Tonight, SyFy will air the final episode of Warehouse 13, ending the show’s nearly five-year run. Initially, the plan was to have the series end at the conclusion of its fourth season, which would have left many cliffhangers for fans of the show to debate. However, the fan outcry and petitions to save the show caused the network to renew the series for one final season. At the announcement of the finale season, SyFy’s President of Original Content Mark Stern praised the efforts of the fans.
“Warehouse 13 has been an incredible signature series for us. We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base and know that Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season,” said Stern.
The Syfy series follows the exploits of two ex-Secret Service agents, Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), who have been recruited to serve as agents for a secret government-run facility known as Warehouse 13. They, along with noted hacker/inventor Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) and human lie detector Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), travel across the country to retrieve dangerous artifacts from the unsuspecting public. The warehouse is home to numerous artifacts, most of which have abilities that would be too dangerous for the public to know about. It is overlooked by its caretaker Irene Frederick (C. C. H. Pounder) and the Special Agent in Charge Arthur “Artie” Nielsen (Saul Rubinek).
Some artifacts relate to historical figures, like John Wilkes Booth’s boot, which allows the wearer to get away with any act, including murder, but only for 12 days. Others relate to legends and fairy tales, such as William Tell’s crossbow, which allows the user to hit any target they are aiming at, no matter how far away the shooter is from the target. Still others have no relation to any event or person, but are simply powerful, magical artifacts. An example of such would be a giant pepper mill, said to have the ability to disintegrate all forms of solid matter.
Warehouse 13 first premiered in 2009, earning 3.5 million viewers for its first episode. The number only increased as the first season progressed, earning a network record at the time of 4.4 million viewers for the show’s sixth episode, “Burnout”. The combination of historical events and science fiction thrilled viewers when the show first premiered, earning favorable comparisons to both the X-Files and Indiana Jones, but ratings dropped as seasons went by. Efforts were made to increase the viewership, including crossover episodes with other popular SyFy programs, but eventually, the decision was made to end the show’s long run.
The show’s five-season run make it one of the longest-running SyFy original series on the network currently, only behind the reality show, Ghost Hunters, which began in 2003. The seires was unable to beat the record for longest-running comedy-drama on SyFy, held by Eureka and its six-year run. Warehouse 13 ends its long run tonight at 9 ET, with the episode aptly titled “Endless”, and though this six-episode season is more than the network originally planned, it will likely be a bittersweet ending for fans of the show.
By Jonathan Gardner