Late last week scifipulse was one of the a few online websites and blogs to take part in a fantastic Warehouse 13 discussion with Alison Scagliotti, Saul Rubinek and Eddie McClintock, who were all keen to share with us what we’re all likely to see in the new season of Warehouse 13, which starts later tonight.
One of the things that many fans love about Warehouse 13 is the characters, and when asked the actors were more than happy to share a bit of insight about what we can expect to see in regards to character development this season.
Eddie McClintock: We kind of get an insight to the people that really influenced him when he was a kid, kind of who made him who he is. We find out more about his dad. We find out more about his mother. And so we really actually – I can’t remember the name of the episode, but my storyline is pretty much centered around Pete’s past. So we’re going to get to find out what made him the way he is.
When it comes to Claudia, Scagliotti was more than happy to inform us about how her characters arc kind of mirrors her real life somewhat.
Allison Scagliotti: Claudia’s arc is always sort of mirrored my personal arc. This season she finally got a peer in the Warehouse in the Steve Jinks character and they developed a really close, great friendship, an almost brother-sister dynamic. Claudia is contributing in the technical field as always, building tesla grenades and periscopes in the Warehouse and what not.
But more than anything, she just sort of is figuring out what it means to be a part of the team which I’m figuring out along the way, what does it mean to be part of this team that makes television show every week.
I think we touched on what was mentioned in Season 1 which is Claudia’s time in a mental institution which is obviously emotional and a touchy subject. But it’s been cool to explore as an actor and I’ve had a really wonderful time flushing that out this season.
When it came to Saul Rubinek. He was keen to talk about an episode in which they all got to play bizarre versions of their characters and more specifically what that meant for Artie.
Saul Rubinek: We all get a chance to be kind of bizarre versions of ourselves in some way or another because of – certainly I do because of artifact-related incidents.
And the writers got a chance to have a little bit more fun. They know that they’ve got a core audience. They know that the show is successful, that their tone and their storylines have been on the right track, that for the most part, we’re getting incredibly positive responses from people. We have a lot of fun. And I think that what’s going on is, you know, we’re not searching, “How can we make this show work?” We’re not part of a group of people trying to figure out how to stay on the air.
We’re trying to give the fans more of what they already like. We’re really – this is the kind of show I would watch with my family. So it’s really entertaining show. It’s really unpredictable and it continues to be that way for my character certainly. I think that you get to find out how Artie fits into the Warehouse hierarchy with a little bit more depth. They continue to deal – as writers of the show, they’ve allowed the show to explore the mythology and the regions and even by putting, you know, life and death situations into the hierarchy of how the Warehouse operates.
They’re allowing themselves to explore this world as it really existed and looking at the intricacies of it. That’s really fun for fans. It’s fun for us. We – honestly, we get scripts. We’re very lucky that we read through them two days before we go into production. We have a read through around the table with some guest casts if they’re available and we’re listened into by network and studio.
And we sometimes haven’t even had time to just – except briefly read it once. And they’re like page turners for us. We’re all delighted. We’re laughing. There are surprises all the time. We’re hoping that that’s actually what’s going to happen to the fans. And it’s happening to each of the characters.
Artie’s love life is explored in a little bit more depth and ruefully and funnily. And we’re all having a great time in Season 3.
When asked if they had a favorite episode from the third season. Alison Scagliotti was very keen to jump in.
Alison Scagliotti: My favorite happens right in the middle of the season, it’s episode six, called Don’t Hate the Player. And this episode has everything. It’s probably our most absurd, to date, I think in the history of Warehouse. There are sort of Tron-meets-Dungeons-and-Dragons episode with an amazing guest cast. We all plus get to do crazy things and play sort of heightened versions of ourselves and also very different versions of ourselves. And that’s the episode that heralds the return of Mr. (Neil Grayson) to Warehouse 13.
Eddie McClintock: I would say Don’t Hate the Player is definitely one of my favorites in the – of the season. It’s things like that just start being – they just started being done on television. The fact that we got it by the network and they let us make the show, it speaks a lot towards the amount of confidence that they have in our writers and our show runner and Jack Kenny and us as actors to pull this off.
It was so much fun and like Allison said, there’s really some absurd stuff but it’s actually funny. It’s not just silly and stupid. It’s stuff that will make you laugh which obviously is always very important.
My other favorite would be, there’s an episode called Love Sick where I had to play being drunk and – and for quite a bit of it and it’s always – I’ve only had to maybe do that one other time. But it was really challenging for me to walk the line between someone playing drunk and someone who’s actually looks the part.
So because that was a big challenge for me as an actor, I’ll be interested to see how it turned out. And I hear that it turned out okay. So I guess the payoff is that it’s always nice when you’re trying to convey something and you’re able to actually do that. So those were my two favorites, I’d say.
Saul Rubinek: And that episode, Love Sick, was one of my favorites too and the other one too that you mentioned, Don’t Hate the Player, I got to play a kind of Artie – you know, as if he were doing a Monty Python movie. And it was an offshoot of Artie. And in Love Sick, Artie’s bedroom is introduced and it’s an extraordinary set; gets used a couple of times during the season. Terrific times.
But what – this is an opportunity and I think Allison and Eddie will join in is to talk about the unsung hero. We’ve sung praises of Jack Kenny and our co-stars and how well we get along and we have wonderful guest stars. But the unsung hero of our series is really Franco De Cotiis, who is our production designer…
Alison Scagliotti: Absolutely.
Saul Rubinek: …who is a magician, who has created a look for this show that I will – I really believe he should be nominated for an Emmy. I think it’s – cable is a little harder. There are less viewers and it’s a little tougher to get nominations, but if anybody deserves to be recognized in a television industry at the moment, for my money, after 30 years of doing television, I’m looking at great designers and even in feature – in the feature world, there are very few people who can do what he can do on a budget that he’s got.
The fans are getting a master craftsman who is doing masterpieces. He’s doing – he’s an incredible team, he’s got great art director, he’s got great set decorators, people who love the show, every prop, every – that he supervises, all the design, the costumes by Joanne Hansen, every aspect of the show on the design front is one of the, not talked about by you guys in the press much, and understandably, you know, we’re out there, these characters are interesting, there’s great storylines and we got great artifacts and the fantasies and adventure part of it is really fun.
But take a look, I mean, a book, a coffee table book that’s come out about Franco’s work, Joanne’s work, our costume designer, and if we look at the props that we’ve got all the different incredible props, some of them spend over $10,000 per prop, you know, when they make these things. They’re beautifully made. We walk along our Warehouse shelves and there’s little cards that you never see in close-up that are besides the little video descriptions of what’s on the shelves.
And the cards are hilarious because they’re in detail. They talk about the artifacts and what they can do and how to protect yourselves. They had a great time in depth creating the detailed look of the show. They are amazing so I wanted to take that opportunity to talk about that.
When asked how the show has evolved over the first few seasons Alison Scagliotti was more than happy to take the lead and was fast with her answer.
Alison Scagliotti: How the seasons are different? I think every episode is different because we learn more and more with every script and with every happy accident and every scary accident because I think Jack has said in the past and Saul, you said, as well, the only procedural aspect of our show is that we have to go find artifacts that threaten the world and the worlds they neutralize and then bring them back. But we’ve could sort of endless, you know, possibilities for what happens around that, what triggers it and what can happen as a result and what’s happening to our characters emotionally.
So I really don’t think that any two episodes are the same and as a result, it just gets to grow more and more.
Saul Rubinek: The seasons are a combination of what happens as a family, how we grow, how our relationships grow, our need for each other, our worry about each other, our exploration of our dark sides and the sides of us – each other that the more we care about each other, the stakes get higher because we lose each other, it becomes more – it would be more unbearable than it would be if we were just people who are just agents.
And so there’s that one level. The second level has to do with every season that has an overriding villain. In the first season it was MacPherson, the second season H.G. Wells and this season also has an aspect of that that I can’t give away and the combination from the past as well.
Those are not stuck on. They have to do with the mythology and the past of the Warehouse and that’s what’s really cool is that they’ve deepened the show by – I was so thrilled in the second season that they were doing this and then the third season they’ve continued it. It’s a wonderful that our season closer in the season had to do with the lost warehouse in Egypt and that they really went into it, really explored it design wise and story wise. And the mythology of the Warehouse and the past of the Warehouse is continuing to be explored.
So our season is – our third season is a continuation and a deepening and an even more entertaining season than we’ve ever done before, partly because we’re – writers are more secure, partly because the budgets are really great given the fan base. They’re spending money on the show and you guys are getting the benefit of that. Our fans are getting the benefit of that.
So I think that that’s what’s really happening. And for us, look, we’re in the third season of a hit show. We feel blessed. We love going to work. We have a great time with each other. I think that comes across, at least I hope it does.
When asked for a favorite scene from the new season Saul Rubinek passes the buck to Eddie, but adds that he thinks the scene they’ll all likely pick is from the new Christmas episode.
Saul Rubinek: I think our Christmas episode is going to have it. There’s something especially about these Christmas episodes where all four of us are together because what you’re asking about what happens is we get split up between A and B stories and so people are – we very rarely are the four of us together. The Christmas episode will have that for sure. And…
Eddie McClintock: And a lot of times when the four of us are together, it’s like we’re basically – a lot of times we have to do exposition. There’s a lot of expository things when the four of us together and we’re in the process of splitting up those scenes generally. So it would be nice to have scenes where we’re actually sitting together and able to act and relax and without having to give a lot of information. And I think in the Christmas episode, we get to do that.
Saul Rubinek: We were going to do that. But, you know, the truth is that we really enjoy it because we’ve now been working together for so long that there’s a short hand between us. We have fun together. There’s some spontaneity. The way things come together before they’re shot is easier than it ever was because we know each other and we know our characters better than we ever have.
So I’m hoping that there’s actually more of the four of us together but in the nature of the storytelling, things just split us up.
Warehouse 13 premiers later tonight on Syfy Channel and from all accounts the third season is promising to be every bit as fun as the previous two. So if your a fan or even if you’re new and want to try another show. Don’t miss it.
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By Ian M. Cullen