Snag it, bag it, and tag it was the name of the game for five seasons as the cast of Warehouse 13 took us on a wild journey into the underworld of science fiction based government storage facilities, portraying how special agents protect the world from strange objects with magnetic powers and reactions, referred to as artifacts. While some members of the cast were probably happy to tie up loose ends and get back to their lavish homes and normal lives, Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly say goodbye to the show’s vast audience of loyal fans.
After the final episode, the two main stars spoke about how they would miss the family atmosphere that had developed among the cast members. McClintock, who played special agent Pete Lattimer, was taking dibs on a few props, such as an old Tesla gun and a set of bongos that never made it before the viewing audience, but were situated on Arthur Nielsen’s desk. such items were intended to add to his stash of cast signed memorabilia, reminding him that the artifacts and Warehouse 13 never really let go of its agents.
Joanne Kelly, who played agent Myka Bering, made off with the patio chairs, leaving behind the strange and unique artifacts that were used throughout the run of the show. Both McClintock and Kelly were very thankful to fan support, which in their view made the show possible. Though the Sci/Fi channel managed to carry Warehouse 13 into five seasons, loyal fans were once again disappointed by how quickly they terminated yet another of the great shows aired on the network. This move on the part of the network reminded fans of the disappointment felt when Slider’s met the same fate, only far more abruptly back when it was terminated after only four seasons.
Arthur Nielsen, played by Saul Rubinek, the mysterious and eccentric supervisor of the Warehouse 13 team of special agents, is the resident custodian of Warehouse 13, responsible throughout the series for ensuring that the artifacts that make their way into the warehouse remain there. A former member of the NSA, who is now operating under an alias to avoid being found by the Soviets, Artie is fluent in English, Russian, and French and used to serve the government as a code cracker, until he was arrested for selling artifacts to the Soviets. In his career spanning four decades, Rubinek commented on how working on Warehouse 13 from start to finish was the highlight of his career, appreciating the support of the many fans as well.
Claudia Donovan, played by Allison Scagliotti, is a computer hacker who was recruited into Warehouse 13 after cracking the Warehouse security system and involving Arthur Nielsen into a dangerous experiment to retrieve her brother Joshua. Joshua Donovan, who had attempted to perfect the process of teleportation with an artifact twelve years prior to this incident, was stuck in another dimension, and was finally released with the help of the Warehouse team.
As the seasons progressed, the fans got to watch as the young Claudia grew up, eventually confronted with the notion of taking over the mysterious role of the Warehouse Caretaker. Scagliotti commented that she will miss working with Saul Rubinek the most, but she was happy to acquire Sylvia Plath’s typewriter prop for her apartment.