn’t, and instead returns with Carter, before leaving at the end, and the Consortium picking a new target to get what they want: Carter.
I wasn’t real happy with the way this season went either. I know the writers really like playing with the characters, which has to be the only reason they keep hitting the reset button ever year, but I really didn’t like the changes. I liked Lupo and Carter working together as Sheriff and Deputy. They made a good team. Zane had become a decent and only sometimes trickster-ous character instead of the big jerk they returned him to being. And Zane and Zoe? Uh, no. Fargo head of GD? I thought ‘oh hell no!’, but it’s worked out okay so far. Alison and Carter finally getting together, that gets an ‘it’s about f-ing time!’, but I fear that isn’t going to last. At the end of the first season they were together, and that got wiped by the first reset. I just have a bad feeling they’re going to do it again,with just Carter remembering, as usual. What I really hated was the way the time travel was handled. The easiest way to fix the Consortium and every that happens to Alison was for Grant to just STAY IN THE PAST! Most of what happened in this season wouldn’t have happened if Grant hadn’t come forward, so the quickest and easiest solution was to have him stay. Changes couldn’t have happened with his knowledge of the future, but no. Instead they have to go with the convoluted “Let’s leave a message for my future self about how to stop Alison from being killed.” Not impressed at all.
Haven spent most of its first season introducing the Audrey, Nathan and Duke, the main leads, and the growth of “The Troubles”, supernatural afflictions that affect people who life in the town. Audrey gets drawn in as she tries to solve the mystery of the woman in a photo that looks just like her and could be her mother. Several of the cases give her clues as to who she is, including a name, Lucy. Audrey also finds that she has an ability of her own; she can affect the Trouble-afflicted. When Audrey touches Nathan, he can feel it. She could stop James Garrick so he moved at the same speed as everyone else. The season ends with a revelation that Audrey may not be the daughter of Lucy, but is Lucy, but we won’t know more until next season.
I think I’m one of the few people on the planet that likes Haven. Everyone I know seems to hate it, but I really liked it. I like the characters of Audrey, Nathan, and Duke. They feel comfortable, and can get some good banter going. They are three very different characters that have a good chemistry. The stories themselves had their ups and downs, though I didn’t mind the “trouble of the week” rhythm it fell into. The show is new, and I prefer the overarching plot to be introduced a little at a time, which I thought this season did well. Audrey really had to get to be known in the small town, and stop acting like a FBI agent, and more like a local before she got accepted and people started opening up to her. I’m really looking forward to the next season to see where they go from the last episode cliff-hanger. I’m hoping for some more twists and turns before we really know who and/or what Audrey is.
So, these series pretty much ended the way I expected them to from their premieres. Warehouse 13 gets a plus for more background information on the Warehouses in general, and Warehouse 2 specifically, but it gets cancelled out with an overused cliché villain ending. Eureka stays in the negative to poor use of time travel and keeping characters from developing. Haven gets all pluses for great characters and a plot just intriguing enough to make me want to come back for more.