Warehouse 13: Season Five (DVD)

Endless wonder.

Warehouse 13: Season Five hosts the final six episodes of the series, and as far as wrapping up the show goes, you really can’t ask for much more than what’s offered here. Aside from more episodes, of course!

Secret Service Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock, Bones) and his partner Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly, Hostages) have been agents of Warehouse 13 for the past five years. Traveling around the globe, as well as through space and time, they help track down and neutralize “artifacts” — objects which have become imbued with a sort of energy that translates into big trouble for the innocent person who stumbles upon them.

During these past five years the people who work at Warehouse 13 have created a family of sorts. Led by Arthur “Artie” Nielsen (Saul Rubinek, Leverage) and featuring techie Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti, Drake and Josh) alongside her partner and human lie detector Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore, X-Men: Days of Future Past).

There’s everything you have come to expect from Warehouse 13 within these final episodes. There’s the trip to an alternate universe, a showdown with someone out to take over Warehouse 13, secrets revealed, and all the snark and humor which hallmark the writing of these beloved characters. Everyone involved with the show is at the top of their game and it shines through every frame. The writing and directing are consistently well done, the props are always top notch, the guest stars bring a fun energy to their parts, the set dressing is always impressive, and the visual effects are some of the best the series has offered. One of the special features, “Behind the Shelves,” goes deep into what it takes to make the show in a six-part series, and is well worth a look if you’ve ever wondered about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff.

You’re not reading this review because you’re wondering whether or not to start watching the show. (I hope!) By now you’re a fan of the show and want to know if it holds up — it does. I wish there was more here, a testament to a great show. I’ve been delighted to witness Warehouse 13 evolve into a must-watch show. If you’re a fan, this will not disappoint.

Disc One
* “Endless Terror”
Claudia goes head-to-head with Paracelsus (Anthony Stewart Head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to save Warehouse 13.

* “Secret Services”
Pete and Myka meet up with a pair of Secret Service agents whose own secret forces them to evaluate their relationship with one another.

* “A Faire to Remember”
It’s Ren-Faire time! Pete and Jinks try to help a lovelorn youth capture the heart of the fair maiden.

* “Savage Seduction”
Pete gets a call for help from his ex-girlfriend Kelly (Paula Garces, Defying Gravity). When he, Myka and Artie arrive, it’s to discover that Kelly’s grandmother has been sucked into the television and consequently her favorite telenovela. They have no choice but to venture in as well.

Disc Two
* “Cangku Shisi”
Benedict Valda (Mark A. Sheppard, Supernatural) kidnaps Claudia’s sister Claire, (Chryssie Whitehead, Private Practice) using an artifact to control her super-violent telekinesis and exploit it for his own nefarious gains.

* “Endless”
The actions of the last few episodes set something into motion which cannot be stopped. Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder, The Shield) tells the team it’s time to put their defining moments of being a Warehouse Agent into the collective consciousness.

* “The Greatest Gift” (Bonus Episode)
Pete touches an artifact and is thrust into a world where he was never born. He must reunite the team, none of whom recognize him, in order to reverse the damage.

These six (seven, really) episodes are spread across two discs and it definitely helps when it comes to the technical specs. We have the industry standard 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with the video occasionally betraying some compressing artifacting, but really it’s an improvement over what it has been in the past. The visual effects play well and the levels are consistently balanced. The audio is better with a Dolby 5.1 track hosting a pretty rich soundscape. There’s plenty of music, lots of Foley work, a soundtrack and dialogue, all which sound as well balanced as any track I’ve heard. Nothing sounds as if it’s on its own track.

Though the set is light on episodes the creative team didn’t skimp on extras. There’s the aforementioned six part BTS collection filled with featurettes and interviews. There are both deleted and extended scenes. A gag reel is also included. Fans are likewise treated to 2011’s holiday episode “The Greatest Gift,” and if all that wasn’t enough, there are podcasts (commentaries) for each and every episode. Truly a well-rounded collection of extras.

Longtime fans will only be disappointed Warehouse 13: Season Five doesn’t have more episodes. It’s hard to swallow — especially after the previous extremely long season — but the episodes on this set will provide immense satisfaction. They are character-driven and highlight the best of what makes the show one of Syfy Channel’s most successful series. This is an easy recommendation.

THE VERDICT

Not guilty.

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